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Munich Layover

| January 7, 2015

Stuck on a Munich layover at the Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC)? If so, you’re in good shape as far as layovers go. The airport was rated #5 in the Top Ten Airports In The World and you’ll find that there’s plenty to do inside the airport, and nearby in Munich depending on the length of your layover. The airport is located 17.7 miles northeast of Munich, which makes it accessible if you have the time. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Munich layover, click here for useful tips.

Layover in Munich stopover things to doThe Munich airport offers impressive facilities including miniature golf in the Visitor’s Park, a 60-seat cinema, Internet access, shopping, visitor’s terrace, and Napcabs are located in Terminal 2, Level 5. There is also a sauna and spa and massage services (Terminal 2, Level 5 & Terminal 1, Level 4). The airport also offers tours that show the behind-the-scenes of aviation technology and “kinderterminals,” a touchscreen that allows children to learn more about how an airport works.

The airport offers its own “Stopover Guide” which can be downloaded here. The guide offers maps and suggestions of things to do in Munich based on how long your layover is.

If you’re looking to drop off your luggage while you explore, the airport offers Left Luggage facilities. Click here and here for more details.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest before catching connecting flight, the airport hosts a couple of hotels including the Kempinski Hotel Airport München and the Novotel München Airport. In addition, there are a number of hotels near the airport, and for a full list of Munich hotels, click here.

There are many transportation options if you’re looking to leave the airport during your Munich layover. In addition to grabbing a taxi outside of arrivals, the airport is connected to the city by railway lines S1 and S8 and trains arrive every 10 minutes. There are also a number of bus routes as well as hotel and other shuttles. Private transfers can also be booked. Always remember to budget extra time for both ways, in case of traffic or other delays.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Munich Layover:

Munich Tours

There’s lots of ways to see Munich. You can tour the city by bike, walking tours, as well as day trips, cultural and historic sightseeing trips, food, wine and nightlife, shows, concerts, and much more!

Nymphenburg Palace

This beautiful, sprawling estate dates back to 1664 and contains a massive Great Hall, “Gallery of Beauties” and tons more places of interest. There’s also a park that is linked to the palace and a great place to take a nice walk.


Marienplatz is considered City Center as it is the central square, a pedestrian only zone between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz that is filled with shopping, restaurants, and a park at the end of the street.


The Viktualienmarkt is the city’s largest and most famous outdoor marketplace. You can find everything from spices and cheeses to handmade straw puppets.

St. Peter’s Church

The St. Peter’s Church is a great place to stop for some good views of Munich. On a clear day, you can see to the Alps. The surrounding neighborhood also has great places to stop for a bite of food, drink, and do some shopping.

Old Pinakothek

The Old Pinakothek is the place for art. The museum is home to the city’s most famous artwork, includes renowned international works from the 14th through the 18th centuries. You can check out the exhibits here.

None of these up your alley? There’s also tons more options for your layover, including the BMW Museum, the Hofbrauhaus Munchen bar to grab a drink, and take a stroll in the Marienplatz gardens.

Have a suggestion for a Munich layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Jesse Horowitz says:

    I will have a 3 1/2 hour lay over at the air port, is there enough time to go into the city for a few hours considering it takes about 40 minutes by train to city center, and the trains run ever 20 mins. Any suggestions
    if it can be done and what to see in that short period of time.

  2. mike says:

    Takes time to get off plane go through customs if international figure that’s an hour 45 min into city 45 back you are at 2.5 hours probably want 90 min for security and you are at 4 hours. So no.

  3. neh says:

    My Parents have 10 hours layover time at Munich airport. What do you suggest? Can they have bus tour? Do airport provide any such visitor bus tour.

  4. M. C. Dennehy says:

    We are transiting thru Munich with our senior Labrador. Can we check into a hotel with her before we continue on to our destination in New Delhi? Flying Luftansa (sp)

  5. Sam says:

    Hello I am travelling from USA to India and I have a 23 hour layover in Munich. Will I be allowed to stay at the airport for 23 hours and wait for the next flight. I have a US visa.

  6. jo says:

    Travelling through munich to dubai. Layover is 3 hrs. Can I leave the airport. I am a South african passport holder.

  7. sarah says:

    I have 5 hours in between flights what can I do? Can I gain a cess to a lounge?

  8. Dee says:

    Hello – we are considering an itinerary with a layover in Munich from 8 am – 3pm. Does this give us enough time to head into the city? We will be transiting to Toronto from Athens. If so, what is the one must do item? We will be with our soccer crazy Bayern Munich 9-year old supporter so anything around that would be a bonus!


  9. BGS says:

    We are flying to Toronto from India with 6 hours layover.We are holding US/Canada Visa and expired visa of UK/Europe. Can we go out of airport to see city at a glance and come back for onward flight to Toronto?

  10. Paddy McKillop says:

    This may be requesting a response that has already been posted. If so, apologies.
    I have a 13 hours layover in Munich on Tuesday 2nd January 2017. Is that sufficient time to go into the city and return for my onward flight. If so, what sights are recommended?

  11. Mohit Lokhande says:

    Hi I am reaching Munich on Saturday at 4:30 pm and have a connecting flight next day at 10:30 am . Kindly let me know what all things I can see and visit during my layover. Also need to know if places would be open to visit post 5pm as it gets darker early now a days .

  12. Mohit Lokhande says:

    Hi I am reaching Munich on Saturday 4:30 pm and have a connecting flight the next day at 10:30 am. Kindly let me know what all I can see around in the evening. Any shopping joints or castles , museums . Also till what time will be the city open ?