Public Transportation, Munich
Munich probably prides itself on its system of buses, trams and metro trains. I wouldn't know as I never bothered using any of them. And watch out for those damn cycle paths. They're everywhere, and if you're not careful you'll get run over. Be particularly cautious at night as no-one seems to think that bike lights are necessary.
Personally, I'd either walk (the city center is not that large) or just grab a taxi. All taxis are painted a sort of wishy-washy pale yellow, and tend to be large Mercs. They are also pretty cheap (but remember - I come from London, which probably has the 2nd most expensive cabs in the world after Tokyo). The major advantage of taking a cab is that all the drivers seem to speak English. Note that tipping isn't really part of the culture here, and they'll be ecstatic if your fare comes to 8.70 euros and you round it up to 9.00.
Once at the Airport you can conveniently reach Munich by the local transportation system. Visitors can buy a 1 day or 3 day Welcome Card. This allows unlimited use of the U-bahn, S-Bahn, Bus lines, Trams and also gets you up to 50% discounts at museums and other tourist attractions. The card can be purchased at the Tourist Info office at the airport. Very inexpensive, 15.50E per person, or 43.00E for up to 5 people for the three day pass. It is the way to travel Munich. An easy to read color coded map is supplied along with a tourist guide book to Munich. They have got it together!
The public transport at Munich is just the best I have seen. Ok I have not been everywhere in this world ... but I am sure that few cities can have better public transport. You don't need a car here.
People use to go in bike, but if you want to go in public transport you have trams, underground, buses, trains ...all perfectly organice for a perfect combination to get anywhere.
There are lost of kinds of bonus with wich you can take, for single, for week, for partner, for children, for weekend ...
I have the prices of last year ... so better you see the new fares at the web
The first time you use the bonus you must validate it ... after that ... you will get in any transport and no one will see if you have ticket or not... but ... better have your ticket :))
Munich has an excellent public transport system. U-Bahn (Subway ), S-Bahn (Suburban Train), Bus, Straßenbahn (Tram) opperate frequently through the centre.
A ticket for three days in the centre of Munich costs 11.00 Euro, for one day 4.00 Euro.
Munich Altstadt (Old Town) is very easy to navigate on foot. For trips to outlaying areas like the Olympiapark, Studentenstadt, the Theresienwiese park for Oktoberfest, etc. trains, trams or buses offer quick and convenient connections. Daily tickets are available. If you plan to stay in Munich a week or more, plan to purchase a travel pass (Zeitkarte). For this you will need to show your passport and have 2 photos. Zeitkarten are purchased at the ticket office marked ZEITKARTENSTELLE at the Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) or the East Station (Ostbahnhof). While there pick up this handy transportation guide: Easy Going. It contains a route map and explains the ticket automats in 9 languages.
This option can save you time and money. You pay 6.50 EUR for the Welcome card that allows unlimited travel on all public transport AND 50% discount on some of the city's major attractions. Well worth it, I think.
There's also a 3-day Welcome card for 15.50 EUR. Check with the tourist office for partnet card.
If you can afford to splurge, then Munich's taxi system is a very comfortable way to move around- they're all Mercedes Benz by the way. They can blow your budget, big time.
But if you're budget-conscious, take the public transport: subway -U-bahn, S-bahn, trams and buses. They're safe, punctual, clean and comfortable. See www.mvv-muenchen.de
If you don't want to figure out all that German instructions, just get the simplest and most straight-forward ticket --Single Tagekarte (Ring 1 to 4: 4.50EUR), (Ring1-16: 9EUR) if you're travelling alone. You can hop up any mode of transport for a day in the city of Munich.
If you have friends(up to 4 friends) with you, get the Partner Tagekarte for only (Ring1-4)8EUR or (Ring1-16)16EUR. So 5 person travel on a 8EUR card.
There are even cheaper cards, Gruneskarte (monthly) 46.50 Euro(Ring 1-16) if you DO NOT need to travel from 4am -9am on Weekdays, Isar karte (weekly) (Ring1-4) cost about the same comapred to 3-day ticket.
Munich is well known to have one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. It is really huge and will take you everwhere!
It is not too expensive, if you know to get the right tickets.
The new Munich airport is amazing. The most modern in Europe.
Here is another photo of the airport.
This city provides one of the most dense public transportation systems in Germany. There are rural trains, subways, streetcars and buses. The rural trains are called "S-Bahn" and are operated by the "S-Bahn GmbH", an affiliate of "Deutsche Bahn" corporation, the national railroad company. The subway is operated by the City administration. The others by "Stadtwerke München = SWM". Besides the S-Bahn, all are merged to "Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft = MVG". All components work together in a tariff system called "Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund = MVV". So your ticket is valid on every kind of public transport. Riding without a ticket will be fined with 40 EUR.
Munich has a great tram network, they run all over the city and they are the best way to see many wonderful sights of Munich.
Take the tram 19 which runs through Maximilianstrasse to see Stachus, the opera house, the Bavaria parliament (Maximilianeum) and much more!
The system is zone based, and most places of interest are within the inner-city blue zone. Tickets come in short-trip, daily and weekly varieties, and are valid for the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams and buses; just time-stamp your ticket as you enter the station or hop aboard. You can buy tickets from bus and tram drivers, and from vending machines at stations, bus stops and newspaper kiosks. The underground will get you to most of the sights, with buses filling in the gaps.
Munich has a fantastic S-Bahn and U-Bahn system. For 8 Euro you can travel from the airport all the way to the Hauptbahnhof or Marienplatz. This trip takes about 40 minutes on the S1 or S8 lines.
The system is very comprehensive and all connections are easy. There are four zones that make up the rail system within Munich and you pay based on your distance of travel (unless you have a special ticket). Stations toward the center of town are not too far apart...so if you miss your stop, you can just as easily go back up to the street and walk back.
Be aware that there is nothing stopping you from getting on the train without paying your fare. In order not to risk a fine, please buy your ticket at a kiosk and validate it prior to entering the train.
The subway in Munich (or U-bahn) is very clean, quiet, not crowded, and very convenient. You can get around town easily, and there are a lot of lines; most of them meet up in Marienplatz. The tickets are a little on the expensive side though.
Also, shown in the picture on the left is a "Streifenkarte". It costs 9 euros and has 10 slots for stamping. However, even I am a little confused: Usually, if you are travelling a long distance (more than 2 stops or something on the subway and bus), you have to use up 2 slots of your Streifenkarte. 1 slot is not enough--only for very short rides. And there are different policies for travelling through different zones. Usually the automatic ticket machines at the subway stations have all these information.
Subways (U-Bahn) and rapid transit (S-Bahn) lines in Munich:
MVV, Munich's local passenger transport network, provides the easiest way of reaching the city center and a range of other destinations.
It's not so easy to understand which ticket you need at the beginning, also because in not central stations you have only a map and an automatic ticket machine.
Anyway, you'll become practice fastly.
The one-trip ticket is really more expensive than in Italy (from 2 EUR for standard trip i.e. without additional area), anyway if you get a weekly ticket you'll save many money.
Look at bahn official site before to go in Munich: you'll have no problem then!
Munich has an excellent subway system which is easy to use - just take your map and choose your destination.
Like in other German cities, the Munich U-Bahn is an open system, there are no ticket barriers, you must cancel your ticket ticket before entering the platform area and show it in case you're controlled. All tickets are valid on any means of transport (bus, tram, subway and local trains) with free transfer between them.
The Munich U-Bahn operates between 4:15 and 1:30, trains run every ten minutes and every 5 minutes during rush hours. 6-car trains are used during rush hours, 2-4-car trains in off-peak hours.