Munich Airport in southern Germany is officially called Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, after the Bavarian politician that passed away in 1988. It is the second most important airport in Germany and processes almost 30 million passengers per year. In 2005 and 2006 it was called “the best airport in Europe” and the third best in the world, after Changi-Singapore and Hong Kong.
Munich Airport GmbH
IATA airport code: MUC
ICAO airport code: EDDM
The S-Bahn train lines S1 and S8 go to the center of Munich, travel time is 40 minutes and costs approximately €9.00, the trains stop at various stations including Hauptbahnhof, Marienplatz, Laim and Ostbahnhof.
Car and bus
The airport is 28 kilometers northeast of Munich along highway A92, which connects to the ring road (A99) around Munich. An alternative route is through the Bundesstrasse 388 to Erding, just before Erding you take a left to the airport.
A shuttle bus from Autobus Oberbayern (tel: +49(0)89 323 040) leaves from both terminals to the central station (Hauptbahnhof) in Munich. If there are large exhibitions or trade shows in the Messe München then a shuttle bus also rides to the exhibition center. Bus tickets are for sale at the Service Center (tel: +49(0)89 9752 1375) on the third floor.
Car rental - Munich Airport
In the MAC center there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt. The rental cars are in parking garage P6. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several car rental providers in a single quote.
Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall (tel: +49(0)89 9758 5050). The cost of a ride to the center of Munich is approximately €50.00 in normal traffic and more expensive when there is heavy traffic.
The airport has a large number of parking places, the underground garages P1, P2, P3, P4, P9 and P26 are under the airport hotel, and the tower garages P6, P7, P8, P20, and P25, all these garages are directly connected with the terminal. For long-term parking there is parking area P41, along the Nordallee, P51 and P53. A shuttle bus goes from these parking areas to the terminal. Information about parking and the rates can be obtained (tel: +49(0)89 9756 5110). For driver services you can call the Parking Center (tel: +49(0)89 9752 1921).
There is one hotel at the airport, Kempinski Hotel Airport München (tel: +49(0)800 426 313 55, free).}, the hotel has 389 rooms which are all adapted for the disabled. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
The airport has an enormous range of cafés, snack bars, restaurants and shops. There are more than 130 shops and more than 40 bars and restaurants. The central area for eating, drinking and shopping is between the two terminals (MAC).
You can find the Service Center in the central shopping area (Munich Airport Center – MAC). There is also a window for lost and found items (tel: +49(0)89 9752 1370). There are porters at the airport that can be identified by their green uniforms, you can also request a porter (tel: +49(0)89 9759 9795).
Next to the Service Center in the MAC area (tel: +49(0)89 9752 1375) are information windows on the fourth floor of the Departures Hall in Terminal 2 and on the third floor of the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2. You can also find information counters from Lufthansa in various places. In Terminal 1 on the fourth floor, there is an information stand from the Tourism Bureau.
There are windows from various tour operators in the Arrivals Hall.
The Munich Airport Center (MAC) is the heart of the airport. The MAC Forum (tel: +49(0)89 9753 4331) holds large events and exhibitions. The business service center is called Municon (tel: +49(0)89 9759 3200), there are 35 offices and meeting rooms to rent, from 4-120 people and you can book exclusive VIP lounges here.
The Kempinski Hotel also has extensive office, meeting and conference facilities for up to 400 people.
The Internet Point in the Service Center offers facilities such as a fax machine, copy machines, printers, scanners and computers.
Munich Airport is very accessible for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms and elevators. There are text telephones at the Service Center by the medical services. In all parking garages there are places reserved for the disabled. For further information (also repair wheelchairs!) you can call the Malteser Service Organization (tel: +49(0)89 9756 3333).
In the whole terminal you can find bank branches, money exchange offices and ATM's, there is also a post office. Wireless internet access is available in the entire airport. The airport has an extensive medical center (tel: +49(0)89 975 63344) with a pharmacy, a dentist, play rooms for children and shower rooms.