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Transport – getting around Stuttgart

Public transport: VVS

Public transport in the Stuttgart region is organized by VVS. A short version of the website in English: https://en.vvs.de/

With a VVS ticket you can use

  • local trains =S-Bahnen: http://www.vvs.de/download/SBahn_Liniennetz.pdf
  • regional trains = Nahverkehrszüge,
  • tube / subway = Stadtbahnen: http://www.vvs.de/download/Stadtbahn_Liniennetz.pdf
  • busses: http://www.vvs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/SSB-Busliniennetz_A0.pdf
  • including night busses: http://www.vvs.de/download/Nachtverkehr_Stadtgebiet_Stuttgart.pdf
  • the cog railway = Zahnradbahn and
  • the cable car = Seilbahn

in Stuttgart and the surrounding area.

You can pay for every individual way. If you need more than 2 individual ways per day the day ticket is cheaper.

There are single day tickets and group day tickets for up to 5 persons. Online tickets are generally 20 cents cheaper.

Prices depend on how far you need to go (which zones you cross). Coming from the airport you start in zone 2. Apart from that zone 1 should be enough for visiting anything SBX related. http://www.vvs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Tarifzonenplan_1.4.2019_final_mit_Legende.pdf

Price examples:

Single day ticket online for the inner city: 5€. Group day ticket online for the inner city: 10,20 €.

Single week ticket for the inner city: 22,70 €.

There is also a special combination multiday transport pass and tourism discount card which gives free adminssion to many museums and various further discounts on theaters, restaurants, etc. It is called the “StuttCard Plus” and can be purchased for one day, two days or three days for 27€, 37€ or 47€ respectively. Link here. (Note: Only the “Plus” version includes transport!)

Public transport connections to venues are noted directly with the party/activity. Specific information about late-night transport will be posted. 

Getting to Stuttgart:

By plane

The local airport is STR, and 27 minutes local train ride (S-Bahn) from the main station, or 20 minutes by car (depending on traffic).

Frankfurt’s airport (FRA) is also quite convenient and is approximately 1 – 1,5 h by train from Stuttgart main station. Plan one hour between scheduled landing and departure of your train and you should be able to make it without running. It is a confusing building leading you far, up and down: follow exit and later the train station signs saying “FERNbahnhof” – everything else will be the local trains.

Tip to look for flights: google flights gives a good overview of flights.

By train

Stuttgart main station is internationally connected directly to Paris (3h15), Strasbourg, Salzburg, Vienna (weekend only), Zurich (3h) and with one change also to Klagenfurt, Graz, Budapest, Milano, Amsterdam, and Basel.

Tip to look for train tickets: Try the official www.bahn.de or Trainline or Goeuro.

By bus

Lots of bus transport organizations operate to / from Stuttgart: https://stuttgart-airport-busterminal.com/de/buslinien

Within Germany: many connections are offered by Eurolines and Flixbus.

Some examples of international destinations by bus:

  • Poland: Zawada via Breslau, Krapkowice, Ratibor / Krakau via Prag, Brno / Warschau / Marijampole (Warschau) via Warschau
  • Italy: Menfi via Basel, Mailand, Rom, Agrigento / Palma di Montechia via Salerno, Catania / Rom via Milan, Bologna, Florence / Venedig via Verona, Mestre / Riccia via Chiasso, Milano, Ancona / Sizilien  / Lamezia Terme via Verona, Bologna / Nardo via Rom
  • England: London via Brüssel, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
  • Greece: Thessaloniki via Igoumenitsa
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
  • Spain: Barcelona / Malaga/Braga via Burgos 
  • Czech Republic:  Prag via Pilsen, Brno
  • Turkey: Istanbul
  • Hungary: Budapest via Győr
  • Belgium: Antwerpen / Gent via Luxemburg / Bruxelles
  • France: Grenoble via Kehl, Straßburg, Lyon / Paris via Kehl, Straßburg / Lyon via Straßburg
  • Austria: Wien 
  • Latvia: Riga via Warschau
  • … and many more cities on the Balkans, in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.

By car

Stuttgart is at the center of the car industry and at the same time has an environmental problem with cars.
Note that since 2019, a partial ban of diesel cars will be in effect in the central city area. See here. So of course you can come by car – but it is expensive to find a public parking space in the city. There are no free parking spaces in reasonable walking distance to the city center. We advise you to leave your car parked privately or outside of the inner city. And before you park: be warned of all the many speed cameras around the city and in the whole region!


Hire a bike:  RegioRadStuttgart, Nextbike

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