Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Taking the train to Munich for Oktoberfest

By train to Munich and to Oktoberfest from Hauptbahnhof

Many visitors take the train to Oktoberfest and so Munich’s stations are very busy. Double the normal number of passengers are expected at Hauptbahnhof. Extra security personnel are on duty in the S-Bahn stations.

From Munich Hauptbahnhof to Oktoberfest

Long-distance trains and regional trains stop at the Munich Hauptbahnhof. Passengers arriving there can walk to Theresienwiese in 10 to 15 minutes. The routes are well signposted. In inclement weather you can travel one stop with the U-Bahn or the tram.

Deutsche Bahn’s special timetable for Oktoberfest

During the Wiesn Deutsche Bahn has a special timetable. At weekends, for example, extra regional trains run, including very late into the night. That’s how every Oktoberfest visitor can get home safely. There are extra trains on popular routes throughout Bavaria. These include trains to Munich from Nuremberg via Ingolstadt, from Mühldorf, from Freilassing via Rosenheim, from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, from Augsburg and from Kempten.

Which S-Bahn to take to the Wiesn?

At Hauptbahnhof and on the whole main line, which goes from Pasing to Ostbahnhof, Munich S-Bahns come almost every minute. Any of them will take you to Hackerbrücke. From there it is just a few minutes walk to Oktoberfest. The route is signposted but the easiest thing is to follow the people wearing Dirndls and Lederhosen. Prices, times and journey planners for the S-Bahn can be found on https://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/index.html.

Which U-Bahn to take to Oktoberfest?

The lines U4 and U5 travel directly from Hauptbahnhof to the station Theresienwiese (one stop), which is directly at the Oktoberfest venue. Lines U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz are also a good choice. From here you can get to the east entrance of the Wiesn in a few minutes.

You can get tickets for the U-Bahn at all MVV ticket machines and also via the app MVG Fahrinfo. Further information on prices and departure times for the U-Bahn can be found on the MVG Website.