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Practical info Munich, Germany

Getting around the city

Munich's city centre is a pedestrian zone, so many of its attractions can be reached on foot, which is also the most pleasant way to explore certain parts of the city. The efficient and integrated public transport system is excellent for getting around beyond the centre; it consists of buses, trams, the U-bahn (subway) and the S-bahn (suburban train) that operate from about 5am to 1am, with hourly buses and trams servicing main routes throughout the night. Tickets must be validated on entering stations or on boarding, are transferable between all forms of transport, and valid for two hours after being stamped as long as one travels in the same direction. Fares are zone based and the system is well-organised and easy to understand. There are various day passes available as well as the Munich CityTourCard, which covers all transport within the city and includes discounts to the main attractions. Taxis are safe and convenient, but expensive. You can hire a car easily but it is often better to use public transport in the big European cities to avoid frustration and confusion. You can also hire bicycles at very little cost and this is a lovely way to get around.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220-230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.

Communication

The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Munich International Airport

www.munich-airport.de

Getting to the city

Frequent commuter trains run by day and most of the night to various Munich stations, including the main stations for connections to major European cities. The airport train station is just outside the terminals. Taxis are available, as are buses to many regional destinations and the main train station. It takes about 20 minutes by train and about 45 minutes by road to reach the city centre.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from both terminals. The journey time to the city centre is approximately 45 minutes.

Transfer between terminals

The Airport Shuttle Bus travels between the two terminals.

Facilities

The airport has several restaurants and bars, duty-free and other shops, shower facilities and a pharmacy. ATMs and currency exchange desks are available in Arrivals and Departures.

Parking

Parking in airport lots costs between €1 and €4 for the first hour, up to a minumum of €20 per day. Long-term parking is cheapest in lots P41, P80 and P81. There are drop-off zones where parking is free for the first 10 minutes.

Internet

Free wifi is available in both terminals.