Do they take credit cards? Arriving at Dusseldorf in April the machine took euros only - no CC. Is this standard for airport ticket machines? We land at 7:15 on Saturday so ticket agents may be available. I have some euros and will getter at ATM but curious ... Also is there some ticket that covers ride from airport plus on day on subways (is that S Bahn)? We will just be in Munich one day.
A Partner Gesamtnetz Tageskarte (see Fahrpreise Tageskarten) for 20,40€ will give 2 to 5 people unlimited travel on all conveyances in the Munich metro district (MVV) for a calendar day. You can buy it from an MVV ticket automat in the S-Bahn station at the airport. Other than a prepaid Geldkarte, I don't believe (did not the last time I looked) that the automat will take plastic. However, the all day ticket will cost only 20,40€. Just pay cash.
bronwen, I was in Munich in late August, and as I recall the ticket machines at the airport did not accept credit cards. I always have Euro cash for expenses like that, so probably used that to buy my ticket. This isn't the best quality, but you might find it helpful to have a look at THIS VIDEO which describes using a Kiosk in Germany to buy tickets. You'll be using the S1 or S8 (S-Bahn) from the airport to the main station. I don't think the time is appreciably different between the two, just take the first one that's departing. Lee provided a good description on the ticket options. Happy travels!
My post is speaking only of Frankfurt, and I can't tell you how many times I have watched Americans try to buy their RMV tickets with a credit card and it has never worked. Not at the Frankfurt airport, nor at the train station. It works if you are buying a DB ticket, but not the RMV. They may be changing, but if they are, it is news to me. The machine will tell you what bills to use, and trying to use a 50 euro bill to buy a 4 euro ticket, will result in either the maching rejecting your bill or you may end up with a ton of change as they don't give change back in bills. Having used the train system here on a daily basis for over 26 years, I am pretty familiar with it. Each city does have its' own system, which is why I only posted about Frankfurt, though there are often similarities. I recently returned from both Stuttgart and Munich, and had no problem using them or understanding them.
Thanks all. Will get one of those travel all day travel tix likely. I am fairly savvy on train, I'm on the train now! NJTransit is not as exciting though!
Well, actually they do take credit cards at the airport, MVV (Munich's public transport association) highlight on their website. Munich airport is only one of 4 locations in the entire network, where they do, it says. You'd need to use one of the new vending machines (Picture). They accept MasterCard, Visa and Diners Club only.
We arrived in Munich (Terminal One) earlier this month. We only saw the new Die-Bahn/MVV combo machines that Andreas referenced. We got euros first and used them. I will note one thing. New machines are not always your friend. The lines were long. We did not have any problem but some folks seemed stumped. One couple (German speaking) got out of line and watched others before they tried again. Maybe they were just used to a different machine. Our Partner-Ticket came date stamped and did not require you to get it validated at the blue boxes. That is a change and some online information about the process is dated.
Ok .... Little more confused but its all part of the adventure! We arrive 7:10 Saturday morning - we will figure it out !! So excited - have just one day in Munich before we take train to Otaly and want to make theist of it!
Obviously too much to drink on train! Little worried about weather here but o excited for our trip. Hopefully everything will be on time - we will arrive early this Saturday in Munich, spend day at beer halls and Christmas markets and leave early Sunday for Verona .... Will report back! In need of an adventure!
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Bronwen, No need to worry whether the DB machines take an American stripe credit card...they do. You don't need a chip and pin. I am not sure about the tickets for the S-Bahn, in Berlin the US credit card was not accepted at those machines. But you're getting Euro at the ATM anyway.
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This is not an arguement. Just an "enhancement". The video link by Ken, above, shows the older type of regional automat, which I don't think is used anymore (I saw none in May). This video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBX6yRTeQGs) shows the newer touch screen automat now used by the Bahn. Unfortunately, this video is not as comprehensive (only shows buying one type of ticket) as is Ken's video.
Who knew a simple question could be so controversial! I am at Newark Airport - will tell you how it goes!
Bronwen, It's true that the ticket machines, regardless if it is a DB or local transportation, give the change in coins. That's also a good way to load up on change when inserting a 20 Euro bill for 1,30 Euro ticket...much easier to access coins than bills. You'll have them if you use the train station lockers. Thieves won't go after coins.
bronwen, Be sure to let us know what the situation is with the ticket machines at MUC. Cheers!
Arrived! Couldn't find group ticket. Machine took card but I think I overpaid! Ended up paying 1,30 for child ticket and 10,40 each for adult MUC to Isator. Whatever! Here and hotel upgraded us to a suite - getting ready to go explore for the day - thanks all! No more bickering! Bronwen J.
bronwen, Thanks for the feedback! Enjoy your trip!
"Couldn't find group ticket." Possibly because you called it a "group ticket". On the German language side it is a Partner Tageskarte (Day ticket for 2-5 personen). On the new touchscreen MVG automat, which the MVV website says is only in U-Bahn stations and on buses and trams, there is a button for "Tageskarten" (pl). On the DB/MVV touchscreen automats, which should be in the S-Bahn stations, there is a touchpad (lower right) for "Verkehrsverbund", which leads you to screens to buy local transit district tickets. It's too bad you didn't get a Partner Tageskarte for the entire district (Gesamtnetz) for 20,40€, as not only would it get you to Isartor for less, but would also cover any conveyance in Munich for the rest of the day.
The whole scope of things it only cost me an extra 3 euros tops - not gonna lose any sleep over it. Yesterday was gorgeous - we walked everywhere and had a blast. Today we are in Verona and its colder than Munich!
Not sure if there is still interest in this thread... I am in Munich as I type this. I came with 3 chip cards: Chip and Signature Amex Platinum; and a Chip and Pin Visa from Star One. I purchased a 20 Euro 3 Day pass on the S-Bahn at Munich Airport using the Amex Platinum Chip and Signature; I put the card into the machine, I did not have to enter a pin, the machine accepted the card and issued my ticket. So - I can definitively say that the Amex Chip and Signature card works at the S-Bahn ticket machine in Munich.