When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Munich?
Oktoberfest is one of the most popular times of year to visit the city, but if you’d prefer to visit when the city’s quieter, January to May is a good time to find cheap flights to Munich. In winter you can ski in the Bavarian Alps or enjoy the festive atmosphere at Munich’s Christmas market in December. In May, July and October you can visit the ‘dult’, a traditional fair and market.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Munich?
It’s best to book about a month in advance to have the best choice of budget-friendly flights to Munich. Using Netflights, you can compare prices across the world’s greatest airlines to find the best deals on return flights. It’s also worth checking whether you could save money by booking your flights and hotel together on Netflights.com. If you’re travelling for Oktoberfest, book as far in advance as you can, as demand is likely to be high for return flights in October. Munich is about an hour away from Alpine ski resorts, and if you’re planning on going skiing, it’s worth checking baggage allowances when booking your flights.
Flying to Munich Airport MUC
Munich Airport (MUC), located 28 kilometres from Munich city centre, is the second-busiest airport in Germany, serving around 44 million passengers a year.
London Heathrow, Stansted and City Airports all operate direct flights to Munich with Lufthansa, British Airways and Eurowings. You can find return flights to Munich from other airports around the UK, including Newcastle, Cardiff and Bristol Airports. Air France, Austrian Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines and Swiss all fly to Munich with one stopover. The connection is usually in cities such as Zurich or Amsterdam.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Munich Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 is connected to Munich Airport Centre, where there is an underground rapid transit train station. Terminal 2 operates flights by Lufthansa and Star Alliance partners, and the arrivals area is on level three. There is also a Terminal 2 satellite, connected to the main building by an underground transit system.
Munich Airport offers many services and facilities for passengers, including bars, restaurants and shops, plus a pharmacy, banks, baby changing room and observation deck.
Getting to the City from Munich Airport MUC
MUC is well-connected by public transport. You can take the S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines from the airport to the city centre, with departures every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes about 45 minutes. Lufthansa’s non-stop express bus runs every 15 minutes and can be used regardless of which airline you travelled with. It connects the airport with Munich Hauptbahnhof.
Taxi ranks are available at the arrival areas of both terminals, and a taxi service point is available on level 3 in Terminal 2. The ride into Munich city centre takes around 45 minutes. Car rentals are also available or you can book a shuttle or limousine service.
Why Visit Munich?
Munich is one of the biggest cities in Germany and it’s a popular destination for both British business travellers and tourists. The annual Oktoberfest celebration of beer and brewing – where dozens of traditional beer tents buzz with brew-fuelled festivities – is a huge draw for visitors. You can still experience the best of Bavaria’s breweries year-round at the city’s beer halls, such as the Hofbrauhaus, and enjoy traditional accompaniments like giant pretzels.
Munich is home to many interesting galleries and museums, including Germany’s largest modern art museum, the fascinating Pinakothek der Moderne, where you can see works by Klee, Kandinsky and Andy Warhol, as well as checking out some modern classics of product design, from early Apple Macs to Eames chairs, and drawings by Bauhaus architects. Car lovers can take a look at the latest models at BMW Welt, which is near the Olympiapark. Created for the 1972 Olympic Games, its swimming pool and ice rink are open to the public, and if you’re feeling sporty, you can even climb up to the roof of the main stadium.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Germany, but you might want to exchange some currency into euros in case you need some cash when you arrive. If you plan on skiing, check that your travel insurance includes coverage for winter sports.