Revellers drinking beer in large tent at Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest 2018

Posted on: Thursday 9th of August 2018

Celebrate the world’s largest folk festival and embrace Bavarian culture with your dirndl dresses and leather pants in Munich, the home of Oktoberfest.

Despite what the name suggests, Oktoberfest is a three week celebration that actually begins mid-late September. Starting this year on 22 Sep and ending on 7 Oct, there is a lot more to it than just guzzling gallons of barley pop and sucking on a pork knuckle. In addition to the gluttony there is also lots of dancing, colourful parades, and fairground rides!

Over the last 10 years Oktoberfest has attracted on average almost 7 million visitors a year. With these sorts of numbers it goes without saying that accommodation and transport are at a premium and get booked well in advance, so why not take your accommodation with you?!

Map showing driving routes from LandCruise Motorhome Hire to Munich in Germany

Go on a European roadtrip in a motorhome taking in the many delights of France or Belgium, depending on which route you choose to take, and end up at the party of all parties in Munich.

There are a number of campsites nearby for you to stay at. Some with park & ride schemes in place to take you back and forth, and one that is setup specifically for the event with space for up to 1500 motorhomes!

Oktoberfest Camping sunset over motorhomes pitched at Oktoberfest camping

De-Gasperi-Bogen, 81829 München

There is an underground station (Messestadt Ost) approx 100m from the campsite that takes you direct to Oktoberfest.


Campingplatz ThalkirchenCampers on the riverbank at Thalkirchen campsite in Munich

Zentralländstraße 49, 81379 München

Only 35 minutes by public transport from Oktoberfest, with a shuttle bus running to a nearby metro station.


Campingplatz ObermenzingCampers gathering at the Obermenzing campsite in Munich

Lochhausener Straße 59, 81247 München

Get a bus to Untermenzing train station. Then take the S2 to the Hackerbrücke stop. From there it is only a 10 minute walk.

Be sure to check out the Oktoberfest website for loads of great information on the event itself, how to get there, and what to expect. There’s even a section for motorhome drivers!

UK Festivals

If you don’t fancy hopping over to Germany, then don’t fret, as there are now loads of Oktoberfests all over the UK, and all with the same goal…to celebrate the joy of oat soda!

Oktoberfest Official claim to be the UK’s ultimate Oktoberfest tour, with events dotted around the UK from which to enjoy all things Bavarian including an authentic Oompa band.

If you’re after something a little closer to home then I have no doubt that a town or city near you will be doing some sort of festival of their own. Here are a couple based near LandCruise HQ:

Brighton – 12 & 13 OctLadies dressed in traditional drindl dresses celebrating Oktoberfest

Portsmouth – 26 & 27 Oct

Southampton – 26 & 27 Oct


If you’ve never driven in Europe before then take a look at our top tips for crossing the channel and driving in France