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How to get from Stuttgart Airport to the City Centre

Stuttgart, located in the southwestern part of Germany is the capital of Baden-Württemberg Land. The quaint town is best known for its automotive industry and is home to both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz headquarters and museums. Also famed for its mineral springs in the district of Bad Cannstatt, is the second-largest source of mineral water in Europe.

So when landing at Stuttgart International Airport and you wish to make your way to the city centre, you have 2 travel options; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the Suburban train (S-Bahn). Taking a Stuttgart taxi or private transfer from the airport is the easiest and most reliable option, as Stuttgart airport taxis offer 24/7 door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle, getting you to Stuttgart city centre in just 25 minutes. Alternatively, for a more cost-savvy option, you can take the S-Bahn, getting you to the city centre in just 27 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €35 25min 24/7
Train €5.80 27min 05:08–00:38

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How to get from Stuttgart airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a a taxi or private transfer from Stuttgart airport to the city centre is always the best option, especially if you are new to the city and travelling with children or luggage. Taxis provide door-to-door services straight to your Stuttgart hotel in just 25 minutes, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the short ride.

Taxi fare from Stuttgart airport to city centre

Stuttgart airport taxis do not have set rates to the city centre, instead, they calculate their prices using a taximeter, based on the time and distance travelled. Your taxi fare from Stuttgart airport to the city centre (Schlossplatz) should cost around €35, depending on traffic conditions and your exact location. Furthermore, there is no price difference during day, night or weekend trips.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Stuttgart Airport (STR) is undeniably the best way to travel. Taxis provide door-to-door, comfortable transfer services from the airport to your Stuttgart hotel, even more so if you are travelling with heavy luggage and children.
However, as airport taxi prices alter depending on multiple factors, it is recommended to pre-book a private transfer at a fixed rate and avoid any hidden fees.

Editor’s Note

Please note that there is no price difference between day, night and weekend taxi fares.

Useful Tips

Tipping is not required, however, it is common to round up to the nearest euro. For good service (speaking English, child seat, loading luggage) you can leave a tip of up to 10%.
Make sure that the taximeter has been reset and turned on before starting your journey to Stuttgart city centre.
All Stuttgart taxis accept credit card payments.

How to get from Stuttgart airport to the city centre by train

Another great travel option from Stuttgart airport to the city centre is to take the S-Bahn train. The airport is linked to downtown by two suburban trains, the S2 and the S3. Both depart from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station and take 27 minutes to reach Stuttgart central station (city centre).

How much is a train ticket from Stuttgart airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket on the Stuttgart airport train, S-Bahn, costs €2.90 and €1.90 for children aged 6 to 14 years old. You can purchase your train tickets at the train station's vending machines. Please note that you need to purchase a "two-zone" ticket from the airport.

Cost

€2.90

Trip Duration

27 Min.

The Stuttgart airport trains run every 10 to 20 minutes (or every 30 minutes on weekends).

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The Stuttgart airport to city centre trains operate from Monday to Friday between 05:08 and 00:38, and on weekends and holidays between 05:25 and 00:38.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the S-Bahn Stations located at Stuttgart airport's first level at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

Convenience

Taking the train from Stuttgart airport to the city is a great travel alternative. Not only are trains less expensive, but they also allow you to avoid road traffic, getting you to downtown Stuttgart in just 27 minutes.

Nevertheless, if you arrive at the airport late at night, you will have to find another way to get to the centre. Also, bear in mind that you will have to find your way from the Stuttgart central station to your hotel, which can be complicated if you are travelling with lugagge.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that the train has a mobile application where you can pre-book your tickets, check the train times and more.

Useful Tips

The closest train station to the city centre is the ‘Stuttgart Stadtmitte’ train stop.
Luggage is accepted on all of the S-Bahn trains, with no limitations on weight or amount.

Frequently asked questions

How to get from Stuttgart airport to city center?

There are two travel options to get from Stuttgart airport to downtown; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the airport's S-Bahn train.

How much is a taxi from Stuttgart airport to the city centre?

Stuttgart airport taxis calculate their prices using a taximeter. A trip from Stuttgart airport to the city centre (Schlossplatz) costs around €35. If you wish to travel at a fixed rate and avoid hidden fees, it is recommended to pre-book your Stuttgart airport transfer online.

Is there a train station at Stuttgart airport?

Yes, there is a Stuttgart airport train station, also known as Flughafen/Messe. It is located on Level 1 at Terminal 1.

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