• Location of JYM and Map of Munich
• Arrival at Munich Airport
• Getting from the Airport to JYM
• Directions to JYM with the S-Bahn Train
• Directions to JYM by Taxi
• Directions to JYM from the Train Station
The JYM institute is located in the city center, surrounded by Munich's famous museums. We are a block from the Glyptothek and the Staatliche Antikensammlung am Königsplatz. The Alte and Neue Pinakothek are just down the street, as is the new Pinakothek der Moderne. Also just minutes away is the Schwabing district, famous for its restaurants, night life, and cafes.
Although our address is Richard Wagner Strasse 27, the entrance to JYM is actually on the Gabelsbergerstrasse just around the corner.
For a Map to JYM, visit www.mapquest.de and enter the following information:
Richard Wagner Strasse 27
Then click on KARTE.
Please note that JYM is closed on German holidays, and has limited hours between JYM programs in August.
The Munich airport is clean, welcoming, and very well organized (Munich Airport website).
Depending on which airline you are flying, you'll be landing in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. After you exit the plane, follow the crowd to the Passport Control point. There will be two signs: one for European Union nationals, and the other for non-European Union nationals. After you go through Passport Control, proceed to the Baggage Claim area (Gepäckausgabe), grab your bag, and head for the exit (Ausgang). Just before you exit you'll pass through Customs (Zoll).
FYI, There is an ATM machine right in front of you when you exit Baggage Claim & Customs at the Munich Airport.
There are two ways you can get from the Munich Airport to JYM: you can take public transportation (the S-Bahn), which I always take (€10.50 or about $14). It's about a 40 minute ride to the Main Train Station. You can also take a taxi, but the ride is actually longer (45 minutes), and it'll cost you about $75 at today's exchange rate. (You can see why I take the S-Bahn!)
Directions to JYM with the S-Bahn Train
It is very easy to take public transportation from the airport to downtown Munich where JYM is located. When you exit the Baggage Claim area, look for the S-Bahn train sign. The train station is located on level 2.
The S-Bahn runs every 10 minutes, and its about a 40 minute train ride to Munich's main train station (Hauptbahnhof).
You can take either the S-1 or S-8. Both will take you to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). From there you can either take the subway (U-Bahn), or take a taxi to JYM.
S-Bahn Ticket: Buy a ticket at the automatic machines next to the escalator stairs which lead down to the S-Bahn trains. The ticket will cost €10.50 and the machines take Euro bills. Select the button for Munich. You'll get a ticket which reads "Einzelfahrt" and "ab 4 Zonen" (all trains go to the main train station, so you can get on any one which is ready to leave.) Once you stamp your ticket (see below), it will be valid for the ride to the main station, as well as the transfer to JYM.
But before you go down the escalator, be sure to insert your ticket into the Entwerter at the top of the escalator. Translated, this literally means your ticket has now been "devalued", i.e. stamped, validated, and ready to use (gosh, isn't German great?!). Don't forget to do this, because taking public transportation without a valid ticket (Schwarz fahren) will cost you about a $50+ (and the trains are controlled by roaming "controllers" who just might ask you to present your ticket for inspection).
The S-bahn ride from the airport to downtown Munich takes about 40 minutes. Change at Hauptbahnhof on to the U2 (Red Line), going north to Königsplatz (one stop). Exit at the front of the train and follow the signs to the "Briennerstrasse" exit. Cross Briennerstrasse, then walk to your left until you reach Richard-Wagner-Strasse. Turn right onto Richard-Wagner-Strasse and follow the street until you reach Gabelsbergerstrasse. The entrance to JYM is around the corner to your left. (tip- just google JYM's address and take a look at a map!)
If you prefer, you could also take a taxi from the airport directly to JYM. It's much more expensive, and the time to downtown Munich is actually a bit longer than with the S-Bahn, but a taxi will take you right to the door of JYM. The cab ride will cost approximately $75 plus tip (5-10%), and paid in Euro of course.
If by chance you are arriving by train from another German city, you most likely will arrive in Munich at the main station. Buy a Kurzstrecke ticket from the automatic machines. From the Hauptbahnhof, take the U2 (Red Line), going north to Königsplatz (one stop). Exit at the front of the train and follow the signs to the "Briennerstrasse" exit. Cross Briennerstrasse, then walk to your left until you reach Richard-Wagner-Strasse. Turn right onto Richard-Wagner-Strasse and follow the street until you reach Gabelsbergerstrasse. The entrance to JYM is around the corner to your left on Gabelsbergerstrasse. (Or, take a taxi from the Hauptbahnhof to JYM. Simply say you want to go to the corner of Gabelsbergerstrasse and Richard-Wagner-Strasse.)
All this may sound incredibly complicated when its described in such detail, but after you do it, you'll realize just how easy it really is!