Planes in Stuttgart

Airport bus Stuttgart

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.

How to get from Stuttgart Airport to Stuttgart

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.


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.


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

I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

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.

I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?

Yes, there are two hotels in the airport area: Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport (4*) and Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe (4*).

I would like to visit Stuttgart in between flights. Is that possible?

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.

Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?

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

I am continuing my journey outside Stuttgart. Are there any direct bus lines from the airport?

Yes, there are 18 bus platforms with regional and international lines. Here are some of the most popular:

Stuttgart Airport to MunichStuttgart Airport to ViennaStuttgart Airport to MilanStuttgart Airport to Split
Stuttgart Airport to BerlinStuttgart Airport to LinzStuttgart Airport to ParisStuttgart Airport to Zagreb
Stuttgart Airport to FrankfurtStuttgart Airport to InnsbruckStuttgart Airport to LjubljanaStuttgart Airport to Osijek


  1. Karen Andersen   •  

    Is there a person instead of vending machine to purchase train ticket from at Stuttgart airport?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Karen,

      Tickets can be bought from vending machine only.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  2. Sagran Moodley   •  

    I am arriving in Stuttgart Airport around 11 am on the 09/12. I want to get to Outlet city Metzingen.

    What will be the cheapest transport bus or train?

    Please provide the times and cost.
    Thank you.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Sagran,

      There’s a special shuttle bus which connects Stuttgart Airport and Outlet city Metzingen. The bus stops in front of Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport at 10:00, 13:00 and 14:00. One-way ticket bought in bus costs €8.50, return €12. Bus operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  3. visitor   •  

    Are there shuttle buses from Stuttgart airport to Karlsruhe on Sunday? If yes what are the timings?

  4. Nektarios   •  

    which bus number from which platform i have to get on to go at the closer point to Stuttgart Gablenberg apartment?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Nektarios,

      First you need to reach Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof with S2 or S3 line and then switch to U-Bahn line U15 and get off at Payerstraße.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  5. Anas Moustafa   •  


    I will arrive to Stuttgart – Terminal 1 at 10:15am, and I will need to take my bus from “Flixbus Stuttgart – Flughafen Straße” at 11:55 am.

    How can I reach Flixbus station from Terminal 1? and approximately how much time does it take?

    Thanks in advance

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Anas,

      Your station is located on the southern side of the main Stuttgart Airport bus station (SAB). Once you exit the terminal building, the station is about 500 meters down the road on your right.

      Best regards,
      GBB Team

  6. Me   •  

    Hi , thank you for your information.

    How can I go from Stuttgart airport to Kaltental? Because I don’t know the city and I want to go surprizing my fiancé.

    Thank you in advance.

    • Maja   •  


      As far as we know, the S-Bahn line U1 makes a stop in Kaltental. however, we suggest you double-check the information once you arrive in Stuttgart.
      Once you arrive at Stuttgart main station, you can ask for a suggestion on which transportation to use.
      Safe travels!

      GBB Team

  7. INESE   •  

    Hello, we are the group 19 pax. how I can order a coach from Stuttgart hotel to the airport?

    • Maja Tramontana   •  


      ordering a bus for a group of people can be done via some of the rental agencies.
      We are a bus platform selling tickets for scheduled departures of the carriers, so we cannot provide you with such a service.

      GBB Team

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