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Munich Airport — how to get to the city from the airport

Munich Airport is the second busiest international airport in Germany and is among the ten busiest airports in Europe. It is located about 40 km north-east of the center of Munich and is named after the former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss. In 2015, over 40 million passengers were handled at Munich Airport.

The journey to and from the airport, as well as transportation services are well organized. There are several choices.

A transfer from Munich Airport to the city’s Central Station is organized. The Lufthansa Express bus leaves every 15 minutes, from 6:30 to 22:30. The ticket costs 10.50 euros when buying online and 11 euros when buying from the driver in cash, directly on the bus. Round-trip tickets are also available at a price of 17 euros online or 18 euros when purchased from a driver.

  • Travel time: 45 minutes
  • Children aged 5 years and free, and from age 6 to 14 years have a discount
  • The departure point for the bus from the airport is outside Terminal 2 (arrival level 03), and it stops at Terminal 1 (arrival areas A and D), at MAC (Munich airport — bus terminal Z) and in Munich Nord / Schwabing
  • When returning from the city center, terminal 1 (region D) is the final destination preceded by Terminal 2, Terminal 1 (region A), and MAC.

Munich Airport has a direct connection to the center of Munich by two suburban railway lines (lines S-Bahn S1 and S8). Both will take you to the city center in about 45 minutes. Trains leave every 10 minutes, from 4:00 to 1:30. Tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines or at the counter at MAC (the center of Munich Airport) between two terminals. You can choose one ticket for one day at the airport. The price in both cases is 11 euros. The platform is located near the central area between the terminals and is denoted by white “S” on a green background.

To get to your accommodation in Munich or to go to some other city, the easiest way is to book a door-to-door transfer. You can do it online.

  • Transfer companies will send a professional driver who will be waiting for you in the arrival area with a name and follow the arrival of the flight to see if your plane is late.
  • If you are traveling with small children, child seats can be pre-booked.

Taxis are available at Munich Airport, you will find them in front of Terminal 1 (arrival / departure level E04 right in front of Modules A-E), in front of Terminal 2 and level E03, north of the central area).

There are several car rental companies at Munich Airport, including Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, etc. All the car rental offices are located in the center of Munich Airport (MAC) in the central area at level 3, and there you will receive the keys to cars and documents.

NOTE. When returning the car, you will have to leave it on the return car (opposite the parking area P26 and north of P9), where the crew of the service will wait. Leave the keys and documents inside the car.

If you are a large group arriving at the airport, you can rent a bus before you arrive. This is a good option if you want to explore the region or visit other cities in Germany. Book your bus in advance so the company can arrange a meeting point at the airport.

Question: I am arriving late at the airport. Will it be a problem to get to the city?

  • A: No, although the last shuttle bus leaves at 10:30 pm, you still have commuter trains running until 1:30 in the morning, and you can always take a taxi. They are available around the clock and seven days a week.

Question: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?

  • A: Yes, there are several hotels near the airport that offer transfers for guests. But you can check the hotel, located directly at the airport, between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is also suitable for people with disabilities. If you only have a few hours between flights, you can use Napcab sleeping cabins in Terminal 2 (level 4 and 5).

Question: I would like to visit Munich between flights. Is it possible

  • A: Yes, if you take the train or the airport shuttle bus, you will find yourself in the center of Munich in about 45 minutes. You can use the luggage deposit at the central station in Munich (railway station).

Question: I continue my journey outside of Munich. Are there any direct bus lines to other destinations?

  • A: Yes, there are several bus lines directly from the airport, for example, from Munich Airport to Innsbruck or Nuremberg. The bus leaves the bus stop in front of the Central District between the terminals. You can also find other connections, such as Munich to Berlin or even international lines, for example, Munich to Prague, Munich to Zurich or Munich to Vienna. However, for most of them you need to get to the main bus station in Munich.

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