Public Transportation, Munich
By flight or train..
flight is the best if you are not coming from an european location...
the central train station is smack in the middle of the city. you can go from Hauptbahnhof to any where in the city by U-Bahn, S-Bahn or trams...
Undoubtedly, the public transport system.
a single ticket (for the day, week or month) allows you to travel on the underground, S-Bahn, buses and trams. its quite cheap.
The U-bahn was very efficient, clean and safe. I did not use it that often though as I was staying basically in the heart of Munich. I also had a bicycle. Many people get around by bicycle and DO NOT walk on the bicycle path. Unlike in Japan, the citizens of Munich take their rules seriously!! :)
See the map? The green is the site of the Oktoberfest. The red spot is where I was staying! Just 5 minutes away!
Depending how long you are in Munich I recommend getting a Munich Welcome card which lets you travel free of charge on all means of public transport inside the boundaries of Munich. A 1 day ticket will cost you 12DM or a 3 day ticket will cost 30DM.
You can obtain these tickets in most hotels or at the Main station (Haupthahnhof) and the tourist information offices.
Use the trams, they are clean, regular and punctual. Buy you tickets almost anywhere and clip them yourself when you get on (trusting lot aren't they?) Here's Alina using her favourite method of transport, the toboggan.
A very efficient and modern public TRANSPORTATION system. With one ticket you can travel with bus, streetcar, U-Bahn, and S-Bahn. The U-Bahn is the Underground subway and runs approximately 60 kilometers through the city. The S-Bahn runs out to the surrounding countryside in all directions.
S-Bahn and U-Bahn intersect at Hauptbahnhof and Marienplatz. The public transportation system operates from about 5:00 in the morning to about 1:00 at night.
Getting to Munich is no problem, be it by air or by land. It may be possible to sail there up the Isar (or streams of beer running about at the time of Oktoberfest), but but ask somebody more competent before you try!
As every big German city, Munich has an excellent network of public transport. U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, buses - what they don't have you don't need! Although it seems very easy to go joyriding around town, the checks do happen, and paying a 60 DEM fee is always a waste. So buy yourself a daily or a weekly - or, if you're in a group, a ticket valid for 4 days and up to 5 people for only 42 DEM! An unbeatable offer, isn't it?
www.mvv-muenchen.de (M V V ) the local Underground and local trains!
MVV offer cards as You wish:
Weekend, Day, Week or stripes (2 at least!) etc.
Nightliners drive every day about 1 time the hours, Attention: different routes and bus numbers from day!!!
That is my favorite, a nice ride in ten minutes you'll get to the summit of Germany's highest peak and... you'll get to enjoy amazingly beautiful views from there. Summit of the sky is so close!!! You have to experience that at least once.
You'll soon run out of cash if you rely on taxis to get around Munich. The U-Bahn underground and S-Bahn rapid transit rail systems provide a much cheaper alternative, although some people claim you need a doctorate in maths to work out the complicated fare structure that typifies local rail networks in Germany. Or you could walk and work off some of those calories!
The trains are very reliable - just be sure to know when the last one leaves to get you back to where you want to be.
For my personal experience i have found it is neer necessary to buy a ticket for the U or S Bahn. Me and 5 friends have been travelling on them for 7 months and i have never had my ticket checked once. If you do get caught it is a large fine though 60DM i believe - weigh up the risks yourself and if you do decide to go without a ticket make sure you don't look like a tourist and always look confident as you walk through the gate. The same also applies for the bus and tram system - most locals never buy tickets.
Cars are excellent, but so are trains. The only thing that can be uncomfortable to tourist, is the self-service of buying a Fahrkarte ticket. Coins, bills, credit cards - you can use everything to buy the ticket, but you must use your brain a little bit to do it at first time.
The typical and usual horse drawn carriages are available for a ride around the main center area. The tourists like it; I guess
The U-bahn is the easiest way to transfer yourself from the citycentre to the outskirts of Munich; for example the Olympic Park and the Allianz Arena are reachable by U-bahn.