A U-Bahn train enters the Marienplatz station. By Durant Imboden Munich's public-transportation system, the MVV , has two rapid-transit networks: The U-Bahn, which is an underground or subway system for the city of Munich, with stations at or near such attractions as the Schwabing district, the major parks, the BMW Museum, the Allianz Arena , and the Oktoberfest grounds. The S-Bahn, which serves both Munich and its suburbs.
S-Bahn trains run between the city's two central railroad stations the Hauptbahnhof and the Ostbahnhof , serve outlying places of interest such as the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial , and provide frequent transportation between the city and Munich International Airport. The two systems are tightly integrated and use a common ticketing scheme. The most obvious difference between the two is the color of the trains: U-Bahn trains are blue and white; S-Bahn trains are red and white.
How to ride the U-Bahn and S-Bahn: Tickets come in four basic types: Einzelfahrkarten, or single-journey point-to-point tickets are the most expensive. You can break your journey and use different modes of transportation e. Within Munich, press "1" on the machine for a single zone; for longer trips, you'll need to choose a ticket for the appropriate number of zones.
See the explanatory text in the top left section of the machine. Public Transportation in Munich Using public transportation Munich has an extensive public transportation system. It consists of a network of underground U-Bahn , suburban trains S-Bahn , trams and buses. Subway stations are marked with signs showing a white "U" on a blue background. The S-Bahn suburban lines are marked with a white "S" on a green background.
Tram and bus stops are marked with a green "H" inside a green circle on a yellow background. All S-Bahn suburban lines go through the city center and connect Munichs Central Station Hauptbahnhof to East Station Ostbahnhof with popular tourist destinations like Marienplatz and Karlsplatz in between. The same ticket is valid for all these forms of public transportation. You don't need different tickets, if you move from train to tram to bus.
Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations, at many tram and bus stops and newspaper kiosks. Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated - insert the ticket into the small stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. An information office of the Munich public transportation network MVV , where English is spoken, is located at the Marienplatz Basement.
Tickets There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets called "Einzelfahrkarte" , Stripe Tickets called "Streifenkarte" and Day Tickets called "Tageskarte". The rules how to use these different tickets are rather complicated. Staying as a tourist in Munich Day Tickets are the best option. They are uncomplicated and mostly cheaper than Single or Stripe Tickets. These tickets allow for unlimited travel on all U-Bahn, S-Bahn trains, trams and buses from the time validated until 6: You only need to choose between different types of Day Tickets.
When travelling alone, choose the type Single Day Ticket. When travelling with at least one another person friend, wife , choose the type Gruppen DayTicket. When you want to go by public transportation means only in Munich, choose the type Day Ticket inner zone or in case of a longer stay the type 3 Day Ticket inner zone. When you plan visiting places like Dachau memorial camp, Schleissheim Castle or Starnberg at Lake Starnberg choose the type Day Ticket XXL area.