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Getting from Munich Airport to City Centre

There are 4 modes of transportation available from Munich Airport to the city centre of Munich; taxi, private transfer, express bus or train. The most convenient method to get to the city is by hopping in a local airport taxi or by pre-booking a private transfer. Local Munich taxis charge a fixed rate of €85 and it will take approximately 45 minutes to reach your destination. If you want to ensure no hidden fees or surcharges, booking a private transfer in advance is your best bet.

The alternative, inexpensive and most popular option is the train. There are direct train lines from Munich Airport to the city centre. Regular train tickets cost only €13.70 and the journey to the central train station, Marienplatz, takes a little less time than a taxi transfer. The Express Bus is another available choice, costing €11.50 and taking you directly to Munich’s central station in 45 minutes.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Munich at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

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Taxi €85 45min 24/7
Train €27.40 40min 04:04–01:44
Bus €23 45min 06:25–22:25

How to get from Munich Airport to centre by taxi

The most convenient way to reach Munich’s downtown area is by taking a local Munich taxi. Licensed Munich taxis are cream-coloured and have black and yellow roof signs. Munich Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany; therefore, you may have to wait in line to get a taxi.

Without traffic, the ride from Munich Airport to the city takes around 45 minutes. We recommend booking a private transfer in advance to save time and avoid communication issues with the local drivers.

Taxi fare from Munich Airport to city centre

Local taxi drivers charge a fixed-rate fee for rides from Munich Airport to the city of Munich. The rate for this trip is €85, however, Munich taxis charge extra for things like additional luggage and pets.



Trip Duration

45 Min

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

You can always find a taxi at the airport of Munich.

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi stands can easily be found just outside of each terminal, as well as in the central area on level E03.


The luxurious taxi sedans of Munich are very comfortable and the taxi drivers of Germany are known for providing great services to their customers. Which is why opting for a taxi or private transfer is definitely the most convenient and hassle-free way to get from the airport to the city of Munich.

Editor’s Note

Even though taxi rides can be costly, it is ideal to hire a taxi when you are travelling with a group that can split the fare. However, If you are on a budget, you can always use other modes of public transport.

Useful Tips

It is advisable to carry some cash with you since many taxis do not accept credit/debit cards.
Not all Munich taxi drivers are bilingual.
Always get a taxi from the official taxi stands.

How to get from Munich Airport to centre by train

The train system of Munich is vast and it covers almost every part of the city. Two train lines operate the route from Munich Airport to the city centre up to 6 times per hour: S1 and S8. Both S-Bahn trains stop at the Marienplatz central station. However, the S8 line is considerably faster, taking only 38 minutes to reach the city centre.

How much is the train from Munich Airport to city centre?

One-way standard train ticket to central Munich from the airport costs €13.70.

Tickets can be purchased from the S-Bahn ticket counters or the automated ticket machines at the airport train station.



Trip Duration

38 Min

Waiting time is around 10 minutes.

Value for Money

The S-Bahn trains run from the airport to Marienplatz station from 04:04 to 01:44.

Where do I get it from?

The train station is located on the basement level of the central area (between Terminals 1 and 2). Just follow the S-green signs once you exit the arrivals hall.


The S-Bahn electric trains are the most popular modes of transport. Those trains are fairly new and they have comfortable seats and a lot of space for your luggage.

Editor’s Note

Please do not forget to buy or validate your train ticket. There are always ticket inspectors operating and the fine is €65.

Useful Tips

Children under 6 years of age travel for free.
Once you get to Marienplatz station, you will have access to multiple metro lines.
Taking the S1 line is better if you are travelling to the west part of the city.
If you're travelling as a group, you can purchase a group day ticket for €25.70 which valid for up to 5 adults (2 kids count as 1 adult).

How to get from Munich Airport to the city centre by bus

The Lufthansa Express Bus runs from Munich Airport to Munich Central Station daily, also stopping at Munich North (Schwabing). The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and is the cheapest of all the options. The service is direct and a good choice for those wanting to keep costs low.

How much does the bus from the airport to the city cost?

A single ticket for the direct route from Munich Airport to the city costs just €11.50 and if you buy it online, you’ll pay just €11. If you’re planning on using the service to return to the airport at the end of your trip, you can save money buy purchasing a round-trip ticket, costing €18.50.



Trip Duration

45 Min

The Lufthansa Express Bus departs from Terminals 1 and 2 every 20 minutes.

Value for Money

The express service is available from 06:25 to 22:25, 365 days a year.

Where do I get the bus from?

The express buses can be found at various points throughout the airport complex:

Terminal 1 Area D, Munich Airport Centre (MAC) and Terminal 2.


Utilising the express service from Munich Airport to the city centre is a good budget-friendly option. It’s the cheapest mode of transport and takes a similar amount of time as taxis or the train.

However, if you have heavy luggage, are travelling with children or just don’t want to mess around with public transport, we advise pre-booking a private transfer for the smoothest arrival possible.

Editor’s Note

It only stops at the Schwabing Nordfriedhof Stop and the Hauptbahnhof. If you need to go anywhere else, it’s not as convenient.

Useful Tips

Round Trip Ticket: €17.50 online (€18.50 on the bus) .
Buses have free Wi-Fi on board.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Munich. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Munich Airport to City Centre?

The average price of taxi trip from Munich Airport to the downtown area of Munich is €85 and the ride takes around 45 minutes. Remember that surcharges may be added to your final fare.

For a guaranteed set fare with no extra fees, pre-book a comfortable private transfer with a company like Welcome Pickups to get your holiday off to the best start.

How much is a train ticket from Munich Airport to City Centre?

One-way standard train tickets cost €13.70 per person and you buy them from the S-Bahn ticket counters or the automated ticket machines on the train station in the airport.

How far is it from Munich Airport to City Centre?

Munich city centre is approximately 38 km from Munich Airport and you can get there either by taxi, private transfer, bus or train.

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