Stuttgart Airport (STR) is the international airport serving the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg and it is the sixth busiest airport in Germany according to the statistics from 2015. There are 4 terminals at Stuttgart Airport, the busiest being Terminal 1 used mainly by German airlines Germanwings and Lufthansa. The airport is located 13 kilometres south of Stuttgart, near Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
Airport bus: Stuttgart Airport has its own bus terminal (SAB) and it is located between Flughafenstrasse and Terminal 4. Unfortunately, you won’t find any shuttle buses to Stuttgart there, but there are 18 platforms serving regional and international lines.
Train: Stuttgart Airport is linked to the centre of Stuttgart by suburban trains S2 or S3 which depart from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station located directly in front of the airport.
- Trains from the railway station depart every day from 04:55 (or from 05:25 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) until 0:25. From the airport trains depart between 05:08 and 00:38.
- The frequency of departures is every 10/20 minutes (or every half hour on weekends).
- The journey to Stuttgart Central Railway Station takes around 30 minutes but if you wish to be closer to the city centre it is better to exit at Stuttgart Stadtmitte stop.
- The price of a one-way ticket is €4.00 (€1.90 for children 6-14 years).
- The tickets can be bought at the vending machines.
Taxi service: In case you are not that comfortable with public transport or you are just in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for the train, you can always get yourself one of the official airport taxis waiting in front of the airport. Approximate price of the taxi ride to the centre of Stuttgart will cost you €35.
Transfer: Door-to-door transfer is a good alternative to a taxi, especially if you don’t want to waste your time looking for the location of your accommodation. The prices are similar to taxi prices, but it might cost you less if you are in a group.
Renting a car at Stuttgart Airport: Car rental companies like Sixt, Hertz and Europcar have their offices at Stuttgart Airport, but if you want your car to be ready for you when you arrive, then book it here.
Renting a bus at Stuttgart airport: If you are coming to Stuttgart with a larger group of people, we advise renting a coach, but make sure you do the booking prior to your flight so that bus company can organize everything on time.
FAQ – bus and transport from Stuttgart Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Although the trains are very frequent throughout the day, during the period from 00:38 to 05:08 there is no public transport operating from the airport. In that case, you should call one of the official airport taxis.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, there are two hotels in the airport area: Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport (4*) and Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe (4*).
Q: I would like to visit Stuttgart in between flights. Is that possible?
A: It is possible but the time gap between the flights should be at least several hours so that you have enough time to visit shortly the city centre. If you plan to stay a couple of days in Stuttgart before your next flight, check out our guide for 3-day city break in Stuttgart.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Of course, there are Reisebank offices at the airport (T1 and T3) where you can exchange money and several ATMs by Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank, Reisebank, Volksbank Stuttgart eG and Postbank throughout the airport
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Stuttgart. Are there any direct bus lines from the airport?
A: Yes, there are 18 bus platforms with regional and international lines. Here are some of the most popular: