Munich has excellent public transportation. It's fairly easy and fast to get anywhere and it is safe to get on a bus or train any time of the day or night.
Driving in Munich is not recommended. It seems like it's always rush hour and you'll waste all your time trying to find a place to park however it is nice to rent a car to drive outside of Munich. Garmisch is near and there are plenty of sights to see in the countryside.
It is simple to get from the airport to the city center in Munich. The travel time is estimated to be close to 45 minutes. When you arrive at the airport it is easy to find the way to the S-Bahn. In Germany the cities divide the subway systems usually into S-bahns and U-bahns. The S-bahns are for the oputskirts of the cities and the U-bahns are for the inner city. The S-Bahn is a white S in a green circle. Leaving the customs point you can follow the well marked way by following the signs for the green circles. This will take you directly to the S-bahn entrance. The first difficult choice you have is which ticket to buy. There are too many to choose from. I suggest buying the full day ticket for the whole region. The public transport system in Munich is broken down into concentric circles which begin at 1 and continue to get higher the further away you get. The airport requires you to buy the whole net or gesamtz net ticket. These prices are close estimates. The cost for a ticket into the center is around 6-7 euros. To buy a whole day pass for the whole net is 11 euros. If you buy a pass to enter the center and then buy a pass once in the center it will cost you more. The prices also decrease as you add another person 15 euro for two. After buying the pass get on the train until you reach the Hauptbahnhof
I got a direct flight to Munich by Lufthansa Airlines. These people are great!!! I can not say enough about them. I spent a total ofover 26 HOURS on two planes and these fight attendants were the best! All the drinks that you want!(remember 'free drinks' on international flights and no age restrictions!) These people wait on you hand and foot. I got onto Expedia.com and got a package deal with the flight and hotel together. I paid $1040 for the package. Not bad for no connections and from California.
There were to ways to get around and that is the subways(U-bahn) and the buses. You can get anywhere by the subways, just make sure that you buy a subway pass!! I was there the whole time and didn't buy a pass, and then the last day, right before I was going to my hotel a man came up to a group in the back of the sub-car and asked everyone to see their pass. I freaked out and he came to me and said 'let me see you pass' in german then in english, so I acted stupid and said I didn't know I was suppose to have one. Then he started to write me out a ticket, and he asked if I had 60DM, lucky me, I did. He gave me the ticket. I don't know what I was suppose to do with the ticket? Maybe goto court? I don't know,it was in German! So next year i might have a warrent or something..lol Who knows....... Anyway it pays to buy a pass. Or just ride a horse!
From England to Munich i found the quickest way to Fly. London Heathrow to Munich takes about 1.5 hours.
From the Airport to the City Centre takes 30 minutes on the S1 or S8
The underground system around Munich is a joy to use. Not as large as the London Underground but certainly a lot cleaner and far more reliable
We arrived from Toronto to the ultramodern Franz-Josef-Strauss Flughafen (International Airport). Here we bought a Partner Tageskarte (DM 28) which can be used for up to 5 people traveling together in the city and from the airport to the city - great deal!
Bahn #8 train connects the airport with Hauptbahnhof daily every 30 minutes for the 40-minute trip.
The new Munich Airport is about 28 km north-east of Munich center. It takes about 40 Minutes to get there by train. There are also busses to Munich Central Station. Unfortunately, the maps I have found on the net are copyrighted. Please go to that link for further details: http://www.munich-airport.de/english/verkehr.htm
Munich Public Transport (MVV), Biking, Rollerblading, Walking, Car-rental (= Autovermietung) (49 DM +)
http://route.web.de = Routenplaner = planning routes by car
http://www.bahn.de : look for departure and arrival station and the day You wish
Flight: MUC = Flughafen Muenchen II (Franz Josef Strauss)
www.stadtplandienst.de : here You find EVERY STREET AND THE NUMBER in digital copy!!!
with public transport MVV (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Trambahn, Bus), also at Friday / Saturday 3 times through the night!
I flew on US Air despite the turmoil surrounding the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. Flight was predictably empty.
Munich has great mass transit from metro, suburban trains, to buses. But to get the beer to Oktoberfest, a more traditional approach is taken.
Munich has its own airport which is connected to the S-Bahn system. If you take the train from Frankfurt, it takes around 3.5 hrs but the journey is very enjoyable as the landscape in Bavaria is incredibily lovely.
The public transport system in Munich is efficient. Bus and U-Bahn should probably get you to most places. If you travel in groups, you can buy a group ticket whih offers substantial savings. There are also discounts on weekends, so check out the different option before buying a ticket.
We've flown into Munich twice and also arrived once by train. Both are fine. A cab from the airport to the city center is expensive-- take the subway instead, then get a cab at the Hauptbanhof to your destination.
Public transportation! The subway is easy to use and very convenient.
We flew from Birmingham International in the UK to Munich. We caught the suburban train (Munchen Flughafen Terminal), actually under the main airport buildings, to Munchen Ost and then changed to the Veronna Express. This was much quicker than going into the town centre. We had about 15 minutes here - just time to get a hot take away snack and take it back up to the platform whilst we waited for the train. Our journey then took us on through Germany and on into Austria direct to Innsbruck. (International cross-country trains are quite good fun).
We arrived to Munich by Airplane. We spent 17 days in Europe and used Munich as our central starting point. Alot of these European cities are only a several hour drive from each other, so if your planning on visiting several different cities look for the best airfare and let that determine were your starting city will be.
We rented a car and enjoyed driving thru the Austria, Switzerland and Germany countryside for about a week. This is the best way to travel when visting these counties. After our tour of the Alps we arrived back in Munich to take a sleeper train to Prague, Czech Republic, this is the way to go.