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Munich : City

Munich by air

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The Franz Josef Strauss Airport
(MUC), named after Bavaria's former long-serving Prime Minister, is located some 28
kilometres (about 17.5 miles) north of Munich, linked to the city centre by S-Bahn suburban trains.

Opened in 1992
The airport was opened in 1992 to replace Munich's Riem airport, which had become too small.

Europe's 8th busiest airport
The new Munich
Airport (Flughafen München) is now a main hub for both Lufthansa and the Star Alliance and thus an important international airport.  In terms of passenger numbers, it is the 8th busiest in Europe.

45 million passengers
Following the move to the new airport in 1992, which was achieved in the course of one night, a new, second terminal was
opened in 2003, giving the airport capacity to handle 45 million passengers a year.  Terminal 2 is part-owned by and mainly serves Lufthansa.  The national carrier's low-cost subsidiary, Germanwings, also uses terminal 2.

Getting to and from the airport
By car, the airport can be reached from the A92 motorway (airport location map).  There is parking at the airport for 20,000 cars. 

By rail, it is connected to the Munich S-Bahn rail network.  Trains on the S1 and S8 lines run to and from the airport every 20 minutes.  The journey to Munich main station takes 41 minutes and to the central Marienplatz square 38 minutes on the S8 and 44 on the S1 (it takes a different route).

Adult single fare (2005): €8.80 (Timetable information - in English - from the Munich Transport Partnership).  The S-Bahn
station is located underground, in the central area of the airport complex.

Getting to the Allianz Arena from the airport
If you're flying into Munich and going straight to a game, the route to the Allianz Arena is not straightforward!  Although
you're only 10 miles away as the crow flies, there's no direct public transport link and the route suggested involves train, bus and underground and takes nearly an hour (see Munich Transport Partnership's journey planner). 

If you're in a hurry or don't mind paying the extra, I'd recommend a taxi.  Or, if you have a bit more time to spare, the simpler route is the S-Bahn to Marienplatz and then the U6 underground for the 16-minute ride to the ground.  It may take you over an hour (depending on your connection at Marienplatz), but there's less chance of getting lost!!
Internal connections
You can fly direct between Munich and 9 of the other 11 World Cup host cities. These are: Berlin (with flydba , Germanwings or Lufthansa); Cologne ( flydba , Germanwings or Lufthansa); Dortmund (Lufthansa); Frankfurt (Lufthansa); Hamburg ( flydba or Lufthansa); Hanover ( flydba , Hapagfly or Lufthansa); Leipzig (Lufthansa or Air Berlin ); Nuremberg (Lufthansa or Air Berlin ); and Stuttgart (Lufthansa or Air Berlin ). You could also get close to Gelsenkirchen by flying into Dusseldorf (with flydba or Lufthansa). Only Kaiserslautern is not really close to any major airport served from Munich.

International connections
As Europe's 8th largest airport and a Star Alliance hub, Munich Airport also has direct flights into it from many international locations.

You can, for example, fly direct into Munich from the following cities (with the airlines shown):

Amsterdam (Lufthansa or KLM)
Athens (Lufthansa, flydba , Olympic Airlines or Aegean Airlines )
Chicago (Lufthansa or United Airlines)
Delhi (Lufthansa)
Hong Kong (Lufthansa)
London Heathrow (British Airways or Lufthansa)
New York JFK (Lufthansa)
Paris (Air France or Lufthansa)
Rome (Alitalia, Lufthansa or flydba )
San Francisco (Lufthansa)
Toronto (Air Canada)
Washington (United Airlines or Lufthansa)

External links
Munich Airport

Munich area public transport
German rail journey planner
Internal links
Travel / Air
(This page may load slowly, but includes links to all other relevant airports and airlines in Germany)
Route planner

The bottom two photos are courtesy and copyright of Flughafen München GmbH.

Flying from the UK?  Going to the airport by train, coach or car?

If you're flying from the UK and planning to go to the airport by coach or train, these links to National Express Airport coaches, the thetrainline, Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express let you book your journey to the airport online.  If you're driving, tryPurpleparking airport parking for cheap parking at all major UK airports.

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