The train station of Baden-Baden is far out of the town centre in the suburb of Oos. Don't try walking, you'll be on your feet for at least an hour before you reach anything that reminds you of what you have seen in your travel guide. Take the bus.
Several lines go into town from the train station. The easiest is Bus 201 (direction: Lichtenthal) which runs every 10 minutes and stops right at the station. The line begins here, so there is almost always a bus waiting. Don't leave the station through the station building but keep right and walk round it. Then stumble into the open doors of the bus that's standing right there.
A faster but less frequent option is the express bus ("Schnellbus") 205 which departs from the next bus stop further right, in front of the 201.
The ride takes, depending on traffic conditions, some 15-20 minutes. Get off at "Leopoldsplatz" and you'll be in the heart of town. The old town is on your left, the Kurpark and Kurhaus and the beginning of Lichtenthaler Allee just round the corner to the right.
The single ticket is 2.10 €.
Baden-Baden is part of the KVV, so if you come from Karlsruhe or anywhere else in the area and have a KVV ticket to Baden-Baden, it is valid on the bus.
This line starts from Baden-Baden train station and goes through the city center, Leopoldplatz. Most of the trendy shops, restaurants even McDonald is located around the bus stop. Runs every 10 minutes and very efficient. We bought a day pass, 'Tageskarte' for both of us, which costs 6.50 euros. It covers unlimited bus ride for 24hours after validation. Don't forget to validate upon first use. You could buy this ticket from busdriver. Line 201 isn't the only one to cover this route but most frequent. Very clean, efficient, and easy to use for non-German speaking tourists like us.
Baden-Baden is quiet accessible by train. However, you can also use the S-Bahn. From or to Karsruhe, as well as points beyond, one can take the number S4 S-Bahn. This type of 'tram' can run like a local tram, but can also switch to regular tracks are move as fast as a standard train. The cost for the S-Bahn pass is 6.50 Euros and that one ticket covers 5 people, which is very economical!
Another option to see the town without walking is this fancy "train", actually a road vehicle pulling a number of coaches. It tours the town centre, Lichtenthaler Allee and the road to the Merkurberg funicular hourly from March to October. The City Train is a hop on hop off system, the ticket (adults 5 €) is valid for a whole day of unlimited travel.
Details on the websites:
City-Bahn website in German including a map with the stops (click "Fahrplan")
Summary in English on the website of the tourist office
To make exploring the already romantic Lichtenthaler Allee, the spa area and the town centre even more romantic, you can ride a horse-drawn carriage. The coachmen will also be tour guides and give explanations (if you want them to).
Free carriages are usually waiting opposite the theater and the Kolonnaden at the beginning of the alley. Address the coachman and enquire the conditions. Sorry I cannot tell you anything about prices since my life is somehow lacking romance these days...
From Baden Baden train station (which is actually a very long way from the centre of the city) you can take a bus direct to Baden Airpark. The journey only takes about 20 minutes and stops right outside the terminal building. There is 1 bus an hour and time vary according to what time of day you travel.
Distances from Baden-Baden to:
- Stuttgart: 109 kms.
- Freiburg: 115 kms.
- Frankfurt: 178 kms.
- Strasbourg (France): 65 kms.
- Basel (Switzerlans): 169 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 1.785 kms.
Do you know where in Germany Baden-Baden is? If the answer is no, have a look at the map.
You can find here the distances together with the driving time and the best route.
Since the old train station (Bahnhof) in the town centre is now the home of the Festspielhaus, the current station is fairly well outside the town centre. Buses or taxis are available to deliver you to your destination.
Nevertheless, trains arrive regularly from Basel, Hamburg, Rhineland, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and other local cities.
Baden Airpark, sometimes listed as Karlsruhe-Baden Airport, is a small, ex-Air Force airport close to the Rhine.
The number of destinations served is increasing, with Ryanair providing many cheap flights to European destinations, including London, Rome and Barcelona.
The airport is about 15min from Baden-Baden, taxis are available from outside the terminal, and cost around 23Eur. Some numbers:
Ahmed +49 (0) 7222 / 935 935
Bau +49 (0) 7223 / 2 18 62
Djordjevic +49 (0) 7222 / 3 10 14
Klein +49 (0) 7229 / 30 88 40
Nier +49 (0) 7229 / 22 59
Wilde +49 (0) 171 / 727 70 70
Alternatively a shuttle bus can be booked to provide shared transportation from the airport to your chosen destination:
+49 (0) 7223 / 9 69 90
+49 (0) 7223 / 96 99 30 (Fax)
Baden Airpark is 15Km away from Baden-Baden, but is only small with few locations served.
Luckily, the area is surrounded by busy international airports that will offer flights to most destinations inside and outside Europe.
Frankfurt Airport is the second busiest airport in Europe, and serves most local and international destinations. Situated 170km away, it is still easier to get to than some closer airports due to the good road network, and direct train connections. Travelling time by train is around 1.5h, by car on the A5 around 2h.
Stuttgart Airport is situated around 100km away to the north-east. Trains are available with one or two changes. Driving is possible on the A8, but the road is beset with queues and delays, and can greatly increase your journey time. Duration by Train is around 2h.
Strasbourg Airport is only 60km away, over the French border. The airport is smaller than Frankfurt or Stuttgart, and no direct train is possible, although there are trains from Strasbourg main station to Baden-Bade.
Basel Euro Airport is 160km away from Baden-Baden, with train connections changing in Basel main station. Duration is around 2.5h, or similar by car on A5.
There is a possibility to use the S-Bahn from Karlsruhe main station to Baden Oos, and then take a connecting bus directly into Baden-Baden. It is very convenient and rather inexpensive to travel this way!
For timetables, please have a look at the website!
This is the cutest little airport that I have seen in a real long time - just two counters, a few last minute travel agent booths and a nice cafeteria....
Ryan Air has just started to use this airport near Baden-Baden in 2003 (instead of Strasbourg) and we definitely have benefitted from this!
We took the train from the Frankfurt airport to Baden-Baden, which was 90 minutes on ICE, German bullet train. It only stopped at Mannheim and Karlsruhe on the way to Baden-Baden. I used German railpass, which was validated at the airport train station. It was located 1 floor below the arrival area, and clearly marked. You don't need to pay supplement or make seat reservations for ICE. ICE departed from Frankfurt Airport Long Distance station which is located on the upper floor. Train stops at Baden-Baden station for 2 minutes and there was an announcement in both German and English before arrival. Get yourself ready to disembark and push the green button to open the door. Overall, train travel was very easy, hassle-free and enjoyable.
You could download your personalized train schedule from the Deutsch Bahn website. Go to www.bahn.de, then click on English site on the left hand side. Then, on the right hand side of the page, click on 'personal timetable'. It will create your customized train schedule in either pdf. format or palm. format to download to your PDA. Very impressive site and service from the best train service in the world.
Don't worry, the public transport usually operate with buses, the little city train is just for tourists