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  • The airport of Munich is located outside of the city. Suburban trains depart from the airport every 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 is located in the city centre and has 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 and suburban 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.
  • Make sure to check whether your foreign driving licence is valid in Germany. If you are a car owner, you will need to register your car and take out car insurance.

Transport upon Arrival

How to get to LMU Munich

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

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

How to get to LMU Gateway

Please visit our Contact page for exact directions on how to get to the offices of LMU Gateway.


Getting around in Munich

By public transport

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. 

NOTE: As an LMU Munich employee, you are eligible to buy the Jobticket, which is a train ticket for the whole year at a discounted price. Please contact us for more information.

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 car

Some people prefer to use their car for getting around. Over the past few years, car sharing options have become increasingly popular as an alternative to owning a car. 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. In most areas within the city, you will find parking metres or assigned parking zones for residents only. If you plan on using a car in Munich, it may be advisable to register for a residential parking permit (DE).

Driving licence (Führerschein)

The office responsible for the issuance of driving licences is called the Führerscheinstelle. The address and opening hours (Öffnungszeiten) can be found by accessing the official website (DE). Please feel free to contact us on any questions regarding your foreign driving licence.

NOTE: If a German licence has not been acquired within three years after establishing residency in Germany, the foreign licence holder will be required to go through the entire procedure of lessons and testing as a first-time applicant.

Car registration

In order to register your foreign car here in Munich, the responsible authority is the vehicle licensing authority (Zulassungsbehörde). The address and the opening hours (Öffnungszeiten) can be found by accessing the official website (DE). Please contact us for further information and queries regarding the registration of your car and taking out insurance.


Exploring outside of Munich

For journeys towards the mountains in the South of Munich, there are good connections with the Bayerische Oberlandbahn (DE) in direction of Bayrischzell, Lenggries or Tegernsee.
If you would like to visit the city of Rosenheim or cross the border to Austria and visit Salzburg or Kufstein, the Meridian (DE) offers train connections.

For long-distance travel, the Deutsche Bahn covers the entire German railway network and is connected to other European railway lines.


Information for Familiesteaser-families

There are certain MVV group day tickets & specific children's tickets available for families.

The CityTourCard is also great for families as this includes a day ticket for selected zones of travel as well as discounts for more than 70 attractions in and around Munich.


Our Serviceteaser-ourservice

LMU Gateway is here to support you with questions you may have related to getting around in Munich. We can help you with queries such as:

  • Where can I find detailed information on public transport in Munich?
  • Can you help me figure out the best travel itinerary to reach my destination in Munich?
  • I am having trouble understanding the ticketing system - can you help?
  • I would like to purchase/rent a bicycle - do you have any recommendations?
  • What special offers exist for LMU employees regarding transport?
  • Do I need to get my driving licence exchanged and what are the conditions?
  • What is there to consider when registering my car?

Please contact us at LMU Gateway for more information. In addition, feel free to ask for a list of specific vocabulary (German and English) containing the most important terms in this field.


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