Munich, Gateway to the Alps – Does Bargain Bavaria Exist?
Without a shadow of doubt, Munich is one of the most stunning places in the whole of Europe to access and make the very best of the Alps. The scenery of Munich alone is worth the airfare and once you’re in town, you’re so close to some of the best skiing in the world. We provide fast and convenient transfers to the bulk of the very best ski destinations within easy reach of Munich Airport, but this is the kind of place you don’t want to let slip you by if you have a little time to kill.
You’ll have probably heard that Munich has a tendency to be one of the most expensive places in this region of Europe when it comes to general living costs, and to a certain extent this isn’t far wrong! Hotels, restaurants and those all-important beer-bills can be pretty eye-watering and are known to fluctuate wildly during busy times.
The good news however is that there are ways and means to access and enjoy Munich for cheap, it’s just a case of exercising a little forethought before your trip.
There are plenty of low-cost European airlines now serving Munich and not all run from your closest airport. It’s always a good idea to look a little farther afield to find the best prices and even look into airlines not normally on your list. As far as when to go, you have to factor in the busiest ski seasons of the winter, the height of the summer, the explosive demand around Oktoberfest and other important annual events like Easter and bank holidays. It might not seem like it, but there are plenty of off-peak times year-round if you look hard enough for them where flight prices can be slashed in half.
Private transfers and taxis can be really expensive if looking to travel longer distances, so we always recommend buses and scheduled coach services to keep costs down. We offer the best deals you’ll find if looking to get in and around the Alps, while public transport around the city is every bit as good as you’d expect from Germany.
Hotel prices are rather on the high side all year-round in Munich, so our advice is to look into as many accommodation types and options as possible. Use a comparison service, include guest houses in your search and even check out the private rooms in hostels which can be just as comfortable as modest hotels but so much cheaper.
Follow the locals and don’t fall for those picture-postcard purpose-built tourist traps. There’s a reason you’ll always see a queue in front of a curry-wurst stall or any other street food you come across – it costs about 85% less than eating in a restaurant and is way more authentic too.
Generally speaking the more a place looks like you hoped it would, the more the beer will cost you. Head to one of the world-famous beer halls around Oktoberfest and you’ll be lucky to take home any change from ten euros or so for each beer. Time it better and head for somewhere less fairy-tale perfect for a beer and the price comes down to about three euros.
And finally, join the clan that’s against paying dozens of euros to get into paid museums and marvel on what you can see for free instead. The architecture, the landscape, the mountains, the markets, the churches and of course, the locals doing what they do best!