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Getting around Munich via Public Transport
UPDATE: 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).
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. 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.
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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!
One or three Day Pass, dirt cheap, perfect
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.)
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U-bahn (subway train)
Munich has a very good subway (U-Bahn, U1-U8) system and you can reach nearly every place in inner downtown and the outskirts of downtown by subway. Get a little map of the Munich subway lines at the ticket counters or kiosk or the munich traffic office (Münchner Verkehr und Tarif Verbund MVV). A multi-day ticket is often more cost efficient than the expensive “Streifenkarten” (stripe-cards). Most lines start to run around 5 in the morning and run until aroun 1 at night. Note that some lines do not run between around 2 and 5 at night. This can be troublesome if you go to a discotheque or bar and later notice that you have to walk home or take an expensice taxi. Most information on Munich public transport, the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Busses and regional trains you canget a Munich’s central station “Hauptbahnhof”.
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metro in Munich
There is a quite good working subway and train system in Munich with good connections through almost all teh day (and night). Just between 2 and 4 am there is no train, what efforts a decision on saturday night party time....already home early before 2 or making the night a day and staying until early in the morning ,-))
Nice to find these adverts for my city everywhere in Munich subway...they know which cities are nice to visit ;-D....and we have as well an Oktoberfest, hehehe, not that small neither....
Take the tram!!
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!
Public Services at Munich
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 :))
S-bahn (surface train)
Munich has a very good Surface train sytem (S-Bahn, S1-S8) and you can reach nearly every place in inner downtown and the outskirts of downtown as well as the suburbs by S-Bahn. Get a little map of the Munich local train lines at the ticket counters or kiosk or the munich traffic office (Münchner Verkehr und Tarif Verbund MVV). A multi-day ticket is often more cost efficient than the expensive “Streifenkarten” (stripe-cards). Most lines start to run around 5 in the morning and run until aroun 1 at night. Note that some lines do not run between around 2 and 5 at night. This can be troublesome if you go to a discotheque or bar and later notice that you have to walk home or take an expensice taxi. Most information on Munich public transport, the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Busses and regional trains you canget a Munich’s central station “Hauptbahnhof”.
- Family Travel
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.
S-bahn & U-bahn
S-bahn, U-bahn and lots of trams and buses make an absolutely great system of transportation !
All of the S-bahn-trains S1 - S8 run through the centre of Munich and Hackerbrücke -shown on my pic - is the best place to leave the train for Theresienwiese & Oktoberfest !
There is a U-bahn-station directely at Theresienwiese - also called "Theresienwiese" - but it is a lot more crowded and you have to "fight" to get in or out at the station...
Normally I take a dayticket for the inner circle ( Tageskarte für den Innenraum ) - good for all transportations between Ostbahnhof , Olympiapark and Pasing.
Only when you intend to go to the airport , to Dachau, Starnberg and other places - you need a ticket for the whole area
Controls are made quite often, also and especially during Oktoberfest - and these people may not be recognized by a uniform ( but sometimes by the way they behave before entering a train) !!!
For more details and prices, please click on my link below !
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Subway, Metro, Underground
The U-Bahn ("bahn" means train) is what Germans call their subway system. The S-Bahn refers to the suburban trains that run outside of the city center and can be accessed from the U-Bahn lines (U1- U8). The trains run frequently during peak times, but even at off peak times there is a train around every 10 minutes. A single ticket costs 2.10 Euros and a day ticket (includes the inner zone) costs 4.50. I was able to get around Munich mostly on foot, but I did use the trains to get to and from the airport and a few other times to get around. The maps were easy to read and the trains were clean and efficient.
The train is your friend
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.
the best public transport in the world
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.
Munich S and U-Bahn System
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.
U-bahn in Munich
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.
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