Public Transportation, Munich
Munich has one of the best and easiest-to-use public transport systems in Europe. While you can buy single tickets and "stripe tickets" (see the MVV website), the best deal for most tourists is to purchase a day card. Many of the newer ticket machines allow you to chose a date (e.g., today) to be printed on your ticket, which means it doesn't need to be validated. Otherwise (i.e., if there is no date on your ticket), when you're ready to first use your card, validate it ("entwerten") in one of the machines in the stations before you board a U or S-Bahn (Machines are onboard buses and trams). Then you're done! Just keep the ticket on you, and you're free to ride the public transport system for the rest of the day.
Prices as of 15 December 2013:
Single Tageskarte Innenraum: Good for 1 person, covers downtown and most of the parts of Munich you're interested in (the "white zone" on transit maps).
Partner Tageskarte Innenraum: Same as the single, only valid for 2-5 people.
Single Tageskarte Munich XXL: Covers the "white" and "green" zones. Covers some areas outside of Munich, such as Dachau.
Partner Tageskarte Munich XXL: Same as single... you get the idea.
Single Tageskarte Aussenraum: Covers everything EXCEPT the inner (white) zone.
Partner Tageskarte Aussenraum: EUR 11.20
Single Tageskarte Gesamtnetz: Covers the entire MVV transport system, including the airport. EUR 11.20
Partner Tageskarte Gesamtnetz: EUR 21.30
3-Day Ticket Inner District: Valid for 3 days within the white zone. If you want to travel outside the white zone, you can either purchase a ticket that covers the journey outside of the white zone, OR purchase an Aussenraum day ticket (innenraum + aussenraum = entire network). A single 3-day ticket costs EUR 15, while a partner 3-day ticket costs EUR 25.90.
Day tickets can be purchased at one of the many ticket machines, or in person at a ticket office. 3-day tickets may be purchased at some ticket machines or at a ticket office.
One final note: your ticket isn't always checked. But it isn't worth the risk: checks are frequent, and it's a EUR 40 fine for a first offense.
S-Bahn 2 goes to Dachau. In case you want to go to the KZ Gedenkstaette, i think its bus 726 from S-Bahnstation Dachau.
Map of public transport in and around Munich:
The Pass called the Isarcard is ideal for people spending some days or weeks in Munich, the website http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/tickets-fares/tickets/frequent-travellers/isarcard/index.html will give you an idea of the conditions of use. The price of the Pass depends on how many "rings" or zones you need, 13 should be sufficient for most people as this will cover from the airport and will cost about E46 for a week - this is for an unlimited number of rides on s-bahn, u-bahn or bus for 13 of the concentric rings in any direction out from the city centre. The passes now start from any day you choose so if you buy it starting on a wednesday, it is valid until the following wednesday at midday. The monthly starts any day of the month that you choose.
There is a cheaper version of the Isarcard for people over 60, also Isarcard 9uhr which means you can,t use the Pass before 9a.m. on a weekday.
I find this pass excellent value as a normal fare from the airport to Starnberg where I usually stay would cost over E10 just for the 1 trip.
Richie & Doreen suggested that I buy the three day pass for my weekend stay in Munich and it was indeed the best solution. I was much amazed how dirt cheap this pass is, given the huge areal it covers. It is valid for the “inner” four zones, approximately 25-30 km in diameter (or the part which is enclosed by the Autobahn/motorway around Munich). It covers all means of public transport: metro, bus and tram and usually there is a bus or tram station at almost every metro station, so connection is quite easy. Also the frequency seems to be much better in late evenings compared to what I am used to where I live. Even after 23:00 the major lines are covered by 20 minutes connections, which make nightlife or beery night life quite enjoyable.
The pass options are 3 Day Pass for 13,80 Euro or 1 Day pass for 5,60 Euro, prices as of Sept. 2012. But be careful not to buy the City Tour Cards if you don’t specifically want to visit museums or other attractions. The Day passes are for transport only while the City Tour Cards are including discounts at several museums.
Munich’s transport website MVV (see weblink below) is excellent, apart from that. It gives connections from anywhere to anywhere within the zones and each result comes with small pdf files for download which show an enlarged map of the surroundings and exact paths from addresses to the bus, tram or metro stops.
You can buy the ticket anywhere at manned booths or ticket machines.
© Ingrid D., September 2010, updates Sept. 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
I spent a lot of days in Muenchen, and from that time I love its transportation system. It has two main types: U-Bahn (Unter=under) and S-Bahn (Strasse=street). The first is the Metro, and the second are "strasse" (street) trains, that run underground in downtown area.
Don't forget to buy the tickets. You won't see the train controllers, but they will be there....
Used the U Bahn for the first time for a while at the weekend, and realised I haven’t done a tip about it! How sloppy.
We were going out to the Allianz Arena, so it was the U6 line to Fröttmaning from Marienplatz. So easy and comfortable. Trains are about every 9-10 minutes on a Saturday afternoon.
We didn’t have to buy a ticket, as we were on a DB Bayerncard.
Munich is great for public transport. Trains, buses, trams & the U Bahn all interlinked.
There are tram connectors that coincide with the U-bahn (subway). They run on the main lines about every 10 minutes. The cars do get extremely full at the more popular connector stops, though. The main traffic is near Hauptbahnhof station area.
The subways connect with the trams and trains to maneuver around the city with ease. We used the subways for 7 days to get into the main center area from being south only 2 miles, but well worth the decision so as not to have a hassle of parking, or walking long distances.
Fees are a bit steep, with a single ticket being Euro 2,40. If you purchase. Buying a 10 ticket stripe pass costs Euro 12, and is more than if you take the tageskarten-the one day price of Euro 10,20 for all the rides you want and includes a family companion.
The understanding of prices is mandatory, and there are so many options it takes a bit of studying. If you connect to a tram of S Bahn(local train) within one hour, then no extra charge when using a single ticket. There are 5 zones and fees get steep the farther you go outside the Zone 1 centerl like Euro 20 for all zones coverage-WOW
U-bahn is mainly underground, and S-bahn mainly overground, both are interchangable. The ticketing system seems to be on trust, has there are no barriers to exit and entry. I had a ticket provided by the hotel. If you have been on a day trip out of Munich and used a Bavarian train ticket , on your return you can used this ticket on trams , buses and S-bahn and U-bahn till 3 am.
If you plan to do a lot of getting around using public transport, consider the Munich Welcome Cards. They offer 1 day cards and also 3 day cards for either the inner area or the total area. The same cards are also in the partner day cards, which are valid for travel up to five adults...great deal if you are in a group!!!
Basically, these cards allow for travel within the city of Munich using their public transport. If you get the total area pass, this will include transportation from the airport. You can purchase the Welcome Card at the airport or at the railstation, whichever way is most convienent for you.
The cards also allow for discounts on admissions to many sights. Say for example, Deutches Museum is normally Euro 6, it would be Euro 5 with the card. There is also a discount included for Nymphenburg Palace. If you plan on going to see many sights, it basically will pay for itself!!!
1 - Day - €6.50
3 - Day - €16.00
3 - Day Total area - €28.00
Partner 1 - Day Card - €11.00
Partner 3 - Day Card - €23.50
Partner 3 - Day Total area - €43.00
I am normally very apprenhensive about taking the metro because I find reading a map, buying tickets, etc. inconveinent. I reccomend to take the S-bahn or U-bahn in and around Munich. The maps are not too difficult to read and it is fairly inexpensive.
If you are traveling through out Bavaria and are planning to visit Munich I reccomend buying the Bayern pass. It is good for up to 5 people on a weekend, and it entiles you to use the metro with no extra charge. For one person it costs about twenty euros.
From the airport a day ticket for up to 5 people plus any number of children is available. The S-bahn (metro train) is quicker than the taxi and MUCH cheaper.
To get around the area, a "Happy Weekend" ticket allows you to go where you will in Germany on local trains for 40 dollars for 5 people
We used the undergrounf to move back and forth from the fair area to the center. Really convenient and fast. When we were trying to figure out what kind of ticket was better for us a nice man explained us that for a one day ticket it was possible to make a "family ticket", it allow up to i believe 5 person to travel for one day on the entire trasportation system for about 9 euros. The ticket will be just one and it is shared so you have to be aware your group cant split.
The Munchen underground system is well developed over six lines that will take you everywhere and will keep you warm in winter time.
Underground stations are well-kept and comfrotable.
Tickets are sold in the stations, you can buy them from ticket machines. Fares changes depending on the distance, and you can also go for daily or multi-day passes.
The public transport system in Germany is one of the best in the world as far as I am concerned. If you are a single traveller, you have the option of buying a day ticket which you can use on all the busses, trains, trams & sometimes even on the boats. If you are travelling as a group (up to five), you can buy a gesamtkarte. Within the inner city the cost is 10.40 euro for the group, but you must travel together all the time and if you are staying like we did in Hallbergmoos, then you buy the Munich xxx ticket for 18.80 euro for your group. It works out a lot cheaper than buying individual tickets.