How to use Munich's public transport System
As a tourist from abroad, you will usually have no car with you.
Trust me, you don't need a car to see the fascinating city of Munich. There is a really good public transport system.
Compared to the size and the number of inhabitants (approx. 1,5 Million people) Munich has a very extensive public transport system, consisting of commuter trains, subways, tramways and buses serving more than 710 Million people per year in an area of 5.500 square kilometres (2.123 square miles).
The network consists of 617 kilometres (383 miles) of train tracks, about 500 kilometres (310 miles) of bus lines in the city area and another 4.800 kilometres (2.982 miles) of bus lines in the greater Munich area. Impressive, isn’t it? Here I will tell you how to use the public transport system in Munich, how to buy tickets and the pro’s and con’s of Munichs public transport system.
Understandig the different types of transport in Munich
The most confusing especially for first time visitor is understanding the different types of public transport in Munich. Again: There are commuter trains, subways, tramways and buses. The most impressive and suitable for masses of people are on the one hand the commuter trains called “S-Bahn” (spoken like “ace-bun”) and on the other hand the subway called “U-Bahn” (spoken “oooh-bun”). You might have guessed it, the signs for the S-Bahn and U-Bahn are a big U and a big S. The U-Bahn sign is a white “U” on blue ground and the S-Bahn sign is a white “S” on green ground. While the U-sign is always a square, the S-sign is always round. But there is more to learn about the different public transportation options in Munich: