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Planning your travel with the Public Transport System in Munich

The public transportantion system in Munich has shared it's time tables with google. Therefore google maps offers excellent information about routes via public transport. If you would like to plan and pay for your trip using a smartphone, you can install the MVV-app and purchase a MVV-MobileTicket (more information below).

Directions from the Central Train Station (München Hauptbahnhof)

From the Munich Central Train Station take the U-Bahn (subway) line U4 (direction Arabellapark) or U5 (direction Neuperlach Süd) to Odeonsplatz. Change trains and take the U-Bahn line U3 (direction Olympia-Einkaufszentrum) or U6 (direction Garching-Forschungszentrum) as far as the Universität stop. Walk along the platform opposite the train’s direction of travel and use the stairway on the righthand side, which will bring you out to Schellingstraße (the smaller of the two roads at this intersection).

Directions from the Airport

From the Munich Airport take the S-Bahn (urban rail) line S8 (direction Herrsching) or S1 (direction Ostbahnhof) to Marienplatz. Change trains and take the U-Bahn (subway) line U3 (direction Olympia-Einkaufszentrum) or U6 (direction Garching-Forschungszentrum) as far as the Universität stop. Walk along the platform opposite the train’s direction of travel and use the stairway on the righthand side, which will bring you out to Schellingstraße (the smaller of the two roads at this intersection).

For more information on the public transportation system in Munich (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund, MVV), including details of timetables, tickets and the MVV network, please go to:
www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/homepage

The Lufthansa Airport Bus leaves the airport from various points every 15 minutes and costs € 10.50. The bus will take you to the U6 station Nordfriedhof (which is 4 stops north of the U6 station Universität, next to the conference venue) and then on to the central train station (Hauptbahnhof). It's the most comfortable public transportation into town, and for Nordfriedhof it's certainly the fastest. Travel time: about 25 min. to Nordfriedhof / 45 min. to Hauptbahnhof.

Tickets

For the S-Bahn, you buy a ticket at an automat in the airport. You have three choices, depending on your needs:

A one-way ticket costs € 11.20. At the automat, push 4 in the Einzelfahrschein column. Technically, this is the most expensive but simplest option.

A multiple-trip ticket, or Streifenkarte, costs € 13.50. You only use 8 out of 10 stripes to get from the airport into town. The remaining two stripes can be used for another trip within the city later.

An all-day all-zone ticket, or Tageskarte-Gesamtnetz, costs € 12.80. It's a good idea if you'll be traveling around a lot that day.

Prices are valid as of spring 2017 and are subject to change. In Munich you have to validate most tickets for public transportation by stamping them at a validation machine (Entwerter), unless your ticket already states its period of validity. In Munich these are blue boxes with a slot where you insert the ticket face-up and head-first. Arrows point to the space you're supposed to stamp.

For a multiple-trip ticket, you stamp the number of stripes for your trip. From the airport to the city, say, this would be 8 stripes (equals 4 zones). You fold the ticket up to the 8 and shove it in the slot, fold-first with the 8 facing up.

Another option is the MVV-MobileTicket, which can be purchased on your smartphone. For this you need to install the MVV-App and register with your paiment details. The App also offers other services, such as journey planning information, departure monitor, plans and network maps. Make sure you phone has enough battery power left before using this option.

Sneaky, plain-clothes inspectors make random surprise checks to see if you're holding a valid ticket, and there's a stiff fine for schwarzfahren, riding without one. It's currently € 60. Oh, and don't bother with the "me ignorant foreigner" number. They've heard it. They don't care. If you have any questions, the nice people at the MVV information desk in Terminal 1 are glad to help.