Munich airport is located about 25 kilometers northeast of the center of Munich. It is a major hub for Lufthansa and the second busiest airport in Germany. From there, you can take the train into the city. It’s the most convenient airport, but high demand for travel to Munich during Oktoberfest can increase ticket prices.
Munich is also easily accessible by train, opening up alternative airports as options. If you want to see more of Europe, this is a great option. Ice trains operated by Deutsche Bahn open up alternative airports in Germany. The TGV trains make Paris an option and the EuroCity trains open up other European cities. A flight to nearby Salzburg combined with taking the train to Munich may yield savings. Or combine a flight into Memmingen Airport on Ryanair with one of the regularly scheduled buses from there to Munich.
Once you are in Munich, you’ll find that it has an extensive public transportation system and is also pedestrian friendly. The U-Bahn (underground railway, S-Bahn (suburban trains), trams and buses are the cheapest way to get around the city. The MVV Website can help you plan your travel and fares around Munich. Parking near Oktoberfest is always a problem, so if you do get a rental car, we don’t recommend driving to Theresienwiese. Besides, you don’t want to have to worry about driving the car back at the end of the evening!
Here is a guide to how to ride the U-Bahn and S-Bahn.