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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Munich (MUC)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
While there’s no specific day of the week when airline tickets are magically cheaper, there is a time period when flights are generally cheapest. It’s not too far in advance of your trip but not too close either. We call it the Goldilocks Window, and it’s about 1–3 months before a domestic flight and 2–8 months before an international trip.
That said, if you’re planning to travel during a peak season, it would be wise to start looking on the earlier end. So, if you’re planning to visit Munich for Oktoberfest in late September, you might want to start looking for flights in February.
Last-minute deals are few and far between, especially during busy travel seasons, with fare jumps happening at the 21-, 14-, and 7-days points before departure dates; book before then if you can.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Sometimes, flight prices never drop, especially during peak travel seasons or for major events like Oktoberfest. Before you give up and abandon the trip, try our Greek Islands Trick. Despite the name, it can be used all over Europe to find cheap flights to expensive destinations.
The point is to get yourself as close to the place you really want to go for the lowest price possible, then find a budget airline flight or other form of transportation to reach your final destination. Say flights from Atlanta to Munich in September are $1,200. You could look for flights to London, Zürich, Paris, or another European city instead. If you see a transatlantic flight for around $800 and a European regional airline flight for under $200, you could still save a couple hundred bucks. You can also look into train tickets, which can be even cheaper. This type of planning takes more work, but it can save you money, which could be used toward, say, a couple of nights in hotels.
Search alternative departure airports
This is like the Greek Islands Trick but in reverse. Travelers living near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson may have never considered flying out of any other airport. Why would they when the world’s busiest airport is right there? Believe it or not, there may be situations in which you could actually save money by looking at long-haul flights from other cities—even if it means you have to take a short flight from Atlanta to get there.
We see shockingly cheap fares from airports big and small all over the country, and if you’re only looking at flights from your home airport you could miss out. Even if you live in Atlanta, if you see a flight from New York to Munich for $550, it could be worth looking into flights from Atlanta to New York to take advantage of that deal.
Fly when it’s cheaper
One of the easiest ways to save on flights is to fly when they’re less in demand. Shoulder seasons, the months just before and after high season, are great times to save money on flights and hotels but still get decent weather. That’s late March–May and late October–November in Munich. Off season, from January–February, is even cheaper, though the weather isn’t as nice.
Thanksgiving week is a hidden cheap time to travel internationally from the US. With most people traveling domestically during that time, international flights are often cheaper.
Even if you are traveling during peak season, you can still save money by flying on cheaper days. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly, while Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Set alerts for specific trips
Keeping track of airfare is hard work—we know that firsthand. The good news is that technology can take some of the work off your hands. Set up fare alerts for your travel itinerary, and you’ll get an email when fares drop into your target price range or by a noteworthy amount. Do this well in advance of your trip, ideally before the Goldilocks Window, so you can see prices drop during that time. If your travel dates are flexible or you want to try the Greek Islands Trick and fly out of a different airport, set multiple alerts.
Munich International Airport is the second-largest airport in Germany, with nonstop flights from around 60 countries, so you have decent travel options. Visitors from about a dozen US cities spread across the country can reach Munich on a nonstop flight, while others will make one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Munich (MUC)
What is the airport code for Munich International Airport?
The airport code for Munich International Airport is MUC.
When is high season in Munich?
Munich has a couple of high seasons. The city is generally busy from June–October. It starts getting crowded in early summer as the weather warms up, and tourist season peaks in late September and early October for Oktoberfest. December can also be busy for Christmas markets.
When is the best time to visit Munich?
The best time to visit Munich for good prices, good weather, and to avoid crowds is from late March to early June. Tourist season hasn’t fully hit yet, but you’ll still get nice spring weather and not have to deal with cold winter temperatures.
The cheapest time to visit is November, January, and February.
Does MUC have its own on-site hotel?
What lounges are available at MUC?
- Terminal 1: Air France Lounge, Airport Lounge Europe, Airport Lounge World, Emirates Lounge
- Terminal 2: Lufthansa Business Lounge (Schengen and non-Schengen location), Lufthansa First Class Lounge, Lufthansa Senator Lounge (Schengen and non-Schengen location)
In Terminal 1, the Air France Lounge has a coworking area with wireless charging, a hot and cold buffet, a full bar, free wifi, seats with outlets, and a dedicated area for La Premiére clients. It is open to Air France, KLM, and SkyTeam partner business and first class passengers, as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus members, including Flying Blue Platinum and Gold members.
The Emirates Lounge has a full-service bar and a large buffet, showers, free wifi, internet terminals, newspapers and magazines, and flight monitors. It is open to Emirates first and business class passengers, Emirates Gold and Platinum members, and Qantas Gold and Platinum members.
The Airport Lounge Europe and Airport Lounge World lounges are open to all passengers. The World lounge has a bistro, cafe, relation area, TVs, snacks, and free wifi. Access is €54. The Europe lounge has snacks, beverages, seating with outlets, and free wifi. Access is €42.
Lufthansa operates a few lounges in MUC. The Lufthansa First Class Lounge is near Gate G21 and is open to Lufthansa and Star Alliance first class passengers, as well as HON Circle Members on specific airlines. The lounge offers a pre-flight dinner, a full bar, printers, showers, TVs, international magazines and newspapers, and free wifi. The Senator Lounge near Gate G28 also has showers, free wifi, food, a full bar, international magazines, and a working area and lockers. It is open to first and business passengers, as well as Star Alliance Gold members and Senator members. The Lufthansa Business Lounge is open to first and business class passengers, Senator members, Star Alliance Gold members, and some other frequent travelers. It has showers, free wifi, snacks and beverages, and printers.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to MUC?
Animals must be on a leash or in a carrier at all times while in the Munich airport. The airport also recommends checking with your airline for specific restrictions. If you are visiting from the US, your pet will need a health certificate signed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian, have a microchip, and have a rabies shot and other vaccinations.
How far is MUC from Munich?
The airport is about 20 miles from Munich’s City Center. You can reach the city in about 15 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transit.
What are the transportation options for getting from MUC to Munich?
There are a couple of options to get from MUC to Munich:
- By rideshare or taxi: You can take the official Munich taxis (cream-colored) from the airport to the City Center in about 45 minutes. The rate is anywhere from €50–€80 depending on where exactly you’re going and the amount of luggage. Uber is sometimes available, but it faces government restrictions and service can be limited.
- By public transportation: The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines pick up from both terminals every 10 minutes. The ride to the main railway station in Munich’s center takes 40 minutes and costs €11.50. The Lufthansa Express Bus also runs every 20 minutes from the airport to Munich Central Station. It takes about 45 minutes and costs €12. (It is available for all passengers, not only Lufthansa passengers).
How long is the flight to Munich?
The length of the flight time to Munich depends on your departure city. From around Europe, it’s 1–2.5 hours. From the Northeast of the US it’s about 8 hours, while from the Southeast it’s 8.5–10. From Chicago you can reach Munich in 8.5 hours nonstop, and from Houston it’s 10 hours. From Denver it’s a little under 10 hours, and from California it’s around 11.
You can also fly directly to Munich from some cities in North Africa (about 4 hours), from Istanbul (3 hours), Dubai and elsewhere in the Middle East (6–7 hours), India (8–9 hours), and Bangkok, Shanghai, and a few other Asian cities (12–14 hours).
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