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Getting around in Munich: info, costs and advice


Munich is a city of timeless, fascinating and livable beauty, one of the most popular European cities for tourists. The city, in addition to being very beautiful, has aefficient public transport system which allows tourists and residents to tour it in complete tranquility and without problems.

E' You can move around the city very easily: here we find a widespread network of trams, buses, underground (U-Bahn) and trains (S-Bahn). It is a city that also deserves to be explored on foot or by bicycle, in some cases the only means of getting around: in fact, the historic center is almost entirely pedestrianized, and many of its attractions are located quite close together.
Let's find out then the guide on how to get around Munich: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Munich
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The transport network in Munich is very efficient, connects extreme points of the city in a short time; however, the historic center must be visited on foot, so as not to miss any attraction. Monaco is a huge metropolis, populated by over a million inhabitants and, like all large cities, it can be quite distracting for the tourist. For this reason, for a first approach we recommend a free walking tour with a local guide, great for getting used to and identifying the main landmarks.
Alternatively, we recommend the evergreen hop-on hop-off bus, ideal for quickly reach all the attractions of the city, thanks to the stops located at strategic points!

Moving by public transport, you must always keep in mind that the whole city area is divided into various rings, called Ringe, with different rates according to the area. The tariff system is however unique, e the ticket can be used on all means.

Finally, the Monaco City Tour Card is really recommended, which in addition tounlimited use of means of transport, also offers discounts for monuments, museums and affiliated restaurants.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, tram, tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: cars, taxis, scooters
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Monaco City Tour Card (from € 13,90 -), Tageskarte day ticket (from € 6,70)

How to get from the airport to the center of Munich

Munich is served by two airports. The main airport is Franz Josef Strauß International Airport, which is about 30 km from the city and where the major airlines land; the second is the airport Allgäu Airport Memmingen, about 100 km from the center, mainly used by low cost airlines such as Ryanair.

Franz Josef Strauß International Airport

  • Distance from the center: 30 km / travel time: 45 min;
  • By train: lines S1 and S8 / ticket cost: € 10,80
  • By taxi: average cost € 50,00 / travel time: 45 min
  • By bus: average cost € 10,50 / Luftansa Airport Bus line - buy online
  • Private transfer: Franz Josef Strauss Airport Private Transfer (MUC)

Allgäu Airport Memmingen

  • Distance from the center: 100 km / travel time: 2 h;
  • By train: from the train station (about 4 km from the airport, reachable by bus 810 in about 10 minutes), direct train towards München Hauptbahnhof / ticket cost: € 20,40
  • By bus: average cost € 15,00 / Allgäu Airport Express line

How to get around on foot

Monaco is a huge metropolis, populated by over a million inhabitants and, like all large cities, it can be quite distracting for the tourist. For this reason, for a first approach we recommend a free walking tour with a local guide, great for getting used to and identifying the main landmarks.

The historic center, however, is almost entirely pedestrianized, and the main attractions of the city are quite close to each other; for example, Marienplatz is about 10 minutes walk from Peterskirche. Even the other districts of the city, full of interesting museums, palaces and churches, undoubtedly deserve to be visited calmly walking along their tree-lined avenues.
If you are a football lover, you can't miss the combined tour of the city and the Allianz Arena, home of one of the strongest teams in Europe!

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Munich for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Tram, bus and metro undoubtedly represent the most comfortable and fastest way to visit the city. The means you will probably use the most are the U-Bahn metro and the Strassenbahn trams: the latter also have some lines that remain in operation all night on the main routes.

La Munich's transport network has a single fare system and the fares are calculated according to the zone, with a minimum price of € 2,80 for a one-way ticket in zone 1, which includes the central areas of the city, and a maximum of € 11,20 for the peripheral areas, including which also includes the airport. To save money, it might be useful to buy the City Tour Card, a day pass that allows unlimited rides on all public transport, the price of which varies according to the areas you include; the pass is also available in the formula valid for 3 days.

Se you have little time available and want to enjoy a panoramic tour, we recommend the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, for one or two days. For the entire duration of your ticket, you can get on and off without restrictions at the various stops, located in strategic points of the city!

Metro

The Munich subway consists of 6 U-Bahn lines, city subway, e 10 S-Bahn lines, regional trains. Tickets can be purchased in vending machines. There are 4 tariff zones, of these, Innenraum, the white area is the central one and where most of the attractions are concentrated. The ticket can be daily, valid from 9:00 in the morning to 6:00 the following day, or valid for 3 days.

NB: The metro works a little differently than usual. There are no specific tracks for each line. All lines pass by the same tracks in turn. It is therefore necessary to check the incoming / outgoing metros and the destinations to which they are directed through the information screen.



  • Downloadable map: metro-monaco
  • U-Bahn from 5:00 to 1:00; S-Bahn 24h
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,80
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: Single Tageskarte € 6,70 for the urban area (Innenraum, zones 1-4); € 8,90 for the extended urban area (zones 1-8); € 13,00 for all areas

Tram and bus

A valid alternative to move around the city is constituted by trams and buses, which allow you to move and reach areas that are not reachable using the metro. There is also an excellent network of night buses and trams that reach practically every part of the city.

  • Downloadable map: bus-monaco - tram-monaco - night-service
  • from 5: 00 to 1: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,80
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: Single Tageskarte € 6,70 for the urban area (Innenraum, zones 1-4); € 8,90 for the extended urban area (zones 1-8); € 13,00 for all areas.

By car

If you are planning to visit Munich by car, know that it is not entirely recommended, considering that the city is very rich in pedestrian zones. Moreover traffic is heavy and parking is expensive and sometimes hard to find.

If you arrive in Munich by car, it will suit you park it in one of the car parks located in the outskirts of the city, or opt for the streets immediately close to the pedestrianized center, where it is very difficult to find a place. Remember to obtain a green badge before entering the German city, this will certify the low atmospheric pollution emissions of your vehicle and you will be allowed access without incurring fines.

Pedestrian area

The historic center area is totally pedestrianized, 24 hours a day, 24 days a week. Cars cannot enter and only bicycles can pass through. In this area I am concentrated all the main attractions of the German city. The only solution is therefore to leave the car in the parking lots or directly at the hotel.

ZES - Low Emission Zone

A SEZ has been established in Munich since 2012, i.e. a Low Emission Zone, in German Umweltzone. These are limited areas established to avoid air pollution. They are increasingly popular in both Germany and Europe, which is why it is essential

For this reason, you can enter Munich with the car you just need if equipped with the green badge, in German Plakette: entry is in fact allowed only to vehicles that have a minimum level of atmospheric pollution; whoever does not respect these rules will be punished with a fine of € 80,00. The affected areas are the city center and the adjacent neighborhoods. You can find all the info about it on the official website.

Stops and parking

Finding parking in Munich is really difficult because in addition to being expensive, they are very often busy. THE places available for parking are the areas near the center, about 15-30 minutes on foot, recognizable by the parking meters where you can insert the money to buy the ticket, on Sundays you park for free. Another solution can be that of leave your car in one of the train station car parks, then go around Munich by public transport. These car parks are sometimes free or cost a maximum of € 1,50 per day, so very affordable!

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