| Public Transportation in Munich|
Using public transportation|
Munich has an extensive public transportation 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 newspaper kiosks.
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 Marienplatz Basement.
There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets (called "Einzelfahrkarte"), 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 uncomplicated and
mostly cheaper than Single or Stripe Tickets. These tickets allow for unlimited travel on
all U-Bahn, S-Bahn trains, trams and buses from the time validated until 6:00 am the next
day, 3 Day Tickets from the time validated until 6:00 am the fourth day.
You only need to choose between different types of Day Tickets.
Simply said: When travelling alone, choose the type Single Day Ticket. When travelling with
at least one another person (friend, wife), choose the type Gruppen DayTicket (Groups Day Ticket). When you want
to go by public transportation means only in Munich, choose the type Day Ticket inner zone
or in case of a longer stay the type 3 Day Ticket inner zone. When you plan visiting
places like Dachau memorial camp, Schleissheim Castle or Starnberg at Lake Starnberg
choose the type Day Ticket XXL area. When you have to transfer from airport to the city
centre or vice versa, choose the type Day Ticket entire network. Detailed information see
Types of Day Tickets:
Single Day Ticket inner zone (Single Tageskarte Innenraum) 6,70 EUR
Single 3 Days Ticket inner zone (Single 3-Tagekarte Innenraum) 16,80 EUR
Single Day Ticket XXL area (Single Tageskarte XXL) 8,90 EUR
Single Day Ticket entire network (Single Tageskarte Gesamtnetz) 13,00 EUR
Gruppen Day Ticket inner zone (Gruppen Tageskarte Innenraum) 12,80 EUR
Gruppen 3 Days Ticket inner zone (Gruppen 3-Tagekarte Innenraum) 29,60 EUR
Gruppen Day Ticket XXL area (Gruppen Tageskarte XXL) 16,10 EUR
Gruppen Day Ticket entire network (Gruppen Tageskarte Gesamtnetz) 24,30 EUR
Additionally a Single and Gruppen Day Ticket "Aussenraum" is offered (Single 6,70 EUR,
Gruppen 12,80 EUR) only covering the area outside of Munich. If you have purchased a
3 Days Ticket inner zone and want to visit points of interest outside on one of these days you
can buy it as a supplement.
The Single Day Ticket is good for a single person. The Gruppen Day Ticket is a family
and group ticket. Up to five adults can travel together. 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).
The Day Tickets inner zone (Innenraum) allow travels within the whole of Munich plus a number of neighboring
districts (shown in white on the network plan). The Day Tickets XXL cover travels within the inner zone and
the city outskirts (white and green zone on the network plan) including Dachau, Schleissheim, Starnberg at Lake Starnberg. The
Day Tickets entire network (Gesamtnetz) cover travels within the entire Munich transportation network.
This type is needed for transfers Airport - Munich City.
Alternatives to the Day Ticket: Single Ticket (Einzelfahrkarte) or Stripe Ticket (Streifenkarte).
They can only under special circumstances be cheaper than the Day Tickets, for example you arrive
at Munich Central station in the evening and want to go by public transportation means to your
hotel - only one trip. But note: Airport transfer is starting from two travellers cheaper with
a Gruppen Day Ticket entire network.
Single Ticket (Einzelfahrkarte) good for one single trip in one direction, valid for three hours.
Normal trip within Munich 2,90 €, for trips outside Munich the price is dependend on the zone
of the destination.
There is also available a version of the single Ticket: the Short Distance Ticket (Kurzstrecke),
good for up to four stops on all transportation means, but only two stops of these on U- or S-Bahn,
valid for one hour: 1,50 €. Press the button at the vending machine marked "K" = Kurzstrecke
Stripe Ticket (Streifenkarte) can be used for several trips. Within Munich you must
stamp two stripes.
There is a small discount compared with single Tickets, you can save a few cents, but the handling is more complicated.
City Tour Card
The City Tour Card cost a bit more than the Day Tickets. It serves the same purpose,
but offers additionally discounts on some museums and tourist attractions.
Bildnachweis: MVV GmbH