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    Always Buy a Ticket

    by danny180 Written Dec 7, 2009

    I found the Underground system to be very good. Every time I used it there was train police on the train so Its Important to always buy a Ticket. Unlike some other cities I have been to they seem really strict when it comes to making sure you have brought a ticket.

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    Train ticket from/to the airport

    by bonio Updated Aug 5, 2009

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    Often a cause of confusion to us, the ticket machines at the airport. It's never obvious (to me anyway) which ticket will take us to the city centre. The journey crosses several fare zones.
    The answer, at last, is this ticket - it is good for a journey into town then anywhere in the inner zone for the rest of the day, and up to five adults can us it.
    The name to look for is "Partner - Tageskarte, Gesamtnetz"
    As ever don't forget to validate it before you travel.

    Info on other tickets on the website.

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  • Use the S-Bahn, the U-Bahn and the tram

    by 68_snow_man Updated Mar 28, 2009

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    Underground and suburban trains symbols

    Munich's public transports are just great. The website bellow allow you to plan your trip.

    Concerning tickets, there are the one day and 3 days tickets valid for all the inner rings (1-4), which cover most of the town.

    To travel around Munich, use the Bayern Ticket. It's a one day ticket valid for five people (yes, 5!) and only costs around 28 euros. It's valid for all Bayern and all public transports can be used (there is one limitation: for trains it's valid mostly for regional ones).

    For ticket details, see the links PRICES and TICKETS in the website below. For the Bayern ticket see:

    http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/prices/germany/laender_tickets.shtml

    (choose Bavaria)

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    If we could only learn !!!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Dec 26, 2008

    Munich like just about any European city is very easy, and safe to get around. The metro comes right into the airport, and free maps are easy to find. The signs have english translations. I must say if we here in America could take a cue from our European friends, traveling in the major cities of the U.S. would be soooo much easier !!!!!

    The train system in Germany is on the honor system for tickets, if you get caught without a ticket it is a 30 Euro fine. We bought a 3 day family ticket for 30 Euro's and up to 4 people can use the same ticket.....well worth it !!!!!!

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    S-Bahn/Bus from Munich to KZ Dachau

    by lotharscheer Written Aug 21, 2008

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    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.
    http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/fahrgastinformation/mvv-netz/index.html
    Map of public transport in and around Munich
    http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/web4archiv/objects/download/1/vlp08land.pdf

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    Handy public transportation planner

    by ATLC Written Mar 6, 2008

    Apart from this handy planner (link below) there's also a lot of information on how to get from Munich Airport to anywhere else:

    http://www.munich-airport.de/en/consumer/anab/index.jsp or click here

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    the best public transport in the world

    by magarwal Written Oct 12, 2007

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    1) I am going to share the most helpful tip for travelling around.
    http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/index.html
    this wonderful website comes up with a chart of the train#/bus # to reach your destination. Just type in correct data in the right hand column & see the results.
    I used this 99% accurate website extensively.
    2) The weekly/monthly passes are very cheap & affordable & can be bought from any MVV shop in big stations like hauptbahnof. The automatic machines are useful for 1 day ticket but pass machine need deutche bank card which we tourists didn't have. The ticket machines (installed at the gate of EVERY subway station) have all instructions in german :-(
    **useful tip**
    if you are travelling short distance, buy 2.2 E ticket from the machine (top 2/3 button on elft corner below display), for long distance read on..

    munich city is divided into rings.. by looking up ur location & destination, u will eb able to determine how many rings u need to travel. There is always a big chart near the ticket machines. based on the rings, finally there are 4 types of tickets which are color coded. Use machine color scheme to identify to which ticket you belong & that's it.

    IF you are still confused... ask some one for help.

    Always punch your tickets in the blue boxes before the escalators. travelling with an unpunched ticket may lead to a fine of 50E

    If you manage to find a MVV or MVG infopoint or shop, ask for little brochures which will give you all the information you want on tickets. THere are some very good combi tickets which can be real useful. I really like their group travel scheme.

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    Public Transportation in Munich is awesome!

    by culgharper Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Brigitte waits at Hauptbahnhof

    I am a single mother with two teenagers and we visited Munich for vacation in November. I was a bit nervous prior to our trip as it was our first visit to Europe and we don't speak a word of German. Our Hotel, Eden Wolfe, was directly across from the train station, Hauptbahnhof. We found the public transportation reliable, inexpensive and super easy to get around. I purchased passes online that were good for a week prior to our trip. We easily figured out from maps where we were going and which line to take....M2 to Marienplatz....etc. We got quite good and comfortable with it by the end of our week-long trip. Even my teenagers caught on. On occasion when we weren't sure, we could usually find someone who spoke English (we may have had to ask up to 4 people but eventually someone did and they were always polite). Really, don't sweat it, if I can do it, anyone can. Also, everything is fairly close by and within walking distance. Very easy to get around to all the major attractions in Munich.

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    Group tickets and all day passes

    by jared2122 Written Apr 15, 2007

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    The train ticketing system in Germany can be rather intimidating. If you don't know the tricks, you can end up overpaying significantly for using public transportation system. There are a number of different all-day and weekend passes that are available for groups of travellers. An example is the "Bayern ticket", which allows a group of up to 4 or 5 people unlimited travel throughout Bavaria on any of the subways, street cars, or trains for a 24 hour period for one reasonable price (the exact figure escapes me). Try and find a savvy local that can help you with some of the cheaper ticketing alternatives.

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  • S-Bahn & U-bahn

    by Dragos77 Written Apr 8, 2007

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    The Munich's U-bahn is the subway transportation system that moves around the city hundreds of thousands of people every day, with the help of S-bahn lines.
    One will see that the city-belonging U-bahn is useful to move around the main areas of the city (inner rings) while the S-bahn, belonging to the German national railway system, goes to longer distances from the city - like to the Airport or 10-20km away neighborhoods.

    The central area of the city is covered by a lot of lines (between Pasing and Ostbahnhof stops) meaning that one can get during the day a train every 2-3 minutes; on the other side, if wanting to go to some remote locations, is better to check the line that goes there and the time table... which is quite well respected - see the link to the MVV.

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    German excellence in trains

    by SailorRoar Written Nov 29, 2006

    The trains are very modern, effective and always on time, you are after all in Germany. They have day passes that covers the trains and metros (maybe other forms of transportation aswell, but I never used anything else). And if you travel in pairs or small groups there is a cheap day pass that allows up to 5 people.

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    Accessible Subway

    by RhineRoll Updated May 13, 2006

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    subway lift at the Karlsplatz (Stachus)

    I really have to say, the subway in Munich offers pretty decent disabled access!!! From what I've seen within Germany, this one has by far the most lifts to reach the subterranean platforms. Just be careful, some stations don't have lifts to all the platforms and in order to get to that single one, you might have to go against the general direction of exiting the train.

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    Public Transport

    by antistar Written Dec 18, 2005

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    Trams at Sendlingtor, Munich

    Munich, like every city in Germany, has an excellent public city transport system, including an extensive underground system. All of it is safe, clean, accessible, easily understood, and relatively cheap, at least if you buy the day-tickets. Most of the main sights in the city can be accessed on foot, so you can do without a ticket on most days, but if you want to see some of the outlying sights, such as Schloss Nymphenburg and the Olympic Park, then you'll need an inner-city day ticket (4.50 euros). For sights further out, like Dachau and Oberschleissheim, you'll need an XXL day ticket (6.00 euros). There are a whole range of tickets, but for most casual visitors to the city a day ticket will prove the best value deal you can get, as it costs only a little more than two singles. You can find out more about ticket prices, network reach and routes in the excellent MVV site below.

    Whatever you don't forget to validate your ticket.

    Unlike some other cities in Germany I noticed that the Munich transport police are very thorough. I had my ticket checked several times on my visit. I also forgot to validate my ticket once, because I'm an idiot, but thankfully I got away with it. Just stick your ticket in one of the little validating posts on the steps down to the subway and S-bahn, or at one of the machines on the trams. Then your ticket is valid for any of the trams, buses, S-Bahns and U-Bahns in the city.

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    buy day tickets!

    by chinesefairy Written Sep 4, 2005

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    Munich subway

    If it's your first time to Munich and you just want to see as much as possible of the city in a day, buy a day ticket (4.50 EUR for one adult, 8 EUR for up to 5 adults - two kids age 6-14 count as one adult!) which covers all public transportation (subway = U-Bahn, regional trains = S-Bahn, busses, trams) for the inner circles ( = up till the last stop of all subway lines). Munich XXL (covers a few stops outside of the inner circles in addition) costs 6 EUR for one adult and 10.50 EUR - but the question is if you'll really have time for more than one round trip. Tip: if you have a Bavaria or Weekend ticket for trains, it also covers public transportation within Munich.

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    U-BAHN

    by draguza Updated Aug 15, 2005

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    U-bahn map

    Munich's U-Bahn was first built in the very early 1970's, so it's quiet recent compared to other city metros! Now the U-Bahn is one of the most advanced and efficient city underground railways in the world.

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    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    NOTE: There will be no S-Bahn construction along the main line on the weekend of 28-30 March. S-Bahns will run normally between Pasing and Ostbahnhof

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    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Night and Weekend Travel Disruptions on Munich's S-Bahn:

    Due to construction, there will be significant delays and service changes along the main S-Bahn trunk ("Stammstrecke") between Pasing and Ostbahnhof late nights and weekends through 30 June 2014. See the S-Bahn Munich Website for details (website in German, but pdf brochures in German and English).

    s-bahn-muenchen.de/s_muenche...

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