By plane

For your arrival by plane, the airports Frankfurt (FRA), Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN), Stuttgart (STR) as well as Mannheim (MHG) can be considered.

Information on the Transfer

Transfer Airport Frankfurt (FRA) – Heidelberg (90 km)

There are four possibilities to get from Frankfurt airport to the centre of Heidelberg

  1. Train
    Fare: 25 € one way, 50 € round trip, plus supplement, plus bus or taxi to get to MPIA
  2. Lufthansa bus
    Reservation required.
    Fare: 25 € one way, 46 € round trip, plus bus or taxi to get to MPIA;
    With valid Lufthansa air ticket: 21 € single trip, 40 € round trip.

For a direct trip from the airport to the institute, we recommend to book a shuttle. Our experience with the following companies has been good in the past. You can make your own booking or ask the International Officer  to assist you.

  1. TLS shuttle
    Reservation required. This door-to-door shuttle is very convenient.
    Fare: FRA-HD: 38 € per person one way (car pool, no additional fee for waiting times)
    Email: or use online-form (preferred)
    Tel. +49(0)6221-770077
  2. ABC Fahrdienst
    Reservation required. Best option for families. This door-to-door shuttle is like a taxi.
    Fares: FRA-HD: 1 person: 60 € … 8 persons – 120 € plus VAT plus 7 € per 20 min. waiting time
    Email: or Tel: 0172 6211790 (24 h)

Transfer Airport Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) – Heidelberg (160 km)

  1. Hahn-express (Bus from Frankfurt Hahn to Heidelberg main station)
    Fare: 20 € one way, 36 € round trip, no reservation required.
  2. ABC Fahrdienst (Shuttle service)
    Reservation required. This door-to-door shuttle is like a taxi.
    Fares: Hahn – HD: 1 person 120 € / 8 people: 160 €

Transfer Stuttgart Airport (STR) – Heidelberg (130 km)

Take the S-Bahn from the airport to Stuttgart main station (journey time approx. 20 minutes), from there take the ICE, IC or D-train to Heidelberg. The website of Deutsche Bahn offers a searchable timetable; if you put "Heidelberg, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie" as your destination, the resulting itinerary will include public transportation from Heidelberg main station to MPIA. You might need to pay an extra charge if you buy your ticket on the train or if you take an especially fast train (ICE or IC) with a supplementary charge not included in your original ticket.

Overland bus connection can be found via Fernbus-Suchmaschine.

Transfer Mannheim Airport (MHG) - Heidelberg (20 km)

The City Airport Mannheim is well connected to the public transport network with the stop Neuostheim; the stop is only about 300 meters away from the airport, can be reached on foot in a few minutes and is served daily by the Stadtbahnlinie 5 (OEG), which connects the airport directly with Heidelberg.

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