Munich airport to town?

Apr 4th, 1998, 09:45 PM
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Mary
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Munich airport to town?

Can someone tell me the best way to get from the Munich airport to town? There will be four of us with luggage. I understand the airport is some distance from the center of Munich. Is traveling on the train too much of a hassle with the lugguage? Should we pay more and get a taxi?
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
 
Apr 5th, 1998, 04:19 PM
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Take the train. It's easy, we did the very same thing last May. It takes about 30 minutes and delivers you right to the HauptBahnhoff(Main train station). The trains are modern and have a large amount of space at the end of the car to provide storage for luggage.

You don't say what you will be doing once you get there. However, the train station in Munich is like a large shopping center. You can store your bags (just look for a suitcase sign) and since the train station is right in the center of the old city you can spend time sightseing. If you will be going on to your hotel, take a cab from the train station.

We arrived from New York around 8:30am, left the airport around 10:00, got to the train station around 10:30, stored the bags, had lunch in Munich, spent a couple of hours in the old town center and caught our train to Vienna at 4:00pm.

It went off without a hitch and even on no sleep, it was an enjoyable way to kill time between the flight and our train to Vienna.
 
Apr 6th, 1998, 08:41 PM
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Thanks for your advice. We will follow your instructions. Taking the train sounds easy enough and then we'll get a taxi to the hotel after we get into Munich.
 
Apr 7th, 1998, 12:24 AM
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A bit more info for you:

The train is as simple as the other poster said, just follow the green 'S' signs to the trains (S-bahn). Trains run every 20 mins and you need to buy and stamp your ticket at the top of the stairs BEFORE you go down to the platform.
It costs about 13 DM for an adult single ticket.

 
Apr 9th, 1998, 05:21 AM
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Hi, I will be in Germany for 10 days 4/16/98 and in Munich the 19th. Never been and wondered if you had some advice on hotels, places to go, etc. Everything I find on the net is in German and I dont speak or read it.
We are traveling by car. Thanks Debbie
 
Apr 10th, 1998, 10:07 PM
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Debbie-
We are staying at the Drei Lowen in Munich. Our travel agent booked the hotel for us. I think it is about $136 a night for a double. I have found some good websites on Germany in English. If you are interested, email me and I will look them up for you.
 
Apr 14th, 1998, 06:00 AM
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Quick correction
The airport authorities have finally developed some common sense and last week installed ticket validators (but not machines) on the platforms.
 
Apr 28th, 1998, 12:53 PM
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Fiona, what exactly is a ticket validator? How is this different from the machine where you purchase a ticket? Thanks for the info.
 
Apr 29th, 1998, 02:30 AM
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Mary, a ticket validator is a machine you have to put your ticket into to get it stamped before you get on the train. If you don't validate your ticket you will be fined in exactly the same way as if you didn't have one at all.
In Munich ticket validator machines are small and blue with a yellow E on them.
 
Apr 29th, 1998, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for all the information. I will look for those validator machines. I don't anticipate a problem. I have traveled on London's underground several times and found it very easy. However, I am the leader of our group of 4 am trying to become somewhat knowledgeable before we get there. With all of your help, I think we'll make it!
 
Apr 29th, 1998, 11:45 PM
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Mary, I'm living in Munich at the moment so if you've got any more questions feel free to e-mail me. I know what it's like trying to sort things out for other people when you're not that sure yourself.
 
Apr 30th, 1998, 01:25 PM
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Just another word of wisdom on those 'validators' - just think of them as the turnstiles that you normally pass through on trains or subways where you insert your ticket or token, except that there is no physical barrier (you're supposed to be honest and stamp your ticket even if it looks like you don't have to).
 
May 1st, 1998, 05:36 PM
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Definitely take the train from the airport. It is easy, and about a 1/2 hour ride. It was our first time in Europe and we spoke no German. The map is easy to follow and most people speak English.

To Debbie:
We stayed at the Hotel Uhland. Highly recommend it. Quaint, clean, feather beds, great breakfast and nice service. We paid about $75.00 night (friday, Saturday) last April. We booked it from the internet and it was cheaper. Got the feeling the owner regreted the cheaper offer over the internet. The location was also great, close to everything, yet residential.
 
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