As we stayed in Wuppertal when our main attraction was the Rhine Stadium in Düsseldorf, we had to drive there in the morning and drive back Wuppertal in the evening four times.
The shortest way was along the motorway B7 that we liked very much because of wonderful landscapes along the road.
Another way – along the autobahn A46, but we preferred B7.
You can watch my 3 min 20 sec Video Wuppertal along by car out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
After some major repairs, the Schwebebahn starts its regular service again on Monday 19th, 2010. Service was interrupted for several month and will be interrupted again during the summer holidays in July/August again for replacement of some pillars.
Thus, when you intend to ride this unique means of transport during your stay in the western part of Germany get detailed information about its service/schedule here: http://www.wsw-online.de/mobilitaet/Downloads/Schweb/Kalender_1204_2010.pdf
Yellow marked dates show inoperation!
A unique, to me anyway, method of transport. A monorail that follows the course of the river for most of it's length. Around a 30 minute journey from end to end. This is a well used local means of transport , not aimed at attracting tourists, though I'm sure many do come to see it - just like me.
There are several ways to get around in Wuppertal. There is of course the 'Schwebebahn' (a suburban railway *hanging* from the track). It is well known and some people come only to Wuppertal to see it. But there are other ways which may be more quick if you happen to search something special.
German tickets can be used for every type of transportation. If you buy a ticket in a bus, you can use it in a train and vice versa. If you travel in Wuppertal, you'll need ticket class A (cheapest, around EUR 2,00). Important: Tickets are limited in time: Class A can only be used within 90 minutes from the time of purchase. There are special tickets which can be used the whole day by five persons.
Wuppertal is of lengthy shape from west to east. If you want to travel east/west or the other way round, you can use the 'S-Bahn', the suburban railway. The line in Wuppertal is S8. The stations are (east->west): Langerfeld, Oberbarmen, Barmen, Unterbarmen, Hauptbahnhof, Steinbeck, Zoo/Stadion, Sonnborn, Vohwinkel. At the stations you'll see a white S on a green circle, which tells you which of the tracks is used by the S-Bahn. Schedule on working days is three trains per hour, on every other day two trains per hour. General rule of thumb is that the S-Bahn uses the tracks which have the highest numbers (say, for example, Oberbarmen has 6 tracks and the S-Bahn uses 5 and 6). Oberbarmen to Vohwinkel takes around 20 minutes.
Another way are buses. The line numbers are assigned randomly, which complicates the case. In Wuppertal numbers begin with a 6, followed by two digits. Some important ones are: 608 (Schwelm, Oberbarmen, Barmen), 611 (Heckinghausen, Barmen, Hauptbahnhof), 616 (Oberbarmen, Beyenburg) and 622 (Oberbarmen, Wichlinghausen, Hauptbahnhof).
Further information can be get at the included links to the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein Ruhr, the local transportation company). There you can download maps which contain every bus, train or other mean of transporation in and around Wuppertal. Good luck, don't get lost.
THE SPECIAL WAY TO GO AROUND WILL BE THE WELL KNOWN " SCHWEBEBAHN " , MOST PEOPLE COMEING TO WUPPERTAL TO SEE AND USE IT , THE ONLY TRANSPORTATIONSYSTEM IN GERMANY WHICH HANG ,
IF YOU LIKE GREAT PICS OF THIS TRAM / TRAINS LOOK AT THE WEBPAGE OF DANIEL REHBEIN , A GREAT COLLECTION OF TRAINS AND STATIONS
This old suspended railway is still very much in use. Trains run every couple of minutes in either direction, making it the easiest way to access the long region of Wuppertal. - just how public transport should be!
We purchased a group ticket (up to 5 people) which allowed us to travel all day if we wished for just 6.55 euros. This is really good value when you consider that sinle tickets are 1.80 euros. Tickets can be purchased from machines on the station and validated before using.
The best and most unique way to get around Wuppertal is by the suspension railway - Schwebebahn - of course.
On a length of 13 kms it connects different parts of Wuppertal and it follows the river Wupper most of the time (sometimes it follows a road though - a very spectacular street scene if you ask me!).
The "Schwebebahn" was officially opened in 1901and a few Art Nouveau Style stations from the old days are still existent from the old days. Most stations are new though.
See more about this unique form of transportation in my "Must See Activities"
The 100-year old Schwebebahn is the best way to get around the city. Traveling on the hanging trains is an amazing experience. It is an amazing engineering achievement, considering that it opened in the early 1900's. The following link is loaded with pictures and historical content about the trains:
Groups who celebrate parties can hire these cars.
Inside with tiny tables, lamps in front of every window with coffee served during the journey change the vehicle into a small café type bistro
The Schwebebahn is a very special and old hanging train built about 100 years ago and it is still the main transportation tool in this city.