Using public transport|
Munich has an extensive public transport system. It consists of a network of
underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. Subway stations are
marked with signs showing a white "U" on a blue background. The S-Bahn suburban lines are
marked with a white "S" on a green background. Tram and bus stops are marked with a
green "H" inside a green circle on a yellow background.
All S-Bahn suburban lines go through the city center and connect Munichs Central Station
(Hauptbahnhof) to East Station (Ostbahnhof) with popular tourist destinations like
Marienplatz and Karlsplatz in between.
The same ticket is valid for all these forms of public transportation.You don't need
different tickets, if you move from train to tram to bus.
Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations,
at many tram and bus stops and in many buses and trams inside.
Note: Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated - insert the ticket into the small
stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. It's
a € 60 fine if you are caught riding without a valid ticket.
An information office of the Munich
public transportation network (MVV), where English is spoken, is located at the Hauptbahnhof (mean railway station) and Marienplatz Basement.
From 15 December is for the use of public transport in MVV a new tariff reform valid. For the buyers of weekly and monthly tickets is now more easier (instead of 16 only 7 tariff zones). For the temporary users of the MVV it has become more complicated.
As before, there are different types of tickets: Single Trip Tickets (called "Einzelfahrt"), Stripe Tickets
(called "Streifenkarte") and Day Tickets (called "Tageskarte"). The rules how to use these
different tickets are rather complicated.
Staying as a tourist in Munich Day Tickets are the best option. They are more uncomplicated and
mostly cheaper than Single Trip or Stripe Tickets. These tickets allow unlimited travel on
all U-Bahn, S-Bahn trains, trams and buses from the time validated until 6:00 am the next
You first need to select between different types of day tickets, depending on where you want to go and with how many people.
Simply said: When travelling alone, choose the type Day Ticket Single. When travelling with
at least one another person (friend, wife), choose the type Day Ticket Group. Up to five adults can travel together for the same price. Also interesting for families: Two children aged 6-14 years count as one person (so 2 adults and 6 children can travel together on one ticket).
Tariff Zones and Fares
MVV area is now devided in seven tariff zones. The price of the Day Ticket depends on the station of Start and the station of destination.
For tourists it is sufficient to buy a Day Ticket for the Munich city area = white zone M. All Munich sights (for example also the Allianz-Arena, Butenburg Castle in the west of Munich) are located in this zone.
Zones 1 to 6 extend outwards around the zone M. Only, when you plan to take the S-Bahn to sights outside the city area (for example to Lake Starnberg, to Dachau
or to Schleißheim Palace), you must determine which is the right ticket. The ticket-class and the price of the Day Ticket depend on the zone in which the farthest destination is located.
Fares day ticket for a single person (Day Ticket Single)
Only rides within the city area white zone M = Euro 7,80
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in yellow zone 1 = M-1 Euro 8,90
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in red zone 2 Euro = M-2 9,50
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in green zone 3 = M-3 Euro 10,60
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in blue zone 4 = M-4 Euro 11,80
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in orange zone 5* = M-5 Euro 13,00
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in violet zone 6 = M-6 Euro 14,00
*The airport is located in the orange zone 5.
Fares day ticket for a group 2 until 5 persons (Day Ticket Group)
Only rides within the city area white zone M Euro 14,80
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in yellow zone 1 = M-1 Euro 16,10
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in red zone 2 = M-2 Euro 16,90
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in green zone 3 = M-3 Euro 19,60
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in blue zone 4 = M-4 Euro 21,90
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in orange zone 5* = M-5 Euro 24,30
Start in the city area white zone M > farthest destination station in violet zone 6 = M-6 Euro 25,90
*The airport is located in the orange zone 5.
For children (6-14 years) there is a special day ticket, which is valid in all zones. Price 3.20 Euro.
Note: There are S-Bahn-stations that belong to two zones. Depending on the direction in which you want to go, you can select the zone that gives the ticket with the cheaper price.
On every ticket the valid zones are printed, e. g. „M“ for trips within zone M | „M-1“ for trips in zones M and 1 | „M-2“ for trips within zones M, 1 and 2 ... etc.
We recommend to have not only a plan with the colored zones with you, but in case of doubts to consult via computer or smartphone the Electronic Timetable Information on internet where you can see in addition to the driving connection the right ticket (M, M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4, M-5, M-6) and the ticket fare. There is also an app "MVG Fahrinfo Munich". At some ticket vending machines it is also possible to enter on the display the station where you start the trip and the destination station to get the right ticket class and the ticket fare.
Alternatives to the Day Tickets: Single Trip Ticket (Einzelfahrt) or Stripe Ticket (Streifenkarte).
Single Trip Ticket (Einzelfahrt) good for one single trip into one direction, valid for three hours.
Normal trip within Munich city area zone M 2, 30 Euro, for trips outside Munich the price is dependend on the zone
of the destination.
A Single Trip Ticket can under special circumstances be cheaper than a Day Ticket, for example you arrive
at Munich Central station in the evening and want to go by public transport means to your
hotel = only one trip.
There is also available a special version of the Single Trip Ticket: the Short Distance Ticket (Kurzstrecke),
good for up to four stops on all transport means, but only two stops of these on U- or S-Bahn or Express Bus XBus,
valid for one hour: 1,70 Euro. Press the button at the vending machine marked "K" = Kurzstrecke.
Stripe Ticket (Streifenkarte). There is a small discount compared with Single Trip Tickets, you can save a few cents, but the handling is more complicated. So we advise, do not waste your time with the study of complicated rules to save just a few cents.
Please note: The tariff conditions are only partially reproduced here. You can find out more about the complete regulations on the
Website of MVG.
Electronic Timetable Information
Network Plan U-Bahn, S-Bahn,Metro- Expressbus
Tourist Tickets for using MVV and additional touristic advantages
City Tour Card
The City Tour Card cost a bit more than the Day Ticket. It allows free use of all MVV traffic means (S-Bahn, U-Bshn, tram, bus)
but offers additionally discounts on some museums and tourist attractions. A big advantage compared to the day tickets is: This card is also available for 24 hours, 48 hours, 3 days, 4 days or 5 days. The Day Ticket is only available for 1 day. One can get the ticket at all ticket vending machines.
München Card (Munich Card)
The Munich Card is very similar to the City Tour Card. It cost a bit more than the Day Ticket. It also allows the free use of all MVV trafic means (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram, bus) and additionally discounted entry to some museums and other attractions (e.g. elevator Olympic Tower). Advantage: One can get the ticket with the duration of 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days or 5 days. The Day Ticket is only available for 1 day. The ticket can be purchased at all MVV ticket vending machines with display.
Munich City Pass
It is the the most advantageous but also the most expensive variant of tourist cards.
The City Pass allows the free use of all MVV trafic means (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram, bus) and free admission to almost all Munich museums and palaces as well as free admission or discounts on many attractions and tours. One can get the ticket with the duration of 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days or 5 days. A big difference between the City Pass and the München Card or the City Tour Card, however, is that the City Pass is only available for a single person not as group ticket, The ticket can be purchased only at the MVG customer centers in the central station and Marienplatz basement and at the Tourist Information on Marienplatz. A purchase online on the Internet is possible: www.turbopass.de