My husband and I will be in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a few nights, then check out and move to a hotel in Munich. That same day we will go the the airport to pick up our daughter, and return to our Munich hotel near Isartor S-Bahn stop. Am I correct that a 3-person Bayern ticket for 30€ will cover all of this? And that this is the best price for this mixed travel day? I should be able to figure this out, but I am just getting used to bahn.de instead of the Swiss system. Thanks!
I think you got it.
As long as you don't take one of the very few express trains from GaP to Munich or leave GaP before 9 AM on a workday, you will be fine. Be sure that one of you (you or husband), who will be with the ticket all of the time when it is being used, prints his name on the line marked "Blockschrift". BTW, the regional train from GaP will come into the Starnberger Flügelbahnhof (north side of Hbf). From there proceed to the S-Bahn station and take any S-Bahn east (Richtung Ostbahnhof) to the Isartor station (3rd stop, I believe). To go to the airport from Isartor, take the S-8.
Thanks,Lee. That is very helpful. This will be on a Wednesday, so I will check the schedule and make sure we catch a regional train at G-P. I don't think we will have any trouble waiting until 9:00 am. We were going to meet up with our daughter in Bolzano, but she found a great direct flight to Munich on Lufthansa, so we will meet her there instead. This way we get to spend a little time in Munich, which wasn't in the original plan. My husband has never seen Munich, and I haven't been there since 2002, so I am excited about this.
For every date I checked, there were regional trains leaving GaP for Munich at 4 minutes after the hour and one takes 1h23min. If you like to linger over breakfast and a 2nd Kännchen of coffee like I do, getting checked out and to the station by 9 might be a challenge. You can catch the 10:04 and still get to Isartor around noon. What time does you daughter arrive at MUC?
Are the express trains marked on the departure board at the stations so we can ensure we don't get on one by mistake?
On both the displays and on the paper yellow and white boards the type of train is given before the train number. It will have, for example, RB RE where the R stands for Regional It may also have IC ICN ICE where the IC stands for InterCity which are the faster trains, with ICE being the fastest. There also may be EC ECN which are cross border IC trains and CNL
which is a sleeper train (CitiNightLine) and several regional abbreviations related to the local travel authority. Don't worry too much about all the various alphabet soups - just stay off IC and better: IC, ICE, EC, CNL and their variants.
Our daughter won't get in until 17:15, so the 10:04 train from G-P will be perfect. We do like to linger over breakfast if we have the chance. We can check in to our hotel (or maybe just drop off our bags since the room may not be ready) and have some time to wander Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt, have lunch, and climb the bell tower at Peterskirche, before we have to head to the airport to meet her. I think she will be ready for a walk after her long flight from SFO ( fortunately non-stop) so I'd like to walk up to see the surfing wave on the Eisbach, if it is active at the time. Then dinner. I originally planned to head south to Kufstein after picking her up, but I was fortunate to find a hotel with rooms still available during Oktoberfest this late, and not too expensive.