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First of all (its quite important) I need to say, that I am a disabled person, and walk with a crutch. In about two weeks I'm flying from Poland to Munich Airport. It is the first time I fly alone and I must admit, I am a bit scared.

However, Munich is not my final destination, I need to reach a small city called Marktoberdorf from the Munich airport. The question is how can I do this? I don't even know where I should go there, I read somewhere online that there is a train connection from Munich Airport to Munich railway station and from there a train to Marktoberdorf but that's the only information I was able to find.

My airlines are LOT/Lufthansa, and I see that the plane will land on terminal 2.

02.08.2016 PL -> DE LOT
13.08.2016 DE -> PL Lufthansa

Any advices? Who should I contact, who I could possibly ask for help? Is there any office or something at the airport so I could ask for this kind of things? I have a ticket with the information that I am a disabled person and I need some help, however, what kind of help can I get?

Another question is about my boarding pass - is there a place at Munich's airport where I can print my boarding pass when I return to Poland? And what about the check-in, how does it look then?

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The tourism office has a website "München accessible for all!" with lots of information. For assistance at the airport:

Information about „barrier-free traveling at Munich's Airport“ as well as the brochure „Barrierefrei“ can be found here: www.munich-airport.de/ .. /barriere.. or phone +49 (0) 89 / 9 75 00 and Flughafen München GmbH, Postfach 231755, 85326 München.

Special assistance needs to be booked via the airline you are traveling with.The service reaches from check-in to escorting you to your seat on the plane. If requested the service can also pick you up from the taxi, the bus or the S-Bahn.

-- http://www.muenchen-tourismus-barrierefrei.de/en/arrival/plane

For assistance at the train stations:

Free assistance for boarding and alighting

3-S-central office: phone +49 (0) 89 / 13 08 10 55, Fax +49 (0) 89 / 13 08 10 54, Mon-Sun 24 hours

Mobility service of the Deutsche Bahn AG: phone +49 (0) 1806 - 51 25 12 (0,20 € from a German landline, max. 0,60 € from mobile networks) Mon-Sun 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m, registration up to a day before. E-Mail: msz@deutschebahn.com. Registration online: www.bahn.de/p/view/service/barrierefrei/mobilitaetsservice.shtml

Railway mission: phone +49 (0) 89 / 59 45 76/77/78, registration up to a day before

-- http://www.muenchen-tourismus-barrierefrei.de/en/arrival/train

The transport association offers a free escort service on Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. You have to book 1 week to 2 workdays in advance at (089) 5 44 91 89 20 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

-- http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/de/unterwegs-im-mvv/menschen-mit-handicap/begleitservice-fuer-mobilitaetseingeschraenkte-fahrgaeste/index.html (in German)

For timetables, see https://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml.

Essentially, you will take the S-Bahn (S1 or S8) from München Flughafen (airport) to München Hbf (central station). To use the lift, you must exit the train on the left side (everybody else will exit on the right). As München Hbf ist the starting station of the train to Marktoberdorf, this is probably the best option.

As an alternative, you can go to München Pasing instead (S8 only). Pasing is a smaller station, with less distance between the S-Bahn and your train. There will be less people around in case you need assistance.

  • Thank you so much for this valuable information. I've contacted Mobility service of the Deutsche Bahn and they offered me help. However, I have another question. Could you possibly be able to help me with it? Here is the link to my new question: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/73752/…. Many, many thanks! – tlockhart Jul 18 '16 at 10:36
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I’ll mainly answer the ‘how do I get to Marktoberdorf’ part of your question.

The easiest method is by rail and generally you have two slightly different options. The train station of Munich airport is somewhere between the terminals. It is marked by train signs and, as you get closer, by a white capital S on green background (the symbol of Munich suburban trains). The underground platform can be accessed by elevator or escalator.

Two suburban lines service the station: S1 and S8. Both call at the central station (Hauptbahnhof) which is Munich’s main train hub. The S8 also calls at Pasing station, a secondary hub for westbound trains out of Munich (which includes Marktoberdorf).

If you decide to change trains at Munich central, you will need to make your way from the underground suburban train platform to one of the platforms 27–36. Follow the signs to long-distance and regional trains (there are escalators). Once you arrive in the big station hall, face the trains, locate the rightmost platform (number 26) and walk along it to reach platforms 27–36. This is where trains to Marktoberdorf typically depart from.

Every two hours there will be a direct train Munich–Füssen which calls at Marktoberdorf. If you’re lucky and can immediately take one, go for it. In the hour in-between, you will need to look for a train to Kempten(Allgäu) and transfer in Buchloe. If you ask the ticket machines or the DB website they will tell you to change trains in Kaufbeuren. Do not do that, change in Buchloe instead! In Kaufbeuren, you would need to change from platform 1 to platform 3 which involves taking the tunnel under the tracks which is only accessable by stairs. In Buchloe, one stop before Kaufbeuren, you leave the train bound for Kempten, wait at the platform and board the train bound for Füssen either at the same or the opposite side of that same platform. Furthermore, platforms in Kaufbeuren are 16 cm above track level, meaning you need to step far down, while those in Buchloe are 76 cm, meaning that you can step out evenly.

Your second, slightly different option involves catching an S8 out of Munich airport and taking that until Pasing. You will arrive at platform 8 in Pasing and need to change to platform 4 for your train bound for Füssen or Kempten. Since Pasing is a much smaller station, it is easier to change trains here. Escalators and elevators are provided at each platform. From Pasing platform 4 on, the same applies as did above for Munich central.

The ticket price is €23. You are looking for a BayernTicket, which is the cheapest fare for a single person. It is valid for the entire trip from the airport to Marktoberdorf (and in local buses in Marktoberdorf, too, to the best of my knowledge). Every additional person costs an additional €5. It can be bought from the ticket machines at Munich airport station. Have a pen at hand and fill in your name in block letters. (If the conductor has a bad day he may fine you for not having entered your name. It has happened.)

  • @Willeke I really can’t say I have local knowledge, I never took the Biessenhofen–Marktoberdorf part of the route ;) – Jan Aug 28 '16 at 11:48
  • Many thanks for your answer, I will use it in the future for sure, because I'm thinking about going to Marktoberdorf again next year :) This year I've been in Kaufbeuren, visited Füssen too, so I think it would be easier 'knowing' the cities a little and using your answer! When I was going to Marktoberdorf, I bought the DB ticket using their website - DB mobility service was a great help here. Anyway, it's good to know all this, thanks again :) – tlockhart Aug 28 '16 at 12:19
  • @tlockhart If you’re in the area again, you should really also go and visit Kempten which I really love as a city. =) – Jan Aug 28 '16 at 12:24

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