Getting Around Munich
The best way to get around Munich is on foot since many of the attractions are located close to one another. If you grow weary, refresh yourself aboard the city's excellent public transportation — the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram or bus. Coincidentally, you can also take the S-Bahn from the Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport (MUC), located just about 20 miles northeast of the downtown area. Taxis are available, too, but these are expensive. If you're on a budget, skip the taxi and take the U-Bahn.
If you're staying in Altstadt or the city center, you might consider walking your Munich itinerary. Many of the top attractions are located within the city center, and you'll probably need to burn a few beer calories anyway.
Munich's public transportation system encompasses the U-Bahn, an underground train, the S-Bahn, a suburban train, the tram and the bus. Tickets — which can be purchased at all U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations as well as MVV ticket offices scattered throughout Munich — can be used interchangeably on all modes of transit. Once you buy your ticket, make sure to validate (or stamp it) either at the U-Bahn or S-Bahn stations or immediately after you board a tram or bus. Ticket prices are allotted according to zones, with a single, one-way ticket starting at € 1.40 EUR for short rides and going up to € 10.80 EUR for longer rides.
Metered taxis are available, but like many things in Munich, they are expensive. The meter starts at roughly €3.50 EUR. The rate per kilometer is €0.20 EUR.
Although driving isn't recommended in the city center, it is a good way to explore the outer-lying Bavarian area. You can rent vehicles at the airport, but booking one in the city center might be a bit more convenient.
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