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    Car hire at Munich Airport - exploring Bavaria!

    A car hire at Munich Airport provides the perfect gateway from which to explore the resplendently fertile region of Bavaria and the beautiful Black Forest to the west. Tradition runs very deep in Munich and the many charming towns and villages in the local environs, meaning that it's not uncommon to stumble upon country fairs and other rustic-style festivities or see locals going about their business dressed in the native lederhosen costume.

    Capital of Bavaria, one of Germany’s largest and most prosperous districts, Munich is an attractive city nestling on a fertile plain just north of the Alps. Full of cosmopolitan flair and immense architectural interest, it has retained much of the rural charm it had when monks first settled there in the 8th century.

    As a cultural centre, Munich is blessed with some of the world’s most treasured art collections, from the Old Masters of the Alte Pinakothek to the famous avante-garde displays at the city’s other top galleries, including the Museum Brandhorst and Pinakothek der Moderne, the largest museum of art and design in Europe. Another must-see tourist attraction is the Deutsches Museum, Munich’s world-famous museum of science and technology.

    Centrally located, Munich’s former royal palace (known locally as the Residenz) boasts seven courtyards and the Antiquarium, a magnificent Renaissance hall that has to be seen to be believed. And if you only have time to see one church while visiting Munich, make sure it's the wonderful Rococo-style Asamkirche which is most notable for its gilt interior and richly decorated altar.

    Outdoors in downtown Munich, it’s well worth taking a leisurely stroll through the Englischer Garten, one of Europe’s loveliest parks and home to the exquisite Chinese Tower, while the city’s magnificent Marienplatz main square is equally appealing for its striking Column of the Virgin Mary centrepiece.

    Once all the city sightseeing is done, head west for a leisurely drive along the evocatively-named Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse) which stretches for over 180 miles between Würzburg north-west of Munich and Füssen on the Austrian border, passing dozens of charming medieval towns, villages and castles en route.

    Popular for its glorious Alpine scenery, lively beer halls and colourful festivals, the green and pleasant state of Bavaria is perfectly accessible to visitors picking up their car rental from Munich Airport. The region has several unmissable landmarks, including the pretty town of Bamburg which is notable for its wonderfully picturesque architecture and Neuschwanstein Castle, Ludwig II’s ambitious and very romantic fairytale retreat. South-east of Munich lies the attractive lake setting of Königssee, idyllically set in the shadow of the High Alps.

    Winding along the Bavarian Alps, the German Alpine Road (Deutsche Alpenstrasse) is one of Europe’s oldest and most scenic routes and well worth exploring by car at your own pace. Auto Europe offers more than 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in over 180 different countries, with several available in and around Munich and the rest of southern Germany, including Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

    Founded in 1954, Auto Europe is one of the world’s longest-established car rental brokers and works with all the top car hire companies such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar and Sixt. You can book your car quickly and easily in just a few clicks by using Auto Europe's state-of-the-art booking engine, or you can speak to our reservation specialists on +441233225114 if you need help with your reservation.

    Eager to discover more fascinating places to visit around Munich? Then please take a look at our exciting Road Trip Guides including our  Beer Garden tour and the Romantic Road travel guide. Our Munich car hire reviews page will provide you with an insight into previous customer's experience of our service.

    Airport Information

    One of the world's busiest air transport hubs, Munich Airport handles around 50 million passengers a year to and from almost 300 destinations worldwide. Located near Freising, just 17 miles north-east of Munich, the airport has two modern terminals, two runways and extensive cargo facilities. Opened in 1992, it features a busy shopping, business and recreational area known as the Munich Airport Centre which is conveniently located between the terminal buildings. Parking consists of several overground and underground car parks with capacity for over 30,000 vehicles at any one time.

    Munich Airport (MUC)
    Official Name: Munich Airport. German: München Flughafen. Also known as Franz Josef Strauss Airport.
    Address: Nordallee 25, 85356 München-Flughafen, Germany.
    IATA Code: MUC
    Location: Located near Freising, just 18 miles from downtown Munich.
    Airlines operating at Munich Airport: The list of major international airlines operating at Munich Airport is very extensive and includes Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air LInes, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Vueling.
    Tel: +49 89 97500
    Website: Munich Airport

    Where to pick up my car hire at Munich Airport

    To pick up your car hire at Munich Airport, you must head to the supplier desks, which are located in the Central Area right outside Terminal 1. You just have to find the desk for the car hire company stated on your voucher and they will deal with all the paperwork and give you the keys to your car. They will further instruct you on how to return your vehicle. When you return the car, there will be a service crew inside the park that will check the car with you. You can then leave the keys and the paperwork inside the vehicle.

    Car hire desks' opening hours

    Alamo Car Hire at Munich Airport Alamo at Munich Airport
    Terminalstr Mitte Mwz,
    Munich, Germany 85356

    +49 89 97880410
    Opening Hours:
    Sun-Sat 6.30am-11.30pm
    Enterprise Car Hire at Munich Airport Enterprise at Munich Airport
    Terminalstrasse Mitte,
    Munich, Germany 85356

    +49 89 97880410
    Opening Hours:
    Sun-Sat 6.30am-11.30pm
    Europcar Car Hire at Munich Airport Europcar at Munich Airport
    Terminalstrasse mitte
    Munich, Germany 85356

    +49 89 9735020
    Opening Hours:
    Sun-Sat 6.30am-midnight
    Sixt Car Hire at Munich Airport Sixt at Munich Airport
    Terminalstrasse Mitte/MWZ
    Munich, Germany 85356

    +49 89 66060060
    Opening Hours:
    Sun-Sat 5.30am-midnight


    Opened in 1992, Terminal 1 is the older of the airport's two terminals and handles flights from all airlines except Star Alliance members. It has a total capacity of 25 million passengers per year and is divided into Departures/Arrivals A–D and and F as well as Arrivals E. All facilities for passenger handling are located on level 04 (street level). Also with a capacity for 25 million passengers, Terminal 2 was inaugurated in 2003 and caters for both Lufthansa (and all its partner airlines) and Star Alliance flights. The building is divided into an arrivals level (03) and two departure levels (04, 05). Gates K and L in the T2 satellite building can be reached using an underground passenger transport system. Plans for a third terminal to the east are currently under discussion with a decision expected in the next few years.

    Airport Facilities

    Munich Airport boasts one of the best shopping experiences in Europe, with over 150 shops and boutiques available for passengers either arriving at or departing from MUC. Besides a large Duty Free area, there's an impressive range of recognisable high-street brands operating at the airport's popular Munich Airport Centre, including Bally, Bobbi Brown, Boss, Bulgari, Burberry, Gant, Gucci, Hermès, Marc O'Polo, Mont Blanc, Parfois, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Victoria's Secret. Additionally, a large number of refreshment and dining services (some 65 in total) cater for all tastes, such as the Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar, Bistro Organic, Bamee Authentic Thai Cuisine, Dallmayr gourmet cuisine, Erdinger Bar & Beer Garden and McDonald's. Passengers can enjoy Bavarian delicacies, house-brewed craft beer and Asian delicacies. Other on-site facilities include free Wi-fi, a children's play area, chemist, dentist, sleep cabins, fitness studio, hairdressing salon, chapel, business centre and two hotels.

    How to get to and from Munich Airport

    Access to the centre of the city is convenient when you rent a car at Munich Airport. Situated in the Erdinger Moos district, the airport is about a half-hour drive north-east of the city centre and easily reached by car from the north, east and south via the A92 autobahn and the B301 regional road. From the west it is accessible via the A92 autobahn, followed by the St2084 and St2584 regional roads. It's worth noting that on weekday mornings from 7-9am and afternoons/early evenings from 4.30-7pm, some delays can be expected on airport access roads and parts of the autobahn. Access to and from Munich Airport is equally efficient using the city's ultra-modern public transport system; the S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines connect the airport with downtown Munich (departures are every 10 minutes), while passengers can also reach the airport by bus from the city centre as well as from Ingolstadt and Landshut.

    For more information, visit our section on driving in Germany for advice on how to get around safely and legally.

    Parking Tips

    The airport parking areas have LED displays indicating the number of free spaces. The parking levels are colour coded, making it easy to use the parking guidance system to find a free spot for your rental at Munich Airport. There are payment machines on every level, and they accept money (coins and bank notes), credit cards and German EC cards. Instead of taking a ticket when you enter the car park and then having to pay at the machine when you exit, you can instead use your credit card to gain entrance to the park and again to leave. There are baggage trolleys at every level of the car park. Parking in Munich itself can be challenging, particularly in the centre. There are car parks throughout the city, indicated by a square blue sign with a P. These parks are a good alternative to street parking, which is in short supply and has strict time constraints (note that street parking spaces are indicated by blue lines on the ground and the maximum parking time is two hours). Parking fines are relatively low but like in any city, cars parked in such a way as to obstruct the flow of traffic or pose a danger to the public will be towed away. A much cheaper and more practical alternative is to leave your car hire in one of the Park & Ride parks on the outskirts of Munich and use the public transport system to reach the city centre.

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    Additional Information About Munich Airport

    Munich Airport
    Nordallee 25
    Munich, Germany, 85356

    IATA Code: MUC
    IACO Code: EDDM
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 48.3538
    Longitude: 11.7748

    General Information: Munich Airport is located in Munich, Germany. It is located about 18 miles northeast of central Munich and is easily accessible by rental car.