Munich's efficient public-transport system is composed of buses, trams, the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn. It's operated by MVV (www.mvv-muenchen.de), which maintains offices in the U-Bahn stations at Marienplatz, the Hauptbahnhof, Sendlinger Tor, the Ostbahnhof and Poccistrasse. Staff hand out free network maps and timetables, sell tickets and answer questions. Automated trip planning in English is best done online. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn run almost 24 hours a day, with perhaps a short gap between 2am and 4am. Night buses and trams operate in the city centre.
Bus 100, known as the Museenlinie, links the Ostbahnhof with the Hauptbahnhof via several major museums, galleries and other sights. These include the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, the Kunstareal, the English Garden and Königsplatz. The service runs every 10 minutes during the day and is a handy way of getting between Munich's major places of interest, and to/from the stations.
The city-of-Munich region is divided into four zones, with most places of visitor interest (except Dachau and the airport) conveniently clustering within the white Innenraum (inner zone).
Single tickets cost €2.70. Children aged between six and 14 pay a flat €1.40 regardless of the length of the trip. Day passes are €6.70 for individuals and €12.80 for up to five people travelling together; a weekly pass called an IsarCard costs €15.40. Bikes cost €3 to take aboard and may only be taken on U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains, but not during the 6am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm rush hours.
Bus drivers sell single tickets and day passes, but tickets for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn and other passes must be purchased from vending machines at stations or MVV offices. Tram tickets are available from vending machines on board. Most tickets must be stamped (validated) at station platform entrances and on board buses and trams before use. The fine for getting caught without a valid ticket is €40.