Getting around Munich
Münchener Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH (MVV) (tel: +49 89 4142 4344; www.mvv-muenchen.de) runs Munich's comprehensive public transport network. This consists of an integrated system of Strassenbahn (tram) lines, bus lines, U-Bahn (underground) lines and S-Bahn (suburban train) lines.
Tickets are available from blue ticket machines marked with the MVV logo and from other ticket outlets. Unless you’ve purchased a pre-validated ticket, you must validate tickets in blue Entwerter machines, marked with the letter ‘E', upon boarding.
One-day, three-day and four-day CityTour Cards are available, which let you travel on public transport of the MVV network and which include discounts on more than 70 attractions in Munich and its surrounding. There are single day passes for one and three days and up to five adults travelling together can save money by buying a one-day group ticket (Partner-Tageskarte). The QueerCity Pass (www.queercitypass.com) is valid for one, three or four days on the MVV-network and includes discounts at more than 60 queer friendly places.
Taxis in Munich are usually cream-coloured Mercedes and can be safely hailed on the street. Taxi-München (tel: +49 89 21610) and Isarfunk (tel: +49 89 450 540) are both good options for call-outs. A tip of 5-10% is common practice.
Traffic can be heavy, particularly during rush hour, and parking is often problematic and expensive. Drivers should note that trams always have priority in Munich, although driving on their tracks is permissible and usually unavoidable. Buses have priority when leaving stops.
The most useful car parks in Munich include Carpark am Stachus (Adolf-Kolping-Strasse 10) and Carpark Vor der Oper (Max-Joseph-Platz 4).
Drivers need to be at least 21 years old to hire a category-one car, although small cars, such as a Smart car, can be hired at 19 years. Insurance in Germany is mandatory and drivers must hold a valid licence.
There are numerous car hire firms, both at the airport and in central Munich. Companies include Avis (tel: +49 89 9759 7600; www.avis.de), Budget (www.budget.de), Hertz (tel: +49 89 978 8614; www.hertz.de) and Sixt (www.sixt.de).
Call A Bike (tel: +49 69 4272 7722, in Germany only; www.callabike-interaktiv.de), operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB), has bikes spread over Munich. By calling the number, a credit card account is set up, which enables you to release an electronically locked bike using a pin code. You can also register online. The credit card is charged after the bike is returned to a bike rack. Once an account and pin code are set up, you can use any available bike at any time.
You can also hire bikes from Radius Tours, in Munich’s Hauptbahnhof opposite platform 32 (tel: +49 89 54348 77730; www.radiustours.com/en/), or Mike’s Bike Tours & Rentals, Thomas-Wimmer-Ring 16 (tel: +49 89 2554 3987; www.mikesbiketours.com).