Local Buses, Trams and Trains in Munich

Route maps and booking information for Munich buses, rail service, regional trains and the tram network: to help you find your way around Munich...

Munich is served by the MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund) transport network which includes the S-Bahn (Stadtschnellbahn; the suburban railway), U-Bahn (the underground railway), a tramway network and buses. The S-Bahn and U-Bahn are collectively referred to as the Schnellbahn.

Late-night bus and tram services are available throughout the week. In addition to the tram and bus services, “Night Owl” (Nightline or Nachtlinien) trains on the S-Bahn are available at weekends.

Tickets and Discounts

The MVV network operates on a zone system based on the number of zones passengers travel in or through. The entire system is called the Gesamtnetz. The inner zone is the Innenraum (white zone). The three concentric outer zones are the Aussenraum (green, then yellow, then red zones). The München XXL is the green and white zones. Maps of the entire MVV network are available online.

The types of tickets and passes available are:

  • Single ticket (Einzelfahrt): valid for one trip to a single destination. These are least expensive when purchased using a GeldKarte at a ticket machine
  • Stripe ticket (Streifenkarte): valid for travel to one destination and users buy and validate strips based on their travel zones. They can stop off and change their direction, but return trips are not allowed on this ticket. There is a time limit on use.
  • Single-day ticket (Single-Tageskarte): valid for unlimited travel for one day within specified zones. This ticket expires at 06:00 the day after purchase. The ticket must be validated in the blue validation machines at stations prior to travelling. Two children aged 6-14 can travel on one single day ticket
  • Partner day ticket: available for group travel
  • CityTourCard: available for one to three days of travel. The CityTourCard also entitles the holder to discounts at some Munich attractions
  • U21 tickets: discounts available for passengers aged 15-20. Holders of this card are required to carry photo identification when travelling using the U21 ticket.
  • IsarCard: for frequent users of the MVV network and available for either one week or for one month. It is transferable and can be bought from ticket machines or from ticket offices.

Tickets and passes can be purchased in S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations, from machines on buses and trams, and from many paper shops. All tickets must be validated using the blue machines in stations. Tickets bought on a bus or tram are automatically validated.

  • For information on ticket prices and offers: Click here
  • For information on where to buy tickets: Click here

Park and Ride

A Park&Ride system is available for drivers who wish to park at a station and use the S-Bahn or U-Bahn. A map is available (only in German) giving an estimate of parking spaces available. Real time availability is available for Park&Ride facilities within the inner district.

  • For the map of the Park&Ride system: Click here (PDF)

Bicycles

Bicycle parking spaces are available at rail stations as part of the Bike&Ride programme. For those who would like to take their bicycle on public transport, an extra ticket must be purchased for the bicycle, unless the bike is a foldable bike or has a wheel circumference of less than 20 inches (50.8 cm) and there is adequate space for the bicycle. Bikes are not allowed on trains Monday to Friday from 06:00-09:00 and from 16:00-18:00. Bicycles are not permitted on buses unless they are folding bicycles.

Passengers with Disabilities

Some S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations have ramps and lifts for passengers with disabilities. Some buses and trams in the MVV system are equipped for wheelchair access.

  • For a map that includes information on disabled access at stations in the MVV network: Click here

Pets

Passengers may bring one dog onboard at no charge, but a children's ticket must be bought for additional dogs. Small dogs carried in a bag can usually travel free. All dogs on public transport or in stations are must be on a lead. A muzzle is required for dogs that may snap or bite. Dog breeds officially declared dangerous by the regional government are not permitted on public transportation.