MUNICH AIRPORT: Munich’s Franz-Joseph-Strauss Airport (code: MUC) is the most obvious connection if you’re coming to Munich from overseas.
It’s the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt. If you’re used to going through airport hell in other parts of the world, don’t worry, this one is different.
It's every bit as efficient as you’d expect from a German transport hub and gets consistently voted among the best airports in Europe.
READY FOR TAKE OFF: Passenger jets lined up
at Munich Franz-Joseph-Strauss Airport.
Pic: CC Wikimedia
The airport is about 30km (18mi) north-east of central Munich and connects by S-Bahn (the Munich subway/suburban train system).
There are also buses running to Munich’s central station and other ways of getting in and out.
For more info about getting to and from the airport, see Munich Airport transfers.
The airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 is home to Germany’s Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners including Continental, United, US Airways, Air China, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Air Canada.
All other airlines use Terminal 2.
CHECK IN: Passengers getting ready to take off
from Munich's airport. Pic: CC Wikimedia
Here are a few ideas for what to do if you’ve got time to kill at Munich Airport.
Munich Airport Centre (MAC)
This is a concourse area that connects the terminals.
There are bars, a supermarket, shops and access to the S-Bahn, all under a huge, transparent roof.
It’s also where you’ll find the luxury Kempinski Hotel Munich.
TAKE OFF: A board showing departures
from Munich Airport. Pic: CC yisris
One stop away from the airport is the Visitors’ Park (Besucherpark), where air-heads can watch planes roll in and out of Terminal 1 from the top of a hill.
As well as this look-out spot there are a couple of historic planes on display including a Lockheed Super Constellation and a Junkers "Auntie Ju" 52.
Inside a Napcab at Munich
The shut-eye pods
Sick of falling asleep on airport benches?
Munich Airport has opened rentable, private "pods" called Napcap.
Inside there’s a small couchette as well as a flat-screen TV, desk, and internet connection.
The pods cost between €10 and €15 an hour and the minimum charge is €30. You can pay with your credit card at the pod.
Napcaps can be found in Terminal 2, level 2 next to gate H32 and in Terminal 2, level 4, gate G06.
More info: Website www.napcabs.com
Kempinski Hotel Munich Spa
You can visit the spa centre of this 5-star airport hotel as a day guest. There is an indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and steam bath (with separate men’s and women’s sections), gym, massage and beauty parlours.
SERVICE: Wheelchairs lined up inside one of the terminals at
Munich's airport. Pic: CC Daquella manera
EASY ACCESS: This map shows the major Autobahn routes around Munich, including the A92, which links to the airport. Pic: CC Wikimedia
• Want to get easily into the city? See here for info on Munich Airport Transfers
• Here's a guide to Getting around Munich
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