The Munich U-Bahn operates between 4:15 and 1:30, trains run every ten minutes and every 5 minutes during rush hours.
6-car trains are used during rush hours, 2-4-car trains in off-peak hours.
- FARES (2006, in Euro)
The U-Bahn is part of the MVV (Münchner Verkehrsverbund), the tariff union for the Munich region. All stations have information panels that show the zone you're in, although Munich city is basically identical with the inner zone (all U-Bahn stations apart from U6 Garching-Hochbrück).
1-day pass - 4.80 (9.60 for the whole MVV network)
Single ticket - 2.20 (short trip - 1.10)
Season Tickets (IsarCards) can be bought as "rings", the Munich city area would be 4 ring zones:
Like in other German cities, the Munich U-Bahn is an open system, there are no ticket barriers, you must cancel your ticket before entering the platform area and show it in case you're controlled. All tickets are valid on any means of transport (bus, tram, subway and local trains) with free transfer between them.
- All fares subject to change -
The capital of Bavaria, München, is Germany's third largest city with 1.3 million inhabitants. The city hosted the 1972 Olympic Games and for this occasion the first metro line was built. Since then, Munich has developed one of Europe's best metro networks, which together with the S-Bahn serves almost all parts of the city.
Like other German cities (for example Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne or Hanover), in the 1960's also Munich decided to build underground sections especially in the city centre for its existing tram routes. But before construction started the city changed its mind in favour of a full metro. In 1964 construction of the first north-south route (now U6) between Kieferngarten and Goetheplatz began. When the city knew that it would host the 1972 Olympics, a branch was planned from Münchner Freiheit to Olympiazentrum (U3). At the same time the S-Bahn tunnel straight through the city centre was built (opened May 1972). In October 1971, Munich joined the European metro community: U6 Kieferngarten - Goetheplatz (12 km). This first line was extended to Harras in 1975. Since then the network has been growing steadily and without long delays common elsewhere. Most of today's network was designed then and carried out according to priorities defined. This is why Munich offers one of the most user-friendly metro systems in Europe with extremely comfortable transfer facilities, either cross-platform (like Innsbrucker Ring or Scheidplatz) or with one station perpendicularly on top of the other with short walks only (like Sendlinger Tor or Odeonsplatz). All three trunk routes are served by two lines:
U1 Olympia-Einkaufszentrum - Mangfallplatz
U2 Fröttmanning - Messestadt Ost
U3 Olympiazentrum - Fürstenried West
U6 Garchinh-Hochbrück - Klinikum Großhadern
U4 Westendstraße - Arabellapark
U5 Laimer Platz - Neuperlach Süd
At certain times (peak hours, trade fairs) additional trains operate between Messestadt Ost and Rotkreuzplatz (U7) and between Feldmoching and Neuperlach Zentrum (U8). Some U2 trains run between Messestadt-Ost and Hauptbahnhof during important fairs or to Olympiazentrum during special events in the Olympia Park.
Currently the network has a total length of 86 km, mostly underground (U6 is above ground from Studentenstadt to Garching-Hochbrück, U5 has an elevated station at Neuperlach-Süd).
The Munich S-Bahn operated by Deutsche Bahn AG is an important complementary rapid rail service also within the city. All routes have a basic frequency of 20 minutes which results in a 3-5 minute interval along the common city trunk route between Pasing and Ostbahnhof. Munich Airport can be reached on two routes, S8 connects the city centre via Ostbahnhof and Ismaning, and an S1 branch opened Nov. 1998 runs on a western route with transfer to U2 at Feldmoching.