How to reach the MPQ by underground
Take any U6-train in the direction Garching-Forschungszentrum and disembark at the final stop.
Use the stairs or the lift to get to the street level, then walk against the direction of the train for about 500 meters until you see the ESO on your left hand.
Go further south-west, and you will find the MPQ behind the bushes. It is the southernmost institute on the research park.
How to reach the MPQ by car
The MPQ is located within the Garching research park and can be reached by car from the A9/E6 (München-Nürnberg) motorway. Take the Garching-Nord exit and follow the sign to Garching. After approximately 300 metres you will come to a set of traffic lights at the intersection with the B11 road. Go across this intersection and continue on for about 1km until you turn right into Hans-Kopfermann-Straße. From here you will see the MPQ.
How to reach the MPQ by plane
Taxis from Munich airport are very expensive; a journey from the airport to Garching normally costs around 30 Euro. We recommend you take an S-train which leaves from the lower level of the Munich airport. The S8 line departs every 20 minutes from the airport and travels via Ismaning, Ostbahnhof, and Marienplatz to the Hauptbahnhof. Directions to the S-train are clearly marked with a round sign depicting a white S on a green background (see on the right side of this page).
There are two ways to proceed:
Take the S8 to downtown Munich, disembark the train at Marienplatz and take the U6-train direction Garching-Forschungszentrum which leaves from a lower level.
Follow the directions under How to reach the MPQ by underground.
Travel with the S-train S8 to the station at Ismaning, the third stop, and disembark there. Use the stairs or lift to go to the street level and here you will find both a taxi rank and a bus terminus. If travelling by bus, follow the directions for Bus 230 under "How to reach the MPQ by bus".
How to reach the MPQ by train
After arriving at the main München train station (Hauptbahnhof), proceed to the S-train. The way is clearly marked by a round sign depicting a white S on a green background (see the right side of this page). Take any train departing from platform 1 marked Richtung Ostbahnhof. Disembark the train at Marienplatz, the second stop and take the U6-train direction Garching-Forschungszentrum which leaves from a lower level.
Proceed as directed in "How to reach the MPQ by underground".
How to reach the MPQ by bus
The MPQ is located within the Garching research park and can be reached with Bus 230, which passes through the town of Garching.
Leaving Garching, the bus will take a sharp turn to the right. The second stop after this turn is called Boltzmannstraße; you should exit here. To indicate to the driver that you wish to disembark the bus, you should press the button and/or get up and approach the door. After leaving the bus, walk about 20 metres in the driving direction of the bus, then turn right into Hans-Kopfermann-Straße. Here you will see the MPQ.
Tickets for public transport
Tickets can be purchased from all bus drivers, tram drivers, automatic ticket dispensing machines at stations and from news stands displaying the MVV logo. Some ticket machines accept 10 Euro and 20 Euro notes and most will give change. A Streifenkarte is recommended as a slightly more economical ticket. A Day-Ticket (Tageskarte) is even mor economical as you need a return ticket anyway. Once you have purchased your ticket, be sure to validate it by stamping it in the blue boxes you will see at the entrance of the station/bus/tram. This has to be done prior to entering the station or immediately after boarding a bus or tram. To validate a Streifenkarte you must fold back the sections not required and insert the ticket into the validating machine (see below for number of required sections). Once you have validated your ticket, you can travel with any form of transport as long as you continue to travel in the same direction and within the validation of your ticket (distance).
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