IAHFLYR
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MUC Transfer Information

Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:13 pm

I'm seeking information on connecting in MUC and the process to expect.

We will be arriving from EWR on UA connecting to LH to NAP. After we clear customs/immigration in Terminal 2 will we be required to exit the secure area and re-enter for the connecting flight or will we be able to remain inside the secure areas and continue to the LH flight in Terminal 2?

Thanks in advance for any and all information.
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reifel
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:37 pm

Passengers arriving on a non Schengen flight at a schenen airport are required to pass Security at their first port of entry in the Schengen area. It's like connecting in the US when you come from a flight outside the US. You need to clear security.

It will be as follows for you:
-Deplaning and taking a segregated walk (arrivals and departures are split). You can choose to follow paths to "non schengen gates" and "Schengen gates" connecting flight (or exit). You will follow "Schengen" and arrive to passport control. There you will pass Schengen immigration and your passport will be checked.
-Afterwards you will pass customs. As you will only have hand luguage it should be quite straightforward and they will probably not even talk to you and waive you through.
-Then follow connecting flights and you will find yourself landside and reclear the general security where local passengers who fly i.e. from MUC to Frankfurt are queuing as well. Don't worry, it's very clearly indicated and quite straightforward and you will probably not even realize you have been landside.

Good thing: Your bags are checked through. Once you arrive in NAP you will realize that a lot of bags have green edged luguage tags. These are bags of passengers coming from a Schengen country. You will have all white tags as you are not coming from a Schengen country. At all Schengen airports after bagage claim, there is a custom check. Often it's unstaffed and people just walk through. Customs officer don't bother travellers with green edged bag tags as they're not subject to customs. However seeing your bag tag they will realize you are subject to customs check and COULD stop you and take a look in your bag. This will not happen in MUC (they will only check your hand bagage there), but in NAP. It's a more sophistic system as i.e. in the US.
 
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:45 pm

Don't worry too much. Munich is one of the best airports I've been to and transfers are easy, especialy compared to CDG and some US airports. It's also a nice airport itself, so if you have a bit of time have a look around (if you have a lot of time, leave the terminal and go in the area between T1 and T2; you'll find some great places for German food). And if you have several hours, near the airport there is a museum with some classic planes and a hill with great views of the airport.
 
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:56 pm

Quoting reifel (Reply 1):
Good thing: Your bags are checked through



We will only have carry on luggage so no green tag unless I can find one someplace to tag it!!   haha

Quoting EY460 (Reply 2):
Munich is one of the best airports I've been to and transfers are easy, especialy compared to CDG and some US airports. It's also a nice airport itself, so if you have a bit of time have a look around (if you have a lot of time, leave the terminal and go in the area between T1 and T2; you'll find some great places for German food).



On the return we will be coming into MUC and spending the afternoon and night before leaving for the U.S. We are staying at the Kempinski Hotel at MUC and will take the train to Munich to enjoy the German culture for the afternoon and evening.

Thanks for the replies, awesome information and greatly appreciated.
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yeogeo
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:33 pm

Quoting IAHFLYR (Thread starter):
We will be arriving from EWR on UA connecting to LH to NAP.

IAHFLYR- I've done many similar connections in MUC flying UA/LH (ie ORD-MUC-MRS/ ORD-MUC-GOA...) and I have a suggestions specific to UA: Do not check-in online for these flights!

In my experience, the online check-in option works except that it won't/can't print the LH MUC-XXX boarding pass. The agent in the U.S. said we were checked in for the UA flight but that we'd need to get the last segment's boarding pass in Munich.

Because of this, however, I was confronted with a situation of barely making the connection due to long lines in MUC to check-in to obtain the boarding pass; we would have never made the flight. I approached a LH supervisor and he stepped in and escorted us through security.

In sum, Check-in at the airport in EWR. You'll speed through MUC, my favorite European airport!

yeo
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IAHFLYR
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:27 am

Quoting yeogeo (Reply 4):
Do not check-in online for these flights!



Thanks for the good advice. I have checked in online before, but then when I get to the airport I still hit the kiosk and print out the boarding passes and will most likely do the same for this trip.

All I hear is excellent things on MUC, can't wait to go.
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reifel
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RE: MUC Transfer Information

Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:33 pm

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 5):

Thanks for the good advice. I have checked in online before, but then when I get to the airport I still hit the kiosk and print out the boarding passes and will most likely do the same for this trip.

This a good solution. Another would be to just first check in on united.com for your UA flight, then go on lufthansa.com, put your LH record locator there, and print out your LH boarding pass there... Should work fine and you will have 2 boarding passes in the end.

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