When to go
Winters can be long and hard but whilst it is definitely busy in the summer, nothing beats a cold <i>bier</i> in the shade of a chestnut tree under the blue and white Bavarian sky. The Oktoberfest is hectic with hotels and flights overpriced and fully-booked, but it’s still a memorable (or perhaps slightly hazy) event (www.oktoberfest.de).
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PlanesFranz-Josef-Strauss airport in 25 miles north of the city with regular flights by national carriers and budget airlines. The €10 airport bus is the best way into town (www.autobusoberbayern.de); the S-Bahn train stops at every station taking seemingly forever | and taxis are around the €60 mark.
TrainsThe extensive S-Bahn (overland) and U-Bahn (underground) systems work like clockwork, as do the strassenbahn (trams) and buses. International trains arrive at the centrally located main train station.
AutomobilesWith the excellent public transport network | a car is unnecessary.
TaxisThe best place to find a cab is at one of the many taxi ranks but if you do see one for hire, just hail it down; they should stop unless they’re a stone’s throw from a rank. There is an extra charge for luggage but prices are reasonable.