Those looking at travelling from London to Munich with thoughts firmly fixed on the beer hall might be in for a pleasant surprise, as the Bavarian capital, Munich, offers much more than just beer. You'll be able to bask in the glory of its fine Baroque churches or have your thirst for science, arts and Bavarian history quenched at some of the country's best museums. You really couldn’t ask for more.
The cheapest time to book your London to Munich flights is either November or January. But make sure you pack appropriately, as temperatures will be the wrong side of zero during winter. If you have some flexibility on your travel dates, try booking on a Wednesday morning to save money. If you’re able to book your tickets about 7-8 weeks before departure, you'll be able to maximise your savings. Autumn is obviously one of most fun (and most expensive) times to travel, as this is when the festivities of Oktoberfest kick off. The summer months can be a tad hot though, as temperatures often top a sweltering 30°C during June, July and August.
The cheapest airport for London Munich flights is Stansted (STN), located 40 miles north of central London. You can reach this airport by car by nipping up the M11 and coming off at Junction 8A. Alternatively, you can hop on the Greater Anglia train service at Tottenham Hale or London Liverpool Street, which make frequent runs up to the airport.
A direct flight from London to Munich will take just under 2 hours to cover the 700 miles between the two cities. You can find great savings by booking your tickets with Tyrolean Airways, although SAS and Swiss International Air Lines aren’t far behind. Just don't forget to set your watches upon landing, as you'll be one hour ahead in Munich.
Once you've landed at Terminal 2 of Munich Airport (MUC), you'll be about 25 miles from the bustling streets of central Munich. One of the best ways to get to the centre is on the S-Bahn train, which takes about 45 minutes to get to Munich's Central Station. A single ticket will cost about GBP 9. From here, you can travel across the city using the Munich Underground (or U-Bahn). If you fancy going by taxi, average fares are about GBP 45 for the 40-minute journey.
Munich is famous around the world for its Oktoberfest celebrations, so if you come around this time of year, you’ll be guaranteed to have a spectacular time drinking beer and enjoying the local hospitality. If drunken revelry isn't your cup of tea, you can always indulge in the feast of architectural glories that Munich has to offer. The 15th-century Frauenkirche dazzles with its copper-green cupolas and terracotta roofs. If you enjoy your European history, make sure to visit the Munich Residenz and delve deep into the lives of Bavaria's dukes, princes and emperors. Behind the fabulous façade of the Munich Residenz is a sumptuous sweep of 130 rooms, variously graced with Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical elegance.
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