Munich Airport Guide

Munich Airport

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Munich International Airport

Address
Nordallee 25, 85356 Freising, Germany
Phone
+49 89 97500

Munich's Franz Josef Strauß Airport (Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß) is the primary international airport for the city. It is also the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt with nearly 45 million visitors a year. It provides excellent connections to the rest of the country and is consistently rated one of the top airports in Europe. It also is unique in that it has the world’s first airport brewery — fitting for Munich.

Munich Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

Know Before You Go

The old Munich-Riem Airport was once located closer to the city center. It moved further out to expand in 1992 and named after the conservative (CSU) Bavarian politician. The airport offers direct flights around Europe as well as to other major destinations around the world. The airport is about 25 miles from central Munich and there are several options to reach the city, as well as connect with other locations.

The airport offers all the basics of groceries, medical center, restaurants, spa, and a tourist office. These are mostly located in the Munich Airport Center (MAC) between the terminals. There is also the MAC-Forum, Europe's largest roofed outdoor area that hosts events from a Christmas market with ice-skating in winter and beach volleyball courts in summer.

There is free WiFi for 30 minutes, as well as free newspapers, post office, gym, barber shop, money changers, cash machines, and public transportation ticket machines. Visitors can check on the status of their flight online at any time.

For families, there are several children’s area such as a Kinderland hosted by Lufthansa with an aviation-themed playground. Some of these play areas require a small fee, but may be worth it to keep your littlest flyers happy. There are also free strollers available in Terminal 1.

The airport has two terminals, two runways, and many services for travelers.

  • Terminal 1: This is the older terminal and Oneworld alliance members, including American Airlines, take most of the space. There are six self-contained modules here: A, B, C, D, E and F. Note that module F is located north of Terminal 2 and has check-in for high-security flights (for example, to and from Israel). The terminal has several levels with the train station on level 2, passenger transport system on level 3 and check-in counters, security checkpoints, arrival areas, customs and most restaurants on level 4 (ground level. There is also a level 5 for passengers with connecting flights.
  • Terminal 2: This is where Lufthansa and Star Alliance partners are located. It has several check-in counters on level 3, more check-in counters, security checkpoints, and duty-free shops on level 4, and visitor deck, restaurants and art exhibitions on level 5.

As previously mentioned, there is a connecting airside bus service between terminals every 10-20 minutes, but walking between the terminals is usually easiest.

Parking at Munich's Airport

Driving Directions to/from Munich's Airport

You can reach the airport by driving from the north, east and south via the A92 autobahn and the B301 regional road. From the west, take the A92 then the St2084 and St2584 regional roads.

Public Transportation and Taxis at Munich's Airport

S-Bahn Between Munich and the Airport

  • The S-Bahn (commuter trains) easily connect Munich Central Station (München Hauptbahnhof) to the airport. The commute is around 35 minutes, and runs every 10 minutes (reduced frequency at night).
  • The S-Bahn stops at two stations at the airport: Besucherpark (parking and Visitors Park) and Flughafen München (Terminal 1 and 2). The S1 (west) and S8 (east) are the main lines between the city and airport.
  • Tickets on Munich's public transport, MVG, to/from the airport costs €11.60 for a single ticket over the 4 zones. If you plan on traveling further or have more trips that day, purchase a Tageskarte Gesamtnetz (single day ticket) for €13.00 or you can get a dedicated Airport-City-Day-Ticket for the same price. There are also children's tickets, group tickets, among other options. You can buy the ticket's from the tourist office in the airport or from the many machines. Validate tickets by stamping them in the marked machines before boarding the S-Bahn at the top of the escalator or within the station.

Trains Between Munich and the Airport

To reach nearby destinations of Nuremberg, Regensburg, Würzburg and Bamberg, it is best to take Bus 635 from the airport to the city of Freising and connect from there. The bus takes just 20 minutes and the national rain service, Deutsche Bahn, can take you anywhere in Germany or in much of Europe.

Bus Between Munich and the Airport

There are bus services in front of terminal 1 off level 3, as well as terminal 2 at level 4. Most offer service to central Munich, but there are also some options to nearby attractions, cities and villages.

  • Lufthansa express bus is available to the Hauptbahnhof via Schwabing quarter for €10.50 one-way or €17 return. Buses run every 15 minutes and the trip takes about 45 minutes. It is open to passengers of any airline. There is also a Lufthansa shuttle to nearby Regensburg.
  • INVG also runs line X109 or Ingolstädter Airport Express between Ingolstadt and Munich Airport. There are hourly departures and the hourney takes about an hour.
  • Regionalverkehr Oberbayern ( RVO) operates buses to nearby small towns.
  • German long distance bus service, FlixBus, runs services from Terminal 2 at bus stops 21 and 22. Travelers can connect with the rest of the country via the central bus station.

Taxi Between Munich and the Airport

  • You can arrange for a taxi with major companies beforehand, or pick one up outside the departure and arrival areas of Terminal 1 and 2 with a service point on level 3 in Terminal 2.
  • The fare between the airport and city should be around €60.

Where to Eat and Drink at Munich's Airport

There are about 60 places to eat in the airport from restaurants to cafes. There are traditional Bavarian establishments with local beer and beer garden (open from April to October).

  • Go to Airbräu, the world’s first airport brewery, to unwind and participate in some Bavarian culture even on a layover. Along with classics like a Helles (lager) and Weißbier (wheat beer), there is a strong double bock called "Aviator." Reach the brewery in Terminal 1.
  • Visitors can also pick from typical fast food options, as well as international foods. Find the full listings for restaurants in Munich's airport.
  • If you prefer to shop for supplies, there is an Edeka grocery store between Terminal 1 and 2 and is even open on Sundays.

How to Spend Your Layover at Munich's Airport

  • If you want to watch the planes rather than ride on one, climb up to the Besucherzentrumre (visitors center) platform to watch the incoming/outgoing flights. There are also historical planes on display, an interactive exhibit, as well as an adventure playground.
  • Visitors can check in here to join an airport tour, usually only conducted in German on a daily basis from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the weekends.

Munich Airport Tips and Tidbits

Hotels Near Munich's Airport

There are many hotels in Munich for every price point, as well as hotels next to the airport such as Hilton Munich Airport, NH München Airport, Mövenpick Hotel München Airport, Novotel Munich Airport, and MOXY Munich Airport. In addition, there are Nap Cabs — self-service sleep pods where you can curl up in your own pod and pay by the hour.

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Munich Airport Guide