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Transport in Munich

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Munich has one of the best and easiest-to-use public transport systems in Europe. There are two main routes – the S bahn and the U bahn that cover the entire city. There are a number of options for tickets. You can buy single tickets or ‘stripe tickets’ which is  a strip of 10 that you can use as and when you need. If you plan to travel quite extensively during the day, the best option is to buy a ‘day card’. This costs about 5 euros but is valid for 24 hours. Before entering the metro, make sure you validate it (entwerten) in one of the machines in the stations.

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The same rules as the metro apply for trams. Trams generally take a more circuitous route than metros and might be a slower option. Still, it’s a nice way to pass through the city.


There are a number of taxi rinks spread across the city. Or if you prefer, you can call a taxi from one of the following companies:

  • Taxizentrale München Tel. +49 (0)89 21 610 or +49 (0)89 19 410
  • Isarfunk Taxizentrale Tel. +49 (0)89 45 05 40

Officially licensed taxis in Munich charge fixed fares, graded according to a fare plan. There is a fixed basic charge of 2.70 to which a graded fare per kilometre as listed below is added. The price per kilometre is shown in units of 0,20.

Price per kilometre:
0 to 5 km: 1.60 per kilometre
5 to 10 km: 1.40 per kilometre
10 km or more: 1.25 per kilometer

Transport of guide dogs, wheel chairs, crutches and prams is free. Drivers charge a waiting charge of 22.50 euros per hour. For more information on taxi fares, rinks and conditions, click here.


Germany has an excellent rail network. Deutsche Bahn is the national railway. The central station in Munich is located at Hauptbahnhof. For a complete listing of destinations, prices etc, log onto the following website.


The highways (atuobahn) in Germany are every driver’s dream come true. There are no speed limits, they are free and are some of the best in the world.

In case of a problem with the car, an excellent organisation called ADAC is no hand to help you 24 hours a day.

There are a number of care rental agencies in Munich. The following link gives you a comprehensive overview of the agencies and cars/prices they offer.


Munich International Airport, officially named Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (German: Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß) is located 28 km northeast of Munich, Germany. In 2007 the airport was the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passengers, and the 28th busiest airport in the world, with 33.96 million passengers. In 2007, for the third consecutive year, Munich Airport was named the "Best Airport in Europe" and fourth best worldwide by Skytrax, the air transport research company.

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Update 2/04/2008


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