Visiting the Oktoberfest

How to easily start your Oktoberfest trip

After a two-year break, fans of the Munich Oktoberfest can breathe a sigh of relief: from September 17 to October 3, 2022, the Oktoberfest will open its doors again and welcome visitors from all over the world. If you are going to Munich by plane, you will find the most important information here about your entry into Germany, your stay at Munich Airport and your onward journey to the Oktoberfest.

Five tips for a smooth stay at Munich Airport

  • Find out in advance about immigration, baggage and custom regulations
  • Use automated passport control and online check-in
  • Enjoy Oktoberfest spirit at the airport
  • Pack ahead - as little carry-on luggage as possible
  • On your way home, arrive at the airport 2.5 hours before departure
  • A warm welcome to all visitors of the Munich Oktoberfest!
  • Octoberfest at Munich Airport
    Munich Airport celebrates Bavaria's "fifth season" to the fullest. Many employees replace their uniforms with traditional garb, offering arriving passengers an authentic Bavarian experience

Entering Germany / Arriving at Munich Airport

Automated passport control and baggage claim


Clearing customs


In Germany, certain goods are subject to restrictions and bans. Please check before departure about permitted goods: Customs online - entering Germany


Covid-19 entry regulations

Since June 1, 2022, passengers entering Germany no longer have to provide proof of their vaccination, convalescent or testing status. For further information please refer to the Federal Foreign Office

At Munich Airport, there are several testing options for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the public area and within Terminal 2.


We highly recommend that travelers continue to wear a medical or FFP2 mask in the airport terminals. This applies in particular to areas where clearances cannot be maintained.

Feel the Oktoberfest spirit at Munich Airport

Getting from the airport to the Oktoberfest – and back

By train

From the central S-Bahn station at Munich Airport, two S-Bahn lines will take you to Munich city centre and back to the airport in about 35 minutes.

Remember the obligation to wear a mask: In public transport, you have to wear a mask protecting your mouth and nose. Therefore, please pack enough masks ready to hand.

Public transport with the MVV: Information for air travellers 

Oktoberfest.de: Travel to Oktoberfest


By taxi

If you prefer an guided ride to Munich, you will find cab stands in all departure and arrival areas of Terminals 1 and 2.


By rental car and car sharing

For a fully independend ride to Munich you can use a rental car or car sharing. Several providers offer car rental and sharing services at Munich Airport.


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Flying back home

Check your flight status

Check with your airline in advance to make sure your flight will actually take place at the time indicated.

Pack ahead

  • Pack as much as possible in your suitcase or travel bag

  • Keep important documents and your mouth-nose protection handy at all times

  • Pack only permitted items and goods in your luggage. This will help you avoid unpleasant situations at security checks

  • Only items that you need with you at all times should go in your carry-on luggage

Not sure if you are allowed to pack a certain item in your hand luggage or suitcase? This is allowed in the luggage

Do the check-in in advance

Many airlines offer online check-in. This allows you to create your boarding passes yourself and save them on your smartphone. There are baggage machines at the airport, where you can then simply drop off your bags. Your airline will tell you whether check-in is possible in advance of your flight.

Arrive on time

Plan your return trip so that you are at the airport 2.5 hours before departure. Due to increased passenger traffic during the Oktoberfest season, there may be a more complex check-in or longer waiting times at security and passport control. 

Current waiting times at checkpoints


Instructions for departures in Terminal 1 / Terminal 2

In which terminal do I depart? What do I need to know at check-in or at the checkpoints? Here you will find current information about your departure


Covid-19 regulations: Wearing a mask on board not mandatory

Since October 1, masks are no longer mandatory for domestic German air travel.