Flying with children

Tips for a relaxing family vacation

Benefit from numerous services that make it easy to travel with your kids. Are your children travelling alone? Please contact your flight agency and book the service for unaccompanied children. This will ensure that your children will be in professional hands during the whole journey.

  1. Use day-before or online check-in: Avoid pre-departure stress by taking advantage of the day-before check-in service. With online check-in, you can book your favorite seats well in advance from the comfort of your home.
  2. Arrive in plenty of time: Budget enough time to get to the airport, hand in your luggage and get through the screening points at the airport. Especially during holiday periods, occasional surges in passenger volumes may result in longer waiting times in some areas. Our suggestion:  Plan your journey so that you are at the airport 2.5 hours before departure.
  3. Park directly at the airport: Take advantage of the spacious parking areas and multi-storey car parks at Munich Airport and get to your departure quickly and conveniently. You can park particularly close to the terminal in the P5, P7 or P20. Terminal Parking
  4. Did you forget something? No need to panic! At Munich Airport you'll find a supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, news agent and many more stores for you and your family. Diapers, baby food or children's books - you'll find anything you
    need before take-off.
  5. Is your child flying alone? Then contact your flight agency in advance to inquire about and book the service for unaccompanied children. 

More travel tips

Little girl in a buggy

Organize before departure

Travel documents for children

Remember: A travel document is required for every person travelling. The type of document depends on the destination. To find out whether a passport, child ID card or personal identity card is required, contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country.

The German missions abroad

If your minor children are travelling with relatives or friends, remember that documented permission is required from all parents or legal guardians. That also applies if only one of two legal guardians is making the trip.

The easiest solution is to have a written declaration of consent on hand with the signatures of all legal guardians. These data should be included:

  • Last name, first name and date of birth of the minor child
  • Purpose and destination of the trip
  • Duration of the trip
  • Accompanying persons
  • Names and contact details of all parents / legal guardians

Checkliste Handgepäck

  • Warm socks
  • Clothing and a blanket to keep children warm in the cool air from the air conditioning
  • A favourite teddy bear
  • Book and a small toy
  • Coloring book and crayons
  • Baby food, bottles and pacifier
  • Favorite snack
  • Diapers and wet wipes
  • Bag for dirty clothing and diapers
  • Extra clothing for children and parents
  • Any necessary medication

Baby food and medication

Any baby food and medication needed by you or your child during the trip can be carried in your hand luggage.

Our suggestion: Keep the containers within easy reach, as you will have to present them at security screening.

Hand luggage, liquids and baggage handling

Services at the airport

Buggies and child seats

You can bring your stroller or buggy, but they need to be labeled as baggage item.

In Terminal 2 you can take your own (labeled) buggy or pram with you up to the aircraft door.

In Terminal 1, you can hand over your stroller or buggy at the check-in desk like a regular baggage item. Immediately after the Terminal 1 security checkpoint, you can borrow a buggy free of charge.

You can hand in child car seats as bulky luggage. With some airlines, you can also use car seats as a restraint system in the aircraft. Please contact your airline in advance for more information.

If you don't bring your car seats or buggy on the vacation, you can hand them in at the Left luggage point in the Service Center at a low charge.

Audio Walk makes the wait before takeoff shorter for families

Munich Airport is offering a varied audio walk through Terminal 2 to help families with children shorten their waiting time at the airport. The audio walk through the Schengen area offers interesting insights into the airport world and at the same time provides entertaining information about the working environment at the airport, the issues of sustainability, and the operational processes on the apron and in the terminal.

The 20-minute audio book is available for free download in German and English. Passengers will find the required QR code on digital monitors and advertising displays in the terminal. When the code is scanned with a cell phone, the audio walk starts. Registration is not required - but it is recommended to log in to the free airport wi-fi. The listener then receives brief instructions and is navigated to the starting point of the tour in the Plaza area of Terminal 2.