Directions: Travelling to the Oktoberfest in Munich

Every year, guests stream from near and far to Munich’s Theresienwiese, the venue for Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest. Whether you travel by coach, car, train or plane, here you can get all the top tips and information on how best to travel to and from the festival, including parking options and using the available shuttle bus services.

Travelling to the Munich Oktoberfest by coach

Throughout the duration of the Oktoberfest 2019 (21.9-07610), an exclusion zone is maintained around the Theresienwiese which also applies for coaches. As a result, it is not possible to drive to the Theresienwiese directly, and coaches can only park in the designated parking areas.

The parking options for coaches are as follows:

  • P+R bus terminals at the central bus station: ZOB – Arnulfstraße 21
  • Hansastraße 51, IGA car park (capacity: 100 buses)
  • Messe Riem – “P-Nord” parking area (capacity: approx. 500 buses): Public transport connection: U2 to Innsbrucker Ring, change here onto the U5 to Theresienwiese. The car park is accessible via the München-Ost motorway exit, proceeding towards Munich before taking the Feldkirchen-West exit. Follow signs for “P+R Messestadt-Ost” from Feldkirchen-West.
  • Kunstpark Nord car park (capacity: around 200 buses)
    (The car park to the north of the Allianz Arena is only open on game days and can only be used by designated fan buses).
  • Parking spaces in public areas: Bus parking spaces are only available at weekends on Tübingerstraße
  • Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt, formerly Viehhof (Zenettistraße 21): 50 bus parking spaces are available from Monday to Saturday, approximately 70 additional spaces are available only on Sundays and public holidays

Travelling by U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram or bus to the Munich Oktoberfest

The city’s U-Bahn subway service stops directly next to the Oktoberfest, at the Theresienwiese station. However there are a number of alternative stations which are well-kept secrets and you should know:

  • Station Theresienwiese: U-Bahn lines U4 and U5
  • Stations Goetheplatz und Poccistraße: U3 and U6 (substantially quieter)
  • S-Bahn: Hackerbrücke (short walk to the festival grounds)
  • Alternative:

You can easily walk the last leg to the festival on foot from the main station in Munich

  • Tram: Lines 18 and 19 to the Holzapfelstraße or Hermann-Lingg-Straße stops as well as lines 16 and 17 to the Hackerbrücke stop
  • Bus: MetroBus line 53 to the Schwanthalerhöhe stop, MetroBus line 58 to the Georg-Hirth-Platz, Beethovenplatz or Goetheplatz stop. You can also take Bus 134 to the Theresienwiese via the Schwanthalerhöhe and Herzog-Ernst-Platz stops, Bus 62 via the Hans-Fischer-Straße, Poccistraße or Herzog-Ernst-Platz stops.

The subway and suburban train network of the MVV

Travelling to the Munich Oktoberfest by car

If you are travelling from within the region, we recommend parking in a designated area close to the motorway and then taking one of the following MVV transport connections:

Travelling by car on the A9 from Nuremberg direction::
Take the Garching-Nord exit to Garching-Forschungs-zentrum or the Garching-Süd exit to Garching Hochbrück or the Fröttmaning exit to Fröttmaning
Travel time with the U6 to Goetheplatz: 29 min., 24 min. and 20 min. respectively

Travelling by car on the A92 from Deggendorf direction:
Take the Freising Ost exit to Freising
Travel time with the S1 to Hackerbrücke: 41 min.
Take the Flughafen München exit to Hallbergmoos
Travel time with the S8 to Hackerbrücke: 36 min.

Travelling by car on the A94 from Mühldorf direction:
Take the Feldkirchen-West exit to Messestadt Ost
Travel time with the U2+U5 to Theresienwiese: 29 min.
Take the Feldkirchen Ost exit to Feldkirchen
Travel time with the S2 to Hackerbrücke: 24 min.

Travelling by car on the A8 from Salzburg direction:
Take the Hofoldinger Forst exit to Sauerlach
Travel time with the S3 to Hackerbrücke: 35 min.
Take the Unterhaching Ost exit to Neuperlach Süd
Travel time with the U5 to Theresienwiese: 19 min.

Travelling by car on the A95 from Starnberg direction:
Take the München-Fürstenried exit to Fürstenried West
Travel time with the U3 to Goetheplatz: 14 min.

Travelling by car on the A96 from Lindau direction:
Take the Schöffelding exit to Geltendorf
Travel time with the S4 to Hackerbrücke: 43 min.
Take the Germering exit to Harthaus
Travel time with the S8 to Hackerbrücke: 19 min.

Travelling by car on the A8 from Augsburg direction:
Take the Dachau/Fürstenfeldbruck exit to Olching
Travel time with the S3 to Hackerbrücke: 21 min.
Take the M.-Langwied exit to Lochhausen
Travel time with the S3 to Hackerbrücke: 18 min.

Travelling by car on the A99 from the west:
From the München-Lochhausen/Gröbenzell exit to Langwied
Travel time with the S3 to Hackerbrücke: 14 min.

If you are travelling from within Munich itself, the following P+R sites are recommended:

From Kieferngarten or Studentenstadt with U6 to Goetheplatz
P+R Heimeranplatz with U4/5 to Schwanthalerhöhe
Im South-West:
From Klinikum Großhadern or Aidenbachstraße with U6 or U3 to Goetheplatz
From Mangfallplatz with U1 to the Hauptbahnhof (and possibly change onto the U 4/5)
From Neuperlach Süd, Michaelibad or Innsbrucker Ring with U5 to Theresienwiese

Visiting the Munich Oktoberfest with a camping van or caravan

Camping vehicles are not permitted anywhere in the area around Theresienwiese. The police are very vigilant (large fines can be enforced!). You are not permitted to sleep in a camping van on the street at the edge of the city either. The former car park in Arnulfstraße and the Siegenburger Straße is also no longer open. However, the following areas are suitable for parking camping vehicles:

Messegelände Riem: De-Gasperi-Bogen
Specially designated areas in the Messegelände are available for camping vehicles with space for around 1,000 vehicles and bathroom facilities available. You can access this car park by taking the motorway A99 to the München-Ost exit and then changing onto the A94, following this motorway until the Feldkirchen West exit. Follow the signs for Messe/ICM.
The Oktoberfest is around 20 minutes’ travel from here. Take the U2 or U7 to Innsbrucker Ring; and you can change onto the U5 to Theresienwiese.

Campingplatz München-Obermenzing
You can reach the Oktoberfest via bus line 164 (Campingplatz Obermenzing stop) towards Westendstraße before alighting in Untermenzing. From here, take the S2 to Hackerbrücke. You can walk the last 10 minutes to the festival on foot.

Campingplatz München Thalkirchen
Zentralländstraße 49
81379 München

Campingplatz München Obermenzing
Lochhausener Straße 59
81247 München

Campingplatz Langwieder See
Eschenrieder Straße 119
81249 München

Campingplatz Nord-West
Schrederwiesen 3
80995 München

Travelling to the Munich Oktoberfest by air

Munich’s airport Franz-Josef-Strauß is located around 20 kilometers from the city in the Erdinger Moos area. There are a variety of options for travelling into Munich from the airport:

  • S-Bahn: The S1 and S8 travel directly from the airport to the key stops in the city center. (Alight at the Hackerbrücke stop)
  • The Airport-City-Day-Ticket is a good choice for a ticket covering the entire network – it is available for both individual guests or as a partner ticket.
  • Bus: Lufthansa Airport Bus from the airport to the main station (approx. 45 minutes), it stops at Terminal 1 and 2, as well as Airport Center
  • Taxi: There are taxi ranks at both terminals (fastest way into the city, costs around 60€ per trip).