How do I get from the airport to my place of residence for my studies?
After your trip to Germany, you will often find yourself at an airport or a large central station. You wonder what happens from here?
Arrival in Germany by plane
If you’ve chosen the plane, you’ll probably be arriving at
- a large airport with intercontinental routes if you had a long journey
- or a smaller airport with international routes if you fly a short distance.
If you arrive at a large airport, there is a 99% probability of a train connection available at the airport. In most cases, trains run regularly every 20 to 30 minutes to the nearest main station.
Alternatively, you can also use the bus to the nearest (train) main station.
However, exceptions can be made during the night from 11 p. m. onwards. Then the trains run less frequently and you may have to wait a little longer. It’s unfortunate sometimes when you arrive after 1:00 in the morning. Then there are often no more trains.
Arrival at night
If you arrive at night, you usually have the choice of waiting for the next train all night or finding a hotel room. Of course, you can also go to a café and have a nice cup of coffee.
Many airports offer the possibility to spend the night in the public area of the airport and to wait there until the early morning. Especially in winter and on cold autumn days it is advisable to wait for the next train at the airport! While an airport is a closed building, railway stations are usually open and sometimes very windy.
It is important that you do not throw the ticket away from your journey. This allows you to spend a night at the airport (uninterrupted).
From about 5 o’ clock in the morning there are trains available again, then you can also take the train to the next central station.
If you arrive at a smaller airport, there is not always a train connection to the airport. Then you have to take a bus or taxi to the nearest train station.
If you take a taxi during the day, you should really only go to the nearest train station, but not the main station. From there you can usually buy a ticket to the nearest main station or to a destination of your choice without any trouble and save money, because it is very expensive to travel by taxi in Germany.
At night, on the other hand, when there are no trains left, it can be worthwhile to travel to the nearest central station. In contrast to small stations, there are often a few cafés or fast-food restaurants open at night at main stations, where you can relax.
traveling by train
– Continuing your journey to the place of study –
Arrival at a German railway station
If you come to Germany by train, you will usually arrive at a main station. At a central station it is usually very easy to find the way to the next train or bus!
How do I continue my journey?
In any case, you should take a break, eat something and at least relax your muscles. Get your blood circulation going before you continue your journey.
If you are already at the main train station, it’s easy to organize your next trip from here. You can easily go to a Deutsche Bahn service office and get advice there.
But you can also organize your own trip yourself. It’s very simple:
Case 1: You have already ordered a ticket online for your trip with Deutsche Bahn.
If you have a ticket, you should check the terms of your ticket to see if you have a train connection. In other words, may you change from train to train?
If you have bought your ticket at a discounted price, you usually have a train connection and may only travel by the train that is on your ticket. If necessary, you are mostly allowed to change your ticket if you go to a Deutsche Bahn service point. For an additional charge, you may then also take another train.
There is currently no train connection for tickets on local public transport and the train can be changed for the respective route section. Local trains can be identified by the abbreviations on your train ticket:
RB: Regional Railway
RE: Regional express trains
Case 2: You have not yet ordered a ticket for your trip by bus or train.
Most of the time, the place of study is further away and you have to travel by train or bus to get to the city. Then you can choose whether you want to travel by train or bus.
Travelling by train on the weekend
For long distances: If you travel by train on a weekend, Saturday or Sunday, the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket of the Deutsche Bahn is a good choice for you. For less than 40 Euro you can travel across Germany and arrive safely at your destination.
You can also buy any other ticket at a Deutsche Bahn ticket machine.
For short journeys: For short journeys, a Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket is usually not profitable and you reach your destination faster and cheaper with another ticket.
- You can travel together with up to 5 people (4 Euro extra per person) per ticket, if you buy the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket
- you are not allowed to travel with the IC or ICE.
You can also buy a different ticket online! Then you may be able to get an early booking discount.
Whether you need to travel a short or long distance to reach your destination, you are limited to a few options.
You can take the regional trains (S, RB), regional express trains (RE) or a bus. Or More expensive: is to travel by ICE or IC train.