This is a guide about traveling between German city Munich (München in German language) and Munich’s international airport Munich Airport.
Munich airport to Munich city center by train
Which train lines run from the Munich airport to the Munich city center?
The Munich Airport is connected with Munich city center by suburban local train S-Bahn, not by normal trains. Traveling around Germany by train is possible from near by Freising train station (check bus connection with Freising train station below).
From the Munich Airport S-Bahn lines S1 and S8 run directly to the city centre. Trains run every 5-10 minutes alternately and the journey takes around 40 minutes. Lets take a closer look on each route:
- S-Bahn Line 1: S1 goes over Munich West city part and is crossing various local stops (Eching, Freising, Lohhof, Feldmoching, Neufahrn, Oberschließheim, Pulling, Unterschleißheim) till it gets to Munich city center. In city center it cross Laim train station, Munich Hauptbahnhof (Munich central train station), Marienplatz (Munich city center) and finishing the line at Ostbahnhof (Munich East train station).Journey plan:
Flughafen (Munich Airport) ⇒ Neufahrn ⇒ Hauptbahnhof (Central train station) ⇒ Ostbahnhof
Ostbahnhof ⇒ Hauptbahnhof (Central train station) ⇒ Neufahrn ⇒ Flughafen (Munich Airport)
Warning: On the journey in direction from Ostbahnhof to Munich Airport please be aware that S-Bahn S1 trains split up. Use the part of the S1 train marked as “Airport / Flughafen” (usually on the back side), not Freising (near by Munich airport city). The station for passengers flying from Munich Airport is München Flughafen Terminal (not Flughafen Besucherpark!) Please ask train personal if you are not sure which train carriages are heading to the airport.
- S-Bahn Line 8: S8 goes in opposite direction over Munich East crossing various local stops (Hallbergmoos, Ismaning) till it gets to Munich city center and cross important city center stops in oposit as S1. It goes first to Ostbahnhof (Munich East train station), Marienplatz (Munich city center), Munich Hauptbahnhof (Munich central train station), Laim and than continues over several other small local train stations till it ends in the Herrsching train station.Journey plan:
Flughafen (Munich Airport) ⇒ Ostbahnhof ⇒ Hauptbahnhof (Central train station) ⇒ Pasing
Pasing ⇒ Hauptbahnhof (Central train station) ⇒ Ostbahnhof ⇒ Flughafen (Munich Airport)
Munich airport to Dachau concentration camp
From Munich Airport is also relatively easy to travel to close by Dachau concentration camp. For whole guide please check our page about how to get from Munich to Dachau concentration camp.
How much does cost Munich Airport to the Munich city center by train?
Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (MVV) is Munich city public transportation company. It offers various fares based on type of the journey and traveling distance. There are basically 2 variations: Single ticket (point-to-point) and Airport-City-Day ticket.
The Airport-City-Day ticket offers the same services as an MVV Day Ticket for the entire network and the same price.
Single journey ticket
Single journey ticket cost 10.80€ and can be used only once.
Check our individual post for full image guide how to buy ticket from Munich Airport to Munich (both single and all-day ticket).
MVV offers the Airport-City-Day ticket which is a day ticket valid for the entire MVV network. The ticket allows you change and use all Munich means of transport within the MVV network (counting S-Bahn and busses). The Airport-City-Day ticket is available as a single ticket or as a group ticket for up to 5 people. Any two children aged between 6 and 14 years count as one adult.
|Single ticket||Group ticket|
|Area of validity||Entire network||Entire network|
|Time of validity||From the moment purchase
until 6AM of the following day
|From the moment purchase
until 6AM the following day
|Purchase||All ticket machines at the airport and at most S-Bahn stations, OnlineTicket, MobileTicket||All ticket machines at the airport and at most S-Bahn stations, OnlineTicket, MobileTicket|
|Validation||Not required – ticket is valid immediately upon purchase||Not required – ticket is valid immediately upon purchase|
The Airport-City-Day-Ticket cannot be purchased from the ticket machines at the airport stations, since they are located at or too close to the airport. When departing from these stations, select the destination “Flughafen” (airport).
You can pay with coins, bank notes, a debit card or a card preloaded German credit card “GeldKarte”. The ticket machines at the airport also accept credit cards.
You don‘t have to validate your ticket. The Airport-City-Day-Ticket is valid from moment you buy till 6AM morning of the following day. Ticket checks are standard in every ride. If you are caught without a validated ticket you will be charged with fine.
Cheapest option from Munich airport to city center
Here is a tip how to make a cheapest journey from Munich Airport to Munich city center:
Cheapest option is to buy a Tageskarte Außenraum (daypass for the city’s outskirts). Single ticket costs 6.00€, for double 11.20€. Travel from the Munich airport to Feldmoching station by S1 train. Than buy additional single ticket for the trip into the inner city for 2.60€ per person and change to city center. You will need to exit and mark your ticket from Feldmoching train station. If traveling in opposite direction, from downtown to the airport, you can just validate both tickets because the restriction does not apply.
Munich Central Train Station
Munich Central Train Station (Munich Hauptbahnhof) is conveniently located in the centre of Munich. The main station is only a short walk away from the city centre. It is well connected to Munich’s dense public transport network. It offers regional and long-distance connections to many German cities, including several connections with ICE high-speed trains and also a high-speed TGV-connection with Paris and Strasbourg and other European destinations (Amsterdam, Budapest, Milan, Rome, Salzburg, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, …) with Eurocity and CityNightLine (night train).
For more information about Munich Central Station check info guide about Munich Hauptbahnhof.
Munich airport to Munich city center by bus
If you decide to take a public bus transportation to Munich, there is literally only 1 coach connection between Munich airport and Munich city center – Lufthansa Airport Bus.
Express buses leaves every 20-minute intervals from the Munich airport terminals [Terminal 1 (Arrivals A), the bus terminal at the Munich Airport Center (Z) and at Terminal 2 on the arrivals level (Level 03)] or from Munich main train station [Munich main railway station (Hauptbahnhof)] in opposite way. In both direction lines make stop in Munich North U-Bahn station [Munich-Schwabing (Nordfriedhof)]. Travel time between Munich airport and Munich Hauptbahnhof is approximately 40 minutes. You can buy a bus ticket from the driver. In direction from Munich airport to Munich central train station the first coach leaves at 6:25 AM, the last at 10:25 PM. In direction from Munich central train station to Munich airport the first shuttle bus leaves at 5:15 AM, the last at 7:55 PM.
Tickets cost following:
Munich Hauptbahnhof (Central train station) ⇒ Schwabing Nord⇒ Terminal 2⇒ Terminal 1A ⇒Terminal Airport Center ⇒ Terminal 1D
Schwabing Nord – Airport – approx. 25 Min,
Main station – Airport – approx, 40 Min.
If you are not in hurry and do not need to take bus, we recommend you to take a S-Bahn trains. The trains are very comfortable, opened with plenty of space for language and passengers.
Munich airport to Munich city center by taxi
German taxis are cream-colored cars with a “Taxi”-sign on the roof. The fare is calculated by a meter in the car but total sum combination of many factors (waiting time, surcharges etc.).
From the Munich airport to Munich City Center the fare will cost almost 50€ and drive takes around 40 minutes. Payment is calculated per taxi and not per person. Passengers can choose to travel in a smoking or non-smoking vehicle.
There is a flat fare of 63 euros to travel directly from Munich Airport to the New Munich Exhibition Centre (Neue Messe München) or vice versa.
Here is a list of items calculating price:
- The basic fare is 3.70€.
- The rate per kilometer is shown based on 0.20€ rate increments.
- The rate per kilometer for up to 5 kilometres: 1.90€
- The rate per kilometer for 5 to 10 kilometres: 1.70€
- The rate per kilometer for more than 10 kilometres: 1.60€
- Waiting time per hour: 28.00€
- Order fee: 1.20€
- Charge per piece of baggage in the boot: 0.60€
- Animals (even if caged): 0.60€
- Taking a shuttle: Flat surcharge of 6.00€ from the 5th passenger.
Munich airport to Munich city center by car
Munich is well connected with German highway motor system (Autobahn) with other cities in Germany. The A99 is an autobahn ring around the city which connects the various autobahns. Just follow the airport signs along the motorways and you will connect to A99 leading to/out airport.
Munich has two inner ring roads: Mittlerer Ring expressway and the Altstadtring. Traffic in Munich can be a challenging in peak times. Therefore, and especially because of the shortage of parking within the city center and the more central districts, it is recommended to leave the car in a park & ride car park in Munich’s outskirts close to a S-Bahn station and use public transportation within the city.
Parking a car
Munich airport has 9 different location for short-term and longterm parking.
|Parking time||Holiday parking||Terminal parking||Stopzones at T1 +T2|
|Up to 30 min.||1€||4€||3.5€|
|Up to 1 hour||1€||4€||7€|
|Each add. hour||2€||31€||3.5€ Each add. 30 min.|
|2 Days||29€||93€||+50€ Each add. day|
|Each add. day +3€|
|Max. 90 Days||174€||249€|
The parking pay machines accept all common methods of payment – Euro coins, Euro notes up to 100 euro , credit cards and German Eurocheque card.
If you spend a total of 20€ in the shops or cathering facilities you have right for free 3 hour parking.
Your free ticket is valid for a park in the multi-story car park P20. Please note:Entry using credit car is not possible.
You can park up to 5 hours free of charge when you attend events at Munich Airport Center (MOC).
Renting a car
Munich airport offers space only for recognizable car rental contractors such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Buchbinder, Thrifty.
Pick up and return the car is possible from one of the 2 different parking spaces devoted only for rental companies.
Munich airport to Erding or Freising by bus
If you are looking for exact time or connection always search over official website of MVV. Munich airport is connected with near by cities Freising and Erding by bus connections. Both, Freising and Erding, have S-bahn connection with Munich city center.
Line number 512 connecting Munich airport with nearby city Erding.
Line number 635 connecting Munich airport with nearby city Freising.