Travel Information

About Munich

Munich, German München, city, is the capital of Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It is Bavaria’s largest city and the third largest city in Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg). Munich, by far the largest city in southern Germany, lies about 30 miles (50 km) north of the edge of the Alps and along the Isar River, which flows through the middle of the city. It is home to three universities and has a population of 1.5 million. It is also a city with a notable zest for life, a tradition of hospitality, and a cosmopolitan outlook. 

Getting around is easy, whether walking, taking public transportation, or hailing a cab.

Destination: ICIS 2019

Below are a few details to know prior to registering for the conference or before coming to Munich.

  • Venue

    The International Congress Center München (ICM) is a state of the art venue for international conferences and events. ICM plays host to more than 80 events each year with more than 100,000 visitors experiencing the facility.

    ICM is easily accessible by subway and highway and is only 30 minutes from the airport. With many hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, ICIS 2019 attendees are sure to find convenient opportunities to meet, network and catch up with friends.

  • Official Conference Hotels

    You will need to book a hotel room with the Novotel Munchen Messe, H4 Hotel Munchen Messe, H2 Munchen Messe, and Motel One Munchen Messe. A negotiated rate has been established for the conference. For more ICIS 2019 Conference Hotel information, click here.

  • Language

    Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

  • Weather

    In December, Munich has average highs of 37°F (3°C) and average lows of 27°F (-3°C). Prior to traveling for the conference, you may wish to check the 10-day weather forecast in Munich.

  • Exchange Rate/Currency

    Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to Euros.

    Paying by credit card is not as established in Germany as in UK/ US. Large chains and increasingly smaller businesses accept major cards such as MasterCard and Visa. Especially in restaurants, bars, and bakeries, credit cards may not be accepted. It is thus advisable to bring some cash.
    Most German ATMs (“Bankautomat”) accept all major credit cards (MasterCards, VISA), though there might be charges.

    In Europe, credit and debit cards are purely chip-based instead of magnetic strips. Make sure your card has a chip and remember your PIN, which is used instead of a signature.

    Many businesses that accept credit cards also accept contactless payments either by card or via Apple and Google Pay.

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

    Depending on the product you buy the VAT can be either 7% or 19% and it is always included in the price you see. If you are from outside the EU you can claim a tax refund upon your return home.

  • Time

    Munich is in the Central European Time Zone.

  • Electricity

    Germany uses 230V, 50 Hz (Type F)

  • Internet Access

    Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections either in the room or on public areas within the hotel. Some access requires a fee. Ask the hotel staff if you are unsure.

  • Telephone

    • Germany’s country code: 0049
      LOCAL area codes: 0089
      To call a local number within your own area, dial the number only.
    • To call to another area, dial the respective area code first. When calling from within Germany, you have to dial “0” followed by the area code (i.e. 089 for Munich). Area codes and phone numbers in Germany are variable length: the bigger the city, the shorter the area code, so that 089 is Munich, but 07252 will be a smaller town. A list of area calls can be found in any phone directory.
    • To call from abroad to a number in Germany, dial your international access number (usually 00), followed by the country code of Germany and then the area code without the 0 (i.e. 0049-89 for Munich)
    • To call abroad, dial 00 before the country code.
  • Emergencies

    Emergency call/Police Phone and Fax 110
    Emergency call/Police via SMS +49 (0) 89 / 19 294
    Doctor on call/Ambulance service/Fire department 112
    Medical emergency service 116 117
    Emergency poison number +49 (0) 89 / 19 240
    Pharmacy emergency service, www.apotheken.de +49 (0) 89 / 59 44 75
  • What to Pack

    • Warm, waterproof walking boots
    • Warm jacket
    • Warm hat (and possibly an umbrella)
    • Scarf
    • Sunglasses (snow reflects the sun quite heavily)
    • Warm gloves

Transportation Options

Munich International Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car (33.6 km) to the International Congress Center Munich (ICM) and there are many transportation options to get you to and from the conference.

  • General Public Transportation

    MVV means “Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifsverbund” (Munich’s trafic and tariffs organization). An MVV ticket is valid on all participating means of transportation. Each station is part of a zone. Check the plans provided in the station or use the link to find out from which into which zone you are going.

    The MVV homepage, app, and ticket vending machines also provide information on pricees and zones.

    Please note that the back of your conference badge includes a ticket for unlimited travel in the M zone, i.e. Munich and close surroundings, from 12/15 until 12/18. However, the airport is NOT part of the M zone and you need a separate ticket.

  • General Taxi Information

    Taxis are normally found at all major “attractions. Just approach a driver and name “Messestadt West” as destination.
    If you can’t find one, get your location by checking the streets and call Tel. (089) 21 610 (München e.G Home)

  • Public Transportation Tickets

    Airport-City-Day-Ticket
    – The Airport-City-Day-Ticket is a day ticket for the entire MVV network. The Airport-City-Day-Ticket is available as a single ticket or as a group ticket for up to 5 people.
    Any two children aged between 6 and 14 years count as one adult

    – Single 13€, Group 24.30€

    Other useful tickets:
    Single ticket, Day ticket (based on distance in zones), Stripe ticket (valid for several trips, depending on the distance the coresponding number of stripes has to be stamped)

    MVV Homepage

  • FROM AIRPORT TO MESSESTADT WEST

    Taxi:
    – 30 mins -> Taxi-Service-Point at Terminal 2 – Ebene 03 (Nord), payable by card/ cash

    Public Transport:
    – S8 leaves from train station, located centrally in airport; follow signs to “Munich Airport Center (MAC)”
    – 50-60 mins, payable by card/ cash; Airport City Day Ticket recommended (see ticket section). Please Note: The ticket included in your ICIS ticket is only valid for trips in the M zone, NOT to the airport, from 15th to 18th of December.
    – Take S8 Herrsching > München Daglfing (Bahnhof Ost), Take Bus 183 > Messestadt West
    – Alternative: Take S8 Herrsching > Ostbahnhof (Munich East), Take U-Bahn (Subway) U5 towards Neuperlach Süd > Innsbrucker Ring (Next Station), Change to U2 Messestadt Ost (directly on other side of the platform) > Messestadt West

    Lufthansa Express Bus:
    – Every 15 mins, transport from aiport to city center for 10.50€
    – online purchaseable with CC, Cash when bought there
    – from Terminal 1 (Area D) to Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Arnulfstraße
    – From Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) take the U-Bahn (Subway) U2 Messestadt Ost > Messestadt West

    Car rent
    – Avis, Sixt – Terminalstraße Mitte – Munich Airport Center – Level 03
    – payable by card/ cash

Visas

To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

  • Visa Invitation Letters

    Once the conference registration site opens you may complete your conference registration, and then complete the Invitation Letter Request Form. After completing both, please email the completed request form to the AIS Registrar at registrar@aisnet.org or fax to +1 (404) 240-0998.

    Please Note: Prior to receiving a letter of invitation you will need to complete and pay for your conference registration. As Visa requests can take several weeks, registrants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Letter of Invitation no later than two months prior to the conference.

  • Visa Information

    The German government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the Germany. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure. For information on German visa policies and procedures, visit   https://www.germany-visa.org/.

    US Citizens and US Green Card Holders – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html

  • Schengen Visa Information

    A Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area.  The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/schengen_visa_en

Cultural Nuances

If you are not familiar with the German culture you may want to become familiar with them prior to traveling.

  • Attire

    Attire at ICIS2019 Conference is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.

  • Etiquette

    Become familiar with German etiquette in private, public, and business interactions here.