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From: Munich Travel Guide

Hauptbahnhof

ABOVE: A conventional train and a high-speed ICE train in Munich's Hauptbahnhof.

Arriving in Munich

Munich AirportMunich International Airport (MUC) is Germany's second-largest airport in terms of traffic, with more than 100 airlines carrying an estimated 34 million passengers between Munich and 244 cities on four continents. It's less hectic than Frankfurt (Germany's other major international gateway), and the Munich Airport Center shopping mall has a full range of services, including a ticket office of the German Federal Railways.

S-Bahn trainFrom the airport, S-Bahn lines 1 and 8 (see below) run to the city center, with stops that will put you within easy walking distance of most hotels. Travel time is about 40 minutes.

Another option is the Lufthansa Airport Bus, which runs very 20 minutes and stops near the Nordfriedhof U-Bahn station on its way to the Hauptbahnhof (Munich's main railway station). Allow 25 minutes to Nordfriedhof or 40 minutes to the city center.

HauptbahnhofDeutsche Bahn, a.k.a. German Federal Railways, has two major stations in Munich: the Hauptbahnhof on the western edge of the city center, and the smaller Ostbahnhof to the east of downtown. The two stations are connected by S-Bahn, which runs directly through the city center with stops near the major tourist attractions, department stores, and hotels.

If you're arriving by car, you'll find directions to the city center (and to the Oktoberfest grounds) on the Munich Tourist Office's "Getting Here" page.

Local transportation

Marienplatz U-Bahn and S-Bahn stationMunich and its suburbs have two rapid-transit systems: the S-Bahn, which runs to the airport and suburbs, and the U-Bahn, which is comparable to the London Underground or the Paris Métro. You can use the same tickets on both systems within the central fare zone; if you go outside the center (for example, to Dachau), you'll need to pay a higher fare.

Tram signMunich also has trams and buses. For the most part, though, you should be able to get around on foot, with an occasional S-Bahn or U-Bahn trip to outlying attractions like the Allianz Arena, the BMW Museum, or the Olympic Park.

For English-language information on the city's transit system, visit the MVV Web site, which has timetables, maps, and ticket prices. You might want to consider a City Tour Card, which allows unlimited transit use for one or three days, on days when you expect to use public transportation for more than one or two trips.

Also see our article, How to Ride the U-Bahn and S-Bahn in Munich.

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