Getting around Munich
Top tips for getting around Munich
TRAIN TO MUNICH: Germany's southern capital is
Munich is a breeze to navigate compared to cities like Paris and London.
I recommend you stick to the U-Bahn and S-Bahn for getting around the city.
The public transport system is quick and reliable and will have you zooming around in no time.
Forms of public transportation
Use this to traverse Munich’s east-west axis and get into the outer districts.
S-Bahn means Schnellbahn
(fast train) and lines are marked with an “S” (for example, S2). The main axis runs from Pasing
in the west, through the Hauptbahnhof
(Main Train Station) and Marienplatz
in the east.
These cover more specific locations within the city off the S-Bahn axis. U-Bahn means underground train and they’re marked with a “U” (for example U6).
TRAM: The German word for tram is
Strassenbahn (street train).
If it’s a nice day, why not enjoy it by staying above ground and take the tram?
They’re handy for getting you places trains don’t go, like the Pinakothek art galleries and the Maximilianeum Bavarian parliament.
All tram lines cross the Hauptbahnhof and/or Karlsplatz (Stachus).
To and from the airport
Need a Munich subway map?
PDF Munich maps of the subway and other public transportation are to be found here
Two S-Bahn lines run from Munich’s Fran***z-Joseph-Strauss Airport
to the city, the S1 and the S8. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Trains leave to and from below the Hauptbahnhof every 10 minutes from 3.30am and end about 12.30am the next morning. Keep this in mind if you have an early morning flight!
Once I missed the last S-Bahn out to Munich Airport and had to spend half the night at the Hauptbahnhof. See here for more info on Munich Airport Transfers
Regular U-Bahn, S-Bahn and tram services run until about 2am, when the night buses and trams
take over. They’re marked with an “N” (for example, N26) and times are given at tram and bus stops.
Now you know how to get around, let’s look at what ticket you need
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