Travel to Munich for Oktoberfest up 130%

Patrick Surry - Jan. 31, 2016

Summary

  • Travel interest for Munich for Oktoberfest is up 130% compared to surrounding weeks
  • Fares to Munich are 1.5% lower than last year
  • The cheapest day to fly to Munich from the US is October 1st for $964, followed closely by September 30th for $970
  • Mid-Atlantic (BWI, IAD, and EWR) and Texas airports have shown the greatest interest in traveling to Oktoberfest
  • According to TrustYou, Pension Lindner is the best hotel for travelers on a budget and the Mandarin Oriental is the best upscale hotel in the area
  • If Munich is out of your budget, there are plenty of ‘beer garden’ options on the west coast of the US

Oktoberfest Popularity and Prices

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.  

Departure Week

Average Roundtrip Price

2014-10-05

$987

2014-09-28

$1,004

2014-09-21

$1,028

2014-09-07

$1,076

2014-09-14

$1,083

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.  

Departure Week

Average Roundtrip Price

2014-10-01

$964

2014-09-30

$970

2014-09-23

$971

2014-09-29

$972

2014-09-16

$973

2014-09-17

$988

2014-10-02

$996

2014-09-24

$997

2014-09-22

$999

2014-09-28

$1,004

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.  

Origin

% Searches to Munich

RSW

1.5%

BWI

1.4%

MEM

1.3%

PHL

1.3%

IAD

1.2%

IAH

1.1%

SFO

1.1%

ORD

1.1%

EWR

1.0%

JFK

1.0%

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).  

Origin

Departure Date

% Increase in Interest

BDL

2014-09-28

589%

MEM

2014-09-28

502%

BUF

2014-09-21

492%

HOU

2014-09-21

415%

DCA

2014-09-28

405%

IAH

2014-09-21

380%

PHX

2014-09-21

337%

SAT

2014-09-21

328%

SDF

2014-09-14

328%

RIC

2014-09-28

325%

Table 4: Top airports for increase in % to Munich

Where to Stay

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.  

Hotel

Trust Score

Pension Lindner

93.79

Am Jakobsplatz Pension

91.93

Hotel Uhland

91.39

Hotel Maximilian München

90.66

Kriemhild

89.79

Table 5: Under 4 star hotels

Hotel

Trust Score

Mandarin Oriental

94.39

The Charles Hotel

91.86

Marc Hotel München

90.01

LOUIS HOTEL

89.43

Hotel Prinzregent an der Messe

88.96

Table 6: Luxury star hotels

Hotel

Trust Score

Hotel

TrustScore

Wellness Score

The Charles Hotel

91.86

96.23

Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel

86.74

88.00

Novotel City Munich

81.45

84.48

Bayerischer Hof

87.57

84.38

München Marriott Hotel

81.81

84.09

Table 7: Wellness hotels

Hotel

Trust Score

Cortiina Hotel

88

King's Hotel Center

85

Fleming's Hotel München City

85

Hotel Europa

84

Eden Hotel Wolff

84

King's Hotel First Class

84

K+K Hotel am Harras

83

Hotel Mayerhof

82

Andra Hotel

81

Hotel City Partner Aida

79

Table 8: American's Top Hotels

Oktoberfest - American Style

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.    

City

Beer Gardnes

Washington

10

Santa Ana

8

Chicago

8

Redmond-Bend

7

Eugene

7

Carlsbad

6

Portland

6

Hagerstown

5

Baltimore

5

South Bend

4

Table 9: Cities with most ‘beer gardens’

City

Top Beer Locations

New York

28

Eugene

24

Redmond-Bend

24

Seattle

22

Denver

19

Portland

19

Santa Ana

18

Cheyenne

17

Colorado Springs

15

Morristown

14

Table 10: Cities with most ‘beer’

Data and Methodology

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.

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