Sleeping in Airports

Munich Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Munich Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

When we got to terminal 2 there were cots!! We were so surprised and happy that we didn’t have to continue sleeping on benches. -pattella2001

MUC Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Munich Airport.

What to Expect

Munich Airport (code: MUC) consists of two terminals (T1 and T2). T1 houses gates A – E, and is home to all non-Star Alliance airlines. T2 houses gates G, H, and L and is the base for Star Alliance airlines, including Lufthansa. The terminals are separated by the Munich Airport Centre – the landside hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Munich Airport goes above and beyond when it comes to traveller comfort and convenience. The airport offers a number of unique amenities – including an airport brewery, airport tours, a casino, mini-golf,  showers, and a visitors terrace. They also offer the basics, including two 24-hour restaurants in the Munich Airport Centre, and unlimited free WiFi.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Munich Airport Guide
Terminal 2, Airside. (Photo by / 01Nov2016)

Sleeping in Munich Airport

Munich Airport has a number of good places for weary travellers (with valid tickets) to rest or sleep and if you are flying out of Terminal 2 you’re in luck.  In addition to armrest-free seating, Terminal 2 has several designated rest zones, complete with reclining seats and footrests. If you prefer some privacy and don’t mind paying, there are also a few nap cabs that you can pay to use by the hour.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Munich Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips. There are also a number of nearby hotels including one situated between the two terminals. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Munich Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. A valid flight ticket is required for travellers who want to spend the night in the airport.

Munich Airport Hotels, Day Rooms & Sleep Pods

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Munich Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover in Terminal 2, you don’t have to go through security as there are sleep pods that can be booked for short-term stays from 2 hours and up.  Once you pass through security, there is a onsite hotel between Terminals 1 and 2.  A number of nearby hotels offer airport shuttles for a fee.

Hotels at Munich Airport

  • Nap Cabs – Self-service sleep pods with full bed, small desk, A/C, privacy blinds, internet access, and more. 4 locations in Terminal 2: Gates G/H, Level 3, beside Edeka and the Service Center • Gates G/H, Level 4, Gate G06 • Gates G/H, Level 5, Gate H32 • Gates K/L, Level 5, Gate L01). Nap cabs can be booked and purchased on-site (credit card only). Rates are by the hour: 17€ per hour from 6:00AM – 10:00PM and 12€ from 10:00PM – 6:00AM, with a minimum 2 hour charge. You can book at the airport or online.
  • Hilton Munich Airport – Located at the airport, between Terminals 1 and 2, it’s just a short walk from baggage claim to the hotel. Day use rooms are available from 9:00AM – 6:00PM.  No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Ibis Styles – currently under construction.  Opening in 2025

Hotels near the airport

  • Novotel Munich Airport – The hotel does not have a shuttle, but guests can take Bus 635 from the airport, which runs every 20 minutes and stops at the hotel (bus fare is 1,80€ per person, each way).  » Check Rates
  • NH München Airport – Free airport shuttle is available.   » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Munich Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Munich airport either by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1
  • Europa Lounge – Location: Airside, Module D, Level 5 (Schengen Area). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Airport Lounge World– Location: Airside, Departures C, Level 3 (Non-Schengen Area). Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Air France Lounge  – Location: Airside, Module D, Level 5.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • British Airways Gallery Lounge (Location: Terminal 1, Module B, Level 5) • Emirates Lounge (Location: Terminal 1, Module C, Level 5).

Related Pages: Munich Airport Lounges


In the event of bad weather or massive flight cancellations, this airport has a supply of 500 cots for stranded travellers. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out where the cots are located. Unfortunately, the cots are not available for travellers who simply decide to spend the night in the airport. Due to the amount of wacky emails we receive about this, we’ll also let you know that cots cannot be “reserved” and we don’t know where they are kept. Please speak to a gate agent or an airport employee.

Drinking Water

A reader tells us there are water bottle filling stations on the airside.  (April 2024)

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there was only one 24-hour food option:

  • Landside: none
  • Airside: Foodji Fresh Food Pick-up Stations (Terminal 2 – Level 4, Gate G South and Gate G, North • Level 5, Gate K) •
  • Beverage and snack vending machines are located Landside and Airside in Terminal 2.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

If you want to relieve yourself from the burden of heavy baggage, luggage storage is available. Rates: €2,50 – €7,50 per bag / item, for up to 3 hours • €4,00 – €10,00 per bag / item, for up to 24 hours • €3,00 – €8,00 per bag / item, for every 24-hour period after the first one. Rates depend on size / weight of bag / item. Surfboards, golf bags, and bicycles can be stored for a higher rate. Strollers and child car seat can be stored for economical 24-hour rates of €3,50 or less per item, per 24 hour period. Locations: T1, landside, MAC, Level 3, Service Center (Hours: Open 24 hours) • T2, landside, Level 3, Service Center (Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM).

Mobile Charging

Power outlets are located throughout the terminals.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

If you are looking to rest or catch up on some work, there are five relaxation zones with lounge chairs, plants, and a work zone with desks, chairs and power outlets. Locations: Terminal 1 – Level 5, Module D • Terminal 2 – Level 4, G South • Level 4, G North • Level 4, Gates K • Level 5, Gates H • Level 5, Gates L.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


Freshen up before or after a long flight with a shower. Rates are €15 plus €20 deposit, which includes shower gel, shampoo and a towel. The showers are located in one of the following places:

  • Service Center – Terminal 2, Level 3, Gates G, H. Price per use is €15, plus a €20 deposit. Hours are 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM daily. An access key and a towel can be obtained from a Service Center staff member.
  • MAC – Munich Airport Center (MAC) – Go to the service center for access. Location: Landside, Level 3. The price per use is €15, plus a €20 deposit.


Free WiFi is available at the Munich Airport. Connect to the “Free Wifi – Munich Airport” network. After registering with your name and email address, you will receive a confirmation email. Keep this email as it contains a link for you to change or cancel your account.

If you don’t have a mobile device, coin-operated internet kiosks with laser printing capabilities are available throughout the airport. Rates are €0,50 per 6 minutes of usage at kiosks located landside. Kiosks located airside are available for use, free of charge.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Barber Shop – Brants Barber Shop. Location: T2, airside, Departures Level 4, Gate G. Hours: 6:30AM – 9:00PM.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – There are dedicated rooms throughout the airport for changing and feeding your baby in privacy. Baby change facilities are also available in all wheelchair facility toilets.
  • Children’s Area – There is a lot for kids to do at Munich Airport:
    • Kinderland by Lufthansa – Kinderland has an aviation-themed climbing and sliding facilities, a ball pit, toys, gaming area, an arts and crafts corner, children’s cinema and more! Kinderland is manned by trained childcare specialists, who watch the children while adults enjoy quiet time in the adjacent Parents Lounge. Located at the Kinderland entrance is a colorful and child-safe new play zone for children ages 3 years and under, with soft toys, furnishings, play equipment, a changing area, and high chairs. Parents must supervise their little ones in this play area. Fee: €2,00 per child for the 1st hour • 2nd hour is €5,00 • 3rd hour is €9,00. Location: MAC Forum South, landside, Level 4, between Terminals 1 and 2. (Transfer passengers may require a visa to enter). Hours: Play Area – 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Tues – Sun) • Kinderland – 12:00AM – 6:00PM (Tues – Fri) • 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Sat – Sun)
    • Play Corners – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to one of the children’s play corners, available for children to use free of charge. There are a total of 7 play areas and can be found in the following locations: Central Area: landside, Level 3, near Leysieffer restaurant. Terminal 1: landside, Departures/Arrivals B&C (Level 3) • C&D (Level 4). Terminal 2: landside, Arrivals, Level 3 • airside, Departure, Level 5, Gate H and Gate L • airside, Departure, Level 4, Gate K.
  • Strollers – Strollers are available for use in the secure area of Terminal 1, free of charge. Pick one up after you clear security and use it all the way to the boarding gate!

Grocery Store – If you need to pick up groceries on the way home to your destination in Munich, stop at Edeka Supermarket. A variety of produce, deli meats and cheeses, baked goods, and everyday household and personal items are available. Two locations: MAC Forum, landside, Level 3 (Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM) • T2, landside, Arrivals, Level 3 (Hours: 5:30AM – 10:00PM).

Gym – Enjoy whirlpool, sauna, 17m swimming pool, steam bath and fitness center access at Hilton Fit & Fly Spa – Location: Hilton Munich Airport, beside Terminal 2, Level 03. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 8:00AM – 10:00PM (Sat & Sun). Try a 20-minute EMS workout at Bodystreet Studio. Location: MAC Forum South, landside, Level 4. Hours: 10:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon-Fri) 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Sat).


  • Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit one of the airport information desks for assistance. Locations: Munich Airport Center (MAC*), Level 3 • T1, Level 4, Departure Areas A/B/C/D • T2, Departures area, Level 4 • T2, Arrivals area, Level 3. Hours: *this location is open 24 hours, all others operate 6:00AM – 10:30PM.
  • Service Centers – Fax/copy service, laundry service, bus ticket sales and a host of other useful services are available at the Service Center. Two locations: MAC, Level 3 (Hours: Open 24 hours) • T2, landside, Arrivals Level 3 (Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM).
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Munich and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. 5 vor Flug, Air Marin, alltours Reisecenter, Check Point Reiseburo, DER Touristik Airport Services, FTI Ferienwelt, Holiday4me, L’Tur Tourismus,, TUI Deutschland, TUI TRAVELstar and Travel FM Reisen.


  • Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available throughout the airport. Rates: Free of charge for passengers arriving into Munich Airport. There is a fee of €1.00 for departure passengers.
  • Cloakroom – Heading somewhere warm? Visit the Service Center and deposit your winter items (up to 7 items per person) for €3,50 for the first day and €1,00 each additional day. Locations: T1, landside, Munich Airport Center, Level 3, Service Center (Hours: Open 24 hours) • T2, landside, Level 3, Service Center (Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM).
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.

Massage – Chi-Mas Institute offers mobile acupressure massage. Location: T2, airside, Departures, Gate G. Hours: 7:30AM – 9:00PM.

Massage Chairs – Relax and let the stress melt away in a ReMass massage chair. Fee: €2 for 10 minutes. Location: T1, airside, Level 4, Modules A and C.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – A wide range of preventative and emergency medical services is available at MediCare Munich Airport Medical Center. Location: T1, Module E, Level 3. Hours: unknown. If you need to see a specialist, head to one of the specialized medical clinics in the Municipal Airport Centre. Travellers and visitors to the airport can be treated by a specialist from one of the following fields: Gynecology / gynecological surgery, radiology, ophthalmology / ophthalmic surgery, urology, orthopedic medicine, internal medicine, ear/nose/throat, dentistry, and physiotherapy. Location: MAC, landside, Level 6. Hours: Vary per clinic.
  • Pharmacy – Müller Drugstore. Location: MAC Forum, landside, Level 3. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM • Prescription medications, natural medicines, blood testing, vaccination advice and more are available at Metropolitan Pharmacy. Location: T2, airside, Level 4 Departures, Gate G. Hours: 6:30AM – 9:00PM. Health and beauty aids can also be purchased from the Metropolitan Pharmacies located airside at Gate H (Level 5) and landside (MAC Forum, Level 3 • Arrivals, Level 3).


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside, in all Terminals.
  • Currency Exchange – Sparkasse Flughafen offers currency exchange at two locations: MAC, landside, Level 3 • T2, landside, Departures, Level 4, Gate G. Reisebank has multiple locations throughout the airport (MAC South, MAC North, T2 Arrivals and T2 Departure Gates). Hours vary for all banks and locations.

Post Office – Postal services, money orders and more are available at Deutsche Post. Location: MAC Forum, landside, Level 3. Hours: 7:30AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Fri) 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat, Sun). A DHL Pack Station is available 24 hours a day. You can pick up or send packages (labels are available). Location: MAC, P9 Taxi Exit.

Prayer Areas

  • Christian – Christophorus-Chapel, a non-denominational Christian chapel, offers a quiet place for prayer and contemplation. Midday prayers and holiday services are held here regularly. Location: T1, landside, MAC, Level 4. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Interfaith – An interfaith prayer and meditation room is available in T2, Level 5. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Muslim – The Muslim Prayer Room is spiritually decorated in fine carpets from Dubai and artwork from a Jordanian artist. Gender-separated ablution facilities are available, and halal food outlets are located nearby. Location: T1, Module C, Level 5. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in Terminal 1 Departures (Gates A-D), Terminal 2 Departures (Gates G/H/K/L). A wide variety of retails shops is also available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide

Shoe Shine – Classic Shoe Shine offers services in Terminal 2, Airside. Hours; 7:30AM – 9:00PM.

Spa & Salon Services – M-Crew Friseure offers haircuts and styling. Location: T1, landside, Module D, Level 4. Hours: 7:30AM – 9:00PM. Hair color, cut, and styling is available at Bel Hair unisex hair salon. Location: T2, landside, Arrivals, Level 3. Hours: 7:30AM – 9:00PM. Luxurious spa and beauty treatments are available at Cosmetic Institute. Location: T2, airside, Departure, Level 5, Gate H. Hours: 7:30AM – 10:00PM.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated smoking lounges throughout the airport- Locations: Airside in Terminal 1 (Modules A, B, C, D and F) and Terminal 2 (Gates G, H, K, L).

Things to do & see at the airport

  • Airbräu – Visit the world’s first airport brewery located here at the Munich Airport. Seven different kinds of beers are brewed. Location: MAC Forum, landside, Level 3. Hours: 8:00AM – 1:00AM. The smaller Airbräu Next To Heaven is located in T2, airside, Level 5 (non-Schengen), near Gate H. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM.
  • Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour. After leaving the public area and passing through security screening, the 12 kilometer route covers the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 aprons, passing both runways and the two fire stations. You will see the freight buildings and maintenance hangars, the engine testing facility and the storage tanks while picking up all kinds of information on every aspect of ramp operations. Tours are conducted in German. Days: from 9:00AM – 4:30PM (Mon – Thurs) and 9:00AM – 1:00PM (Fri – Sun). Rates: €14,00 / adult.
  • Casino – Feeling lucky? Video slots and entertainment are available at casinos located in both terminals. Unfortunately, both casinos are located before security.
    • Casino Royal – Location: T1, landside, Module C, Level 3. Hours: 6:00AM – 1:00AM.
    • Merkur Spielothek – Location: T2, landside, Arrivals, Level 3. Hours: 6:00AM – 1:00AM (Mon-Sat) 11:00AM – 1:00AM (Sun/Holidays).
  • Visitor Terrace – Enjoy views of the eastern apron, both runways, and the new satellite facility. Telescopes are available for a closer look. You can catch a behind-the-scenes look at the satellite exhibition area from the northern end of the terrace. Healthy snacks and light meals are available at the new Cloud 7 restaurant. Visitor Terrace entrance fee: Free! Location: Terminal 2, Level 7. Access the terrace via Skywalk, a glass tunnel that is accessible from Level 05 (landside). Hours: 8:00AM – 10:00PM daily. Cloud 7 restaurant is open 10:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Visitor’s Park
    • Historic Aircraft – You can view three historic aircraft – Super Constellation, Douglas DC-3 and Junker Ju 52. Rate: €1,00. Hours: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
    • Information Centre – Child-friendly multimedia islands and information kiosks provide an overview of flight operations at the airport. A gift shop is also available. Hours: 9:30AM – 6:00PM (closed at 5:00PM during winter months).
    • Minigolf – There is a 18-hole mini-golf course. Rate: €3,50 for adults and €2,00 for children. Hours: 9:30AM – 5:00PM.
    • Playground – The large playground is divided into five sections, based on five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Within each section are culturally-themed jungle gyms, swings and sandboxes built with materials from the continent that it represents. A restaurant is located adjacent to the playground area. The highlight of the playground is the Kids’ Tower, a replica of the airport’s control tower, complete with a slide from the top! Hours: unknown
    • Visitor’s Hill – Climb the 172 steps to a viewing platform on top of the visitors hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the activity in and around Terminal 1, the apron and both runways. Please note, the path to the platform is not wheelchair or stroller-accessible. Entry fee is €1,00 at the coin-operated turnstile located at the base of the steps. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Things to do & see outside of the airport

If you have more than 4 hours, you can do the following visit the following:

  • Freisling, a Bavarian town, and the Weihenstephan Brewery.
  • Oberschleissheim, which is the home of three castles and a park. The Flugwerft Schleissheim is within walking distance.
  • Therme Erding, the largest Hot Water Complex in Europe, offers saunas and 16 water slides
  • With more than 6 hours, you will have time to Shop, Dine or join a city tour of Munich.
Munich airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Baltic • Air Cairo • Air Canada • Air China • Air Dolomiti • Air Europa • Air France • Air Malta • Air Nostrum • Alitalia • Alba Star • Alitalia • American Airlines • All Nippon Airways • Arkia • ASL Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Azimuth • Belavia • Blue Air • British Airways • Condor • Corendon • Croatia Airlines • Delta Air Lines • EasyJet • Egyptair • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Enter Air • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • Finnair • Freebird Airlines • Iberia • Icelandair • Israir • KLM • Kuwait Airways • Laudamotion • LOT • Lufthansa • Luxair • Neos • Nesma Airlines • Norwegian • Nouvelair • Oman Air • Onur Air • Orange2Fly • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Ryanair • S7 Airlines • SAS • Saudia • Singapore Airlines • South African Airways • SprintAir • SundAir • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • TAP Portugal • TAROM • Thai Airways • Trade Air • Transavia Airlines • Travel Service • TUIFly • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Ural Airlines • Utair • Volotea • Voyage Air • Vueling • Widerøe.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


MUC airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you need a shuttle bus to the city center, a connection to the Munich Trade Fair or you need a long distance coach, there is probably a bus for you. For more information, visit the Munich Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies operate onsite in areas B and C in the central area between the two terminals: Alamo/Enterprise/National • Avis/ Budget • Enterprise, Europcar • Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty • Sixt/Flizzr.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service: NH Muenchen AirportMoxy Munich AirportRamada by Wyndham Muenchen AirportB&B Hotel Muenchen-Airport  • Mercure Hotel Munich Airport FreisingMunich Airport Marriott Hotel.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Limousine and Transfer Service

Several private companies offer limousine or airport transfer services. Transfer services are a shared ride service, travelling to either one destination or several destinations as required by the passengers on board. Limousines provide a more luxurious and private mode of transportation. For more information, contact your service provider of choice.


Several types of taxis are readily available at the airport to accommodate passengers’ needs and party size, from sedans to eight passenger minibuses, and passengers can opt for smoking or non-smoking vehicles.


Two S-Bahn train lines operate between the airport and the city center, running in 10 minute intervals. The S1 runs between the airport and Ostbahnhof. The S8 runs between the airport and Herrsching where passengers can also transfer to main and regional train lines.  A reader sent us this information “1. The German D-Bahn railway now has a connection to the airport station, so for some destinations you no longer need to use the S-Bahn commuter rail to Munich or the bus to the Friesing station. 2. The Munich main station is being torn down and rebuilt. There may be long waiting lines for the temporary ticket and information offices beside the station platforms. It’s much more convenient to use the DB information and ticket offices at the airport.” (February 2024)

Layover Sightseeing

Do you want to make the most of your stopover or long layover by getting out of the airport to do some sightseeing?  Check out our Munich Airport Layover Sightseeing guide or explore Things to do in Munich on Tripadvisor.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.