Munich S-Bahn and U-Bahn

The S-Bahn (light rail) and U-Bahn (subway) systems in Munich

The Munich S-Bahn

Tickets & info
All forms of transport in Munich use the same tickets and are operated by (or at least linked to)
For most tourists, Munich's two overlapping light rail systems will prove the most useful form of public transport.

Yes, there are two systems, but since they use the same tickets (and, in the city center, both run mostly underground) you can pretty much think of them as just one large subway system.

Useful German
Fahrkarte - Ticket
Streifenkarte - Strip card
Tageskarte - Day ticket

Erwachsene - Adult
Kinder - Child

- Entrance
Ausgang - Exit
Nach - To (as in a destination)

Ein - One
Zwei - Two
Bitte - Please
Danke - Thanks

The only real practical difference for tourists between the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn in Munich is that you can use your rail pass on the S-Bahn, but not on the U-Bahn.

Useful lines

Almost all the S-Bahn lines (S1 through S8) run the same east-west route through the city, with stops at Hauptbahnhof, Karlsplatz, Marienplatz, and Isartorplatz. (Tourists will rarely find a reason to use the southern suburban S20 or S27 lines.)

The most useful of the U-Bahn lines are U3 and U6, which run north-south through the city center, stopping at Sendlingertor, Marienplatz, and Odeonsplatz before continuing on north into Schwabing.

The S-Bahn and U-Bahn map of Munich

Major U-bahn/S-bahn intersections

The major junctures of multiple S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines are:


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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