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Munich Airport

The main airport serving the city of Munich is the Munich International Airport (MUC) and it is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city center. The airport offers all the basics; groceries, medical center, restaurants, spa and a tourist office. These are mostly located in the Munich Airport Center (MAC) between the terminals. There is also the MAC-Forum, Europe's largest roofed outdoor area that hosts events such as ice skating in winter and beach volleyball in summer.

Airport Ground Transportation

The S-Bahn easily connect the airport to Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof). The commute is around 35 minutes, and runs every 10 minutes (reduced frequency at night).

The S-Bahn stops at two stations at the airport: Besucherpark (parking and Visitors Park) and Flughafen München (Terminal 1 and 2). The S1 (west) and S8 (east) are the main lines between the city and airport.

Tickets on Munich's public transport, MVG, to/from the airport costs €11.60 for a single ticket over the 4 zones. If you plan on traveling further or have more trips that day, purchase a Tageskarte Gesamtnetz (single day ticket) for €13.00 or you can get a dedicated Airport-City-Day-Ticket for the same price. You can buy the tickets from the tourist office in the airport or from the many machines. Validate tickets by stamping them in the marked machines before boarding the S-Bahn at the top of the escalator or within the station.

There are bus services in front of terminal 1 off level 3, as well as terminal 2 at level 4. Most offer service to central Munich, but there are also some options to nearby attractions, cities and villages.

Lufthansa express bus is available to the Hauptbahnhof via Schwabing quarter for €10.50 one-way or €17 return. Buses run every 15 minutes and the trip takes about 45 minutes. It is open to passengers of any airline.

You can arrange for a taxi with major companies beforehand, or pick one up outside the departure and arrival areas of Terminal 1 and 2 with a service point on level 3 in Terminal 2.

The fare between the airport and city should be around €70.

Getting Around Munich

Public transportation
A one-way fare starts from approximately €2.90 but you can get a one-day unlimited pass for €7, or three days for €17. One ticket can be used on all the public transportation options. If you have to switch from the tram to the subway in one journey, you can do so with a singular ticket. Just keep in mind that the fare increases per how many zones you travel through.

Taxis are expensive in Munich, and they have some of the highest tariffs in Germany. At the time of this writing, the base rate is €3.70 plus an additional €1.90 per kilometer.