Commuting in Munich


Moving around Munich can be a costly affair, especially if you are a student on a tight budget. But lucky enough for you, there are a lot of tips that can save you a lot of money. So lets get right to the bottom of it.

1. The Semester Ticket - Isarcard Semester

Once you receive your student card, you can obtain the semester ticket at any MVV Ticket machine in the U-Bahn or S-Bahn stations. The ticket costs ~196 euros but allows you unlimited access to the entire transport network for 6 months. This saves you about 1000 euros per year asumming you bought equivalent single tickets!

It’s not worth buying single tickets at all if you plan on commuting regularly. Also keep in mind that free riding in the public transport will cost you 60 euros in fines if you are caught. If they catch you at least thrice, you’d rather just have bought the ticket.

2. Get a bike

If you don’t want to buy the semester ticket and don’t move around a lot, getting a bike can be a good alternative. In winter however, biking may not exactly be the best idea. On the other hand, over summer, it can be a worthwhile alternative and a great way to keep fit 🙂 You might still need the train or bus once in a while, so it’s not exactly a perfect substitute.