Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss or Flughafen München (in German) Airport is the primary and major international airport and also one of the busiest airports in Germany.
It is named in the memory of former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss. Munich Airport serves as the secondary hub for Lufthansa including Lufthansa Regional.
Munich International Airport is designed for smooth connections and achieves an unbeatable minimum connecting time in 30 minutes. It offers an outstanding range of destinations and also the Europe’s top air transportation hub. The facilities available at the airport are the fast-track passport screening, high-speed baggage sorting, moving sidewalks, etc
About Terminals: –
The clear signage and user-friendly terminal enable passengers to get around quickly and easily to the airport. It has two passenger terminals with an additional midfield terminal and two runways. The two terminals are Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
All airlines that are not members of Star Alliance are based in Terminal 1.The terminal 1 is divided into six modules that are A, B, C, D, E, and F.
- Modules A-D provides all facilities like to handle departures and arrivals, parking and landside drive-by lanes.
- Module E is only handling the arrivals.
- Module F is a separate module north of terminal 2. This module has a special status. The check-in for high-security flights and also has a separate baggage handling section.
The terminal 1 also has several levels:
- On level 2: There is a train station.
- On level 3: It has the passenger transport system, which connects the modules.
- On level 4: It includes the check-in counters, security checkpoints, arrival areas, customs, and restaurants.
- On level 5: It is used by passengers with connecting flights.
Terminal 2 hosts Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners. It is also used by additional Lufthansa partners and some regional airlines.
Terminal 2 has several levels:
- On level 3: The arrival area and some check-in counters are available.
- On level 4: It includes the check-in counters, the security check-points, and duty-free shops.
- On level 5: The visitor deck, as well as restaurants and art exhibitions, are available.
Munich has the world’s second best airport restaurants and offers more than 45 choices for dining. At Munich Airport, The Kempinski Hotel was chosen as Europe’s second best hotel.
There are a number of hotels directly on the airport’s grounds:
Nap Cabs: They provide the sleep pods, internet access, small desk, etc. It is placed in the three locations at the airport.
- The first is located at the Terminal 2, Level 4, Gate 6.
- The next is at the Terminal 2, Level 5, Gate H32.
- And the last is located at the Terminal 2, Level 5, Gate L04.
Nap cabs can be booked and purchased on-site by credit card only. But the rates are depending on how many hours you spend in the hotel.
Hilton Munich Airport: It is placed between the Terminals 1 and 2 at the airport. It is almost nearby the baggage claim area.
Novotel Munich Airport: It is 5 minutes far from the airport. They do not have a shuttle, but you can take Bus 635 from/to the airport, which runs in every 20 minutes.
NH München AirporT: Airport bus departs in every 30 minutes from 4:30 AM to 11:00 PM. The shuttle is shared with two other hotels and stops at Munich Airport Center and Terminal 2. It is also 5 minutes far from the airport.
Mövenpick Hotel München Airport: It is just 6 minutes far from the airport. The bus departs from 5.00 am to 11.00 am and also from 3.30 pm to 11.30 pm. The bus stops at the Terminal 2, MAC, Terminal 1B, and Terminal 1D before moving back to the hotel.
The airport is served by a vast number of bus routes. Mainly, the bus stop is located in front of the central area between Terminals 1 and 2.
The other bus stations are in the front of the central area at level 03, in the front of the Terminal 1A and 1D, as well as at the entrance of Terminal 2 at level 04.
By Rental Cars: –
The rental cars are in the central area between the two terminals. There are a number of rental car agencies operate at the airport such as Avis, Global Drive, Budget, Sixt, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, etc.
By Taxi: –
Several types of taxis are available at the airport for the accommodation of passengers. Drivers take the passengers to their requested destinations. But the fares depend on how long is your trip.
Taxis can be found at:
- Terminal 1: Taxi is available at the arrival and Departure Level E04 in front of Modules A-E.
- Terminal 2: You can also access taxis at terminal 2 at the north of Arrival Level E03 and Departure Level E04.
- Central Area: At the Level E03 to the north of the Central Area.
By Train: –
The airport is connected to Munich by suburban train (S-Bahn) lines that are S1 and S8. Trains run every 5 to 20 minutes.
- The S1 for the eastern district and runs between the airport and Ostbahnhof.
- The S8 for the western district and runs between the airport and Herrsching.
Airport lounges: –
If you are an economy class traveler, you can enter the lounges either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. There are a number of lounge facilities are available:
Atlantic Lounge: It is located in the Terminal 1, Departures C, Level 3 in Non-Schengen Area. Showers are available. It is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM Daily.
Europa Lounge: It is placed at the Terminal 1, Module D, Level 5 in Schengen Area.
- And the Timing is:
- From Monday to Friday, opens between the 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM.
- On Saturday, opens from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
- And on Sunday 10:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
Lufthansa Business Lounge (Schengen): Its location is at the Terminal 2, After Passport Control, Level 4, opposite Gate K11 and opens between 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM Daily.
Lufthansa Business Lounge (non-Schengen): It is situated at the Terminal 2, After Passport Control, Level 4, opposite Gate K11 and the timing of this lounge is 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM Daily.
Other Airport Facilities:-
Eat and Drink: –
- Airbräu: It locates between Terminals 1 and 2 and opens daily between 08:00 to 01:00. Outdoor beer garden between May and September.
- Dallmayr: It is located at the Terminal 2, approximately near gate 26 and famous Munich delicatessen store in the Terminal 2 with a number of options from Bratwurst to Thai Curry.
- Seafood Sylt meets Asia: It is also located in the Terminal 2, near the gate 30. This restaurant serves seafood dishes, Asian dishes, and fusion dishes. They also have a range of nice sandwiches too.
- Leysieffer Restaurant & Cafe located at the MAC Forum, landside, Level 3.
- McDonald’s at the MAC Forum, landside, Level 3.
- Beverage and snack vending machines are located landside and airside in Terminal 2.
Stores at the airport are open every day. Many of the stores are located in the MAC.
Edeka: It is located between Terminal 1 and 2 and close to the Munich Airport Center. It opens between 5:30 to 24:00. It is a regular supermarket with a broad range of products. It is the only supermarket that is allowed to open on Sundays.
Duty-Free & Shopping: Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 1 Departures Gates A to D and Terminal 2 Departures Gates G, H, K, and L.
Children’s Area: –
Kinderland by Lufthansa: They provide the climbing and sliding facilities like a ball pit, toys, gaming area, an arts and crafts corner, and cinema for children.
- It is located at the MAC Forum South, landside, Level 4, between Terminals 1 and 2.
- It opens between the 12:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Friday and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday, Sunday.
Seven play corners: It opens to all children and found in central areas. It is located at the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
WI-FI Connections: –
The free Wi-Fi facilities are available at the Munich Airport. The only you have to do is registering with your name and email address. You receive a confirmation email and then connect it to the “Telekom” network.
The Other Amenities:-
- Visitor Terrace is available at the Terminal 2, Level 7. You can enjoy the views of the eastern apron, both runways, and the new satellite facilities. It opens between 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily.
- Visitor’s Park is also available at the airport in different locations to enjoy the free time. It includes the child-friendly multimedia, information kiosk, mini golf area, etc.
- Showers: You can also take showers before or after a long flight with the available facilities of shower gel and a towel.
- Prayer Areas is also available at the airport for the christening, interfaith and Muslim.
So, this guide is only for informational purposes that assist you to plan your trip. It information provides you the information about the airport’s lounges, hotels, transportation, and terminals.
The other Munich International Airport reviews are:
By P Mitchell from the United Kingdom
In my personal opinion, Munich Airport is the best airport in the world. At the airport, there is an excellent environment, plenty of seating, reclining seats and quiet areas with beds, private rooms, many restaurants, excellent signage, and brilliant service from the staff.
By S. Hoffmann from Germany
Munich is my home airport and without a doubt my favorite airport in the Europe and also one of my favorite airports in the world. I was late and arrived at the airport station 25 minutes before the scheduled departure time. A Platform-security-train between terminals-walking to gate took 8 minutes from the platform of the station to my actual departure gate. This is probably the most time efficient airport of that size in the world. Apart from this, i like the modern yet elegant design. Free Espresso machines at gates and magazines are a very nice touch for every traveler.
By Igor Bikandi Salcedo from Spain
Munich airport is a very comfortable airport and very easy to move in. It’s very easy to find a seat there. There are several places to have something to eat, a drink, a coffee, working team are very polite and helpful.