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Quick Facts:

  • Munich Airport is located outside of the city. Suburban trains depart from the airport every 10 to 20 minutes. The travel time from the airport to Munich's Central Train Station, for example, is about 45 minutes.
  • Munich's Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof) is located in the city center and offers connections to regional and long distance trains as well as the entire public transport network in Munich called the MVV.
  • The MVV network includes underground (U-Bahn) and suburban (S-Bahn) trains, buses and trams. They all use the same ticketing system. Ticket machines can be found at every station. Most tickets must be stamped before travel to be validated.
  • Munich is a very bike-friendly city and many people use this way of transport for getting around.
  • If you plan to drive a car in Germany, make sure that your driver’s license is valid here.

How to Get to LMU Munich Upon Arrival

LMU Munich has several locations throughout the city, therefore it is important to know your destination before planning your arrival itinerary.

For transportation options either from the airport or the Central Train Station to each LMU Munich campus, please view the LMU Munich website.

Getting Around in Munich

By Public Transportation

Munich has a great public transport network that is run by the Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV). This network includes underground and suburban trains, buses and trams. To find the best connection for your journey, you can use the journey planner on the MVV's website.

By Bicycle

Many people living in Munich use their bicycles as a means of transport. Munich is very bike-friendly with bike paths throughout the whole city. The city of Munich has even set up a bike route planner (DE) to help you find the quickest way to get to your destination. For further information on biking in and around Munich, please refer to the city's website.

NOTE: For safety reasons, pedestrians should avoid walking on the bicycle paths. Most cyclists speed along these and sometimes forget that foreigners are not accustomed to these designated paths.

By E-Scooter

E-scooters are a quick and fun way to cover short distances, which is especially handy around campus. There are several providers in Munich; the public provider MVG, for example, offers e-scooters in cooperation with TIER. E-scooters can be borrowed and returned anywhere in the city, as there are no designated stations. You can borrow and pay for the e-scooter via the “MVG more” app (DE), which also shows you the location of the nearest one. Just be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists while cruising around the streets of Munich!

By Car

If you need to get somewhere by car, car sharing may be a good option. LMU Munich has a cooperating partner, which offers discounts for LMU employees. Please contact us for more details.

Similar to any big city, traffic and parking can be a problem in Munich. During rush hour, the roads get very congested and it may be faster to reach your destination by public transportation. Also, parking can be difficult in the inner city. In most areas, you will find parking meters or assigned parking zones for residents only.

Public Transportation Ticket Options

MVV offers various ticket options ranging from single fare and day tickets to monthly or yearly tickets. If you are a student, you are also eligible for a semester ticket. Which ticket you need depends on how often you plan to use public transportation.

If you are registered as a student, your student ID (LMUcard) contains a basic semester ticket, which is valid in the whole MVV area from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and the whole day on weekends. You may also purchase an “IsarCard Semester” ticket to cover the remaining hours. It can be purchased at MVV ticket offices and is valid for the whole semester.

If you are employed by LMU Munich, you are eligible for the “IsarCardJob” ticket, which is valid for 12 months at a discounted price. More information can be found in the LMU Serviceportal.

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