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Flying into Beautiful Munich

Are you wondering how to save on your next flight to Munich? Read on to learn this and much more about Munich Airport. Munich is not just Germany's third-largest city, but the capital of Bavaria, Germany's richest state in more ways than one. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, Munich is where Bavaria begins and ends, whether you traipse through nearly a millennium of history in its old town, or take a train to the dozens of world-class destinations that surround it. No matter where in the Munich area your final destination is, Munich Airport is the fastest nonstop route to Bavaria.
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What do I Need to Know Before I Book my Flight to Munich?

Known as "Flughafen München" in German, Munich Airport boasts nonstop service to more than 200 airports across the globe, which makes it one of Europe's – and the world's – busiest airports. Munich Airport is a hub for German flag carrier Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, who offer competitive prices on nonstop flights to global cities such as Mumbai ($874 RT nonstop), Houston ($824 RT), Johannesburg ($662 RT), and São Paulo ($1,181 RT), to name just a few.

You can also fly nonstop to Munich from cities all over Europe, such as London on British Airways, Paris on Air France, and Rome on Alitalia. Lufthansa and its regional subsidiary, Germanwings, offer nonstop service to cities throughout Germany, although in many cases, it's more convenient to travel domestically using Deutsche Bahn, Germany's high-speed rail network.

What's the Best Time to Arrive at or Depart From Munich Airport?

As a global air hub, Munich Airport has arrivals and departures 24 hours a day, but certain times of the day are busier than others. Flights from the U.S. tend to arrive between six and 10 a.m., while most departures to Asia and India leave in the evening. Regardless of when you arrive or depart from Munich, you're unlikely to encounter delays, thanks to the airport's extremely efficient operations, from runway management, to immigration and customs, to security screenings.

This is also true when it comes to inbound and outbound transport between Munich Airport and hotels in Munich and beyond. Some nearby hotels, such as Fleming's Hotel München and Sheraton München West, offer airport shuttle service. This gives you the freedom to shop flights to Munich based on price, without worrying about the logistics of your arrival.

How do I Get From Munich Airport to my Destination?

Munich Airport is located in Freising, approximately 20 miles northeast of Munich's city center. The journey into Munich takes approximately 40 minutes by car, whether you rent your own upon arrival, or take a private taxi, which costs about 50 Euros one way. The cheapest way to get to Munich from Munich Airport is via the trains that depart the airport every 10 minutes, which cost eight Euros one-way and take approximately 30 minutes to reach Munich's Hauptbahnhof, or central railway station.

From Munich Hauptbahnhof, you can walk into the city center to begin your trip, or continue onward to other destinations in Bavaria, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp, and Chiemsee Lake in the Bavarian Alps by rail. Munich Airport is truly a hub for Bavaria, regardless of where in the state your travels take you.

How do Connections at Munich Airport Work?

Thanks to the global network of Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, Munich Airport is a popular connecting hub as well as a final destination. How you connect at Munich Airport depends on your origin and destination.

If you're coming from outside of Europe's Schengen Area and continuing to another destination outside the Schengen area – flying from New York to Shanghai, for example – you can usually proceed directly to your connecting gate without clearing customs or security. Depending on the global security situation, you may need to undergo security screening between select destinations – airport staff will advise you. If, on the other hand, you're entering or departing Europe as you connect through Munich, you'll need to clear security, customs, and immigration checks.

What Sorts of Amenities Does Munich Airport Offer?

You won't be happy to leave Bavaria when your trip is over, but Munich Airport offers plenty of creature comforts to soften the blow. Drown your sorrows in a glass of Bavarian beer, stuff your sad face with some bratwurst and sauerkraut, or shop at more than 50 boutiques featuring your favorite brands.

If you're flying in first or business class or simply purchase a day-pass, say "Auf Wiedersehen" in style by kicking back in one of Munich Airport's many lounges, such as Lufthansa's Senator lounge, which offers complimentary food and beverages, plus dedicated work and rest areas.

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