How to get from the airport to Munich city centre
Getting from the airport to Munich city centre is pretty easy and you have a few options to get you there.
By train and metro (S-Bahn and U-Bahn)
There’s actually no direct connection between Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport and the Munich Metro. The most common way to get to the metro is to take the train (S-Bahn – “fast line”) then connect to the metro (U-Bahn – “underground”).
By Airport bus or taxi
You can also take the airport bus or a taxi to get to the city centre. The airport bus, the Lufthansa Express, runs frequently (about every 15 mins) to and from the city centre from the airport daily. It takes approximately 45-50 minutes depending on traffic. There’s really not that much difference in length of time compared to taking the train which is 35 minutes to the centre.
A taxi could cost you anything from €50-80 and can take 45 depending on traffic. It’s not the most cost-effective way to get to Munich’s city centre.
Ticket types (train, metro and bus)
Airport day pass ticket
This costs €13 (at the time of visiting – May 2019) and will not only get you from the airport to the city centre but you can then use it for the rest of the day on the entire network. This will include Bus, metro, S-Bahn. It’s valid from the moment you purchase it until 6am the next morning. It’s handy and means you don’t need to purchase anything else for the rest of your first day in the city.
You can also buy a single ticket from the airport to get you to Munich city centre. This will cost you €7 (at the time of visiting in 2019). If you’re planning to go out and about once you’ve dropped of your bags for the rest of the day, the Airport Day ticket is probably the most cost-effective if you want to hop around.
Airport bus ticket
The Lufthansa Express Airport bus is a little bit cheaper if you’re on more of a budget. If you get a return ticket it’s works out even better. Prices start from €10.50 for a single or €17 for a return.
Travelling around Munich city centre
The Munich Metro operates almost 24-hours a day from 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. It’s the easiest way to get around the city. There are different ticket options to buy from the ticket machines depending on where you’re going. You’ll likely be in the inner zone which covers the majority of Munich city centre and main tourist attractions. You can get a single, daily or a multi-day (so consecutive day passes) once you’re in the city.