My wife and I will be travelling to Berlin, with a transfer in Munich this August. Since we're flying from Canada, I'm assuming we will be subject to Passport control and customs. Could someone give me a detailed idea of exactly what we could expect and how difficult it is to navigate the airport and find our connection. We are flying Lufthansia (Air Canada)
Warren, I assume you'll be travelling to Vancouver to connect with your AC / Lufthansa flight, and that it will it be direct to Munich (I don't believe Calgary has any direct flights on that route)? If that's the case, you'll have to clear Passport control at MUC, since that will be your first entry point to the E.U. If you're travelling with checked luggage on a code share flight, you won't need to retrieve that as it will be forwarded through to your final destination. The Munich Airport is well laid out and you shouldn't have any problems navigating the terminal. After you clear Passport control, check the Departures video display to find the number of your next flight. That should tell you which Gate you'll be leaving from. If you have any questions, stop at the nearest Lufthansa desk and ask them. You may find more information on your flight connections on the airport website: http://www.munich-airport.de/en/consumer/index.jsp Happy travels!
Ken, Right on all accounts. Vancouver direct to Munich, then on to Berlin. Sounds like it shouldn't take too long to get through Passport on to the gate with just carry on.
Warren, I'm sure everything will go smoothly, as transportation is usually run very efficiently in Germany. How long is your layover between flights? Is your flight to Berlin also with Lufthansa? I flew into Munich last September and had no problems at all (although Munich was my final destination so I wasn't taking another flight). Hope you enjoy Berlin. It's a great city with lots to see. Cheers!
The layover is 1-1/4 hours. We booked thru Air Canada, but Lufthansia or LH lines is the carrier.
Warren, Thankfully your layover is relatively short. I'm usually "wearing out" at the end of the 9 - 10 hour flight to Europe, so long layovers are not pleasant. I usually use Calgary as my "gateway" city (starting in Kelowna), but that depends to some extent on the circumstances at the time. This year I'll be departing Calgary but returning via Vancouver.