MUNICH - GETTING AROUND

Walking

Munich is one of Europe's most architecturally interesting cities and a walk through the Altstadt (Old Town), a pedestrian zone, is the only way to truly get to know it.

By Public Transportation

Munich has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in Europe. An extensive network of U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (light-rail), Strassenbahn (trams), and buses makes getting anywhere in the city relatively easy. Marienplatz forms the heart of the U-bahn and S-bahn network, which operates regularly from around 5am to 1am.

Munich has four concentric fare zones. Most of your sightseeing will take place in Zone 1, which includes the city center. A single ticket (Einzelfahrkarte) in Zone 1 costs 2.60€. A Tageskarte (day ticket) good for a day of travel within the inner city costs 5.80€ for one adult; a Partner Tageskarte costs 11€ and is good for up to 5 people traveling together. A 3-Tageskarte (3-day ticket) costs 14€; the partner 3-tageskarte costs 25€ and is good for up to 5 people traveling together. You can buy these cards from the ticket vending machines (with instructions in English) or at station ticket windows. You also can buy tickets in the tram or from a bus driver, but they only sell single tickets. Tickets must then be validated in the blue machines found on U-Bahn and S-Bahn platforms and in buses and trams. Stick your ticket into the machine to be stamped with the date and time. A validated ticket is good for two hours. The same ticket entitles you to ride U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and buses; and you can transfer between them as often as you like as long as you travel in the same direction.

Warning: Spot checks for validated tickets are common. Inspector's will fine violators 40€ to be paid on the spot whether you are a tourist or a local!

By Bicycle

Munich is a bike friendly city. You can rent a bicycle at Radius Bikes (tel. 089/5434877740) at the far end of the Hauptbahnhof at Arnulfstrasse 2. Rates are 3€ per hour or 18€ per day. A deposit of 50€ or a credit card number is required. Radius Bikes is open Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm and Saturday - Sunday, 9am to 8pm from mid-March through October.

By Taxi

Munich's cream-colored taxis are plentiful, but expensive. You can get a taxi at one of the stands located throughout the city or you can hail a cab on the street if its rooftop light is illuminated. Rates start at 3.50€ and go up by 1.60€ per kilometer after that. There's also a 0.60€ charge for each piece of non-hand luggage. To order a taxi by phone, call Taxizentrale at tel. 089/21610, but note there's an additional 1.20€ charge for calling a taxi.

By Car

Our best advice on driving in Munich would be: don't! Not only is most of the city center a pedestrian-only area, but traffic jams are frequent and parking spaces are costly and hard to find. If you are renting a car we suggest you pick it up as you depart the city to avoid excessive rental/parking expenses. You can find car rental companies at the main train station including Avis (tel. 089/1260-000), Hertz (tel. 089/1295-001) and Sixt Autovermietung (tel. 089/550-2447).

Parking: Prices for parking on streets range from around €1 to €2.50 per hour usually from 8am to 11pm. Note: There may be additional restrictions to be aware of. Throughout the city center there are `blue zones`. Wherever you find blue lines on the ground, you can park your car for a maximum time of 2 hours (hourly rate about €2.50). The meaning of other colors is as follows:

-Dotted blue line - space for disabled drivers. You will need a special card in your car, which indicates that you are allowed to park in those areas
-Yellow line - reserved for taxis, do not park here
-Red line - Never park here, not even for a short time, since it is strictly forbidden and may likely result in towing your car
-Orange line - this is reserved for deliveries, do not park here.

The best options are public parking decks which are widely available in the center. However it can take some time to find a free parking spot. Parking garages are indicated with blue rectangular signs with a capital white `P` on it. Usually a green sign indicates that there are spots available while a red sign indicates that the car park is full.