Travelling to Stuttgart

Two weeks of silting, July 30 – August 9, 2019

Here you find some updated information on local transport in Stuttgart at the time of the event.
Place The conference takes place on the Vaihingen Campus of the University of Stuttgart. The train station 'Universität' (served by local 'S-Bahn' trains) is at the centre of the Vaihingen campus, right next to Pfaffenwaldring 47, where the lectures, registration and morning coffee breaks will take place. On leaving the station via the escalators, the entrance to Pfaffenwaldring 47 will be directly in front of you.

Afternoon coffee breaks will take place on the seventh floor of Pfaffenwaldring 57, where computer rooms and discussion rooms will also be available.
Airports Stuttgart airport has many European and a few intercontinental connections. Underneath the airport there is a station for local trains (S-Bahn). The S-Bahn lines S2 and S3, in the direction of Stuttgart city centre, stop at the station 'Universität'—when travelling from the aiport, the university station is the first station to be situated underground, and the travel time is about 15 minutes. You need to buy a ticket for two zones (whether travelling to the university or to the city centre) from a vending machine near the stairs to the platform, before boarding the train.

Frankfurt airport is the main international airport in Germany, with direct flights to many countries. Frankfurt airport has two train stations; fast trains serve the station sign-posted in the airport by 'long-distance trains'. High speed trains (ICE) to Stuttgart take about 75 minutes; sometimes one has to change at Mannheim. Slower trains may take different routes and much more time, but they can also be much cheaper. Tickets can be bought from an office in the central hall of the station, or from the electronic machines. All these trains arrive at Stuttgart central station (Hbf), see below.

München airport also has many international connections. It is connected by S-Bahn with München central station (Hbf) where you can change to a fast train (ICE or IC) to Stuttgart. This takes more than three hours.

Baden airport (Karlsruhe and Baden Baden) is mainly served by budget airlines. There are regular bus connections to nearby Baden Baden station (while Karlsruhe is further away). There you take a train to Karlsruhe, where you change for Stuttgart. The trip takes more than two hours but is relatively cheap.
By train Fast trains arrive in Stuttgart Hbf (central station). Underneath the main station is a station for local trains (S-Bahn, signposted by a big white S on a green background as shown here). The lines S1, S2 and S3 (in the direction of Vaihingen or one of Herrenberg, Filderstadt or Flughafen/Messe respectively) run regularly and take about 10 minutes to the station 'Universität'. To travel between the central station and the university, you need a ticket for one zone.

There are direct TGV trains from Paris Est to Stuttgart, taking just over 3 hours.

The fastest trains from Zürich airport to Stuttgart, via Zürich central station (Hbf), take a little more than 3 hours.

It can be much cheaper to purchase train tickets in advance, compared to on the day of travel, although these advance tickets are restricted to specific trains.

For information (in English) on train connections and for buying tickets online (which can be printed at home) see the DB website.
Transport in Stuttgart The Vaihingen campus (S-Bahn station 'Universität') is well-connected through the S-Bahn network to the city centre (S-Bahn stop 'Stadtmitte'), the central station (Hbf = 'Hauptbahnhof'), the airport ('Flughafen/Messe') and also to many neighbouring towns. Travelling by S-Bahn to the central station or to the airport is in general much faster and cheaper than using a taxi. In addition to the S-Bahn, there is also the U-Bahn network of trams (for Americans: streetcars), and a bus network.

On the website of the transport company VVS (Verkehrsverbund Stuttgart) you can find information (mostly in German) about timetables ('Fahrplan'), tickets, and also maps ('Karten'). When entering your destination please note that the university also has a city centre campus, far away from the Vaihingen one. Entering 'university Vaihingen' will work almost as well as 'Universität Vaihingen'. The mobile VVS-app is available in English, and has a journey planner, as well as the option to purchase tickets (with a small discount).

Alternatively, one may also use the DB website (in English).

Here are maps of the local transport networks:
S-Bahn ('Universität' is on the green, orange and red lines), Tram (U-Bahn).
Maps The mathematics department of the University of Stuttgart is located in the building Pfaffenwaldring 57, on the Vaihingen campus, while the lectures will take place in Pfaffenwaldring 47. Here is a map of the area around this building, and here is a picture of this area.

Detailed maps of the campus area (Campus Vaihingen) can be found here and here. Here is a schematic map showing the exits of the university S-Bahn station; the exit signposted 'Universität' inside the station is indicated by the S next to the white number 2 in the red circle. Pfaffenwaldring 47 and 57 are the buildings marked blue with a black number 47 and 57 respectively.
Contact If you have any questions please contact silting2019 at mathematik dot uni minus stuttgart dot de.

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