As summer starts to wind down, Munich is preparing for everyone’s favorite 2-week long beer festival - Oktoberfest. This year’s festivities will run from September 20th to October 5th, with the city’s mayor tapping the ceremonial keg at noon on the first day. And it’s not only Germans that are excited about the upcoming festival, domestic search interest to Munich for travel from September 15th - October 5th is up 130% compared to surrounding weeks, with averages fares 1.5% lower than last year.
And there’s even more good news - the best average fares in September from the US to Munich are the two weeks of Oktoberfest, at just under $987 and $1,1004 for the weeks ending October 5th and September 28th, respectively.
Average Roundtrip Price
Table 1: Average weekly prices from US - Munich
Overall the cheapest day to fly is October 1st, which will set you back around $964 for a roundtrip ticket, and there are eight other days with average fares under $1k. For those with an über flexible schedule and the ability to take a few more days off, flying to Copenhagen and then to Munich can save you around $60, in addition to flying to visit another city for free. A good deal from the US to CPH averages $680, and tickets from CPH to MUC are typically $260.
Average Roundtrip Price
Table 2: Average daily prices from US - Munich
Should you happen to make the trip to Munich, you’ll most likely run into Americans from the Mid-Atlantic and Texas. Hopper ranked airports based on what percentage of their traffic during Oktoberfest’s dates was directed to Munich, and found that of the top 10 origins, thee of them were in the Mid-Atlantic (BWI, IAD, and EWR). For these origins, anywhere from 1.0% to 1.4% of their total searches were directed to Munich for Oktoberfest.
% Searches to Munich
Table 3: Top 10 Origins Sorted by % of All Traffic to MUC during Oktoberfest
While it seems that the folks from the Mid-Atlantic may be the most numerous in Munich, it’s the Texans that are the most excited. Hopper looked at which origins saw the biggest change in relative interest to Munich for Oktoberfest, and three TX airports made the top ten (IAH, HOU, and SAT), with relative searches more than doubling their normal rate. Topping the list was BDL (Windsor Locks, CT) and MEM (Memphis, TN), whose interest increased by 589% and 502%, respectively. Also cracking the top ten was BUF (Buffalo, NY), DCA (Washington, DC), PHX (Phoenix), SDF (Louisville), and RIC (Richmond).
% Increase in Interest
Table 4: Top airports for increase in % to Munich
Working with our friends at TrustYou, we’ve found the best hotels for your trip based on over 250 thousand rich reviews. If you’re looking to travel on a budget, the best hotel is Pension Lindner. For those looking for a more upscale experience, the best choice is the Mandarin Oriental. And for anyone that needs some serious R&R after a long week (or two), the best ‘wellness’ hotel is the Charles Hotel. Lastly, we looked at Munich hotels that American reviews ranked as their favorite, with the overall winner being the Cortiina Hotel.
Am Jakobsplatz Pension
Hotel Maximilian München
Table 5: Under 4 star hotels
The Charles Hotel
Marc Hotel München
Hotel Prinzregent an der Messe
Table 6: Luxury star hotels
The Charles Hotel
Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
Novotel City Munich
München Marriott Hotel
Table 7: Wellness hotels
King's Hotel Center
Fleming's Hotel München City
Eden Hotel Wolff
King's Hotel First Class
K+K Hotel am Harras
Hotel City Partner Aida
Table 8: American's Top Hotels
If you can’t make it to Germany but would still like to celebrate Oktoberfest in style, never fear, Hopper has identified the top US cities to do just that. By using blog posts to identify popular beer gardens, it turns out that Washington DC, Santa Ana, Chicago, Redmond-Bend, and Eugene can offer a Munich-like beer garden experience. And if the garden-aspect isn’t important to you, head to New York, Eugene, Redmond-Bend , Seattle, or Denver for the most beer-centric cities.
Table 9: Cities with most ‘beer gardens’
Top Beer Locations
Table 10: Cities with most ‘beer’
The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes billions of trips per day. Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market. Good deal prices are represented by the 10th percentile prices. For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.