Trams and busses from main train station
You find the tramway station at the south end of the main train station (signposted). Use tram no. 4 to “Zähringen” to get to the MPI-IE. Get off at stop “Tullastraße” (8 stops). Walk along the “Tullastraße” until “Zinkmattenstraße” (first exit at the roundabout) and follow this street until “Stübeweg” on your left. You find the MPI-IE on the left side (overall a 15-20 min walk). Please use the website of the public transportation service VAG in Freiburg for further information.
Alternatively, you can use busses from the ZOB (central bus station) next to the main train station:
- 7200 (direction “Emmendingen Bahnhof”),
- 7206 (direction “Elzach”)
- 7209 (direction “Denzlingen Bahnhof”)
Get off at stop “Max-Planck-Institut” (approx. 15 min ride). The bus stop is located next to the corner of Hans-Bunte-Straße and Stübeweg on the left. The MPI-IE is on the right hand side of Stübeweg (2 min walk). For further information about departure times, please use the bus schedule by NVBW.
Basel EuroAirport (about 75 km), Strasbourg International Airport (about 90 km), Zurich Airport (about 150 km), and Frankfurt International Airport (about 260 km) are most important and closest airports to Freiburg. Frankfurt and Zurich airports will be the airports of choice for most international and US flights. You can fly cheaply with one of the budget airlines to German and European destinations from the airports in Basel, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden or Stuttgart.
Basel EuroAirport is the most convenient airport for travel to Freiburg. The Freiburger Airportbus, a bus service provided by Freiburger Airportservice (in cooperation with Flixbus), takes you from Basel EuroAirport direct to Freiburg main station/central bus station (ZOB). The bus stop can be found at the French exit, in front of the airport building (arrivals level). Tickets can be purchased in the bus, payable in cash.
Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
A shuttle train runs between Strasbourg International Airport and Strasbourg main station 3 to 5 times an hour on weekdays, 1 to 3 times on Saturdays and 1 to 2 times on Sundays. The travel from Strasbourg main station to Freiburg main station by high-speed train takes between 1-2 hours.
In order to check fares and schedules, please go to the Raileurope website. Further you can go to Deutsche Bahn (Germany) and the SNCF website (France) for checking fares and timetables with the respective national railway companies.
Strasbourg International Airport
Train services from Zurich Airport to Freiburg train station take about 2 to 2,5 hours and run about every half an hour. You will have to change trains at least once, though. An airport taxi or car will need approximately 1 1/2 hours from Zurich Airport to Freiburg.
Zurich International Airport
There are two railway stations at Frankfurt Airport with routes to Freiburg as follows: Long-distance trains leave from “Fernbahnhof”. There are trains to Freiburg every hour (one change), direct trains about every two hours. There are regional trains which leave from “Regionalbahnhof”. They are slower and you might have to change trains several times.
Frankfurt International Airport
The airport Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) is one of the bases of Ryanair in Baden-Württemberg with many routes to European destinations. The airport can be reached by car via motorway A5 (exit: Baden-Baden). Train services (ICE, TGV, regional trains) to Freiburg run from train station Baden-Baden as well as train station Rastatt. Local bus connections connect the airport to the train stations.
Baden Airpark Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Note: Whether or not you use an airport bus or train connection to reach Freiburg, you will most likely end up at Freiburg Hauptbahnhof (main station), i.e., central bus station (ZOB) located in the city center. See above for more information on reaching the Institute from the main train station via public transport.
There are taxis available outside Freiburg main station or can be booked by phone using +49 761 55 55 55. The journey to the MPI-IE from the train station/city center takes about 10 minutes and costs between EUR 10,- and 15,-.
If you arrive via freeway A5, Karlsruhe to Basel, take the exit 61 for “Freiburg Nord”. Keep in the left lane and take highway B294 towards Freiburg. After approximately 3.5km highway B294 runs into highway B3 towards Freiburg. Take the exit for “Industriegebiet Nord” and keep in the left lane. Turn left at the traffic light into “Hans-Bunte-Straße”. Finally turn left again into “Stübeweg”. The MPI-IE is on your right.
If you arrive via freeway A5 from Basel to Karlsruhe/Frankfurt take exit 62 for “Freiburg-Mitte” toward Freiburg/Donaueschingen/Titisee-Neustadt. Merge onto B31a. Take the exit toward FR-Landwasser/FR-Betzenhausen/Messe/IKEA. Merge onto Paduaallee and continue onto Granadaallee and Lembergallee for about 4km. Turn right into “Tullastraße” and continue for 1km. Now turn left into “Hans-Bunte-Straße”. Take the first right onto Stübeweg. The Institute is on your right side.