Jena has two train stations, and is conveniently close to two ICE routes. One passes right through the town en route from Munich in the south to Hamburg in the north (via Berlin), the other passes through nearby Weimar from Frankfurt in the west to Dresden in the east. This makes it incredibly easy to get to Jena from practically anywhere in Germany. There are also good regional connections to, at least to towns in the former GDR. Getting to towns in the north of Bavaria just a short distance south of Jena is nowhere near as straightforward, unless you take the expensive ICE.
The two stations can cause a slight confusion, but they are very close together and the route between them is signposted. The Jena West station is small and quiet, and only deals with regional trains. The Jena Paradies station is much bigger and this is where the super fast ICE trains stop.
Situated on the Autobahn A 4 (Frankfurt-Dresden), and close to Autobahn A 9 (Berlin-Nuremberg).
Nearest airports: Erfurt airport 50 km (31 mi), Leipzig airport 90 km (56 mi)
Trams and buses
Good local transport and a day ticket allowed us to explore the city and keep dry on a rainy afternoon.
We found two main rail stations, Paradies and West, each one is on a different line. Both are easy to reach using the local trams (Paradies) and buses (West)
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