Frequently asked questions about the Oktoberfest (FAQs)
Question: How do I enter the Oktoberfest festival grounds?
Answer: As usual, all entries to the festival grounds are open and not blocked, just as in recent years.
Q: What is this about a fence? Where exactly will it be located?
A: Similar to recent years. Even then there was a fence around the Oktoberfest, but the entries were free and still are. The fence only restricted areas not for the public, such as the back side of the fun-rides and the parking spaces for sideshow operator vehicles. This year one remaining gap at Theresienhöhe will be closed so that nobody can avoid the bag checks at the entry points.
Seven exits are, however, also planned there. In case of danger, the complete fence can be opened within less than a minute.
Q: Do I need a ticket?
A: No, access to the festival grounds continues to be free of charge.
Q: From what time can I get onto the festival grounds?
A: Between 1.30am and 8am nobody is allowed on the festival grounds. You can only access the grounds starting at 8am. So it is recommended to sleep in and gather your strength for your Oktoberfest visit.
Q: Who will be checked at the entries?
A: The security staff pays special attention to larger pieces of luggage, bags and backpacks. Backpacks and large bags are generally forbidden at this year's Oktoberfest. It is best to leave everything behind that is not required for partying. Those who do not carry any bags or backpacks will be afforded quickest access to the festival grounds.
Q: What size are the bags and backpacks that may be brought to the festival grounds?
A: Bags and backpacks that can be taken in must not exceed a capacity of three liters and a size of 20 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm.
Q: What can I bring?
A: Nearly everything that fits into a bag that does not exceed the permissible size. The following items continue to be forbidden: aerosol spray cans or anything that could explode, objects that may be used as cutting, thrusting and stabbing weapons, and similar items. Knives to adorn traditional attire or for cutting snacks should be left at home.
Q: Are there any exceptions regarding bags and backpacks that exceed the specified measurements to be brought to the festival grounds?
A: A few rare exceptions will be made at the checkpoints. Such bags and backpacks will be checked by the security staff and furnished with a “security check banderole”. Thus necessary medical equipment can be taken with.
Q: I suffer from a disability and have to rely on medical aids. Can I take the necessary medical devices and accessories to the festival grounds?
A: Such necessary equipment is certainly covered by the excepted devices that may be taken to the festival grounds. Just have the equipment checked by the security staff at the entry who will apply the “security check banderole” and in you go!
Q: What happens to baggage that exceeds the maximum volume, is not covered by exceptional provisions and thus cannot be brought to the festival grounds?
A: There are sufficient options for secure baggage storage (for a fee) available around the festival grounds (see plan).
Q: What must I observe if I want to take my family, small children, pram and diaper bag to the festival grounds?
A: Nothing special. At the entries large bags and baby strollers will be checked and furnished with a “security check banderole”. As before, strollers are forbidden at certain times. On Saturdays and on October 3, “the Day of German Unity”, strollers are forbidden all day long. On all Oktoberfest days strollers are not allowed after 6pm.
Q: Do I have to expect waiting times at the entries?
A: The entries have not been changed, neither with respect to number nor to size. Since this year there will, however, be more checks of bags and backpacks, short waiting times may occur. In the event of backlogs, it is recommended to proceed to another entry.
Q: I arrive at the grounds from the southern side (e.g. by subway U3/U6, Poccistraße stop). There the Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival (ZLF) will take place this year. Can I cross the ZLF in order to get to the Oktoberfest grounds?
A: Yes, just like in 2012. An admission fee is, however, charged at the ZLF. (Adults 14.50 €, discounts possible, www.zlf.de). Those who do not want to visit the ZLF should walk on to the next entrance to avoid a fee (see plan).
Q: Can I take the subway to get to the festival grounds?
A: At the subway stop Theresienwiese (U4/U5) the flow of visitors arriving at the festival grounds will be diverted for several meters to Bavariaring. From there all entries to the festival grounds can be reached. In the event of high visitor turnout (e.g. when federal league soccer matches take place at the same time), it is recommended to take the marked footpath (about a 15-minute walk) from the main train station or walk from the suburban train station at Hackerbrücke. Alternatively you can also switch to other train stations (e.g U4/U5 Schwanthalerhöhe or U3/U6 Goetheplatz or Poccistr.)