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.
We walked around the city and used the Metro to get to sites that were just a little to far to walk. We found Munich’s' metro system to be one of the cleanest we had been on and the people to be accommodating for seats.
The public transport is fantastic, even the U-bahn or the S-bahn or the Strassebahn and busses, are very puntual, and clean
El transporte publico es muy bueno, limpio, rapido y eficiente, no solo el metro y autobuses, sino tambien los tranvias
I had never been on a tube before so munich was my introduction and i was spoilt
The rail sytem in germany is very efficient and easy to follow and I had no problems gertting around
They have great trams too
The IsarCard is the best opportunity to see as much as you like from Munich for not too much money. You can use it for the tram, metro and the bus. The card is conferrable time-card (only week- and month-card!). You can buy a week- or month-card (also a card for a year but that' s probably not that interesting).
The card for one week is effectual from Monday 00.00 a.m. to the next working day of the following week at 12.00 p.m.
The month-card is effectual for the time of one calendar month and the first working day of the next month until 12.00 p.m.
Children (6 -14 years) can travel with an owner of an IsarCards Mo to Fr from 9.00 a.m. on, Sa/ Su and on holidays (Feiertage) the whole day for free, as many children as you like when they are part of your family and if not the maximum is three children.
The MVV-tariffarea is separated in 16 rings. The IsarCard effectual for as many rides as you like but just in the rings you choosed. You can buy the card on a counter or an automat.
The prices are from € 9,50/ week, € 35,50/ month for a card by 2 rings until € 39,00/ week, € 146,50/ month for by 16 rings.
If there is one thing about Munich that I could bring back to Dublin, it would be the excellent metro & s-bahn system. If you are going to be in Munich for a while, it is worth getting a monthly discount ticket (if you are eligible) from the MVV office in Poccistrasse.
If you are flying to Munich remember that the airport is far away from the city and it is best to take the S-Bahn to the city center or if you know what stop your hotel is at on the metro line then stop at one that is close (duh).
When you arrive at the airport and you have decided to take the S-Bahn to town buy an all zone multi-day ticket as you will probably use the train a lot and it is even good to go to Dachau if you want.
The ticket is also valid for the bus and tram system. The ticket is also valid for up to five people so if you are a family then this is the best way to go.
Munich's public transport system, an integrated network of buses, trams and U- and S-Bahn trains, is good, though the fare and ticketing system, remains by far the most complicated in Germany. Prices vary according to how many zones are crossed: the city is divided up into a series of concentric circles, clearly displayed on the transport maps at any station, tram or bus stop.
It is cheaper to take a single-day ticket for 4.50 EUR when you're planning to use the system a couple of times a day. There is a ticket vending machine in the central square of every station. Don't forget to cancel your ticket at a ticket-cancellation machine before starting your travel. You will find them close to the escalators.
Check the "bonuses" you receive with your rail pass. Some include the S-Bahn in Munich, but not the U-Bahn. The U-Bahn is more widespread and will take you most places. Check into getting a 24 hour or 3 day pass. If you're going to do a lot of running around town, it might be cheaper than individual tickets. Beware they have people roaming the Bahns & trams checking for valid tickets. A lot of people try to ride without a validated ticket, but is it worth the 30euro fine if caughtb?