Munich International Airport
The airport is located 28km (18 miles)
+49 (0)89 97500 or 9752 1313
Located 28km (18 miles) north-east of the centre of Munich, Munich International Airport is officially known as Franz Josef Strauss. It is Germany’s second-busiest airport and the seventh-busiest in Europe. In 2010, it handled almost 35 million passengers. In 2011 the airport was awarded the title of “Europe’s Best Airport” (for the sixth time since 2005) and ranked fourth best in the world by air transport research company Skytrax.
The airport comprises two terminals connected by the Munich Airport Centre, a large outdoor tent-type area that accommodates most of the facilities, including a vast array of retail, business and recreational establishments. There is also a Visitors Park which features a Visitors Hill from which sightseers may view Terminal 1 and the westerly aircraft apron. Plans to expand Terminal 2, approved in 2010, will see Munich International’s handling capacity increase by 11 million passengers per year.
With a combination of world-class facilities and efficient services, it’s no surprise that Munich International is ranked among the finest in the world. Clean and modern – it even has its own brewery – with friendly and helpful staff, visitors may look forward to experiencing nothing less than the best from Munich International.
Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected by the Munich Airport Centre, an expansive area housing a number of shopping, business and recreational facilities. A ten-minute walk will get you from one terminal to the other.
Train: The MVV airport S-Bahn rail link S1 connects Munich International to Hauptbahnhof (main central station). Journey time is 45 minutes and fare is €9.60
Bus: Lufthansa Airport Buses run between Munich Airport and Hauptbahnhof (main central station) every twenty minutes. A single ticket costs €10 and travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
Taxi: A taxi trip to the centre of Munich takes around 35 minutes or longer, depending on traffic. Fare is about €50.
P1-P4, P5, P7, P8, P20, P26 and P35 offer short-term and long-term parking options in both underground and multi-storey lots. P5, P7, P8, P26 and P35 charge €4 for the first 30 minutes, €4 up to one hour, and €4 each additional hour with a maximum of €25 per day up to seven days, after which the fee increases by €5 per day up to 13 days, with a maximum of €195 thereafter. P1-P4, by contrast, charges €30 per day after seven days, and a maximum of €235 after 21 days, while P20 charges €30 per day after five days, with a maximum of €250. P41, P51 and P81 provide visitor and holiday lots. Rates are €14 per day up to three days; days four-seven charge a maximum of €50, which increases by €2 per day up to 21 days, after which a maximum of €150 applies. Holiday parking lot P41, which is only accessible via booking, charges the most economical rates – €14 per day for the first two days, €35 up to day seven, and an additional €2 per day up to 21 days, with a maximum of €65.
There is a Central Information Desk on Level 3 (Main Concourse) in Terminal 1, as well as on Level 3 (Arrivals) and Level 4 (central check-in hall) in Terminal 2. Tourist information desks are situated on Level 4 (Arrivals and Departures) in Terminal 1, and a number of Lufthansa Service Desks scattered throughout Terminal 2)
Money and communications: Facilities include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs and a post office. There is also 24-hour internet access in the Service Centre Internet Point. Wireless LAN is available throughout the airport.
Eating and drinking: There are many bars, restaurants, snack bars and coffee bars. The Terminal 2 gallery is a popular spot for drinking and dining.
Shopping: There are duty-free shops and many other shops, including a wide variety of clothing, electronics, accessories and gift shops.
Luggage: A left-luggage office is located in the Service Centre, in the MAC area; there is also a lost property office (tel: +49 (0)89 9752 1370). A porter service (tel: +49 (0)89 9759 9795) is available and porters are easily recognised by their green uniforms. Baggage trolleys are available.
Other facilities: There is a 24-hour medical emergency centre, a pharmacy, baby-changing rooms, a dentist, dry cleaning and laundry service, children’s play areas and showers, as well as more than 40 travel agencies and tour operators. The five-star Kempinski Airport Hotel (see Airport Hotels) adjacent to Terminal 2 and the MAC, offers non-guests access to its pool, fitness and spa area for a nominal fee. The hotel also host regular after-work cocktail parties for travellers, airport employees, guests and visitors.