There are many ways to heaven! Heidelberg is situated in the heart of Germany. You can get here easily by train, plane or car.
German trains are pretty well known for their punctuality… at least according to movies ;P And Heidelberg’s location within Europe makes the train a very attractive option, especially if you consider the environmental advantages of rail instead of air travel. When looking for trains to Heidelberg, try to find a train to the main station which is called Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof (often shortened to “Heidelberg Hbf”). Booking a train to nearby Mannheim also works if you don’t mind hopping on a regional train to get to Heidelberg from there.
German rail (Deutsche Bahn): this link is set to the English version of the website (UK/IR). To access other languages, click on the drop-down menu with the flag in the top menu bar.
Public transport in the Rhine-Neckar area (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar) : this website is available in German, English, French and Italian. Please click on the flag at the top left to choose your language.
The two obvious options are Frankfurt International Airport and Frankfurt-Hahn Airport:
Frankfurt am Main Airport, commonly known as Frankfurt Airport, is a major international hub. Please note: Germany has another city with the name Frankfurt, so please make sure that it says “am Main” or “Rhein-Main” which are the two rivers that run next to it.
This airport is the home of the major airlines such as Lufthansa, SAS, etc. If you book your flights early, it’s usually relatively cheap.
To continue from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg, you can pre-order a seat on the shuttle buses that take you directly from the airport to Heidelberg city center. However, you must call in advance and book it. There are also frequent train connections from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg’s main train station.
If you need any help or assistance with figuring out how to get from the airport to Heidelberg please let us know.
With Ryanair, you can find very cheap flights to Frankfurt-Hahn if you book them in advance. From there you can hop on the direct shuttle bus which brings you to Heidelberg main train station (Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof in German). Be aware though: the shuttle bus only runs a few times per day – be sure to check the details before booking your flight!
There are couple of other airports that can work for you depending on where you come from and if you don’t mind switching to a train or bus for the last bit of the trip.
- Karlsruhe Baden Airport (Ryanair)
- Stuttgart Airport („regular“ Airlines)
- Aeroport Strasbourg International
Airlines and cheap flights:
When you are travelling a lot and/or like the comfort, it’s worthwhile to check on www.lufthansa.com for a regular flight. Lufthansa has reasonable prices for flights between European cities when you book early (typically between 99 and 250 Euros for a return flight).
A good search engine for cheap flights is idealo. It’s available in 6 different languages. Please note, once you’ve entered your search, give the website a little time to find the cheapest flight; it will first show the most expensive and fill up the page bottom to top with the cheaper offers.
Also, if you have more time than money, it’s sometimes cheaper to choose a flight with a stop-over rather than a direct flight (there are several search options available in the left-hand side menu).
Idealo search engine: German site, English site, US site, French site, Italian site, Polish site, Portugese site, Austrian site
Heidelberg is right next to the A5 and A656 highways! Which means, it’s pretty straightforward to get here from all over Europe. By car, it takes only:
- 6 hours from Paris
- 6 hours from Berlin
- 5 hours from Hamburg
- 3 hours from Munich
- 4.5 hours from Prague
GPS coordinates to the main venue:
Bergheimer Straße 147, 69115 Heidelberg
Enter via: Alte Eppelheimer Str. 33, 69115 Heidelberg