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Best Oktoberfest Tours and Flights

Do Oktoberfest like a pro and make sure everything runs smoothly with these expert tour operators. All you need to concentrate on: having a good time.

Every year in Munich fairgrounds of Theresienwiese (or Wiesn for short) explode into a kaleidoscope of colour, rides, performances, music and, of course, beer: specially brewed for the event by six local breweries.

The much-loved Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world and has been celebrating Bavarian culture and world-class breweries for more than 200 years.The roots of the festival go back to the royal wedding of the Crown Prince Ludwig on 12 October 1810. These days, Oktoberfest kicks off in September – a nod the testy autumn weather in Germany – but the name stuck.
Oktoberfest runs from late September to early October each year. You might still be able to score a deal for the 2016 event – and it's never too early to start planning a trip for 2017.


Top Oktoberfest tours you can still book for 2016

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Oktoberfest Tours with Contiki

Contiki is the party tour and youth travel experts and offers Oktoberfest tours for all travel styles (and budgets). Stay in style in hotels in Munich or go on a shoestring and camp with your new travel group: it’s up to you. Tours include breakfast, tours of Munich on bike and on foot, and more.

  • 4-7 day tours
  • Tours from $385
  • Camping and hotel accommodation options

Book your Oktoberfest tour with Contiki


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Oktoberfest Tours with STA Travel

STA is centred on youth and student travel and its tours are geared towards budget-conscious festival goers. Think: budget hotels, youth hostels and camping grounds. If you just want the tour while you’re in Munich, select the one-week tour if you want to combine a trip to Oktoberfest with a multi-stop Europe trip, you can choose that, too.

  • Accommodation and travel only bookings available
  • Camping to hostel accommodations available
  • 18-35 year old tours

Book your Oktoberfest tour with STA Travel


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Oktoberfest Tours with Flight Centre

Flight centre offers a range of different Oktoberfest tours from providers including Busabout and Topdeck, including side trips into Munique and other attractions in the area.

  • Trips start at just $330
  • Rage of tour styles available including camping and hostels
  • Choose from 4, 5, 6 and 7-day trips

Book your Oktoberfest tour with Flight Centre


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Oktoberfest Tickets and Tour with Viator

Viator is a Tripadvisor company which means that travellers can read genuine reviews before making a decision or a reservation. All tours and activities are hand-selected by the travel experts at Viator and vary widely in style, budget and length.

  • Tour only - no travel or accommodation included
  • Pass includes guided tour, ride on the Ferris Wheel, spot in the Hofbrau tent, 2 litres of beer and half a roast chicken
  • 7-hour pass to Oktoberfest

Book your Oktoberfest tour with Viator



How do I get to Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Bavaria, in South Germany. You can get a flight to Munich easily from one of the many European and international airlines that operate to and from its airport.

Once in Munich take advantage of the public transport network to get to Theresienwiese. It’s not recommended to drive as there will be lots of traffic and few parking spaces. You have the choice between S-Bahn (tram), U-Bahn (metro), to the station Theresienwiese. You can also take a bus to Schwanthalerhöhe.
Alternatively, you can travel with a tour group. Many tour companies leave from European locations such as London, or other German cities.


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Top 10 things to do during Oktoberfest
  1. Get off to a good start with the opening day parade. Follow the parade as it marches through the town of Munich to the Theresienwiese.
  2. Make sure you visit Munich. Munich (Muenchen) is a historic city and the capital of Bavaria. Be sure to include some time to wander around its winding cobblestoned streets.
  3. Take the kids to the Oktoberfest Carnival. If you're bringing your family, catch the Oktoberfest Carnival with its games, rides and the famous giant spinning wheel.
  4. Come in costume. Dress the part and come kitted out in the traditional costume (lederhosen for men and dirndl for ladies). You can pick them up from any of the souvenir and tourist shops in Munich.
  5. Eat German sausage for breakfast. Start the day like the locals do with Weisswurst (white sausage), traditionally eaten before noon.
  6. Sample a beer stein from each brewery. There are six Bavarian breweries that feature at each Oktoberfest. You’ll usually find a different one in each tent.
  7. Enjoy the music. Oktoberfest is also the largest folk festival in the world and there are concerts and performances on daily.
  8. Get in early. Tents tend to fill up by about midday (especially on the weekend) so it’s best to get in early to get a seat.
  9. Take a break. Pace yourself with a radler (half beer, half lemonade).
  10. Have fun!

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