To Rügen with car, new autobahn
With the car you can reach Rügen via many motorways (autobahn). From the south (eg Munich), like we had to do via A9 to Berlin. From Berlin A 11 and A 20 direct to Stralsund.
Another autobahn A 10 west of Berlin to Rostock. Because the new motorway ( 96 and 96a)is ready you can drive also directly to Stralsund.
About the Rügendamm (bridge) you reach the isle.
They are bulding a new and high bridge at time.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
To the North, Wittow
Up to the North of the isle, the region of Wittow, you can drive with car but would need many time. So it is better to take the Wittower Fähre (ferry boat) in Wittow. Its a very short way between Wittow South and Wittow North, only some minutes and you reach the region Wittow with its most north point Arkona.
Ferry even weaves between north and south from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Prices and more in website.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
From/To Hunting Palace Granitz
That little train, but with more power you can guess, brings you to the Palace Granitz, up to the hill, across wonderful forest. The tour isn´t boring. During you drive up, you get many informations about the region, the town and the history of Granitz. A very good idea and interesting. The music at the end of the tour, backwards... okay, not the liking of everyone.
The train starts from the parking place, twice an hour.
- Castles and Palaces
Binz and Bergen have direct train services to many major German cities, including Frankfurt, Duesseldorf and Berlin. Being so remote it takes a long time to get there, and it is not cheap, so you might want to consider taking one of the night trains that also service the island, running from the Ruhrgebiet (Cologne, etc) and Munich. There are a number of train services around the island too, including the special Ostmecklenburgische Eisenbahngesellschaft (OME) trains. Most of the local services emanate from the regional capital of Bergen, and are often supplemented by bus services. You can find routes and fares to most of the towns on the island through DB's website.
Apart from being a tourist attraction in itself, the Rasender Roland also covers a large section of the eastern half of the island, giving access to places the standard rail service doesn't go, like Sellin. Prices are a little expensive for simple travel (€6 for a return from Binz to Sellin), and the services are both slow and infrequent (in the winter the trains run only once every two hours). That said, it makes a wonderful way to cross the island from north (Binz) to south (Putbus) and much nicer than traversing through the boring regional mulch of Bergen.
Being in the Baltic sea, close to Germany's Scandinavian neighbours of Sweden and Denmark, Ruegen has regular and good value international ferry services. The two main services are run by Scandlines, from Ronne in Denmark, a Danish island off the south coast of Sweden, and Trelleborg in the Swedish region of Skane, just south of Malmo. The Ronne route doesn't operate during winter, but the Trelleborg route operates a reduced service. There are also ferry services to and from the island to Stralsund, and the little islands of Hiddensee and Vilm.
Ferry between Altefähr and Stralsund
If you want to visit Stralsund from Rügen, you can take the foot ferry from Altefähr. It takes about 15 minutes and you have a nice view on Stralsand from the ferry and already from the little harbour of Altefähr. And if you are in Altefähr also take a look at the tower of the church (15th century) and see where they put the clock.... it's pretty unusual.
There's a free car park in the village from where it's about 5 minutes to the harbour. There are also some parking places at the harbour but they are for 2 hours only. The ferries go hourly in summer but less frequently during the other times of the year, so you better check the schedule before you go (see the website of the Weiße Flotte). You pay 8 € (adults)/ 4 € (children) for the return ticket, however we chose the ticket that includes the admission for the Ozeaneum museum in Stralsand which was 21 € (adults)/ 11 € (children).
Traveling by bus
Rügen has a very well bus system. We used the the bus twice to get back to our car after a hike and we never had to wait long as in the main season (May to October) the busses mostly go every 15 or 30 minutes. We always took a single ticket which you get at the driver but there are also return tickets and day tickets, as well as special tickets like the KönigsstuhlTicket which is a day ticket for the bus and also includes the entrance to the National Park Centre Königsstuhl.
The narrow-gauge steam train called Racing Roland is not only an attraction for tourists - it is a very important part of the public transportation network on Rügen.
The trains are running every hour from 9 am to 7 pm, but there are also a train at 5 in the morning and one later in the evening. For deails on fares and timetable please have a look at the website below.
I found the fares to be reasonable, the train ride very enjoyable and the trains right in time.
- Family Travel
One of the most unusual and funny but helpful transportation vehicles I have every seen is that elevator in Sellin.
When you approach the end of Sellin's Wilhelmstrasse you'll be stunned by the fantastic views of the the sea and the pier with the seabridge building. But at the same time you'll notice that you are standing on a 40 m high cliff above the sea. A steep staircase leads down to the beach - not to everyone's taste.
The small and free (!) elevator takes you down and later up quickly and safe. For health reasons I recommend to take the elevator down and climb the stairs up :-)
Rasender Roland is a regional train. As it rides with a nostalgic steam engine, the Roland is one of the main tourist attractions on Rügen. The historical steam train rides every 2 hours from Putbus to Göhren with stops in Binz, Sellin and Baabe. Only the name is somehow confusing: the Roland is not scorching and rapid at all, but quite slow and restful.
- Historical Travel
Little railway (kleinbahn)
Probably the funniest way to stroll around Ruegen !!!
It's a little train moving from Binz to Putbus and some other places (Sellin, Goehren ...).
Wagons are heated with old and traditional heaters !!!! Soooooo charming !!!!
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Der Rasende Roland
"Der Rasende Roland" is a nostalgic train with a steam engine, that goes from Putbus to Göhren. You can go on and off the train at various stations.
The Rasender Roland is a 750 mm steam locomotive operating between Putbus und Göhren.
The first train operated between Putbus and Binz on Juli 22, 1895.