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From: Erfurt, Germany

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ABOVE: Trams make it easy to get around Erfurt and to reach the historic center from the railroad station. This 1960s-era tram is used for Stadtrundfahrt streetcar tours.

How to reach Erfurt

By air. Regional airlines, low-cost carriers (including Ryanair), and charter airlines serve Erfurt Airport from other cities in Germany, Continental Europe, and the UK.

The nearest transoceanic gateways are Munich International Airport (MUC) and Frankfurt (FRA). Munich is your best bet if you want to arrive by air, while Frankfurt is closer by train. Lufthansa has more flights to and from Germany than any other airline, with three transatlantic gateways (Frankfurt, Munich, and Düsseldorf).

  • Airport ground transportation: City rail line 4 runs between Erfurt Airport and the main Erfurt railroad station. Trains run at 10-minute intervals on weekdays and take 25 minutes to reach the city. For more information, including schedules, see the airport's public transportation page.

By train. The Deutsche Bahn's Intercity Express (ICE), Intercity (IC), and Eurocity (EC) trains connect Erfurt with cities throughout Germany. From Frankfurt, you can reach Erfurt by ICE in slightly over two hours. Use the DB English-language journey planner to search for trains.

By car. Erfurt is in the state of Thuringia, on the A4 Autobahn from Frankfurt am Main to Dresden. Exit at Erfurt-West or Erfurt-Ost and follow the signs to the Innenstadt. Ask your hotel about parking before you arrive; you may need to park in one of the SWE parking garages in the city center. The city of Erfurt's interactive map will help you plan your arrival.

Local transportation

Distances are short in the city center, where you'll spend most of your time. If you're carrying heavy luggage, you may want to hire a taxi or use a tram to reach your hotel. EVAG operates public transportation in the city.

On foot, the city center is a level walk of about 15 minutes from the railroad station. Head toward the Innenstadt on the Bahnhofstraβe; when you reach the irregularly-shaped Anger square, stop at Buch Habel (Anger 7) or Buchhandlung Peterknecht (Anger 28) to buy a street map. (See the next page for map and guidebook recommendations.)

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