Antwerp 2 Oktoberfest Transport - Bus2alps

Antwerp 2 Oktoberfest Transport

Transportation only to the largest festival in Europe. Oktoberfest has been dazzling Munich for centuries. Each year, millions of people from all over the world descend upon Munich in search of liter steins of beer, new friends to meet, tables to sing and dance on, hearty German food, and carnival rides spinning into the night.

We take you there and back with no hassles! Save money, avoid long waits on the train, train strikes, high-priced flights, flight delays, and airport transfers. Bus2alps will transport you directly to the main train station in Munich for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing time.

Included:

    Round trip luxury coach transport (with A/C, DVD, & bathroom)
    a Bus2alps trip leader
    The Munich / Oktoberfest Bus2alps informational guide

 

*Please note this is a long weekend trip, departing on Friday September 18th and returning on Monday September 21st.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

The trip departs Florence from the Antwerp Central train station in the morning. The meeting point is in the Ticketing Hall. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Munich is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and toilet. We play DVDs through the duration of the trip. We make one 45 minute stop. Estimated travel time is 9 hours. We will arrive in Munich early in the evening. Upon arrival to Munich, your Bus2alps Trip Leader will point you in the direction of public transportation, Theresienweise (the site where the festival takes place), and assist you in locating your accommodation.

Day 2

Saturday morning the insanity starts. We highly recommend heading to the grounds where the festival is held called the Theresienwiese. The site is easily accessible by foot from the main train station called Hauptbahnof. Oktoberfest is a giant festival, with rides, games, and beer tents. There are 14 tents of varying sizes. Tent capacities range from 1,000 to 10,000 people. The Bus2alps group will be heading to the Hofbrau Tent in the morning. We recommend joining us as this is one of the festival’s most popular tents. Once inside, enjoy authentic Bavarian food, world famous German beer, and plenty of singing. Each tent specializes in a different type of lager so make sure to try a few different tents.

Saturday is the busiest day at the Oktoberfest. It is recommended to arrive at the festival before 8:00 to ensure yourself a spot in the most popular tents. Consult your Bus2alps Guide for which tents are the most popular. If you arrive late and are not able to enter the tents, it is recommended to grab a spot in the beer garden until they start allowing more people to enter the tent.

If you are looking to spend the day exploring Munich, speak with your Bus2alps Trip Leader on arrival in Munich about organizing the famous Munich Bike Tour.  Due the festival, spots on the tour should be reserved a day in advance. Other places to see while in Munich include the Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutches Museum, Munich Zoo, Olympic Park, and the BMW Museum. Consult your Bus2alps Informational Guide for how to visit each site. If you plan to attend the festival afterwards, we recommend getting there no later than 15:00 - 16:00 in order to guarantee entrance into a beer tent. If you are not able to enter a tent, there are plenty of beer gardens to hang out and enjoy the weather until they resume entrance into the tents.

Most of the festival shuts down between 22:30 and 23:00. Munich has a diverse nightlife, so if you have the energy, it is worth checking out Munich’s bars and night clubs. If you find yourself rundown, most of the accommodations in Munich have good after-festival bars.

Day 3

Sunday, if you are looking to spend the day exploring Munich, it is possible to organize a spot on the Munich Bike Tour.  Contact your Bus2alps Trip Leader about organizing a spot on the bike tour. Due the festival, spots on the tour should be reserved a day in advance. Bus2alps also suggests going to the Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutches Museum, BMW Museum, Olympic Park, and Munich Zoo. If you are interested in a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle, Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, it is possible to organize a private trip based on the group size. Consult your Bus2alps Informational Guide for more details.

Day 4

The group will depart on Monday afternoon.  The meeting point is the same as where you were dropped, Campingplatz. Be sure to be at the meeting point on time, and contact your Bus2alps Trip Leader if you are having trouble meeting the group for departure. We will make one 45 minute stop for dinner. Estimated drive time is 9 hours*. The trip returns to Antwerp in the evening. 

Optional Activities

Oktoberfest: The largest beer festival in the entire world takes place in Theresienweise, a massive field that is converted into rows of large beer tents, jolting carnival rides, carnival games, food stands, and downright fun.

Munich Bike Tour: 20 Euro - Hailed by travelers as the best bike tour in Europe, Mikes Bike Tour is the ideal way to cover all of the major city sights be entertained and learn about the city. Stops on the bike tour include, Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, English Gardens, Chinese Tower, Surfer’s Bridge, and Bavarian Parliament.

Dachau Concentration Camp: Free admission - Located a 20 minute ride on the train from downtown Munich, this humbling experience brings into perspective the atrocities that occured during Nazi rule in World War II. Open 9:00 - 17:00.

Deutsches Museum: 8.50 Euro - This interactive museum is the largest technological museum of its kind and is known for its historic artifacts that mark important steps in the field of science and technology. Open 9:00 - 17:00.

BMW Museum: 12 Euro - The museum’s exhibitions, remodeled every few years, takes visitors into the motoring world of yesterday. Almost every vehicle produced by BMW is represented. The section devoted to the present day includes both BMW’s current models, as well as demonstrations of modern production methods. Open 10:00 - 18:00.

Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip: from 45 Euro - Located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, this beautiful castle became Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is only possible to enter the castle on a guided tour. The location also hosts an Alpine Sledding track.

Highlights

Highlights Include:

  •     Theresienweise
  •     The greatest time ever
  •     Bavarian beer
  •     Beer tents
  •     Giant pretzels
  •     Round trip service for less than a train ticket
  •     and more!

Route

  1. Antwerp
  2. Munich
  3. Antwerp