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Travelling to Bamberg

By air

Bamberg is near four international airports. Although most International flights arrive at either Frankfurt or Munich, the closest airport is Nuremberg.

Nuremberg International Airport – NUE

Just 70km from Bamberg, Nuremberg's international airport is served by conventional and low-cost carriers, including Air France, Eurowings, KLM, Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Turkish Airlines, Wizz and others. Find cheap flights at Swoodoo, Opodo or Skyscanner.

From the airport, take subway line U2 to Nuremberg Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). The subway runs almost every ten minutes, from 04:42 to 00:46 daily, and the journey takes around 13 minutes. For late-night arrivals, night bus N12 runs once an hour to the Hauptbahnhof.

From the Hauptbahnhof, trains run regularly to Bamberg, between 04:30 and 01:00. There are no late-night trains to Bamberg and you may face timetable changes at weekends. The best option is the Regional Express (RE). A single ticket costs 11.90 for a journey of around 45 minutes. The S1 train costs the same but the trip lasts almost an hour. The InterCity Express (ICE) gets you to Bamberg in just 30 minutes but costs around 20. Check timetables on Deutsche Bahn or Nuremberg Public Transport Network VGN.

Buy rail tickets from machines at the airport, which take cash or cards. These tickets are valid for the underground and night bus too, so you don't need an additional ticket from and to the airport. If you're travelling with someone else, the Daily Ticket Plus can be shared by two adults and costs 19.70 but is not valid on ICE trains.

Frankfurt International Airport – FRA

This is the biggest airport in Germany. The quickest and most convenient way to travel the 230km to Bamberg is by train. Take the InterCity Express (ICE) from the airport station to Würzburg. In Würzburg, change to a regional train (RB or RE) to Bamberg. The journey takes around 3 hours and tickets cost between 30 for advance and €65 for late bookings. For timetables and bookings, go to Deutsche Bahn.

There is a once-daily bus connection from Frankfurt airport to Bamberg, at 12:40. The trip lasts around 4.5 hours and costs €12. Book online at FlixBus.

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport – HHN

Don't be fooled by the name – Frankfurt-Hahn is 125km from Frankfurt itself, and a full five hours by bus and train from Bamberg, though you can sometimes find very cheap Ryanair flights. From Frankfurt-Hahn, the Flibco bus takes you to Frankfurt's Hauptbahnhof. Check the timetable in advance. Fees vary from 5 to 16 if you pre-book online. You can also buy tickets at the desk in front of terminal B or from the bus driver, but you'll be charged 19.

From the Hauptbahnhof, take the ICE train to Würzburg and change to a regional train (RB or RE) to Bamberg. Regular buses run from the Hauptbahnhof to Bamberg. Check FlixBus for timetables and bookings.

Munich Airport – MUC

Direct buses to Bamberg, three times a day. The journey lasts around 3 hours and costs €24. Check timetables and pre-book tickets at FlixBus.

To travel by rail, take subway lines S1 or S8 from the airport S-Bahn station to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). At the Hauptbahnhof, change to the InterCity Express (ICE) that runs every two hours to Bamberg. Tickets start at 29, depending on how far in advance you book. Check timetables and pre-book tickets at Deutsche Bahn.

For cheaper fares, choose a slower regional connection (IRE, RE, RB trains) from the Hauptbahnhof to Bamberg via Nuremberg, where you will have to change trains. The journey lasts around three hours. The Bayern Ticket starts at 25 and allows groups of up to five adults to travel together, with an additional fee of 6 per extra person. Buy tickets at the airport machines; the S-Bahn from Munich airport to the Hauptbahnhof is included in the price. Bayern Tickets are not valid for high-speed ICE connections.

Always check train timetables online nearer the date of travel; there may well be changes late at night and at weekends

By train

Regional, InterCity Express and international trains connect to Bamberg regularly. Deutsche Bahn offers all InterCity Express travellers a Saver Fare (Sparpreis) for inland and international destinations.

Sparpreise cover the biggest cities in Germany as well as Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, England, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Prices start at 19.90 for inland trips and 39 for international destinations. Early booking recommended; at least a week before the trip.

On the regional train network (RB, RE, S-Bahn and others), you can find special offers, like the Bayern Ticket, the Franken-Thüringen Ticket, the Weekend Ticket and the Day Ticket for Germany. All these enable you to travel in groups of up to 5, paying a basic price plus a small extra fee for each additional person. Deutsche Bahn regional offers compared.

For last minute tickets and special fares, see Itur.

Rail&Fly tickets from airlines and tour operators

If you are travelling to a German airport (with the exception of Frankfurt-Hahn and Memmingen) and plan to take the train to Bamberg, check whether your carrier offers a Rail&Fly option, which offers reduced fares from and to the airport when booking an international flight. Rail&Fly is available only from airlines and tour operators and therefore can only be booked with them. You cannot buy a Rail&Fly ticket after arrival at the airport. The ticket is valid the day before the flight departure, the day of the flight departure, the day of the return flight and the day after the return flight. You must carry a valid ticket, your flight schedule/itinerary and passport/ID card.

By bus

The long-distance bus network is a cheap alternative to rail. Several companies offer direct or indirect connections to Bamberg, and reduced prices for advance online buyers. It's always more expensive to buy tickets on the day. Check busradar to compare fees and find special-price tickets.

FlixBus offers numerous national and international connections from Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln and Munich, along with cities in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, France and Poland. If you don't mind changing buses, you can reach even more European destinations. Eurolines connects Bamberg with cities in Poland and the Ukraine.

By car

Bamberg lies in Franconia, northern Bavaria, and is well connected to the German motorway network. The A70 from Schweinfurt to Bayreuth runs along the northern edge of the town. From the A70 you can connect to the A71, A9 and A7. The A73 on the eastern side of town connects Bamberg to Nuremberg and Thuringia. From Nuremberg, you can pick the A9, A3 and A6. Find the relevant motorway exits off the A70 and A73.