Cheap day tickets and transportation cards offer great savings on ticket prices for travel on U and S-Bahn trains, buses, and trams in München in Bavaria.
Munich (München) has an excellent and extensive public transportation system that incorporates S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains, trams, and buses into a smooth network. Most tourists in Munich will save by using a public transportation day ticket, which is generally cheaper than two single journeys. Couples, small groups, and families save even more when using the cheap Partner Tageskarte day tickets. The Munich City Tour Card includes transportation and small discounts on some admission fees.
The 17 Munich Transportation Day Tickets
Most visitors to Munich will save on public transportation costs by using day tickets (Tageskarten) rather than single-journey tickets (Einzelfahrtkarten) A Munich transportation day ticket is usually cheaper than two single tickets (or a return journey). Ticket prices usually increase once per year but the relative positions usually stay unchanged – day-tickets remain cheaper than two single-trip tickets.
Day tickets (Tageskarten) is just one of the around 20 different type of transportation tickets available in Munich. Not surprisingly, transportation day tickets in Munich are available in 17 different versions. The most important determining factors in choosing the right day ticket are adult or child, single or small group, area covered, and transportation only or a pass that includes discounts to popular tourist sights.
Munich Transportation Day Ticket Zones
The larger Munich mass transit network has 16 tariff zones, which are formed by rings around circular zone 1 at the heart of Munich. Ticket prices for transportation are determined by the number of zones that a journey lasts.
The transportation day tickets (Tageskarten) cut the 16 zones down to only four different zones in Munich (named after the colors used on transportation maps):
- Innenraum – Center or white zone, which includes all four tariff circles of the single-ticket fares zone of central Munich.
- München XXL – the white and green zones (tariff zone circles 1 – 8).
- Aussenraum – Outer zone only or green, yellow, and red zones (tariff zone circles 5 – 16).
- Gesamtnetz – Full network, i.e. tariff zone circles 1 to 16.
The Innenraum day ticket will be sufficient for most tourists but it is worth noting that the München XXL ticket includes travel from the center of Munich to Dachau (€5.80 one way) and the Gesamtnetz transportation to Munich Airport (€11.60 one way). When bought at the airport, the ticket is often referred to as the Airport-City ticket and is valid from the moment of purchase without needing further validation.
- When going further afield, use the Bayern Ticket of German Railways – it covers almost all forms of local transportation in Bavaria.
Munich Transportation Single, Partner and Child Day Tickets
Munich transportation day tickets are available for singles (Single Tageskarte), children (Tageskarte-Kinder), and small groups (Partner Tageskarte). These day tickets are valid from the moment of validation until 6 am the following morning.
The single ticket is obviously for individuals while the children ticket is for children aged 6 to 14 years. (Under 6-year olds travel for free with an adult or older child.)
The Partner Tageskarte generally gives the best savings for couples, small groups, and families. The Partner Tageskarte allow up to five adults to travel together, or substitute any adult for two children. The Munich transportation Partner Tageskarte works out cheaper as soon as two people travel together (except for an adult with single child, or three children).
Prices of the Munich Transportation Day Passes and Tickets
Munich transportation day tickets are priced according to the zones of validity. The children’s day ticket is available for the complete network and a fantastically cheap €3.20 per day.
The Tageskarte prices for adults are as follows (Single / Partner):
- Innenraum – €6.70 / €12.80
- München XXL – €8.90 / €16.10
- Außenraum – €6.70 / €12.80
- Gesamtnetz – €13.00 / €24.30
A three-day Tageskarte is also available for the central Munich Innenraum zone only. It is €16.80 for the Single Ticket and €29.60 for the Partner Ticket.
A bicycle day ticket is €3,00 for the Gesamtnetz, or €5 for all of Bavaria. (Bicycles may not be taken on the U and S-Bahn during peak hours – usually 6-9:00 and 16-18:00 on weekdays.)
Tourists to Munich can also save with the Munich City Tour Card. This pass includes a transportation card as well as discounts to some popular sights in München. The German Railways’ Bayern Ticket covers almost all modes of local transportation in Bavaria and is also valid for all public transportation systems in Munich.