Our Munich Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Germany. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

    It’s all compiled in this Munich Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Munich.


    Best time to travel to Munich (weather-wise)

    • Munich has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers.
    • Average temperatures range from -2ºC in winter to 25ºC in summer.
    • Close to the Alps, Munich receives more rain and snow than most other areas of Germany. Curiously, the rainiest time of the year is from May to August.
    • Summer, from June to August, is peak tourist season, with hotel and flight prices rising accordingly.
    • The best time to visit Munich is from March to May: the weather starts to get warmer and you’ll avoid the throngs of summer tourists.
    • If you're planning to visit during Oktoberfest, book your hotel as soon as possible. Many people book up to 1 year ahead of time.

    Munich basics

    • Primary languages: German
    • Plug types: C, E and F
    • Electricity: 230 V
    • Currency: Euro (€)
    • International dialing code: +49 89
    • Emergency telephone number: 112

    Getting into the city

    Munich Airport

    Officially named Franz Josef Strauss Airport, Munich Airports sits 30 km northeast of the city center. It hosts 2 terminals, 2 runways and it can handle large carriers such as the Airbus A380. It’s also the second-busiest airport in Germany There are several transfer options to reach central Munich:

    • A taxi to the city center takes around 65 minutes and costs roughly €45. Taxi ranks can be found in the departures and arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and 2.
    • The S-Bahn train takes around 45 minutes and costs €12. The train station is in Terminal 1.
    • The Lufthansa express bus takes around 45 minutes and costs €10.50. The buses depart in front of the Munich Airport Center, a short walk from Terminals 1 and 2. It’s the cheapest way to get to central Munich from the airport.
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the arrivals area.

    Munich Central Railway Station

    Locally known as München Hauptbahnhof, Munich Central Railway Station sits just east of the city center. It’s not only famous for being a major transportation hub, but also for its lively dining scene. The transfer options available from here include U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (light rail), tram, bus and taxi.


    Getting around Munich

    Travel tips

    The center of Munich is small enough to be explored on foot or by bicycle. It hosts many pedestrian zones and an extensive network of cycle paths. Most of the attractions can be found in the city center.

    photo by High Contrast (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Getting around Munich by public transportation

    Regarding public transportation, Munich is divided into 4 spherical zones. The Zone 1 is the city center, also known as Inner District. Conveniently, all of Munich’s public transportation system is managed by MVV (Münchner Verkehrsverbund – Munich Transportation Association), so the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (light rail), bus and tram networks all use the same ticketing system. 

    • A single ticket Zone 1 costs €2.90 and is valid for 3 hours.
    • A 1-day ticket Zone 1 costs €6,70.
    • You can also buy a 24-, 48- or 72-hour CityTourCard which includes all public transportation in the Inner District, and free or discounted entry to over 80 attractions.
    • Tickets can be purchased at vending machines in S-Bahn/U-Bahn stations and at all tram/bus stops. 
    • You can also install the MVV app on your smartphone.

    Taking a taxi

    • You can hail a taxi on the street, but it’s better to go and rental one at a taxi rank.
    • MyTaxi and a few local apps can be used in Munich to hail a taxi.
    • If you don't speak German, have your address ready to show the driver. 
    • Munich taxis have a start rate of €3.70, then the price per kilometer starts at €1.90 for the first 5 kilometers.
    • Many cabs do not accept the payment of the fare by credit card.

    Cycling in Munich with Donkey Republic bike

    • Donkey Republic is a bike sharing app which allows you to explore Munich at a pleasant slow pace. Bike racks can easily be found all around the city.
    • Prices start from €0.88 for 30 minutes.

    photo by Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0) modified

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