Terminals of Stuttgart airport and transportation to and from the city

Stuttgart airport in Germany -to which the IATA code STR has been assigned- serves the city of the same name about thirteen kilometres from its four terminals. The complex operates as one of most important bases for Eurowings within the country, and handles connections to a wide array of international airports, including a nice selection of holiday destinations.

That being said, STR is also essential for business travellers in Germany and Europe, since it equally functions as the gateway into the city for those attending events and exhibitions at the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds, adjacent to the airport facilities.

If you are planning a city break to Stuttgart or will be travelling solo or as part of a delegation for work, we advise you to continue reading to get helpful tips on what to do upon arrival, how to commute to the downtown and where to go on the day of your departure.

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Transport options to and from Stuttgart airport in Germany

Buses from Stuttgart airport

In order to catch a bus towards the city centre once you have landed and collected your bags, go to the bus station in Stuttgart international airport, situated next to Terminal 4 on ground level. Routes 122 and 828 –the so-called airport sprinter– link the facilities to the city in approximately forty minutes. However, if your final destination is a different one, know that buses departing from this point also cover the distance between the terminal and various cities inside and outside Germany.

Trains to central Stuttgart from the airport

Two railway stations are located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Stuttgart airport respectively. You can go to either one to take an S-Bahn train towards the city centre. This journey takes about 27 minutes to be completed, and ticket fares are almost as low as bus fares.

Stuttgart airport taxi service

Travelling by taxi may be the most convenient and fastest way to get to your hotel in Stuttgart, or even to go straight from the airport to the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds. In the case of commuting to the city centre, flat rates apply and you will know exactly how much the ride will cost before setting off. Taxi ranks in Stuttgart airport are easily spotted in the curbside by each terminal building.

Car rental in Stuttgart airport

Should you decide to hire a vehicle to get around Stuttgart, head over to the car rental offices in Stuttgart International, which are situated upstairs in Terminal 3. The options available include the local company Buchbinder, and worldwide renowned brands such as Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Sixt and Global Drive, offering a diverse range of cars and vans that can adjust to one’s specific travel needs and style, from economy to luxury and from sports cars to compact family cars.

How many terminals are there in Stuttgart airport?

There are four terminals in Stuttgart airport of Germany, with the distinguishing feature that, while they all have distinct landside areas, all airside zones merge into a single one beyond each security filter. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are considered as the main buildings and so they encompass some of the most relevant passenger services and airline offices. Operations are also handled from Terminal 2, yet a large part of the shopping and dining activity is concentrated on it. And lastly, Terminal 4 is almost entirely dedicated to holiday and charter flights.

Which terminal in Stuttgart airport does my flight depart from?

While planning your trip, it is advisable that you identify the terminal your airline operates from before travelling from the city to Stuttgart airport. This way, you will quickly locate your check-in desk if needed –do not forget you can always get an electronic boarding pass– as well as the baggage-drop counter, something that will enable you to speed up the process of checking into your flight and clearing security prior to flying. Airlines are distributed among terminals in STR as follows:

Aeroflot, Air Serbia, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Czech Airlines and Eurowings (T1).

Austrian, Swiss and Lufthansa (T2).

Adria Airways, Aegean, Air Baltic, Blue Air, British Airways, Condor, Air France, Delta, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia, KLM, Tui Fly, LOT Polish Airlines, Easyjet, Luxair, Pegasus, Vueling and Scandinavian Airlines (T3).

Air Cairo, Bulgarian Air Charter, Ryanair and Sun Express (T4).

Will you be visiting other cities within Germany as part of your business trip? If Munich will be another stop along the way, take a look at our recommendations for a business stay close to Munich airport.

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Hotels near Cologne Bonn airport in Germany

Köln Bonn airport serves the German cities of Cologne and Bonn as well as its neighbouring areas. Known as a primary hub for Eurowings, it handles a large number domestic and international operations that connect the region with over 130 European and overseas destinations. While terminal 1 is home to the Eurowings airline, its check-in and customer service counters and those of Lufthansa and Austrian, terminal 2 is the place to go if you fly with Ryanair. 

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Where to sleep near Cologne Bonn airport in Germany

Unlike the majority of airports in Germany, Cologne Bonn International stays open 24 hours, which allows for staying inside the facilities in the event of flight delays or cancellations, or even when you are flying out early in the morning the next day. However, if you are planning a business trip to Cologne or will be spending a few days in the area, we advise you to consider staying in a hotel close to Köln Bonn airport and spend the night there for a more convenient, hassle-free travel experience. Take a look at our recommendations below.

Budget hotel near Cologne airport in Germany

An excellent value for money option that lets you choose amongst guest rooms with a private shower or others entitling you to use shared bathroom facilities in the communal area, the Art of Comfort Haus Ingeborg offers airport shuttle services upon request for a nominal surcharge, picking up arriving passengers at the nearby building terminals. In case you prefer to rent a car to get around, there are free parking spaces available inside the premises. The room categories in this hotel close to Köln Bonn airport include individual, double, twin and family capacity, ready to accommodate up to four adults together. Besides, guests may enjoy additional benefits such as daily breakfast buffet on site, safety deposit boxes, laundry, a display of local artistic works and the opportunity to explore the green zones in the vicinity by hiring a bike at the front desk.

The Leonardo Hotel in Cologne Bonn airport

One of the main perks of staying in this hotel near Köln Bonn International, strategically situated less than one kilometre away from the airport facilities, is that you won’t need to walk while carrying your luggage after landing: the Leonardo hotel provides regular free airport transfers for guests at any time of the day or night. Moreover, travellers sleeping here may commute to Cologne city centre by train in just 15 minutes. The soundproofed rooms feature complimentary WiFi internet, comfortable beds, work desk, TV and private bathroom, and local beers and meals are served at the onsite restaurant, the same place where a hearty buffet breakfast including vegan and gluten-free options is put at guests’ disposal every morning.

Köln Bonn airport hotel in Germany

The known as “Airport Hotel by the New Yorker” is conveniently located close to the Cologne Bonn International air terminals, allowing travellers to get from the arrivals hall to the hotel after a short car drive (2 minutes) or a nice stroll (12 minutes). Its fully-equipped and well-appointed rooms can accommodate guests who travel solo for work purposes, couples on a city break or groups. During their stay in this hotel near Cologne Bonn airport, guests will enjoy complimentary WiFi, room service, daily buffet-style breakfast and amenities like an onsite bar and spaces that can be booked and arranged to host meetings and events. The Theater am Dom and the German Aerospace Centre lie within 3 kilometres from this location.

Transport options at Cologne airport

The airport’s railway station, which can be easily accessed from either terminal, provides regular links to Cologne -15 kilometres away- and Bonn -16 kilometres away-, and also high-speed and long distance services that continue their journey towards other points within German territory like Düsseldorf. If you need to visit the downtown during your trip and would rather commute by bus, know that line 161 transports arriving passengers to Köln and line SB60 covers the distance between Cologne airport and Bonn.

Will you be flying to other German airports as part of your leisure or business trip? We recommend that you also read our post about places to stay near Munich International airport.

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Hannover airport in Germany: terminals and transit hotels

When visiting Hannover in Germany for either business or leisure purposes and provided that you choose to travel by air, you will land in Hannover International airport (IATA code: HAJ), a European hub for airline companies such as Condor, Eurowings, SunExpress and TUI fly, which link the German city to many major airports and holiday destinations within the continent as well as overseas.

How many terminals does Hannover airport have?

The facilities of Hannover airport consist of three passenger terminals, one of which is currently closed to the public due to remodelling works; this has led to the relocation and distribution of check-in areas and departures among terminals A and B until works in terminal C are completed. It is possible and easy to walk from one terminal building to another in HAJ, thanks to the enabled walkways specifically designated for passengers. All shops and restaurants in the two operational terminals remain open as usual and railway services are not affected either.

Which terminal in Hannover airport do I have to go?

It depends on which airline you will be flying with. At present, passengers flying from Hannover with Air France, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Eurowings, KLM, LOT, SAS, Sun Express, Swiss, TUI fly or Vueling must head to Terminal A for check-in and departure, while those on flights operated by Aegean, Aeroflot, British Airways, Condor, Flybe, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines or Wizz Air will find the airline counter and departure concourse in Terminal B.

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Remodelling works are expected to be finished by late 2019, when some of the aforementioned airlines will go back to handle their operations from brand new Terminal C. From that time onwards, passengers will benefit from faster security checks and will also be able to walk between terminals on the airside, to mentions just a couple of the projected improvements.

Recommended hotels near Hannover airport in Germany

Both within short walking distance of the passenger terminals and the airport’s railway station –from which direct train services are run all throughout the day-, the Maritim Airport Hotel Hannover and the Leonardo Hotel Hannover Airport offer well-appointed soundproof guest rooms, fine onsite dining, complimentary breakfast and spaces dedicated to physical activity and wellness. Besides, travellers who stay in either of them for work can have business meeting rooms arranged and use the high-speed free WiFi connection on their mobile devices. Visit the previous links for further information on the amenities available and how to book your stay near Hannover airport.

Travelling from Hannover airport to the city centre

There are several ways to get to the centre from the airport after claiming your baggage:

There are taxi ranks in front of each terminal on its Arrivals level; it will take you 25 minutes approximately to reach your hotel or accommodation in downtown Hannover if you choose this option.

Alternatively, you may catch the railway S-Bahn line S5, which runs every 30 minutes and transports passengers from the airport to the city in less than 20 minutes, or the S8 line which provides direct transportation to Hannover Messe.

And lastly, probably the cheapest way to go from Hannover airport to the city is by taking public bus route 470 linking the passenger terminals to the Langenhagen-Zentrum station.

That being said, if you would rather opt for a more convenient means of ground transportation after landing, we recommend you check with your hotel whether they provide shuttle services for confirmed guests before travelling, and so confirm that you can be picked up by their staff upon arriving at the airport. Another good idea might be staying in a hotel close to Hannover airport, especially if your trip will last only a couple of nights, in the event of a short layover or when visiting the city for work.

Will you be travelling to other cities within Germany? If so, we recommend you take a look at some of our other posts about Hamburg International airport or the best places for tourists in Berlin.

A guide to Salzburg airport in Austria

Salzburg International airport (SZG), also referred to as W. A. Mozart airport, is the second largest aviation hub in Austria only behind Vienna International. Its passenger terminals lie roughly 3 kilometres away from Salzburg city centre and just 2 kilometres from the German border. It serves as a hub for the carrier Eurowings in the country, although it handles high volumes of both scheduled and seasonal operations by major international airlines and is also known for being a primary gateway into the main ski holiday areas in the neighbouring regions. Continue reading our recommendations if you plan to land in Salzburg for the first time anytime soon.

Travelling from the airport to Salzburg

In order to cover the short distance between Salzburg airport and the city, you may ride one of the trolley bus lines (2 and 10) departing every 10 minutes from the airport terminals on working days and every 20 minutes on weekends and holidays. The trolley bus journey from the airport to Salzburg takes about 15 minutes, and a one-way ticket costs 2,5 euros. If you plan to explore the city and get the 3-day Salzburg card to visit its main attractions, you will also be able to use it as a transport pass. Alternatively, you may take a taxi outside the arrivals zone of the airport to get to your hotel in Salzburg in a matter of minutes.

Terminals of Salzburg airport in Austria

There are two terminal buildings in Salzburg airport of Austria (SZG): Terminal 1 is the largest terminal, and its facilities comprise two distinct areas for Schengen and non-Schengen operations each; it also features shops, restaurants and an observation deck affording privileged views of the runway. In Salzburg airport, passengers walk across the runway or else are transported by bus to board the airplanes since there are no jet bridges available. Terminal 2 is a smaller building dedicated to the air traffic of the peak holiday season, which accounts for its extra counters specifically designated for checking in skiing gear. The dining options are limited here, so consider stopping at T1 to grab a bite to eat first if you are hungry.

Passenger services in SZG

Salzburg airport has an airport lounge for first-class and business-class passengers of flights operated by Air Baltic, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Lufthansa, S7Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Likewise, members of Priority Pass, Lounge Cub and Diners Club, and travellers who purchase a pass at the Ticket Centre of Terminal 1 are admitted into the Salzburg airport lounge. Opening hours go from 5am to 9pm, so if you need to stay overnight to wait for your early morning flight, we recommend you book a hotel near Salzburg airport.

Among other amenities for travellers going through this airport in Austria we count the aforementioned observation deck, which is accessible from the upper level of Terminal 1, features a cafe and provides impressive runway views; an art gallery with temporary exhibitions on display that stays open from 7am to 10pm daily; a security fast track that can be accessed by buying a 5€ pass at the Ticket Centre and free unlimited WiFi in the majority  of public and restricted zones.

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Flights to Salzburg in Austria

The listed below are the airlines flying to Salzburg in Austria both regularly and seasonally.

Airlines that operate scheduled flights to SZG (all year round):

Air Serbia (from Nis), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London Gatwick), easyjet (Berlin Schönefeld), Eurowing (Berlin Tegel, Köln Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg), Finnair (Helsinki), Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Ryanair (London Stansted).

Flying to Salzburg on peak-holiday season

You can get seasonal flights to Salzburg in Austria with Aer Lingus (from Dublin and Cork), Air Baltic (Riga, Tallinn), Air Cairo and FlyEgypt (Hurghada), British Airways (London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow), Jet2.com and easyJet (Amsterdam, Belfast International, Bristol, Hamburg, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Leeds), Eurowings (Corfu, Gran Canaria , Heraklion, Terme), Olbia (Palma de Mallorca), Flybe (Birmingham and Newcastle), I-Fly and Pobeda (Moscow Vnukovo), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London Gatwick, Oslo Gardermoen, Stavenger, Stockholm Arlanda) and Pegasus (Antalya).