By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Munich?

Do you need a car in Munich > Should you rent a car in Munich Germany > Munich ( MUC )

Munich is famous for the Oktoberfest drinking festival, but there’s a lot more to Bavaria than beer.

Do you need a car in Munich? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

However, even when you’ve ticked off your long list of all the interesting palaces and other historic places to visit within the city, and then headed out to some of the other palaces which are outside the centre of Munich, there is still no particular reason to rent a car.

Why should you rent a car in Munich?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Munich?

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  • Since Munich is the home of BMW, there are a number of car related attractions, but they don’t always need a car to get to them.
  • A car can be useful for driving into the Alps – but it’s not strictly necessary.

Why not? Visiting Munich without a car

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Munich public transport quick facts

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  • Whether you want to head deep into the Alps, travel elsewhere within Bavaria, or pop across the border into the wonderful city of Salzburg in neighbouring Austria, there are still trains are plenty to do this.
  • Munich also has an excellent network of cycling trails. You can head out of the city towards the south, and the city also has a good network of cycle paths along the major roads, making it reasonably bike friendly, in line with most other German cities.
  • The local suburban (S-Bahn) networks in Munich are supplemented by private railway lines which head into the Alps, and these are ideal for exploring lakeside cycling trails on a day excursion (best to hire bikes when you get there).

If you are here for the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, then a hire car starts to make sense, but it’s still just going to be parked up there, and in many senses it’s easier to take an organised bus tour, with regular departures being available right from the heart of Munich.

Even if you prefer to travel independently, you can easily take local train services to Fussen (allow around 90 minutes), from where you can reach the entrance to Neuschwanstein in around 30 minutes of brisk uphill walking. Local shuttle buses are available, but because of the restricted design of the site, it’s not easy to access by anyone with restricted mobility.

Naturally, if you are the sort of visitor who prefers to drive anyway, then a hire car in Munich still makes sense for everywhere beyond the centre of the city itself. It’s just that there’s no need for one here.


Car rental in - Munich Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Munich?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Munich?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Munich?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Munich if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Munich if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Munich if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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