Travel to & around Germany

Travel to Germany, flying from London to Frankfurt takes around 1.5 hours and to Munich or Berlin is 1 hour 40 minutes.  If you’re up for the scenic route you can take a train - the Eurostar can get you to Brussels in just over two hours, then Brussels to Cologne takes 2.5 hours and the onward journey to Frankfurt is another 1-2 hours depending on the speed of train you choose.  There’s always the hire car option too (70% of Germany’s highways have no speed limit).

About airports

Frankfurt airport
Frankfurt is Germany’s major air transport hub, located 13 km southwest of the city.  There are buses leaving regularly for the city centre, or you can jump on a train to the city’s main rail station which will take about 15 minutes.  Taxis are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and it will take you about 25 minutes to get to the city, at a cost of about €20.

Berlin airport
Berlin’s international airport is 8 km northwest of the city.  Buses to the city depart every 5-10 minutes between the hours of 5 am and midnight, or you can grab a taxi for the 25 minute journey.

Munich airport
The airport in Munich is 28.5 km northeast of the city and the journey takes around 45 minutes by car.  You can catch the train which runs every 10 minutes or jump on the airport bus which runs every 20 minutes during the day.

How to get around

Germany is serviced by a number of airlines and all of the main domestic airports are within one hour of each other.  This option is best if your trip to Germany is a short one and you just want to hop from site to site.

Self Drive
Driving around Germany is very easy because of the 11,000 km Autobahn (motorway) network – completely toll free and most of it with no speed limit.  There are over 700 service areas, many open 24 hours, which provide at least a petrol station, convenience store, phones, and restrooms.  Handy!
Autobahns have names that consist of an 'A' followed by up to three digits. As a rule of thumb, even-numbered roads connect east to west destinations, and odd numbers indicate mainly a north to south direction.

Public transport 
The national rail network is one of the most extensive and advanced networks anywhere in Europe, and some of the trains can travel up to 198 miles per hour!  There are also slower trains which allow you to soak up a bit more scenery if time is on your side.

Most major German cities boast an underground, bus and tram system. Note that on public transport services you should pay your fare prior to boarding the vehicle using the automated ticketing machines at the stop. Your ticket then needs to be date stamped separately using the dating machines on board the vehicle or at the entry gates of major stops.

Welcome cards
While you’re in Germany you might like to pick up a Welcome card.  It’s valid for 1-7 days and gives visitors free or discounted travel on local transport, reduced or free admission to local tourist attractions and discounted tickets for events within a city or region.

Taxis, available in all the major German cities, are recognisable as cream Mercedes Benz - ride in style!  The average taxi fare in Germany is aproximately €1.30 per km with a minimum charge of €2.50.

Organised tours
Organised tours are a great way to see the sites and soak up the local culture – especially if you’re travelling alone or are a first-time traveller.  

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.