Munich International Airport
Munich International Airport
ABOVE: The MUC control tower, viewed
from München Airport Center.
by Durant Imboden
If you're flying to Germany,
there's a good chance that you're headed for Bavaria. And if that's the case, it
makes sense to fly directly to Europe's eighth-largest airport: Munich
International Airport, which lies in the heart of Germany's most popular tourist region.
Nearly 25 million people travel through Munich's airport every
year, flying on some 90 major airlines and low-cost carriers that offer connections to 207 destinations in 60
Two parallel runways and a minimum connection time of only 35 minutes
let passengers get in
and out of the airport in a hurry--whether they're in transit, visiting Munich,
or headed for the nearby Alps.
Munich International Airport also trumps its rivals in another area:
services for passengers who have early departures or time to kill between
flights. With a hotel, a shopping center, and a visitor park on the airport
grounds, MUC provides more indoor and outdoor diversions than most airports do.
Location and layout
ABOVE: A nighttime view of Munich International
Airport. Terminal 1 is in the background, in front of the control tower.
Munich's airport is 28 km (17.5 miles) northeast of
the city, or 35-40 minutes from central Munich by train.
Terminal 1, which was built in 1992, is a long building that is
divided into five contiguous "modules." Each module is a self-contained area
with check-in counters, baggage claim, customs and immigration, and duty-free
Hallways and moving sidewalks connect the modules to a central area with
shops, restaurants, and ground transportation. Passengers can connect between
airlines without having to take a shuttle bus or train.
Terminal 2 houses Star Alliance airlines
(including Lufthansa and United), and it's just a short walk from Terminal 1.
Parking garages are adjacent to the terminal, and tunnels
connect to the München Airport Center shopping mall
Hilton Munich Airport hotel.
Reaching the city
Munich International Airport has many transportation options,
ranging from public transit to private taxis.
For details, see our
International Airport Ground Transportation page.
Shops and services
ABOVE: The Visitors Park at Munich
International Airport is a short S-Bahn ride from the terminals. The hill in the
background offers a view of the airport, and an 18-hole minigolf course is open
from March to October.
Terminal 1 at Munich International Airport has the usual
duty-free shops and snack bars, plus Global Refund desks for
tax-free shopping rebates in modules A and B
of the check-in area.
But the majority of shopping and eating
opportunities are in München Airport Center, a mall
that starts just beyond the main terminal. There, you'll find a supermarket, gourmet shops, bookstores,
clothing boutiques, and other specialty retailers. München
Airport Center also has eating places that range from the Airbräu microbrewery
restaurant to a Burger King. You can even take a shower in the rest rooms. (Soap
is available, but bring your own towel.)
The Service Center in München
Airport Center is open 24 hours a day and is the place to go for baggage
deposit, lost and found, and other travel-related
services. A reasonably priced Internet Point is next door, or you can check your
e-mail and surf the Web at the freestanding Internet terminals that are
scattered (with pay phones) around the airport.
For last-minute deals on air
tickets and tour packages, visit the many travel agencies and consolidators in
München Airport Center's Reisemarkt.
Terminal 2 offers more shops and eating places near the gates in the secure transit
Munich International Airport Web links
ABOVE: Inside Terminal 1 at Munich
The official Flughafen München Web site has
all the basics, including details on the airlines that serve MUC.
Eat, drink, shop, find travel bargains, get medical treatment, or drink a beer
in Europe's largest covered open-air space without leaving Munich's airport.
Hilton Munich Airport
This ultramodern luxury hotel (designed by architect Helmut Jahn) is a short walk from the terminals and the München Airport Center shopping mall.
See our illustrated review.
Novotel München Airport
257-room Novotel is geared to middle-class business and family
travelers. All rooms are soundproofed, handicap rooms are available, and Wi-Fi
Read our illustrated Munich Travel Guide,
articles, listings of
Munich hotels, and more.
Also see our Munich Map.
Photos copyright © Munich
International Airport. Used by permission.