Getting to and around Germany

Getting to and around Germany, Picture: Volker Emersleben, Deutsche Bahn

Getting to and around Germany - a matter of ease and convenience

Easy and convenient access is one of the key considerations when choosing a meeting and congress destination. Centrally located in the heart of Europe, Germany ticks all the boxes here. With a network of airports covering the whole country, an outstanding public transport system and rail as well as road network, it is not only easy to reach from every corner of the world but also hassle-free when it comes to travelling around. Different cities and regions can conveniently be combined during one stay, enabling visitors to integrate stopovers in their trip and explore some of the many attractions and unique sights the country has to offer.

Getting to Germany

By plane

With more than 40 airports to choose from that cover every part of the country, flying into Germany and getting to their specific congress or trade fair destination is made easy for delegates. Frankfurt am Main and Munich are the biggest airports, followed by Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne/Bonn. Altogether, 304 destinations in 108 countries are covered, and there are, for example, 2,296 connections to 100 destinations in Western Europe. 

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Germany has very good accessibility from around the world.
Germany has very good accessibility from around the world.
Flight times to Germany (arriving at Frankfurt am Main airport)
Flight times to Germany (arriving at Frankfurt am Main airport)

By train

For train travel to Germany, Deutsche Bahn (DB), Germany’s railway company, operates in over 130 countries and is one of the largest passenger and logistic companies worldwide. Deutsche Bahn transports about 11 million passengers all over Europe per day on its trains and coaches. Its Intercity Express (ICE) trains with speeds of up to 320 km/h are the fastest and most comfortable way to travel in Europe, and there are five varieties operating between major German cities and international destinations. Eurocity (EC) trains are another cross-border travel option, connecting Germany with neighbouring European countries.

Getting around in Germany

By plane

Boing 747 ©Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Boing 747 ©Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Sample flight times:

  • Munich – Berlin: 70 minutes
  • Munich – Düsseldorf: 70 minutes
  • Munich – Hamburg: 75 minutes
  • Frankfurt am Main – Dresden: 60 minutes
  • Frankfurt am Main – Munich: 55 minutes

Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa provides numerous flight connections within the country. Major conference destinations in different corners of Germany can thereby all be reached within less than 90 minutes.

By train

Passenger at Frankfurt Airport Train Station.
Passenger at Frankfurt Airport Train Station.

Sample train journey times within Germany:

  • Frankfurt am Main Airport – Cologne: 0:56 hrs
  • Berlin – Hamburg: 1:42 hrs
  • Frankfurt am Main – Munich: 3:16 hrs
  • Hannover – Hamburg: 1:15 hrs
  • Dresden – Berlin: 2:09 hrs
  • Stuttgart – Frankfurt: 1:28 hrs

Germany’s railway system comprises almost 35,000 kilometres and 5,400 train stations. It connects all parts of the country and provides convenient links between different means of transport:

With the Rail&Fly offer that DB runs in cooperation with a number of airlines passengers can combine a train journey in Germany from/to the airport with their flight. Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn and Leipzig airport are particularly well-connected by long-distance trains. Rail&Fly can be booked through airlines or travel agents.

The opportunities that DB offers to get to every corner of the country using its different national, regional and local train options are extremely popular: It is environmentally friendly and stress-free plus advance booking secures offers and discounts. In particular for business travellers, the on board services such as free WiFi provide an ideal travel infrastructure. DB also offers special so-called congress tickets in cooperation with event organisers enabling delegates travelling within Germany to book at a flat rate .

By car / bus

MeinFernbus FlixBus
MeinFernbus FlixBus

Coach companies:

  • ADAC Postbus
  • Dein Bus
  • FlixBus
  • Mein Fernbus

Germany’s motorways are renowned the world over. The country is criss-crossed by a huge road network with 12,700 kilometres of autobahns and there is no blanket speed limit. Car rental is possible at airports and offered by major providers such as Sixt, Hertz or Europcar.

If you don’t want to drive yourself, a number of service providers offer coach travel between cities. As a cheap and environmentally friendly travel option, this relatively new addition to the German transport system has recently become a popular alternative to train travel.

Getting around in town

By public transport

Germany’s local public transport systems comprise busses, Straßenbahnen (trams), S-Bahn (urban railway) and U-Bahn (underground train). For congress delegates, a special congress ticket option is offered in certain cities at a cheaper rate than a normal one-day ticket. Advance order from congress and conference organisers is possible and ticket holders (tickets available for one or two days) have unlimited travel on the respective city’s public transport system.

Cities offering the congress ticket:

  • Aachen
  • Dusseldorf
  • Kassel
  • Munster
  • Berlin
  • Erfurt
  • Leipzig
  • Stuttgart
  • Bonn
  • Frankfurt am Main
  • Magdeburg
  • Cologne
  • Heidelberg
  • Munich

Other options

Apart from taxis, the Deutsche Bahn-run "Call a Bike" scheme offers bike hire in some city centres and at many ICE stations. It is green and healthy and with German cities being well-known for their bike friendliness a good option to get around .

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Planning your journey within Germany

With many travel options available, finding the right means of transport for your personal trip has become easier with personal travel planners such as Qixxit. The web portal allows door-to-door travel planning within Germany and operates with an inter-modal as well as intra-modal approach. This means it does not only combine several means of transport while considering your specific needs and circumstances but also displays offers by several service providers for any given trip entered, including prices and duration of travel.

More information on www.qixxit.de

For train times including long-distance, regional and local public transport routes please see Deutsche Bahn’s www.bahn.com with its incorporated travel planning tool. 

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