Most tourists arrive in Munich by either train or plane.  The Munich Airport (MUC) is 40km from Munich centre, and is served by the S-Bahn local trains. 

Please have a look here at the map of Munich's S-Bahn lines, the airport is serviced by the light-blue line S1 and the yellow line S8, the airport is in the top-right corner of this map: http://tinyurl.com/munich-metro2012

The Munich public transport authority is called MVV and you can look up connections on the English version of the MVV website.


NB* Unless you are saving well over 100 euro and/or the flight times are a lot more suitable, it is advisable not to fly in to Memmingen Airport if your final destination is Munich. Although this small airport does have a extremely pleasant character with an excellent Biergarten close by, the buses to Munich Central station (Hauptbahnhof) do not run that regularly and the trip takes almost two hours in total. If you book online in advance it's €16 each way, Thus, even though the flight may be cheaper, you are adding four hours to your travelling time and spending €32 on the bus.

Munich Airport has a direct S-Bahn railway link to the city which is fully integrated with the Munich underground (U-Bahn) and bus service. The extra cost to fly into Munich direct will usually be worth it.

There are two surburban-type railway train  (= S-Bahn) lines, S1 and S8, that get you into town in around 45 mins.
There is a train every 10 minutes. The trains run from 4am to 1:30am. 

Tickets can be purchased either at the manned counter in the central area between the two terminals, near the top of the escalators that lead to the tracks or from any ticket machine. 

You can buy either:

  • a single ticket for 1 person at 11€ (Single-Tageskarte-Gesamtnetz, in English: Single Day Ticket Entire Network or Single-Airport-City-Day-Ticket), or
  • a group ticket at 20€ (Partner-Tageskarte-Gesamtnetz, in English: Partner Day Ticket Entire Network or Partner-Airport-City-Day-Ticket), which allows up to 5 Adults (two children between 6-14yrs count as one adult, children under 6 travel free) to travel together on one ticket

Both tickets allow unlimited transportation on the MVV Network from the time they're stamped until 6 a.m. the next day. Airport-City-Tickets come out of the ticket machine already stamped and therefore are the only tickets that do not need to be stamped. 

Tickets can also be purchased for different zones of the MVV Network, should your hotel not be in the city centre.
For further information terms and conditions see http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/tickets...

These tickets cover not only S-Bahn trains, but also buses, underground trains (= U-Bahn), and trams (streetcars) within the MVV Network.

To find the S-Bahn train station at the airport, follow signs with a white "S" on a green background.
If arriving at the Star Alliance terminal 2, walk across a covered courtyard to get to the escalator down to the tracks, or continue above ground into the central area to the manned ticket counter.
You can also already buy your tickets in the terminal 2 itself from a ticket machine.
The train station is located in the central area (indicated by a "Z") between terminal 1 and terminal 2.
There is a manned counter where you can buy tickets at the top of the escalators which go down to the tracks in the central area. You can also buy tickets at one of the ticket machines there. All ticket machines have menus in major languages, including English.
They accept both credit cards (without the need of a PIN code) and euro cash in the form of coins or banknotes up to 20€.

Once purchased the ticket should be "cancelled" in one of the stamp machines (small blue box on a pedestal).
It only has to be cancelled once, before its first use, at the start of journey.