How to get out of Munich?

How to get out of Munich?

In previous article I have listed a couple of great options for a day trip out of Munich. I have also briefly talked on how to reach some of the places. Now, it’s time to get into details of what are the best ways of traveling around keeping in mind value, price and time factors.

Munich has one of the most desirable locations out of all the cities I have lived in. It’s on the foots of the Alps and it’s surrounded with several lakes, landmarks and human settlements worth a visit. There are almost limitless choices for traveling. One can only complain there is no sea within an hour drive, but come on, one can’t have everything. Let me give you a couple of ideas how to get your adventure organised in terms of transportation.

Munich is a city of 1,5 million people. It’s almost as much as Warsaw has. As such it’s an attractive market to all kinds of startups offering modern means of transportation. In the city you will find shared cars, scooters, bicycles and so on. The public transportation is also well organised and its network is extensive. In short, moving around the city isn’t too difficult except of rush hours.

Some of the options available to move around the city are also there to take you out. When going a bit further there is a range of other options too. The three best ways to get out of the city are: trains, cars and bicycles. Infrastructure for all three of them is excellent. I’m heavily relying on all of these means of transportation and I’d like to share a couple of tricks how to use them without spending too much and with no much hustle.

Railway, Bayern ticket and ski passes

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The railway network in Bayern as in whole of Germany is one of the best in the world. Trains are reaching all of major cities and most of smaller settlements. Many of the connections are served with at least one train per hour. Once you know where you want to go navigate to www.bahn.de and check if there is a train that can take you there. Munich is an excellent starting point for the Alps. Abundance of direct trains can be found connecting the city with famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Insbruck and Füssen as well as lesser known destinations such as: Mittenwald, Bayernishzell, Kochel and Berchtesgaden – gateway to Königssee. Usually, a train is the only thing between you and your destination.

When scouting on bahn.de you may have an impression not all of the connections are budget friendly, but don’t worry. There are ways around these prices. If you’re aiming to go for a day trip to anywhere in Bayern, Salzburg or a couple other places in Austria then Bayern ticket is your friend. For just 26 euro you can travel all around Bayern within one day. For an extra 7 euro you can take an extra person up to a group of 5 on one ticket. If that’s not enough there are plenty other discounts and offers available.

Some of the most valuable offers are connected ski pass + train fares. For just 60 euro you can take a train up to Zugspitze – the highest pick in Germany – and ski for the whole day to go back in the evening. More information here. Similar offers can be found to the resorts of Lenggries, Spitzing-See and Skiparadies Sudelfeld.

Get out of Munich by car

Car
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The road infrastructure is no worse than railways. Famous German highways are free to use for locals and tourists and they have no speed limits (well, most of them). Expect all of the roads to be in great shape and of great quality.

If you’re not coming with your own car to Munich then you’re left with two options to drive. First is to rent a car. The best option is the German company Sixt. They provide good quality German cars at fine prices if booked ahead. I have rented a couple of times from them and I’ve been treated with respect. Munich is an important city for Sixt as they have an office here. There are – of course – other rental companies present, but I have no experience with them.

Car sharing

The second choice are the shared cars. These can be picked up on the street with a help of an app. There are several companies operating in Munich. The biggest are ShareNow with mostly premium fleet. They prices range from about 20-40 cents per minute. The main competitor is Sixt Share. A new kid on the market, but growing rapidly. As of January 2020 they are the cheapest option with prices starting at 9 cents per minute. A typical fare would be about 20-25 cents per minute. All of these cars can be hired using mobile apps available for Android and iOS. They offer hourly and daily rates as well. A 24 hours rent of these car may cost you between 70-90 euro. Keep in mind insurance, parking in Munich as well as fuel is all inclusive.

The only thing I’d advocate against is to drive in Munich itself. Especially during the rush hours. There is way too many people commuting to work with car and the road system cannot handle the traffic. If you’re lucky you may get through the city in half an hour, but this may escalate easily to two hours.

Cycling

Bicycle
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As a long distance cyclist and bike-packer with thousands of km cycled I cannot skip the option to cycle around Munich. A bike won’t take you as far as train or car, but it’s still a fantastic option. Take your bike to the city or rent one once you’re here. Depending on your fitness level you may reach many wonderful places, towns, lakes and forests around Munich. The cycling infrastructure in the city and outside of it is outstanding. My recommended route is to follow the Isar river as far as you want and then return through villages and the back country.

Buses

Lastly I have to mention about the bus option. There are several companies serving routes from Munich. The only one I used is FlixBus. They may be the cheapest option to some the destinations so don’t forget to check them out when planning your adventure. Namely, they may be your best friend to get to Garmish-Partenkirchen or Nurymberg if booked in advance.