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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Munich

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

4 min read

Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Munich

Munich sightseeing bus | ©Paul Burroughs

There are many ways to tour Munich, but if you have little time during your trip and do not want to miss any of the monuments of this German city, I recommend buying a one or multi-day pass for the Munich sightseeing bus.

1. How the Munich sightseeing bus works

Tourist bus in Munich | ©Gwydion M. Williams
Tourist bus in Munich | ©Gwydion M. Williams

The sightseeing buses around the city of Munich are designed to connect the main points of interest of the city saving time and effort.

How this service works

The Munich sightseeing buses are based on the "hop on hop off" concept. This means that the passenger using the bus does not pay per ride each time he/she uses the bus, but with a fixed fare of 24 or 48 hours he/she can get on and off the bus as often as he/she wants and at the stops he/she wants.

How I recommend using the tourist bus

First of all, use the service as an ordinary means of transportation with the difference that you will get to places faster and find your way around much better than you would by subway or regular bus.

Secondly, enjoy the tour, the panoramic views of the different monuments of the city and the audio commentary in several languages that are available on board. In other words: I advise you, at least once during the validity of your pass, to take the entire route without rushing just to see the city in a comfortable and unhurried way.

2. Where to buy and how to use the Munich sightseeing bus pass

Aerial view of the Marienplatz at sunset | ©Daniel Seßler
Aerial view of the Marienplatz at sunset | ©Daniel Seßler

You can purchase your tourist bus pass online, regardless of whether you prefer the 24 hour or 48 hour ticket. Once you make your reservation you will receive your pass in your email.

You will have plenty of time to activate it so you can purchase it with peace of mind before your trip, and if your plans change, you can request cancellation of your pass 24 hours in advance of the start of your trip and you will be refunded.

How to activate

The tourist bus pass is activated the first time you use it and from then on the time of use starts to run. To take full advantage of its possibilities, I recommend activating it first thing in the morning. All buses are adapted for wheelchair users and younger children do not need to pay for a pass if they are seated on top of an adult.

3. This is how the Munich sightseeing bus routes look like

The English Garden | ©Polybert49
The English Garden | ©Polybert49

The Munich sightseeing bus pass entitles you to two different routes through the city: the shorter express route and the Grand Tour route, which covers a larger area of the city and is ideal for getting to know Munich in more detail.

Tour Expresso

The Express Tour takes you to places of interest such as Marienplatz, the English Garden, the Art Gallery and the House of Arts. The stops on this tour are as follows:

  • Gallery München Bahnhofplatz
  • Gabelsbergerstraße 35 (Kunstareal)
  • Odeonsplatz
  • Prinzregentenstraße 26 (English Garden)
  • Ludwigsbrücke (Museum of Deutches)
  • Tal 1 (Marienplatz)
  • Max-Joseph-Platz 2
  • Stachus Passagen

Grand Tour

The Grand Tour, on the other hand, includes many of the stops of the shorter route, but also adds other monuments such as Ludwig University to the tour. These are the stops:

  • Gallery München Bahnhofplatz
  • Gabelsbergerstraße 35 (Kunstareal)
  • Odeonspl. 18
  • Prinzregentenstraße 26 (English Garden)
  • Deutsches Museum
  • Almrausch (Marienplatz)
  • Max-Joseph-Platz 2
  • Stachus Passagen
  • Nördliches Schloßrondell 4F
  • ebee Smart Technologies Charging Station
  • Spiridon-Louis-Ring 3 (Allianz Arena)
  • Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

Ana's Traveller Tip

Amortize your pass by activating it first thing in the morning and, at least once, go the full route to listen to the audio commentary.

4. Practical tips

Just sit back and enjoy the ride | ©CHUTTERSNAP
Just sit back and enjoy the ride | ©CHUTTERSNAP

In Munich the tour bus stops are clearly marked. When there is a stop that shares two routes, look closely at the bus signs to see which route the bus is taking.

The shorter route is ideal for visiting the main sights of the city while saving time, but to learn the meaning and history of the different monuments of Munich it is best to take the longer route in its entirety and listen to the audio commentary available in several languages.

A good idea to get to know the city in depth is to combine stretches on foot between nearby monuments with stretches by bus to travel to more distant areas.

5. If you are interested in a Munich sightseeing bus tour you will also be interested in...

Linderhof Castle | ©Polybert49
Linderhof Castle | ©Polybert49

If you have made good use of the tourist bus, you will have already visited practically all the points of interest of the city of Munich, but there is still much more to see during your trip. In the surroundings of Munich you can find the Bavarian mountains with their amazing landscapes, cities like Salzburg, fairytale castles or historical lessons like the Dachau concentration camp.

Check out this article on Best Tours and Day Trips from Munich to continue making the most of your trip.