Public Transportation, Munich
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.
We took tram 18 from Hauptbahof and drive to end station of the line at the other side of Munich. The district at the end station was very peacefull with parks, villas in gardens. I thought myslef as I was in the before WW2 period.
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.
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.
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:
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 !!!!!!
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
1) I am going to share the most helpful tip for travelling around.
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 :-(
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public transportation in Munich is very well organized. There is an excellently working transportation network that brings you literally everywhere. You can choose between: U-bahn (=metro), Tram, Bus, S-Bahn (=rapid train railway).
If you are tired of walking but still want to see the city, I suggest you to take the tram: you can observe the city by comfortably sitting in the tram.
Don't buy single tickets: they are expensive. It is much better to buy a season ticket: 3-Tageskarte (= 3-day ticket) or Isar Card (=week ticket). The "partner" tickets are valid for up to 5 persons.
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.