Although Tuebingen is a small city in the countryside, it is easy to travel to anywhere in Germany and Europe. Here we have summarized the most common travel options:
Stuttgart International Airport (IATA Code: STR)is only 35 km away and offers direct connections to more than 10 national and 50 international airports. The bus terminal at Stuttgart airport is also a major hub for long-distance buses.
There are several ways to get to Stuttgart airport:
On a good day or very early in the morning, it takes only about 30 minutes to drive from Tuebingen to Stuttgart airport via B27. However, during peak traffic (Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) it can take up to 2 hours. Stuttgart airport offers many different parking options, most within walking distance.
Many different taxi companies offer rides to Stuttgart airport. While rates vary, the average is about € 65 one way.
One of the most convenient ways to get to Stuttgart airport is by bus. The Airport Sprinter (Bus number 828) takes about 50 minutes (avoiding potential traffic jams on B27) and leaves Tuebingen's main bus terminal at Europaplatz (at the main train station) once every hour on weekdays and once every two hours on weekends. On weekdays, the bus runs between 4:20 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., weekends between 5:15 a.m. and 10:20 p.m. The bus makes several stops within Tuebingen. You can buy your ticket from the driver. Current prices are € 6.80 one way. University student tickets (Semestertickets) are only valid part of the way; you have to buy an additional ticket from Dettenhausen to the airport.
To get to Stuttgart airport by train, you have to get to Stuttgart's main train station (see below on how to get there) and then take the subway (S-Bahn). Lines S2 and S3 will take you nonstop from Stuttgart's main train station to the airport in about half an hour. In peak hours, the connection is available every 10 minutes, on weekends only every 30 minutes. The ticket costs 4€.
Frankfurt Airport (IATA Code: FRA), a major international hub, is located about 240km from Tuebingen. Here are some to the travel options to get there:
It takes about 2.5-3 hours to drive from Tuebingen to Frankfurt Airport via Autobahn A8 (to Karlsruhe), A5 and/or A67 or via A8 (to Stuttgart), A81 (to Heilbronn), A6 (to Walldorf) and the A5/A67. Traffic can be quite congested on these highways, so check the traffic news and plan accordingly. Many different parking options are available at Frankfurt airport. Note: from the cheaper parking lots it may take up to 45 minute on a shuttle bus to get to the airport.
The train is a convenient and fast way to get to Frankfurt airport. You first have to get to Stuttgart, which will take about one hour, but from there it takes only another 1.5-2 hours to get directly to Frankfurt airport. You can find your connection on the website of Deutsche Bahn.
A cheaper, but more time-consuming mode of transport are the long-distance busses. Tickets start at €13. For details see Long-Distance Bus.
The German passenger railroad system Deutsche Bahn offers rather reliable and affordable transportation from Tuebingen to almost anywhere in Germany and even most of Europe.
For long-distance travel, travel times can often rival driving. From Tuebingen, the slowest part is the connection to Stuttgart or Horb train stations, where you have connections to high-speed ICE trains. It may take you an hour to get to Stuttgart, but from there you can be in Hamburg in 5.5 hours.
You can purchase tickets online, at ticket machines at the train station, or at the service center at the train station (lines may be quite long). Regular open one-way tickets are usually quite expensive, however special rates are available if you travel on weekends, book a specific train at least three days in advance, travel with a companion, want to travel throughout the region, etc. It is often worth following up the savings fares displayed on the website or trying different settings (such as remove the check mark next to "Fast connection preferred"). Another option to keep in mind is the BahnCard, a discount card which for a flat fee offers 25% or 50% off any train travel within a year.
Generally, long distance buses are usually cheaper but much slower than trains. Several long-distance bus companies stop in Tuebingen's main bus terminal at Europaplatz, located right at the main train station. In general, it is advisable to book a ticket in advance, usually online. The prices are significantly cheaper and seats are guaranteed. Otherwise, if all seats are filled, you may need to wait several hours or a whole day for the next bus.
Two of the bigger companies are:
FROM STUTTGART AIRPORT
The bus terminal at Stuttgart airport is a major hub for long distance busses. Possible connections can be found in many search engines, such as this one (in German).
|SHARED CAR RIDES|
Among university students, shared rides are a popular way to travel. Usually, the ride is cheap, a bit more flexible than train or bus, and you get a chance to get to know other people. Rather than taking a chance hitchhiking, you can browse many different websites offering private shared car rides. The websites vary dramatically in the amount of information they provide about the driver and the route, the procedures and amount of personal information you need to submit, and a fee is charged. Unfortunately, the websites are currently only available in German.