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    Strasbourg->Munchen w/ "Dauer-Spezial" low fare

    by ABQ_Hugh Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    You can save € traveling to Germany by buying a ticket to a German border town [or near the border], then another ticket to the final destination.

    We're traveling Strasbourg> Munich soon, and checked bahn.de. We found Strasbourg>Offenburg>Karlsruhe>Munich [2 train changes] for 72 €.

    We noticed the Strasbourg>Offenburg train stops across the Rhine in Kehl, DE. The Kehl>Munich fare [same exact trains] "Dauer-Spezial" price=29 € [maybe because journey is all inside Germany.

    So, A: 1 ticket - Strasbourg>Munich = 72 € B: 2 tickets - Strasbourg >Kehl ticket [3,5 €] + Kehl>Munich [29 €] = 32,5 €. Option A is 39,5 € more than Option B. 39,5 € buys nearly 5 liters of beer at Oktoberfest! The only difference is handing the conductor 2 tickets instead of 1.

    The 29 € "Dauer-Spezial" is available only for a limited amount of seats [sometimes price isn't 29, but rather 49 or 59…still less than normal], and isn't refundable. Our dates are fixed, so we went for it. We bought it online [ticket = PDF]. No need to buy the first ticket early Strasbourg>Offenburg journey is a regional train [no assigned seats].

    I'm sure this methodology works elsewhere. I checked the route from Luxembourg>Munich, and saw the normal fare as 107-129 €. However, by buying a Luxembourg>Trier ticket [13-16 €], then a Trier>Munich ticket [29 €], you get an equally good savings...less than 50 € instead of over 100 €.

    Here's a [German language] page about Dauer-Spezial:
    www.bahn.de/p/view/preise/aktionspreis/dauer_spezial.shtml
    As of 12 July 2007, this URL is good

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    Public Transport Map Showing Stations With Lifts

    by AnnS Written Jun 25, 2007

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    If you're travelling with heavy luggage, getting to and from your hotel by public transport can be a worry. I've often taken expensive taxis because I was worried I wouldn't be able to manage my luggage on an escalator.

    In Munich, this is not a problem because the MVV (Munich Transport and Tariff Association) has an excellent printable map on its website showing which U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations have lifts or ramps. I found this invaluable and was able to select a hotel which was near a suitable station.

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    S-Bahn from Trudering

    by Aschafer Written Aug 20, 2006

    If anyone wants to stay in Trudering and has doubts about how far it is from central Munich (Marienplatz), you can easily stay there. Transportation is very close; I rented an apartment and it was a nice neighborhood around Munich.

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    Central trainstation Munich

    by jeoren Written Jan 25, 2006
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    The Central trainstation of Munich is a dead end-station. From here you can easily cross the city centre by metro.

    There are a lot of foodfacilities in the station. There's a small supermarket, a Burger King.

    Keep in mind that you may have to walk hundreds of meters to reach your reserved trainwagon (when taking the ICE).

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    Train

    by antistar Written Dec 18, 2005

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    As one of Germany's biggest cities, Munich is well connected throughout the country, but its also well placed at the center of Europe for access to cities in a number of other countries, like Austria and the Czech Republic. Apart from Dresden, all of Germany's major cities are accessible via direct train from Munich, with Stuttgart just a couple of hours away, and Berlin over six hours. Internationally you can get direct trains to cities like Vienna(4 hours), Ljubljana (6 hours) and Budapest (7 hours). You can also be in Prague in about 7 hours, and Zurich in about 5.

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    Transfer to Munich Airport by Train

    by Mikebb Written Nov 8, 2005

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    On arrival at Munich airport early morning we took a taxi to our accommodation, cost Euro 55. on departure we decided to go by train from the main station,Karlsplatz. You can get the S8 line to Flughafen Muchen, also the S1. Purchase your ticket from the machine outside the station, buy a Partner - Tageskarte (partner ticket) for Eur 16 alot cheaper than taxi.

    We were unsure about the platform, as there were many people with suitcases we confirmed with a German couple and they said follow them. We found all local people very friendly and could speak good English. It was very easy

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    The glorious bahnhof

    by etfromnc Updated Nov 4, 2005

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    If you can, go to Munich by rail. The train station is beautiful, usually less chaotic than the airport, close to the heart of the city, and services are available 24/7, which surprisingly is not the case at the airport. If you must fly to Munich, please visit my other Transportation Tip before you go.

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    Trains -- super efficient transport!

    by volarevolare Written Oct 2, 2004
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    Trains are a wonderful way to explore Munich!

    The train system is easy to figure out -- just go to the customer service counters and get a map of the train system. The whole of Munich is organised into rings -- and train fares can be bought for travel within the inner rings or to the outer rings. Of course, a limited ticket for travel within the inner rings is going to be cheaper.

    And it's super efficient, so you can count on following the train schedule!

    I had no problems with using the trains at all!

    What really amazed me was the fact that there were no turnstiles to walk through at all! The stations work on an honour system, so you purchase the correct fare from the auto-ticketing machine, validate it yourself and board the train! :)

    Of course, you could be checked by a train supervisor.

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    Muenchen HBF to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    by MrBill Written Sep 3, 2004

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    source: DB

    The train from the Munich Hauptbahnhof to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the perfect, stressless way, to get to the Alpine town.

    Here is an example from Deutsche Bahn www.db.de

    München Hbf track 27-36
    to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    departure 03.09.04
    arrival 03.09.04
    depart 11.34 a.m.
    arrive 1:23 p.m.
    approximately 2 hours
    price 14,20 EUR
    one way, tourist class

    Tickets can be booked in advance either online, in person at the HBf, or even bought on the train. Return fare is double, unless you book a special fare. Please enquire directly at www.db.de

    The route takes you through some picturesque Bavarian towns, and along the shores of Starnberger See, as well as, through Murnau on the way to Garmisch. If it is a clear day, you will have the panorama of the mountains the whole way.

    Gute reise

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    Around Munich in the Wintertime

    by MrBill Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    source: DB

    March will be warmer than December (generally), although I cannot think of any specific March Munich events to attend or see? March is a good time to take the train to Garmisch-Patenkirchen and to spend sometime in the mountains walking, snow shoeing, or cross-country and downhill skiing.

    Do not take the gondola up to the top of the Zugspitz. It takes 1 1/2 hours to go up, and then the same time to come down, when they are busy (during the winter due to ski season naturally), and once you get to the top there is not much to see that you cannot see from the top of any other mountain? And, it is very expensive (about EUR70-). If you are a serious skier, the skiing on the Zugspitz is pretty tame, and you can go elsewhere for less money and more pistes.

    The train from the Hauptbahnhof runs every hour and takes about 1 1/2 hours to Garmisch. From the train station in Garmisch, you can take the Zugspitzbahn. Just walk under the train tracks, away from the main station, and at the end of the tunnel you will see the Zugspitzbahn station on the left hand side.

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    Train stations

    by acemj Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    There are three train stations in the city, but the main station is the Hauptbahnhof. From Munich, it takes 3.5 hours to reach Frankfurt. Berlin is 7 hours, Vienna is 4.5 hours, Prague is 6.5 hours and Milan is 7.5 hours.

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  • Liniennetz Werdenfels

    by wildstrawberries Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    If you go to www.bahn.de and do a search on the subject as mentioned above, you will find a German page that explains this very economical ticket!

    Basically, if you have the Munich Gesamnetz ticket, you need only pay 9 Euro per adult for this Werdenfels ticket. It will allow you to go to places like Oberammergau; Garmisch Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, even into Austria to Reutte(where the ruins of a great castle is) and Eibsee.

    This is a better choice compared to SchonesWochenende ticket, which is 30 Euro for 5 person - bugger if you are travelling alone or with 1 friend (AND you will meet people asking to share your ticket with them).

    This ticket covers all transport costs, including bus run by RVO.

    Ask about this ticket at the Hauptbahnhof counter near the reisezentrum (not inside).

    SchonesWochenende ticket is good if you intend to travel to far away place over weekends, i.e. to other states. It is also valid for the public transport in major cities, i.e. Munich.

    Bayern Karte 22Eur is similiar to SchonesWochenende ticket but it is only valid within the state of Bavaria only. Valid on all days except that you cannot travel before 9 am on Mon-Fri (except Public Holiday). Similiar state discount card is also for other states in Germany.

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    A short train ride from Vienna

    by shellseeker Written Feb 10, 2004
    Munich Central Station

    The best way to get from Vienna to Munich is the 4.5h train ride. There are now excellent connections from both cities getting you comfortably there - almost at the speed of a car (when there are now traffic jams). Costs for a return ticket range from 80 to 150 Euros!

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    Getting from The Airport

    by Fen Written Oct 4, 2003

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    The Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)

    From the airport get the S-Bahn rail link S1which travels from Munich Airport via Neufahrn, Moosach, Laim, Munich Hauptbahnhof (main station), Marienplatz to Ostbahnhof.

    Also at the main station in Hauptbahnhof there is a Tourist information at the southern exit Bayerstrasse. This is open Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

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    Getting there...

    by CandS Updated Sep 26, 2003
    Our Eurail Ticket...after a beating...

    We took a train to Munich from Salzburg. The trip took about three hours but we had some wonderful scenery along the way.

    From Munich we took a couple of day trips - Fussen was around a two hour trip and Rothenburg was a four hour trip.

    Then we took the train from Munich to Venice. It was an overnight train and took around nine hours.

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