To MPIA via Public Transport

Heidelberg has an excellent public transportation system. To find a specific connection, go to

www.vrn.de

and search for a specific stop/location - for MPIA, search for "Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie".

Here are some more details and some general information about using public transport in Heidelberg:

Downtown Heidelberg ↦ MPIA

  • Bus 39: Bismarckplatz – MPIA (Königstuhl, Sternwarte; travel time ca. 40 min)
    get off at Sternwarte, walk to MPIA (10 min)
    Departure: Bus leaves Bismarckplatz on the hour 6:00 - 19:00 h (all days), on workdays also at 8:43 am.
  • Bus 30 (Science Bus): Altstadt – MPIA (Königstuhl, ca. 15 min) – working days only
    Science Bus 30 is a direct bus from Altstadt, Universitätsplatz to MPIA
    Departure times: Workdays only 7:27 am to 7:27 pm hourly, except 1:27 pm
  • Ruftaxi 1007: replaces the bus after 8 pm (more info)
    Goes directly from Bismarckplatz to MPIA, no stops (except Sternwarte) in between.
    Important: you need to call in a reservation > 1/2 h in advance under (06221) 30 20 30 !
    Departure times (Bismarckplatz): 8:10 pm, 9:10 pm, 10:10 pm, 11:10 pm, 12:10 am
  • Funicular: From Kornmarkt (near City Hall) to Königstuhl (15 min. on foot to MPIA)
    Departure times:
    every 10 minutes from 9:00 am till 8:20 pm (summer)
    every 10 minutes from 9:00 am till 5:10 pm (winter)
    Bergbahnen Heidelberg (additional information)

MPIA ↦ downtown Heidelberg

  • Bus 39: walk from MPIA to bus stop Sternwarte (7-10 min)
    Departure times: 6:32 am to 7:32 pm, hourly
  • Bus 30 (science bus): leaves in front of MPIA main entrance
    Departure times: Workdays only 7:48 am to 7:48 pm (except 1:48 pm)
    Science Bus 30 is a direct bus from MPIA to Altstadt, Universitätsplatz
  • Ruftaxi 1007: replaces the bus after 8 pm (more info)
    Goes directly from MPIA to Bismarckplatz, no stops (except Sternwarte) in between.
    Important: you need to call in a reservation > 1/2 h in advance under (06221) 30 20 30 !
    Departure times (in front of MPIA main gate): 8:26 pm, 9:26 pm, 10:26 pm, 11:26 pm, 12:26 am
  • Funicular: From Königstuhl (15 min. on foot from MPIA) to Kornmarkt (near City Hall)
    Departure times:
    every 20 minutes from 9:08 am till 8:08 pm (summer)
    every 20 minutes from 9:08 am till 5:28 pm (winter)

Public transport: General information

Tickets can be bought at ticket machines, which are located at most stops (although not up on Königstuhls).

Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver. Tram tickets, you need to buy beforehand!

Bergbahn tickets can be purchased directly at the Bergbahn stations.

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) is a member of the Rhein-Neckar transport association (VRN).

You can speak personally to a service agent at the RNV Service Centre (RNV-Kundenzentrum) across the main train station (Hauptbahnhof, Hbf) at Kurfürstenanlage 62 (Google Maps Link). Heidelberg main station is about 8 km from MPIA.

Information about routes, tickets, and pricing can be found on the following websites:

RNV

VRN.

 
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