Do Oktoberfest like a pro and make sure everything runs smoothly with these expert tour operators. All you need to concentrate on is 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 2018 runs from 22 September until 7 October.
Top Oktoberfest tours you can still book for 2018
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.
- Tours from $385
- 4-7 day tours
- Camping and hotel accommodation options
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.
- Tours from $385
- Accommodation and travel only bookings available and tours with camping to hostel accommodations available
- 18-35 year old tours
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.
- Tours from $192
- Tour only - no travel or accommodation included
- Passes can include guided tours, meals and rides spots in tents
TravelTalk tours offers a range of different options for Oktoberfest-ivities, including weekend or mid-week stays and shared or private accommodation options -- all for an affordable price.
- Tours from $698
- Choose from twin-share accommodation or budget dorm stays
- Include breakfasts and a guide
Tourradar offers over 50 Oktoberfest tours from trusted operators around the world with the best price that will suits every traveler. Join the joyous festival in Munich, Germany with these amazing trips.
- Tours from $184
- 3-9 day tours
- With accommodation options
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.
Booking flights to Munich? These booking sites can help
Top 10 things to do during Oktoberfest
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eat German sausage for breakfast. Start the day like the locals do with Weisswurst (white sausage), traditionally eaten before noon.
- 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.
- Enjoy the music. Oktoberfest is also the largest folk festival in the world and there are concerts and performances on daily.
- 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.
- Take a break. Pace yourself with a radler (half beer, half lemonade).
- Have fun!