About Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC)
Address: Terminalstr. Mitte/mwz, München, 85356
Germany’s second busiest airport, Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (MUC) lies 19 miles (30 km) northeast of central Munich. All major airport car rental companies are located in the main square between Terminals 1 and 2. Explore the beautiful Bavarian capital with a great car hire deal from Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and more.
Germany is known for its comprehensive and well-maintained system of roadways, most notably the famous autobahn system. In fact, drivers from across Western Europe and the US will be particularly familiar with similarities on the road which demonstrate the highest levels of efficiency. Overall, Germany is a fantastic place to explore by car. Getting around Munich, however, is another story.
If you’re not going to be doing any driving in central Munich, you can skip this part and scroll down for more tips and advice. Travelers planning to see Altstadt (Old City) and other landmarks of note in the city center, please take note: parking has been described as “next to impossible.
Driving is the best way to navigate suburban Munich and day trips to Augsburg (79 km / 49 mi), but expect to see the usual major metropolitan congestion during rush hours. Munich’s three main ring roads — Altstadtring, autobahn A 99, and Mittlerer Ring (B 2R) — are the best alternative routes for avoiding inner city gridlock.
Choosing your car
You’ll find plenty of car rental options at (MUC), so choosing the right car will be based on necessity. How much car do you need for your visit to Munich? Solo travelers might want to tuck into a compact Opel mini, and couples will be happy in an economy Renault. If you’ve got some luggage, a compact Ford estate wagon has plenty of room for you and your gear. Premium choices abound from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Mazda. Groups and families require a people carrier or minivans , so a 7-9 seater Volkswagen or Mercedes minivan will be at the top of the list.
Tips and advice
Most German roads are not quite as wide as roads found in the U.S. and Australia.
Contrary to urban legend, there is a speed limit on the Autobahn. Any vehicle that does not travel in excess of 60 km/h is prohibited from using the roadway. But seriously, posted speed limits on most sections of the Autobahn range from 80 km/h to 130 km/h. High speed driving is only allowed on rural stretches of highway.
Thanks to the autobahn system, Munich is hyper-connected to many other cities throughout Germany and Europe as well. Take advantage of Munich’s central location to visit Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Lichtenstein — all of which are within a five-hour drive.
The vast majority of (MUC) airport car rentals have manual transmission. You may want to rent a car with automatic, so double-check before booking.
Munich is home of Oktoberfest, Germany’s annual beer festival, which draws unbelievable crowds from all over the world. It’s a great time to experience German culture, but not an ideal time for taking care of business. The two-week festival starts in mid-September and generally ends on the first Sunday of October.
Cell phone use while driving — even stopped at a red light — is prohibited. Phones must be mounted in order to use GPS or a hands-free set.