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International Trains in Europe inc Eurostar

By train to and from European Airports

A unique summary for the rail links for trains to and from airports in Europe. How to take the train between the airport and your final destination.

If the only train in Europe that that you intend to travel by is the train from the airport, ThereByTrain.com is still here to help, with our unique to the rail links to airports. If the airport you'll be using isn't listed under its respective country then it almost certain doesn't have a train service/staion linked to an airport terminal.
We'll be adding more countries to this list, but to avoid any confusion we'll tell you now that no airports in the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia have rail links (yet).

AUSTRIA

Graz

The airport is 9 kilometres from Graz

From The Airport
Graz Airport (Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof) has a station 4 minutes walk from the main terminal building named ‘Graz Flughafen-Feldkirchen.
S-Bahn local trains on line S5 depart daily from the station at 18 and 48 minutes past east hour on Mondays to Fridays and at 48 min past each hour at weekends.

Trains to Graz have Bruck/Mer, Graz hbf or Murrzuschlag as a final destination and the journey to Graz hbf, from where connections are available to main line trains and other lines of the Graz S-Bahn commuter train network, takes just 10 minutes.

However Graz hbf is a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre as the station is located on the west bank of the Mur River. Frequent trams operate between Graz Hbf and the city centre.

To The Airport
S-bahn line S5 trains to Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof depart from Graz hbf at 10 min past each daily and 40 mins past each hour on Monday to Friday only, they have Spielfeld StraB as a final destination.

Vienna International Airport/Flughafen Wien-Schwechat is 21 kilometres from Vienna/Wien

Trains From Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport has a station located between the main terminals and it used by two rail services :

1. CAT (City Airport Train) This service operates non-stop between the airport and the city centre station of Wien Mitte in a journey time of 16 minutes.
During the day trains depart from the airport at 05 and 35 min past each hour.

2. Line S7 of the Vienna S-Bahn commuter rail network operates from the airport and calls at the city centre stations of Wien Renweg, Wien Mitte and Wien Pratersen.
The journey time to Wien Mitte is 24 minutes and during the day S-Bahn trains depart from the airport at 18 and 48 minutes past each hour.

If you have missed a CAT train take the next S-Bahn train, as this will take you to Wien Mitte station quicker than waiting for the next CAT train.
However, the CAT train is more expensive than the S-Bahn and requires a dedicated ticket, so check the details of the next departure before booking a ticket, If the next departure is an S-bahn train purchasing an S-Bahn ticket will save both time and money.

The S-Bahn ticket machines will also sell standard integrated tickets for the Vienna area which provide for onward connections to other S-Bahn trains, trams, buses and the U-Bahn (Vienna’s subway system).
CAT tickets are valid to Wien Mitte station only, where separate tickets will have to be purchased when onward connections are required.
Mitte station is to the east of the city centre.

Onward connections to other stations in Vienna/Wien

Main line train services to/from Vienna have been temporarily re-organised to allow for the construction of Vienna’s new Hauptbahnhof station. The primary change is that long distance trains which have previously departed from Sudbahnhof now depart from Wien Meidling station.
To access Wien Meidling from the airport don’t use the CAT trains, take the S7 train to Wien Renweg and change there on to lines S1, S2 and S3 which all call at Meidling.

Long distance trains from Vienna Westbahnhof station have been less affected. To access Vienna Westbahnhof take either the CAT or S-Bahn trains to Mitte and transfer there to line U3 (if you take the CAT train you will have to purchase a separate ticket for the U-Bahn at Mitte station).
Line U3 from Mitte station also serves the city centre stations of Stephensplatz and Volkstheater.

Trains To Vienna International Airport

From Vienna travellers to the airport have a choice of two services:

1. CAT (City Airport Train) They depart from Wien Mitte station, which is to the east of the city centre, every 30 mins at 08 and 38 minutes past the hour. They travel non-stop to Wien Flughafen station in 16 minutes.
Passengers making flight connections for a number of airlines can use the check-in desks at Wien Mitte station up to 75 mins prior to their flight departure times.

2. S-Bahn (commuter) trains depart from the city centre stations of Wien Pratersen, Wien Mitte and Wien Renweg. The S-bahn trains operate on line S7 and depart from Wien Mitte at 17 and 47 minutes past each hour during the day.
The 17 minutes past each hour departures have Wolfstahl as their final destination.
The S-Bahn trains have a journey time of 25 minutes.
Line S7 trains share platforms with multiple other departures, so check the destination on the platform indicators and front of the trains prior to boarding.

Eurail and InterRail passes are not valid on CAT trains.

BELGIUM

Brussels

Brussels National Aiport/Luchthaven Brussel-Nationaal/Aéroport de Bruxelles-National is 12 kilometres from Brussels

Trains To the airport from central Brussels/Bruxelles

Trains to Brussels Nat Aeoroport station depart from the city centre stations of Central, Midi and Nord stations four times per hour every day of the week, but the departures are not evenly spaced so it’s a good idea to check departure times.
Certain services to the airport from Brussels have Leuven as final destination (but not all trains terminating at Leuven serve the airport so check before boarding.)

The journey time to the airport from Central station is around 15 mins.

Brussels Nat. Aeroport Station is located at level 1 of the main terminal building so the transfer to/from the train and arrivals/departures is very straight forward.

Trains depart from Brussels Central at these minutes past each hour during the day:

  • Mon-Fri: 04/16 /34/52 The trains at 06/34 mins past each hour have Leuven as a final destination while those at 04/52 mins past each hour have Landen as a final destination
  • Sat-Sun: 14/21/34/54 – the 14 mins past departures have Leuven as a final destination.

Trains depart from Brussels Midi at:

  • Mon-Fri: 00/12/30/48. The trains at 12/30 mins past each hour have Leuven as a final destination while those at 00/48 mins past each hour have Landen as a final destination.
  • Sat-Sun: 10/17/30/50 - the 10 mins past departures have Leuven as a final destination.

Trains depart from Brussels Nord at:

  • Mon-Fri: 09/21/39/57 mins past each hour - The trains at 21/39 mins past each hour have Leuven as a final destination while those at 09/57 mins past each hour have Landen as a final destination
  • Sat-Sun: 19/26/39/59 - the 19 mins past departures have Leuven as a final destination.

Direct trains TO the airport from other cities in Belgium

From Gent/Ghent

On Mon-Fri to the airport departs from Ghent/Gent St.Pieters station at 15mins past and 20 min past each hour.
The journey time from Ghent/Gent on the train that departs at 15 mins past every hour is 55 min, while the train that departs at 20 mins the hour takes 1hr25mins (it’s not an express service).
At weekends only this slower train operates, it departs from Gent at 27 mins past the hour pn Sat/Sun.

From Leuven

Trains to the airport depart from Leuven (where connections are available from Liege) at 07 and 29 minutes past each hour on Monday to Friday and 07 min past each hour at weekends.

From Antwerp/Antwerepen

There are now direct trains to Bruxelles Natonal Aeroport from Antwerpen (Central) station.
During the day on Mon-Fri the train departs hourly at 42 mins the hour, at weekends it departs at 12 mins past the hour.
The journey time to the airort is 34 mins on Mon-Fri and 45 mins at weekends.

From Mons

During the day on Mon-Fri the train departs hourly at 07 mins the hour, at weekends it departs at 21 mins past the hour.
The journey time by train from Mons to the airport is 70 mins.

Trains FROM the airport

Details of all train departures from the airport can be found here

Trains to central Brussels

From Brussels Nat. Aeroport Station trains depart at the following times to the three city centre stations:

  • Mon-Fri: 09 (destination Ghent)/27 (destination Nivelles)/36 (destination Quevy)/51 (destination De Panne or Kortrijk)
  • Sat-Sun: 07 (destination Ghent)/23/30 destination Quievrain)/50

The Monday to Friday departure at 51 mins past each hour also calls at Ghent and is faster than the 04 mins past each hour departure.
If your final destination is Brugges you can take this train to Ghent and make connections there, but connections to Brugges are also available by changing at Brussels Central from the 04 (daily), 27 (Mon-Fri) and 31 (Sat/Sun) minutes past departures.

Trains to Leueven and connections for Liege

Trains to Leuven (where connections are available to Liege) depart from the airport at 18 and 39 mins past each hour on Mon-Fri and 40 min past each hour at weekends.

Trains to Mechelen and Antwerp

Trains to Mechelen and Antwerp/Antwerpen depart from the airport hourly on Mon-Fri at 44 mis past the hour and at 39mins past the hour at weekends.

Trains to Monds

Direct trains to Mons depart from the airport hourly on Mon-Fri at 36 mis past the hour and at 30mins past the hour at weekends.

Rail Passes on the Brussels Airport Trains

Eurail and Inter Rail pass holders currently have to pay a supplement when travelling to the airport, this is because for a temporary period higher fares are being charged to/from the airport, in order to help with the funding of the new line.

DENMARK

Copenhagen/Kobenhavn

Frequent trains run between Central Station in Copenhagen and Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport including local trains and all long distance IC trains from west Denmark, the majority of 'Lyn' trains now also serve the airport.
All trains that operate over the Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, including the X2000 trains, call at the station that is directly linked to the terminals at Kastrup.

Click HERE for details of all regular train departures from Copenhagen Airport station (known in Denmark as Kastrup Lufthavn St).
The day before you'll be travelling to/from the airport confirm the train times by entering your travel date.

FRANCE

To Paris Aeroport Charles De Gaulle (CDG) from central Paris

The RER is the local/commuter rail system in Paris and trains on RER Line B link the city centre with Aerport Charles De Gaulle (Aeroport CDG).

CDG airport has two stations on RER Line B, ‘Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 1’ and ‘Aeroport Charle De Gaulle 2'.
A light rail system the ‘CDGVAL’ operates between the airport terminals.
Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 1 is the station which offers the most convenient access to Terminals 1 and 3, however the CDGVAL needs to be used when travelling to Terminal 1 from the RER station.
This station is approximately 300 metres walk from Terminal 3.
As suggested by the name ‘Aeroport Charle De Gaulle 2' RER station is directly linked to Terminal 2 at the airport.
Passengers with heavy luggage heading to Terminal 3 can opt to take the RER to Terminal 2 as at Terminal 2 the CDGVAL station is near to Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 RER station and the CDGVAL provides direct access to Terminal 3.

Travelling to CDG Airport from central Paris.

In central Paris RER line B trains depart from the following stations:

  • Denfert Rochereau – transfer with Metro line 6 (trains from Montparnasse)
  • St. Michel Notre Dame – transfer with RER line C (for trains from Gare D’Austerlitz and Versailles)
  • Chatelet Les Halles – transfer with RER Line A for trains from Marne La Vallée (Disneyland Paris) and La Defense, as well as subway link from Chatelet Metro station for transfer from Metro Lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14
  • Gare Du Nord – cross platform transfer from RER Line D for trains from Gare De Lyon and subway link from RER Line E for trains from St Lazare. Transfer from Metro lines 4 and 5 and direct access from the main line station.

Be sure to take line B3 trains with Aeroport Ch. De Gaulle 2 as the final destination, line B5 trains to Mitry-Claye do not serve the airport.
There are two stations at the airport, the first station when travelling from Paris is Aeroport Ch. De Gaulle 1 which as access to Terminals 1 and 3 while the second station, has access to Terminal 2 and the airport’s TGV station.

There are eight trains per hour from central Paris, four of which run stop from Gare Du Nord to Aeroport Ch. De Gaulle 1 and complete the journey in 25 minutes. They are followed 3 minutes later by slower trains that stop at all nine stations between Paris and the airport, but if you just miss one of the faster trains it is quicker to take the following slower train.

InterRail and Eurail passes are accepted for travel on line B between the RER stations at Charles De Gaulle and Paris Gare Du Nord. You will have to show your pass at the ticket office and ask for a ‘contremarques’ ticket.

Travelling To central Paris from CDG Airport

The quickest and easiest route from CDG Airport to Paris city centre is to take an RER train.

The RER is the local/commuter rail system in Paris and trains on RER Line B provide a simple direct link TO the city centre AND to Orly Airport (connections from Orly Airport are available from Antony station on RER Line B).

CDG airport has two stations on RER Line B, ‘Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 1’ and ‘Aeroport Charle De Gaulle 2'.

A light rail system ‘CDGVAL’ also operates between the airport terminals.
Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 1 is the station which offers the most convenient access from both Terminals 1 and 3.
However, the CDGVAL needs to be used when travelling to the station from Terminal 1.

The RER station is approximately 300 metres walk from Terminal 3.
Passengers with heavy luggage can opt to take the CDGVAL to Terminal 2, this can be a good idea because the exit from the CDGVAL stopping point at Terninal 2 is comparatively close to the entrance to ‘Aeroport Charle De Gaulle 2' RER station - which as its names implies is conveniently located for passengers arriving at Terminal 2.

Eight RER trains per hour operate from both of the RER stations at the airport to the central Paris stations of Gare Du Nord, Chatelet Les Halles and St Michel-Notre Dame.
Trains with ‘Massy Palaiseau’ as the final destination are quicker, as they are express between the airport and Gare Du Nord.
They take 30 minutes to reach Chatelet Les Halles station in the heart of the city centre.

All RER trains from CDG also call at Antony station from where connecting trains run direct to Orly Airport.

To reach main line stations in central Paris other than Gare Du Nord - which is served by the RER trains, use the following connections

  • Austerlitz – Transfer to RER Line C at St Michel-Notre Dame, take eastbound trains one stop to Gare D’Austerlitz
  • Bercy – Transfer to RER line D (cross platform interchange) at Chatelet Les Halles and take the train one stop to Gare De Lyon (the line D train will be travelling in the same direction as the line B train that you have alighted from). Change again at Gare De Lyon on to Metro Line 14, direction ‘Biblioteque Francois Mitterand’.
  • Gare De L’Est – Transfer to Metro line 4 at Gare Du Nord and take the train in the direction of ‘Porte d’Orleans’
  • Gare De Lyon – Transfer to RER line D (cross platform interchange) at Chatelet Les Halles and take the train one stop to Gare De Lyon (the line D train will be travelling in the same direction as the line B train that you have alighted from)
  • Montparnasse – Transfer to Metro line 4 or 6 at ‘Denfert Rochereau’ station. Take Metro Line 4 direction ‘Porte de Clignancourt’ ot Metro Line 6 ‘direction ‘Ch. De Gaulle Etoile
  • St Lazare – Leave the train at Gare Du Nord and walk through the subway link to ‘Magenta’ station on RER Line E and take the train to ‘Haussman - St Lazare’ from where subway links are available to St Lazare main line station

To access the business district at La Defense transfer to RER Line A at Chatelet Les Halles and take trains in the direction of ‘St Germain en Laye’, Cergy’ or Poissy.

Between central Paris and Aeroport Orly by train

Travelling to Orly Airport from central Paris

15 kilometres from Paris

Take an RER Line B4 train with either ‘Massy Palaiseau Ratp’ or ‘Remy Les Chevreuse’ as a final destination don’t take trains with ‘Robinson’ as a final destination from the following stations in central Paris.

  • Denfert Rochereau – transfer from Metro line 6 trains from Montparnasse
  • St. Michel Notre Dame – transfer with RER line C for trains from Gare D’Austerlitz
  • Chatelet Les Halles – transfer with RER Line A for trains from Marne La Vallée (Eurodisney) amd La Defense, RER Line D trains from Gare De Lyon, as well as the subway link from Chatelet Metro station for transfer from Metro Lines 1, 4, 7,11 and 14
  • Gare Du Nord – transfer from subway link from RER Line E for trains from St Lazare. Transfer from Metro lines 4 and 5 and direct access from the main line station.

Take the RER Line B4 train to Antony station and transfer to Shuttle RER trains (branded ORLY VAL) that run between the airport and Antony station

An alternative route to the airport from the city centre is to take the shuttle bus from Pont De Rungis station which is on RER Line C.
Trains run to Pont De Rungis from city centre stations on the Left Bank of the Seine, including Gare D’Austerlitz, as well as Versailles.
To reach Pont De Rungis station from the city centre take care to only use route C2, the trains will have the destination of ‘Massy Palaiseau’

Travelling From Orly Airport

Take the train from Orly Sud station to Antony station and change there for RER Line B services to the central Paris stations listed above.
Or take the shuttle bus to Point De Rungis station on RER line C for direct trains to Gare D’Austerlitz, Musée D’Orsay, Invalides and Champs De Mar Tour Eiffel.

Travelling between CDG and Orly Airports

Direct RER line B trains run from the RER stations at Charles De Gaulle Airport to/from Antony station where passengers can transfer to/from shuttle trains that serve Orly Sud station, which is linked to the airport. Allow 80 minutes for the journey from one airport to the other.

TGV Express Trains to/from Aeroport CDG

Aeroport Charles De Gaulle in Paris has a station on the network of high speed railway lines in France, that is used by TGV trains to/from other cities in France and Brussels/Bruxelles.

However, these TGV trains from/to the airport don't operate to a fixed interval timetable, so there often long gaps between departures and many cities are served by only one or two direct trains from/to the airport.

If the timings below aren't convenient for the arrival/departure times of your flight, take an RER train to/from central Paris (see above) for a much greater choice of train departures.

TGV trains from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle TGV station>

Long distance trains depart from Aeroport CDG at the following times daily TO these destinations below:

  • Aix en Provence (TGV) at 06:58; 09:58; 11:40; (until Apr 2 11:58 not Tues-Thurs); 13:58; 16:58
  • Avignon (TGV) at 06:58; 08:30; 09:58; 11:40; 13:58; 16:58; 19:28; (Fri only 20:28)
  • Beziers (and Narbonne, Perpignan) at 11:58; 15:58; (Fri and Sun 17:58)
  • Bordeaux at 08:19; 10:16; 14:09; 16:21; 18:09
  • Brussels at 08:07; 10:37; 11:07; 13:10; 17:07; 19:08; 21:07
  • Dijon (and Mulhouse) at 19:58
  • Lille at 08:07; 09:07; (09:16 not Sun); (Sat only 09:30); 10:37; 11:07; 11:57; 13:07; 13:16 (Sat/Sun only 13:46); (Sun only 14:16); 15:50; 16:04; 17:07; 18:46; 19:08; 19:50; 20:06; 21:07; 21:16; 21:46; 22:07 (Sun only 23:08)
  • Lyon at 06:58; 07:25; 08:30; 09:58; 11:58; 13:58; 15:58; 16:58; 17:58; 19:28; 21:17
  • Marseilles at 06:58; 08:30; 09:58; 11:40; (until Apr 2 11:58 not Tues-Thurs); 13:58; 16:58; 19:28; (Fri only 20:28)
  • Montpellier (and Nimes) at 07:25; 09:58; 11:58; 15:58; 17:58; (Sun only 21:17)
  • Nantes at 09:49; 12:49; (14:49 not Fri/Sat); 18:48; (Fri only 20:49)
  • Nice (and Antibes Cannes) at 06:58; 11:40
  • Rennes at 09:49; 12:49; 14:49; 18:48
  • Poitiers at 08:19; (10:16 Mon-Fri); 14:09; 16:21; 18:09
  • Strasbourg at (07:29 Mon-Sat); 10:26; 12:36; 18:29
  • Valence (TGV) at 07:25; 09:58; 11:40; 11:58; 15:58; 19:28; (Fri only 20:28); (Sun only 21:17)

TGV trains to Aeroport Charles De Gaulle TGV station>

Long distance trains depart for Aeroport CDG at the following times daily FROM these destinations below:

  • Aix en Provence (TGV) at (Sat only 06:09); 07:30; 09:30; 12:14; 16:30; 17:29; (18:29 not on Tues-Thurs after Apr 5)
  • Avignon (TGV) at (Sat only 06:30); 07:15; 09:51; 12:48; 16:51; 17:51; (18:52 not on Tues-Thurs after Apr 5)
  • Bordeaux at 07:23; 11:23; 15:23; 17:23
  • Brussels at 07:05; 08:18; 10:18; 10:21; 12:18; 15:17; 16:17; 19:17
  • Dijon at 07:13
  • Lille departures from Lille (Europe) station except those marked* that depart from Lille (Flandres) station at 06:02; 06:09; 06:47*; 07:17; 08:36; 09:02; 09:21; 10:26; 11:02; 13:03; 13:08*; 13:52; 14:44*; 14:53; 16:02; 17:03; 17:52; 18:26; 19:00*; (Sun only 19:23); 20:02
  • Lyon at 05:50; 08:30; 09:00; 11:00; 15:00; 17:00; 18:00; 19:00; 20:00
  • Marseilles at (Sat only 05:52); 06:44; 07:14; 09:14; 11:17; 16:16; 17:14; (18:14 not on Tues-Thurs after Apr 5)
  • Montpellier (and Nimes) at 07:02/(07:29); 11:59/(12:25); 13:02/(13:29); 15:02/(15:29); 18:02/(18:29)
  • Nantes at (Mon-Sat 05:57); 10:05; 15:31; 17:55
  • Nice at 09:27; 14:27
  • Rennes at (Mon-Sat 06:07); (Sun only 11:14); 15:38; 18:07
  • Poitiers at 09:12; 13:12; 17:12; 19:12
  • Strasbourg at 06:01; 09:46; 12:16; (19:01 not Sun)
  • Valence (TGV) at (Sat only 07:05); 07:49; 08:20; 13:16; 14:16; 19:16

Lyon

25 kilometers from Lyon

To/From central Lyon

Lyon Saint Exupery Airport is now linked to the city centre by the Rhone Express super tram. During the day trams operate every 15 minutes (every 30 mins at early mornings and late evenings) between the airport terminal and Part Dieu station and the journey time is 25 minutes.

Part Dieu is where connections can be made to mainline trains from/to Lyon including TGV trains and the station is also adjacent to the city’s main business district.

For the city centre (Hotel De Ville area) and the area adjacent to Perrache station, transfer to/from Metro Line A at Valux En Velin, the first stop from the airport when travelling on the super tram.

The TGV station.

Despite its stunning architecture, the TGV station at the airport, adjacent to the main terminal, is now served by a very sporadic main line rail service.

Departure Details of direct trains from the airport to other destinations in the Savoie Alps area and to the south of Lyon are available here

Marseilles

28 kilometers from Marseilles

Marseilles Provence Airport (Aeroport de Marseilles-Provence) has a station ‘Vittrolles Aeroport Marseilles’ served by the local trains on the route between Marseilles and Arles. It is some distance from the airport terminal so passengers can reach it by dedicated shuttles buses that are timed to meet the arrival and departure times of the trains.

The journey time to/from Marseilles St Charles station in the city centre is approximately 17 minutes.

Direct trains also operate from Vitrolles Aeroport Marseilles station to/from Arles, Mirimas, Avignon, Nimes and Montpellier.

However trains to/from Vitrolles Aeroport station and all destinations are sporadic so it’s essential to check details in advance here
The departure/arrival times are in bold and check the days on which each train operates on the grey bar above the timetable.

Nice

7 kilometers from Nice

The nearest station to Nice Airport is the St Augustin station which is one stop from Nice Ville and served by local trains that run every 30 mins throughout the day.
However, the station is a 15-20 min walk from Terminal 1 at the airport, so it’s not particularly convenient for reaching Nice.
Directions to the station from the airport are available here.
However, direct rains also run from St Augustin to Antibes, Cannes, Grass and Monaco-Monte Carlo.

GERMANY

Berlin (Schonefeld)

Berlin Tegel airport has no rail link, but Schonefeld Airport is served by both S-Bahn (commuter) and RE/RB (local) rail services.

Trains between Berlin and Schonefeld have recently been re-organised and the only direct trains between central Berlin and the airport are the RE/RB train services which operate to Schonefeld from the upper level platforms at Berlin Hauptbahnhof as well as Zoo, Freidrichstrasse, Alexanderplatz and Berlin Ost stations:

  • RE line RE7 operates hourly and departs from Berlin hbf at 08 mins past each hour, destination ‘Wunsdorf/Waldstadt’.
  • RB (local train) line RB14 also operates hourly and departs from Berlin hbf at 34 mins past each hour. These trains have Schonefeld as a final destination and they also call at Berlin (Spandau).

Both trains take 27-28 mins to reach Schonefeld from Berlin hbf.

Departures from Schonefeld are RE7 (destination ‘Roblau’) at 25 min past each hour and RB14 (destination ‘Nauen’) at 55 min past each hour.

Berlin Schonefeld airport is also served by two S-Bahn lines S9 and S45

  • Line S9 runs to/from the airport from the east of the city including the station at Ostkreuz where connections are available to/from S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 and S75.
  • Line 45 runs to/from southern Berlin including Sudkreuz station.
    These S-Bahn services run every 20 minutes on both lines.

Dresden

15 kilometres from Dresden

From The Airport
Dresden Airpot (Flughafen Dresden) is linked to the city centre by S-Bahn local trains on line S2.
Trains depart daily from the station named ‘Dresden Flughafen’ at 16 and 46 minutes past east hour. All trains operate to central Dresden and call at the main line stations of Dresden Neustadt (where connections are available to Berlin, Erfurt, Frankfurt and Leipzig) and Dresden hbf (where connections are available towards Nuremberg).
The journey times are 13 minutes to Dresden Neustadt and 23 minutes to Dresden hbf.
If you’re heading to the city centre leave the train at Dresden Mitte.

To The Airport
From Dresden trains depart from Dresden Hbf at 18 and 48 min past each hour, from Dresden Mitte at 21 and 51 min past each hour and Dresden Neustadt at 24 and 54 min past each hour.

Dusseldorf

7 kilometres from Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf Airport is served by two stations:
1- ‘Dusseldorf Flughafen Terminal which is located under Terminal C, with passage ways available to/from the other terminals. It is used by local trains on S-Bahn Line S11 which depart for central Dusseldorf and Cologne/Koln at 04/24/44 mins past each hour on Mon-Fri and at 24/54 min past each hour at weekends.
S11 trains stop at several locations in Dusseldorf city centre including the city’s main station, ‘Dusseldorf hbf’, and the journey time to Dusseldorf hbf is just 12 minutes.
2- Dusselorf Flughafen (often referred to as the ’long distance station’) is located 2 kilometres from the airport and is used by ICE and IC long distance trains and RE (Regional Express) trains to other towns and cities in the Rhine-Ruhr area.
To access it from the airport, passengers can use a ‘Sky Train’ monorail system and the journey between the airport and the station takes less than 10 minutes.

All departure times from the Dusseldorf Flughafen main line station are available here.

If you’re travelling by train from Dusseldorf Flughafen to Cologne/Koln city centre avoid using the S-Bahn.
It’s usually quicker to head for ‘Dusseldorf Flughafen’ and transfer there to one of the two RE (regional express trains) to Cologne/Koln hbf that operate every hour.
The RE trains take 40 minutes to reach Cologne hbf while the journey time on the S -Bahn is 1hr and 20mins.

Travellers heading to cities south of Dusseldorf, that don’t have regular departures from the ‘Dusseldorf Flughafen’ main line station, such as Frankfurt and Munich, should take the S-Bahn from the airport to Dussedorf hbf and make connections there.

FRANKFURT - on arrival by plane

If your flight arrives at Terminal Two take the people mover system to Terminal One, the entrance to the station(s) at the airport is located at Terminal One.

Frankfurt Airport is served by two stations, but they share a common entrance beneath Terminal One so whatever your final destination follow the signs for Trains/Zuge.

Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof is immediately beneath the terminal, so is a matter of minutes from the Terminal One arrivals hall. It is the station for S-Bahn (commuter trains) to Frankfurt (Main) city centre and Mainz, as well as local (RE) trains to other towns in the Rhine/Ruhr area including Koblenz.

Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof is the station for the many high speed ICE trains that link Frankfurt Flughafen with other major cities in Germany as well as Brussels and Amsterdam. It is further from Terminal One, but has a moving walkway for ease of transfer to the trains.

There are numerous food/drink and retail outlets at the Fernbanhof, so if you want to purchase food/drink prior to boarding an ICE train, or have to wait before the departure of the train, do so at the station and not in the airport, head for the Fernbahnhof as soon as you exit arrivals.

FRANKFURT - on arrival by train

Transferring from a local train arriving at the Regionalbahnhof station to the departure lounges at Terminal One takes 5-10mins, depending on the location of your check in desk within the terminal.
If your flight is departing from Terminal Two allow 10-15 mins to reach the check in desk from the platforms in the Regionalbahnhof station. You will have to use the airport's very efficient people mover system to transfer to Terminal Two.

When arriving at the Fernbahnhof allow 10-15 mins for the transfer to departures at Terminal One and 15-20 mins to be at Terminal Two departures.
Regular travellers will find these time allowances to be generous, but the Fernbahnhof is further from the airport terminals than the Regionalbahnhof
The Fernbahnhof is linked to the main airport buildings by a bridge over an autobahn (motorway) and Lufthansa has check in desks for all flights located on this bridge. Queues at these check-in desks can be much shorter than in the main terminals, so it is another factor in favour of the ICE trains when selecting a travel option to the airport.

FRANKFURT - by train TO central Frankfurt

To the city centre

When travelling between the airport and central Frankfurt (Main) the easiest option is to use the 'Regionalbahnhof and take the S-Bahn line S8/S9 trains to Hauptwache station which is the closest station to the city centre.
You won't have to wait more than 15 mins for a train and the journey time from the airport to Hauptwache station is 15-17 mins. You should therefore be in the city centre no more than 40 mins after exiting the arrivals hall.
Hauptwache station on Google Maps

The S8/S9 trains also serve other stations in central Frankfurt, click the name of the station to access a Google Map link;

To Frankfurt (Main) hbf - and surrounding area

Frankfurt Main hbf (the primary main line station in central Frankfurt) is located to the west of the city centre, though many of the city's largest hotels including the Le Meridien and The Intercontinental are in the area adjacent to the hbf.

If your final destination is closest to one of the other stations served by the S-Bahn trains (see above), don't take a non-S-Bahn train that terminates at Frankfurt Main hbf.
If you do you will then need to transfer to the S-Bahn train on arrival at Frankfurt Main hbf, at the hbf the S-Bahn trains depart from a lower level, making for a more awkward transfer.

If your final destination IS adjacent to Frankfurt Main hbf, you don't have to take an S-Bahn train. If you have luggage it will be easier to actually to take a local (RE) train which terminates at Frankfurt Main (hbf). Taking these trains will save the bother of exiting the S-Bahn at Frankfurt Main hbf because at Frankfurt Main hbf the S-bahn station is underground.
However, these local (RE) trains operate less frequently than the S-Bahn, so it may not be worth waiting for a RE train if a S-Bahn train is due

There is no need to take an ICE train to Frankfurt Main hbf from the airport, local tickets won't be valid on the ICE trains and the difference in travel time is marginal.
Once you have factored in the additional time it takes to transfer to the Fernbahnhof, from where the ICE trains depart, the overall transit time is longer in comparison to using the local trains.

Connecting into other long distance trains at Frankfurt (Main) hbf

However, if your need to connect at Frankfurt Main hbf into an ICE, or other long distance trains, for onward travel beyond Frankfurt, the best option is usually to take an ICE train from the Fernbahnhof to Frankfurt (Main) hbf.
At the hbf your connecting train will then depart at the same level that the ICE train will arrive at, which can make for a comparatively easy transfer.
If you use an S-Bann train to make the transfer to Frankfurt (Main) hbf you will arrive at a lower level to the main departure platforms, so making the connection is comparatively awkward.
You don't have to reserve seats on the ICE trains between the airport/flughafen and Frankfurt (Main) hbf. You will be on the train for less than 15 mins, so if you have luggage. it’s easier to stay by the train doors rather than finding a seat.
It will also save you time when making connections at Frankfurt (Main) hbf if you board the ICE from the Fernbahnhof towards the front.

To Frankfurt (Main) Sub bahnhof/station

When travelling to Frankfurt (Main) Sud from the airport take the S-Bahn trains on lines S8/S9 from the Regionalbahnhof to Ostendstraße station and connect there to trains on S-Bahn lines S3/S4

FRANKFURT - by train FROM central Frankfurt

S-Bahn (commuter trains operate between central Frankfurt and the airport/Flughafen from the following city centre stations:

The journey time to the airport is 15-20mins and the S-Bahn trains arrive at Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen Regionalbahnhof. This station is located directly beneath the Terminal 1 building (a people mover links Terminal One with Terminal Two)
You need to take trains on lines S8/S9 from central Frankfurt that will have Wiesbaden as a final destination, but take care not to take a line S1 train to Wiesbaden, line S1 trains don't serve the airport.

At Frankfurt (Main)hbf the S-Bahn trains usually depart from the lower concourse/‘tief’ certain services leave from the main terminal on Sundays.
There are less frequent (local) trains from the main concourse at Frankfurt Main (hbf) to the airport, so if you have luggage you can save the bother of descending to the S-Bahn platforms, if a RE train is due to depart for the Flughafen Regionalbahnhof (if there is not a train within 15 mins it will be quicker to take the S-Bahn.)

Checking in for Lufthansa flights

If you're flying with Lufthansa, an option is take an ICE train from Frankfurt (Main) hbf to Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof.
Tickets will cost more than by local train, but Lufthansa has check-in desks at the Fernbahnhof (express train station) and the queues at these desks are usually much shorter in comparison to the departure halls at the airport.

Checking in for other airlines

If you're not flying by Lufthansa there is no need to take an ICE train to the airport from Frankfurt (Main) hbf. The tickets are more expensive, the journey time difference in comparison to the S-Bahn and RE trains is marginal and ICE trains will arrive at the Fernbahnhof station at the airport, which is more distant from the terminals than the Regionalbahnhof used by the S-Bahn and RE trains.
In fact the overall transit time from the main concourse at Frankfurt (Main) hbf to the departure halls at the airport is slower by ICE train.

Connecting from an ICE train arrival at Frankfurt (Main) hbf

If you need to make a connection at Frankfurt (Main) hbf, when travelling to the airport by ICE trains from other destinations in Germany, it can make sense to continue the journey to the airport by ICE train, particularly if you're flying with Lufthansa.
The transfer between ICE trains at Frankfurt Main (hbf) is all on one level, so making the connection is straightforward.
There is no need to reserve seats on the ICE trains between Frankfurt (Main) hbf and the airport, the journey time is less than 15 mins.

FRANKFURT - To/From Mainz, Koblenz and Wiesbaden

These towns are linked with the airport by S-Bahn (commuter) and RE (local) trains that use the Regionalbahnhof, the station that is immediately beneath Terminal One.
Frequent S-Bahn trains operate to/from Mainz and Wiesbaden and on Mon-Fri there are direct trains between the Regionalbahnhof and towns on the west bank of the Rhine Valley including Bingen, Boppard and Koblenz.
At weekends connections to these towns are possible at Mainz hbf but there also infrequent daily ICE trains that operate between the Fernbahnhof (long distance station) at the airport and Koblenz.

If your final destination is Koblenz, when departing the airport by train on Mon-Fridays check whether your next train is departing from the Regionalbahnhof or the Fernbahnhof, at weekends there are infrequent direct ICE trains from the Fernbahnhof, but if no ICE train is scheduled to depart to Koblenz within the hour, it will be quicker to take a train to Mainz hbf from the Regionalbahnhof and connect there for trains to Koblenz.

FRANKFURT - to/from other towns/cities by train

Destinations including Augsburg Cologne/Koln, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Ulm and Wurzburg have regular direct ICE trains to/from Frankfurt Airport that use the Fernbahnhof (long distance station) at Frankfurt Airport.

There are numerous food/drink and retail outlets at the Fernbanhof, so if you want to purchase food/drink prior to boarding an ICE train, or have to wait before the departure of the train, do so at the station and not in the airport, head for the Fernbahnhof as soon as you exit arrivals.

If you're taking an intercontinental flight to Germany via Frankfurt, it can be a simpler and quicker transfer to take an ICE train to your final destination rather than a connecting flight
If you're planning on travelling around Germany or Europe by train on a rail pass, Frankfurt is a good choice for an entry/exit point to Europe.
Direct ICE trains also link the airport with Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels/Bruxelles, Liege, Linz and Vienna/Wien.

The only major German city not linked by a regular ICE service to the airport is Berlin and to reach the German capital, the quickest connections are available by changing trains at Frankfurt (Main) Hbf.

Departure time summary

ICE trains generally depart at the same times each hour during the 7 days per week. Until Dec 12th 2012, the general departure pattern is:
Even Hours:

  • 09 to Cologne/Koln hbf (many trains continue beyond Cologne/Koln to Dusseldorf and Dortmund)
  • 11 to Dresden and Leipzig (IC trains)
  • 25 to Cologne/Koln* (many trains call at Messe/Duetz and not Cologne/Koln hbf and continue to Dusseldorf and Essen)
  • 37 to Wurzburg, Nuremberg** and Munich/Munchen
  • 42 to Kassel, Hannover, Hamburg (infrequent slower IC trains to Hamburg)
  • 54 to Mannheim, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Ulm, Munich/Munchen

Odd Hours:

  • 02 to Dresden and Leipzig
  • 09 to Cologne/Koln hbf (many trains continue beyond Cologne/Koln to Dusseldorf and Dortmund)
  • 20 to Mannheim and Stuttgart
  • 25 to Cologne/Koln* (many trains call at Messe/Duetz and not Cologne/Koln hbf and continue to Dusseldorf and Essen)
  • 37 to Wurzburg, Nuremberg** and Munich/Munchen
  • 54 to Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Offenburg, Freiburg and Basel

*= the trains between the Fernbahnhof and Arnhem, Utrecht and Amsterdam, and the 4 ICE trains per day between the Fernbahnhof and Aachen, Liege and Brussels (Bruxelles) - 06:38; 10:32; 14:32; 18:43 also call at Cologne/Koln hbf.
**= the trains to Linz and Vienna/Wien (Westbahnhof) that depart from the Fernbahnhof at 08:02; 10:02 and 12:02 also call at Wurzburg and Nuremberg.

There is also a Euronight EN train to the Linz and Vienna/Wien that departs from the Fernbahnhof at 22:21.

Journey times summary

Times are approximate:

  • Aachen - 1hr 30min
  • Amsterdam - 3hr 45min
  • Augsburg - 3hr
  • Basel - 2hr 45min
  • Brussels - 2hr 45min
  • Cologne/Koln hbf - 55min - 1hr 15min
  • Dresden - 5hr
  • Dusseldorf - 1hr 30min
  • Hannover - 2hr 30min
  • Hamburg - 4hr
  • Kassel - 1hr 30min
  • Karlsruhe - 1hr
  • Leipzig- 3hr 30min
  • Mannheim - 30min
  • Munich - 3hr 30 min (via either Nuremberg or Stuttgart)
  • Nuremberg - 2hr 30min
  • Ulm - 2hr 15min
  • Wurzburg - 1hr 30min

These times above are the general departure pattern, but departures can be altered at certain times of year, so it can be a good idea to confirm times on the dates on which you're planning to travel.

Click here for all ICE departures from the Fernbahnhof.
Click here for the therebytrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.

It is not unknown for ICE trains to be delayed on route to Frankfurt Flughafen.
When planning to arrive at the airport in time to check-in, we advise factoring in a minimum of an additional 30 mins to mitigate the effect of any delays to the train.

To travel between Frankfurt Airport and both Worms and Ludwigshafen by train make connections in Mainz.
To travel between Frankfurt Airport and both Darmstadt and Heidelberg make connections at Frankfurt (Main) hbf.

Hamburg

11 kilometres from Hamburg

From The Airport
Hamburg Airport (Flughafen Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel) is linked to the city centre by an S-Bahn local train, line S1.
Trains depart daily from the station located at the airport’s main terminal every 10 minutes. The journey to Hamburg’s primary rail station, Hamburg hbf – from where connections are available to the majority of German cities, takes 25 minutes.
The trains also stop at multiple other locations in the city centre..

To The Airport
When travelling to the airport from the city centre on line S1 travel in the first 3 cars of the six car train. The first three cars will head for the airport while the second six cars will head for Poppenbutel, you may see Poppenbuttel on platform indicators, but the train is also for the airport.
Connections from line U1 to the S1 service to the airport are available at Ohlsdorf station.

Hannover

15 kilometres from Hannover

From The Airport
Hannover-Langenhagen Airport is linked to the city centre by an S-Bahn local train, line S5. Trains depart daily from the station located at the airport’s main terminal at 06 and 36 min past east hour.
The journey to Hannover’s primary rail station, Hannover hbf – from where connections are available to the majority of German cities, takes 16 minutes.

To The Airport
Trains on line S5 depart from Hannover hbf for Hannover Flughafen station at 05 and 35 min past the hour daily.

Koln/Bonn

15 kilometres from Cologne

25 kilometres from Bonn

The architectural award winning station is linked directly to both Terminals 1 and 2 by underground passage way. The station does exist despite the fact that there is no reference to it on the airport’s web site!

Travelling to/from Cologne city centre

S -Bahn local train services run between both Cologne hbf and Messe-Deutz and Cologne/Bonn airport (line S13 destination Troisdorf). During the day they depart from Cologne hbf station at 01/21/41 min past each hour.

Three S-Bahn trains depart per hour FROM the airport to Cologne and they call at the city centre stations of Messe-Deutz, Hbf and Hansaring.

Travelling to/from Bonn

To travel TO Bonn city centre FROM 'Koln/Bonn Flughafen' by rail the following connections are required;
1. Take S-Bahn line S12 (direction ‘Troisdorf’ to ‘Porz-Wahn station
2. Transfer at ‘Porz-Wahn’ to S-bahn line S13 direction ‘Au (Sieg) and take this train to ‘Siegburg/Bonn’
3. At Siegburg/Bonn’ transfer to Metro Line 66 of the Bonn Stadtbahn, direction ‘Bad Honnef’,

This train serves several locations in Bonn including the mainline station ‘Bonn Hbf’ where connections are available to Rhine Valley destinations including Koblenz.

To travel to ‘Cologne/Bonn Flughafen from Bonn city centre the following connections are required:
1. Take Metro line 66, direction Siegburg, to Siegburg/Bonn station
2. Transfer at Siegburg/Bonn station to S-Bahn line S13, direction Duren, and take this train to 'Porz-Whan’
3. At Porz-Whan transfer to S-Bahn line S12, direction ‘Koln Hansaring’ and this train will take you to the airport station.

Travelling to/from other destinations in Germany

The station at Cologne/Bonn airport ‘’Koln/Bonn/Flughafen’ is also served by sporadic ICE trains to a range of destinations including Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. However, the number of ICE trains using the airport station has actually been reduced in recent years and there are no longer any ICE trains to/from ‘Koln/Bonn Flughafen’ that operate at regular intervals throughout the day.
It is therefore highly recommended to check details of ICE arrivals and departures in advance of travelling to connect to/from a flight. Click here for full details of ICE arrivals and departures from Koln/Bonn Flughafen.

If direct connections at ‘Koln/Bonn Flughafen’ aren’t convenient, take the S-Bahn train to Cologne hbf and transfer to ICE trains there.

Travellers heading to/from Frankfurt and destinations towards Munich, may find it more convenient to transfer to ICE trains at Siegburg/Bonn station.
Click here for details of ICE departures from Siegburg/Bonn
To access Siegburg/Bonn station from Koln/Bonn Flughafen take the S-Bahn line S12 train to Porz-Whan station and transfer there to S-Bahn line S13 trains, destination Au (Sieg). Despite the connection the journey to Siegburg/Bonn will take no more than 15 minutes.

Leipzig/Halle

20 kilometres from Leipzig

From The Airport To Leipzig

Leipzig/Halle Airport (Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) has a station conveniently situated on the main railway line between Leipzig and Halle.
During the day two local trains depart from the airport to Leipzig’s central railway station, Lepzig Hbf at 24 and 54 min past each hour and the journey to Leipzig hbf takes approximately 15 mins.
In many hours there’s also an additional IC train to the airport at 5 min past the hour.

From The Airport To Halle
An hourly train for Halle depart Leipzig/Halle Flughafen railway station at 06 minutes past each hour and the journey takes just 12 minutes.

The station is also served by long-distance IC trains on the Leipzig – Halle – Magedeburg – Braunschweig - Hannover route, which has an hourly service for much of the day with some trains continuing to Bremen and Oldenburg while others serve Bielefeld and Cologne.
If you’re planning to use these trains from the airport checking departure details here is recommended, as details of these trains can vary according to the day on which you wish to travel.

From Leipzig To The Airport
From Leipzig hbf trains run every 30 minutes to LeipzigHalle Flughafen with a journey time of 15 mins. They depart from Leipzig hbf at 21 and 51 mins past each hour (the 51 min past trains have ‘Halle’ as their final destination).

From Halle To The Airport
Local trains depart from Halle at 11 minutes past every hour throughout the day.
In addition there are often IC trains to Liepzig/Halle Flughafen which depart from Halle at 55 min past the hour.

Munich/Munchen

To Munich Aiport/Munchen Flughafen from central Munich

Trains on the S-Bahn (commuter rail system) lines S1 and S8 operate to the airport from the city centre and have ‘Munich Flughafen Terminal’ as a final destination. Munich Airport (Flughafen Munchen Franz Josef Straus) has a rail station directly beneath the central area which is linked by passages to all four terminals.

Both S1 and S8 routes use the tunnel that crosses Munich and call at the city centre stations (west to east) of:

  • Munich Hauptbahnhof (for the majority of long distance rail connections)
  • Karlzplatz (transfer available from metro lines U4 and U5)
  • Marienplatz, the station at the city centre (transfer available from lines U3 and U6)
  • Isator
  • Rosenheimer Platz
  • Munchen Ost (transfer available from main line local trains from Salzburg and Muhldorf and EC trains from Austria and Italy

S1 trains travel west to the airport while S8 trains travel to the east. The journey times from Marienplatz are 51 minutes on line S1 and 38 minutes on line S8. Normal departure times from Mareinplatz are:
Line S1 00/20/40 min past each hour
Line S8 18/38/58 min past each hour

It is quicker to take an S8 train to the airport, particularly from stations at the east of the city centre including Munich Ost.

Trains on Line S8 also call at Munchen-Passing the main line station to the west of the city centre. If you’re train heading in to Munich calls at Munchen Ost or Munchen Passing it’s easier to transfer line S8 at these stations than it is to make the S-Bahn transfer at Munich hbf.

In central Munich Line S1 and S8 trains share platforms with multiple other departures, so check the destination on the platform indicators and front of the trains prior to boarding.

Before arriving at the Munich Flughafen Terminal station S-Bahn trains call at Munich Flughafen Besucherpark, this is not the station for the passenger terminals so if you’re taking a flight remain on the train.

Travelling by train to the city centre from Munich Aiport/Munchen Flughafen

Munich Airport (Flughafen Munchen Franz Josef Straus) has a rail station directly beneath the central area which is linked by passages to all four terminals. The station is only served by frequent S-Bahn local trains on two routes S1 and S8 that operate to/from Munich city centre. Journey times by the two routes are as follows:

  • Munich Hauptbahnhof (Munich hbf) the city’s primary station S1 = 46min and S8 = 41min
  • Marienplatz station in the heart of the city centre S1 = 51min S8 = 38min
  • Munich Ost, a mainline station in the east of the city centre S1 = 55min S8 = 31min

As can be seen it is quicker to take an S8 when travelling to Munich Ost, but take the first train available when travelling to Munich hbf. Trains on line S1 have Munich Ost as a final destination (despite S8 trains being faster to this station) and S8 trains have Herrsching as a final destination. Line S8 also calls at ‘Munchen-Passing’ mainline station which is to the west of the city centre.

Line S1 trains depart from the airport at 11/33/53 min past each hour
Line S8 trains depart from the airport at 04/24/44 min past each hour

For onward connections by train from Munich the following transfers are suggested;
Munich Ost for

  • local trains to Muhldorf and towards Roseneheim and Salzburg
  • EC* trains to Innsbruck and Italy
  • EC trains to Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt, Villach, Ljubljana and Belgrade
  • Line S2 to Erding
  • Line S4 to Ebersberg
  • Line S5 to Holskirchen
  • Line S6 to Kreuzstrase
  • Line U5 to Nueperlach Sud

Marienplatz for lines U3 and U6

Karlsplatz for lines U4 and U5

Munich Hbf for

  • All ICE and IC trains from Munich
  • ‘Railjet’ (RJ) trains to Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Budapest
  • EC trains to Zurich
  • ALX trains to Prague
  • Lines S7 and S20
  • Line S2 to Peterhausen

Munchen-Passing for:

  • Regional (RE) trains to Augsburg, Garmisch, Memmingen, Mittenwald, Obertsdorf and Ulm
  • Line S4 to Mammendorf
  • Line S5 to Geletendorf
  • Line S6 to Tutzing

Nuremberg

6 kilometres from Nuremberg

From The Airport
Nuremberg Airport (Flughafen Nurnberg) has a station on line U2 of the city’s underground system and trains depart from the airport to the city centre approximately every 5 minutes.
All trains call at Nuremberg’s primary rail station, Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof (Nuremberg Hbf) which is adjacent to the city centre.
Travellers can make connections there to/from all main line trains that operate to/from the city and transfer to lines U1 and U2.

To The Airport
When traveling to the airport every other train from central Nuremberg is a train on line U2 that operates to the airport terminal, other trains are on line U21 which stops short of the airport.

Eurail and InterRail passes are not valid for travel on the Nuremberg U-Bahn.

Stuttgart

14 kilometres to Stuttgart

From The Airport
Stuttgart Airport (Flughafen Stuttgart) is linked to the city centre by S-Bahn local trains on lines S2 and S3.
Trains depart daily from the station named ‘Stuttgart Flughafen/Mess) at 08 (S2), 18 (S3), 38 (S2) and 48 (S3) minutes past east hour.
All trains operate to central Stuttgart and the journey to Stuttgart’s primary rail station, Stuttgart hbf – from where connections are available to the majority of German cities, takes 27 minutes.

From The Airport
Trains on lines S2 and S3 depart from Stuttgart hbf for Stuttgart Flughafen/Mess station at 15/25/45/55 min past each hour during the day.
S2 line departures have Filderstadt as the final destination.

Click here for public transport map for Stuttgart.

HUNGARY

Budapest

Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport (Ferihegyi Nemzetközi Repülotér) is 16 kilometers from central Budapest.

The airport has a station ‘’Ferihegy’ linked directly to the Terminal 1 that is served by the majority of trains to/from Nyugati station in central Budapest.
During the day, local trains (that don’t require a supplement) depart from Ferihegy to Nyugati station daily at 27/47/59 minutes past each hour and the journey time is approximately 23 minutes.

Nyugati staition is the most conveniently located of the main line stations in central Budapest. It is situated to the north of the city centre, but it is on Metro line M3, which also runs to Deak Ferencz Ter in central Budapest for interchange to lines M1 and M2, and the most frequent tram routes in the city, lines 4 and 6 stop outside the entrance to Nyugati.

An alternative route to the city centre is to take bus route M200E that departs from outside Terminal 1 and Terminals 2A/2B to Kobánya-Kispest staion on Metro Line M3 and line M3 trains link Kobanya-Kispet with the city centre station, Deák Ferenc tér.
The journey time by bus and Metro from the airport to Deák Ferenc tér is approximately 50mins, so travellers from Terminal 1 to the city centre will usually find it quicker to take the train to Nyugati station and transfer to the metro there.
However, air travellers using Terminal 2 can avoid the need to transfer to Terminal 1 if they take the bus link.
The majority of airlines at the airport use Terminal 2A/2B, budget airlines including Easy Jet, German Wings, Jet2 and Wizz Air use Terminal 1

Regular long distance express trains also operate from Ferihegy station to Nyiregyhaza and Szeged.

Trains to Budapest Airport from Nyugati station in Budapest.
During the day local trains on which supplements are not required depart from Nyugati at these minutes past each hour:

  • 03 – destination Cegled (daily)
  • 08 – destination Monor (Mon-Fri only)
  • 33 - destination Szolonok (Mon-Fri only)
  • 38 – destination Monor (daily)

ITALY

Milan (Malpensa) - from the airport

Malpensa Airport is 45 kilometres from Milan/Milano

The station at Malpensa Airport is directly linked to the Terminal One building and the free shuttle bus from Terminal Two stops a two minute walk from the station.

Trains to the city centre are not operated by the Italian state rail operator (Trenitalia) so rail passes are not valid. They are operated by the Milanese operator Le Nord, this operator has its own ticket machines and booking office which sells tickets for travel on Le Nord trains only (for this reason these trains do not appear on the D-Bahn departures website).
All train tickets from Malpensa must be validated (date/time stamped) at the yellow ticket machines before boarding the train.

Long distance trains from Malpensa Airport

Trenitalia has discontinued the high speed trains that used to operate direct btween Malpensa and Bologna, Florence/Firzene and Rome/Roma.

Trains to central Milan

Trains operated by Le Nord operate on two routes to the city centre:
(1) The dedicated ‘Malpensa Express’ which operates from the airport to the city centre station of Milano (Cadorna) The most convenient and fastest service for those heading to the city centre of Milan from Malpensa Airport.
(2) A new rail service has now been introduced between Malpensa Airport and Milano (Centrale) station (not in the city centre). Passengers heading for destinations throughout Italy from Malpensa Airport by train can now make straightforward connections at Milano Centrale.

The trains from Malpensa to Centrale also stop at Milano (Porta Garibaldi) station from where connections are available to other towns in northern Italy including Como, Monza, Chiasso, Lecco and Novara.

Malpensa Express trains to Milan (Cadorno) depart at 05:26; 05:56; 06:26; 06:56; 07:26; 07:56; 08:26; 09:03; 09:33 10:03; 10:33; 11:03; 11:33; 12:03; 12:33; 13:03; 13:26; 14:03; 14:26; 15:03; 15:33; 16:03; 16:33; 17:03; 17:26; 18:03; 19:03; 20:03; 20:33; 21:03; 21:33; 22:03; 22:33; 23:03 and 23:03.
Trains that depart at 03 and 33 minutes past the hour take 29 minutes, those that depart at 26 and 56 min past the hour take 36 minutes.

Trains to Milano (Centrale) depart from Malpensa Aeroporto at 05:46; 06:43; 07:43; 08:47; 09:22*; 09:43; 10:22*; 10:43; 11:22*; 11:43; 12:43; 13:17; 13:43; 14:22*; 14:43; 15:22*; 15:43; 16:22*; 16:43; 17:47; 18:47; 19:47; 20:47; 21:47 and 22:47.
Trains marked* take 43 minutes, other trains take 52 minutes.

Connecting for destinations beyond Milan at Milano (Centrale) station

Tickets for onward travel by train from Milan (Centrale) have to be purchased on arrival at Milano (Centrale) – they cannot be purchased at the airport, but ticket machines are available on the central concourse at Milano Centrale, which is a level walk from the platforms that the trains from the airport arrive at.
If you use these ticket machines on the central concourse you have a step-free change of train at Milano Centrale. If you don’t want to use the ticket machines you have to descend one level using the travelators to the ticket office.

Milano Centrale is one of the largest stations in Europe and the platforms used by the trains from the airport are a 3-5 minute walk from the central concourse, so allow a minimum of 15 minutes between arriving from the airport and taking an onward train if you use the ticket machine and a minimum of 30 minutes if you want to use the ticket booking office.

Both Cadorna and Centrale stations are on Milan Metro Line 2 while the absolute city centre station of Duomo is one stop from Cadorna on Metro Line 1 and one stop from Centrale on Metro Line 3.
Therefore if your final destination is on Metro Line 1 take the Malpensa Express to Cadorma, but if if you’re final destination is on Metro Line 3 take the train to Centrale.
However, the metro platforms are closer to the arrival of the trains from the airport at Cadorna, in comparison to the interchange at Centrale.

Milan (Malpensa) - trains to the airport

The dedicated ‘Malpensa Express’ rail service departs from Milano (Cadorno) station, which is a 10 minute walk from the absolute city centre (the Duomo). Cardono station is on Metro Lines 1 and 2 (‘Duomo’ station is one stop from Cadorno on Metro Line 1).

The Malpensa Express is operated by rail company, ‘Le Nord’ and therefore does not appear on the Trenitalia website or on the D-Bahn timetable. There are ticket machines and a booking office at Cadorno station from where tickets can be obtained for the airport express (tickets cost approx. 7 Euro).
All train tickets to Malpensa must be validated (date/time stamped) at the yellow ticket machines before boarding the train.

Trains depart from Milano (Cadorno) for Malpensa Aeroport/Airport at 04:28; 04:58; then at 28 and 58 mins past every hour to 00:28. The majority of trains take just 29 minutes while others take 36 minutes.

From Milano (Centrale) station to Milano Malpensa Aeroporto/Airport

Milan’s primary station for long distance rail travel, Milano Centrale now has direct trains to Milan Malpenssa Airport/Aeroporto.
The trains for Malpensa depart from Milano Centrale at 05:25; 06:25; 07:25; 08:25; 09:25; 09:55*; 10:25; 10:55*; 11:25; 11:55*; 12:25; 12:55; 13:25; 13:55*; 14:25; 14:55*; 15:25; 16:25; 17;22; 18:25; 19:25*; 20:25; 21:25; 22:25; 23:25.
Trains marked* take 43 minutes while others take 52 minutes.

These trains are operated by Le Nord and not Trenitalia and therefore do not appear on the Trenitalia website or on the D-Bahn timetable. It’s therefore not possible to buy tickets for these trains at Trenitalia stations (where you may have started your jouney) or from any of the Trenitalia ticket machines at Milano Centrale station.
At Milano Centrale tickets have to be purchased at the ticket booking office (one level down from the train concourse.)

The only tickets for trains to Malpensa that can be purchased from the Trenitalia booking machines at Milano Central are those for the two daily AV trains that call at Milano Centrale on their way to Malpensa from Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. They depart from Centrale for Malpensa at 08:58 and 15:58.

To Malpensa when connecting from other trains at Milano (Centrale) staton

If you need to change train at Centrale into the trains to the airport operated by Le Nord you have to purchase a separate ticket for the trains to Malpensaa from the ticket booking office at Milano Centrale – all of the ticket machines at Central station are for Trenitalia services only and therefore don’t sell tickets for the trains from Centrale to Malpensa.

Trains to Malpensa Airport usually depart from platforms 1 and 2 at Centrale station and these platforms are a 3-5 minute walk from the main concourse.
Factoring in the need to purchase a ticket from the ticket office (where queues can build up), allow a minimum of 30 mins from arrival at Milano Centrale by train and departing for Malpensa.

Unlike Milano Cadorno station (from where the Malpensa Express departs) Milano Centrale is served by metro line 3, so if you’re using this line it’s easier to use Centrale rather than Cadorno to reach Malpensa by train (despite the comparatively long walk from the Metro station to the platforms from where the trains to Malpensa usually depart from).
If you’re using the Metro to reach Centrale, don’t forget to purchase your ticket for the Malpensa Airport train (from the booking office), before you ascend to the level from which the Airport trains depart.

All train tickets to Malpensa must be validated (date/time stamped) at the yellow ticket machines before boarding the train.

Palermo

35 kilometers from Palermo

Palermo Airport is often referred to locally as Aeroporto di Palermo-Punta Raisi and the airport has its own station linked to the terminal named ‘Punta Raisi’.
Direct trains operate between Punta Raisi station and Palermo Centrale station which is located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre.

The train service is branded on timetables as the ‘Trincaria Express’, but the service is not particularly fast as Punta Raisi is the terminus of a suburban line from Palermo.
During the day trains take approximately an hour to make the journey, but the airport is only 35km (22 miles) from Palermo.

From The Airport
On Mondays to Saturdays trains depart from Punta Raisi at 05:54; 07:20; 08:00; 08:20 then at 00 and 20 minutes past each hour to 21:20 with the final departure of day to Palermo Centrale at 22:05.
The departures at 00 min past the hour are faster by 10 minutes.
On Sundays trains depart hourly for Palermo Centrale at 00min past the hour from 07:00 to 21:00 with additional trains at 05:54 and 22:05.

To The Airport
On Mondays-Saturdays from 07:09 trains depart from Palermo Centrale at 09 and 39 minutes past each hour to 20:09 with the 09 minutes past each hour departures being 10 minutes faster.
There are also early morning departures from Palermo Centrale at 04:45; 05:09 and 06:07.
On Sundays trains operate hourly from 07:09 to 20:09 with departures at 09 min past each hour plus the early morning trains at 04:45; 05:09 and 06:07.

Pisa

2 kilometers from Pisa

Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport is one of the few in Italy with a direct rail connection and trains generally run every 30 mins throughout the day to/from Pisa Centrale station with a journey time of just 5 minutes.
Trains depart from Pisa Aeroporto station for Pisa Central at 06:41; 07:35; 08:10; 08:35; 09:05; 09:35 (not Sunday) then 05 and 35 minutes past each hour to 21:05 (with the exception of 12:05 and 18:05).

Trains to Florence SMN station, which is at the heart of the city centre currently depart from the Airport at 06:41, (11:43; 12:43 Mon-Sat only) 17:53 and 22:20, at other times passengers have to make the relatively straight-forward connections at Pisa Centrale.
The direct trains to Florence also call at Empoli.
These trains also call at Pisa Centrale.

Pisa Centrale station is to the south of the city centre, on the south bank of the River Arno, so taking the train is particularly convenient if your hotel is in this area of the city.

From Pisa Centrale there are frequent trains to Florence (at least two trains per hour during the day).
Connections are available at Pisa Centrale for regular trains to Genoa, La Spezia, Lucca, Empoli, Livorno, Grosetto, Civitavecchia and Rome.

Travelling To Pisa Airport

Trains depart from Pisa Centrale for the 5 minute journey to Pisa Aeroporto station at the following times; 06:20; 07:20; 07:50; 08:02; (08:22 not Sunday); 08:50; 09:25; 09:50; (10:20 not Sunday); 10:50; 11:20; 11:50; (12:02 not Sunday); 12:20 the 20 and 50 min past each hour to 20:50 (except 17:50).

Direct trains to Pisa Aeroporto depart from Florence SMN station at 06:37; 08:05 and (10:13 not Sunday) and these trains also call at Empoli at 07:14; 08:44; (11:14 not Sunday).
At other times take trains to Pisa Centrale , where straight forward connections are available into the trains to the airport.

Rome - trains FROM the airport

Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is 26 kilometres from Rome.

Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport has a station named ‘Fiumicino Aeroporto’. The airport station is served by two rail services:

1. ‘The Leonardo Express’ – trains run non-stop to the city’s primary rail station ‘Rome Termini’ at 07 and 37 min past the hour throughout the day and the journey takes 32 minutes. Travellers can make onward rail connections to all major towns and cities in Italy at Termini.
Termini station is also the only location which is served by both Line 1 and 2 of the Rome Metro. The city’s primary bus station is also located outside the station.
However, Rome Termini is to the north of the city centre, the opposite side of the city centre from the airport.

2. Up to four local trains per also depart from the airport, but timings on different days of travel can vary so check departure times here.

From the airport the local trains are those which have stations other than ‘Rome Termini’ as their final destination.
They don’t serve Rome Termini, but do call at Rome Ostiense station which is to the south of the city centre and is a similar distance from the absolute centre of the city as Rome Termini.
The journey time from the airport to Ostiense by local train is approximately 30 minutes.

Ostiense station is adjacent to Piramide station on Line 1 of the Rome Metro which calls at the city centre stations of Colloseo and Cavour.
If your final destination is near to these metro stations it can be quicker to make the journey by changing at Ostiense from the local train, rather than taking the ‘Leonardo Express’
It will also be cheaper as tickets for ‘The Leonardo Express’ are more expensive than tickets for the local train.

If your final destination is on the railway route from Rome to Genoa via Civitavecchia, Grosetto, Livorno, Pisa and La Spezia it will be usually quicker to make the connection at Ostiense station rather than Termini as both local and IC trains on this route call at Ostiense. (However, the ES and Esc trains on this route do not call at Ostiense).

If you want to take either the Leonardo Express or the local trains from Fiumicino Aeroporto station you should buy your tickets at the counter or ticket machines, the Leonardo Express has a dedicated counter and separate ticket machines.
Before boarding either the Leonardo Express or the local trains you must validate your ticket at the yellow machines on the station platforms.

InterRail 2nd class passes are not valid on ‘The Leonardo Express’ but 1st class passes are accepted.

Rome - trains TO the airport

Fiumicino (Leonardo Da Vinci) Airport is served by non-stop trains branded ‘Leonardo Express’ that run every 30 minutes throughout the day from Termini station. They depart at 22 and 52 minutes past each hour and the journey time is 32 minutes. However, premium fares are charged for ‘Leonardo Express trains and Termini station is to the north of the city centre, the opposite side of the city to Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino airport.

During the day up to four local trains operate to the airport from Ostiense station, which is to the south of the city centre, though fewer trains depart Ostiense for Fiumicino Areoporto station at weekends.
Ostiense station is adjacent to Piramide station on Metro Line 1, so if you’re heading to the airport from the city centre the overall journey time using Ostiense is comparable to using Termini.

If your train to Rome calls at Ostiense it will usually be quicker to change there for the airport rather than remaining on the train to Termini and connecting to The Leonardo Express.

There are no direct trains between the city centre and Ciampino Airport, express buses link the airport with Termini and this is usually quicker than taking the bus to Ciampino station and transferring to a local train.

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport is 17 kilometres from central Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport station is located directly beneath the terminal complex at Schiphol airport and multiple lifts and escalators link the ‘Schiphol Plaza’ with the six platforms.
The details of next departures from each platform are shown on indicators at the top of the escalators and there is an information booth available where you can check the departure details of trains to your final destination.

Trains to central Amsterdam

During the day four regular trains (that don’t require reservations) per hour operate between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal station, which has easy access to the city centre.
Departures times for these regular trains to Amsterdam Centraal from Schiphol are at 13; 28; 43 and 58 minutes past every hour daily.

Multiple tram routes depart from directly outside Centraal station to all areas of the city centre. Click here for a public transport map of Amsterdam that features the tram routes (red), bus routes (blue), Metro (red/white stripe) and rail (black/white stripe).

Trains to destinations other than Amsterdam

In addition to Amsterdam direct trains operate between the airport and many other Dutch destinations including Amersfoort, (Den Haag)/The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Dordrecht, Deventer and Enschede.

The train services from the airport to destinations in The Netherlands other than Amsterdam have been re-organised recently. During the day the standard pattern of long distance (FYRA and IC) train departures from Schiphol to destinations other than Amsterdam is at these minutes per the hour:

  • 00/30 to Utrecht, Arnhem, Nijmegen
  • 03 to Zwolle, Groningen
  • 03/26/33/56 to Leiden, Den Haag (Centraal)
  • 07/37 to Amersfoort
  • 09/39 to Rotterdam, Breda (FYRA high speed train)
  • 17/47 to Leiden, Rotterdam, Den Haag (HS), Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Roosendaal, Vlissingen
  • 15/45 to Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven
  • 33 to Zwolle, Leeuwarden
  • 37 to Appledoorn, Deventer, Almelo, Hengelo, Enschede
  • 55 to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels/Bruxelles (FYRA train)

The FYRA trains to Rotterdam, Breda and Belgium take the high speed line so have a journey time to Rotterdam of only 27 minutes in comparison to the IC trains from Schiphol to Rotterdam that take an average of 50mins to make the journey. However, tickets for the FYRA trains are more expensive.

In addition to the trains listed above there are high speed Thalys (THA) trains from Schipol to Antwerp, Brussels (Midi), and Paris (Gare Du Nord) that depart at the following times:

  • O6:31 (Mon-Fri)
  • 07:31 (Saturdays)
  • 08:31 daily
  • 09:31 (Mon-Fri)
  • 10:31 (Sat/Sun)
  • 11:31 daily
  • 13:31 daily
  • 14:31 daily
  • 15:31 daily
  • 16:31 (Fridays)
  • 17:31 daily
  • 18:31 daily
  • 19:31 (not Saturdays)
  • 20:31 (Sundays)

Train Tickets

With the exception of the Fyra and Thalys trains which use the Dutch high speed line, the trains from the airport do not require advance reservations.
Also Dutch rail tickets for ordinary (non high speed trains) cost the same on the day of travel as they do when booked in advance, so there is no need to make any sort of advance booking.
Simply buy tickets at the airport station when you arrive.

However, you will save money if you book tickets in advance for the FYRA and Thalys trains to Belgium (and Paris THA only), but allow sufficient time between the arrival of your plane and the departure of your train. If your flight or passage through the airport is delayed you will have to re-book and normally pay a higher fare.

Trains From Amsterdam Centraal

During the day regular trains for Schiphol Airport depart from Centraal Station in Amsterdam at these minutes past every hour.

  • 14 – destination Hoofddorp
  • 25 – destination Breda
  • 29 – destination Vlissingen
  • 34 – destination Hoofddorp
  • 41 – destination Brussels/Bruxelles (Midi)
  • 55 – destination Breda
  • 59 – destination Vlissingen

Thalys trains also operate from Centraal Station for Schiphol, but travellers should avoid these, as ordinary tickets are not valid and reservations are compulsory.
The journey time by the ordinary train is only 15 mins.

POLAND

NEW - Warsaw/Warzsawa

On June 1st 2012 a new rail link opened between Poland's leading international airport, Warszawa Frederic Chopin and central Warsaw.

Modern trains, provided by local train operator, SKW, link the airport from a new station beneath Terminal A (the main terminal) and several stations in Warsaw/Warszawa)
There are also less frequent (hourly) trains operated by KM which link the airport with both Centralna and Wschodnia stations.

From the airport

There are between three and five trains per hour from the airport to the city centre, the trains don't have a set pattern of departure times, but you shouldn't have to wait more than 20 mins for a train.
If you're heading to the city centre you need to take the train to either Scódmiescie or Centralna stations (if the next train is calling at Centralna and not Scódmiescie don't wait for the next train to Scódmiescie).
The journey time to/from central Warsaw/Warszawa is approximately 12-25 mins (see below for which trains are faster).
You can check departure times here, though you'll need to enter your travel date and the time at which you'll be at the station.

SKW trains
The trains operated by SKW cross the city centre and call at multiple stations, but as there is no set pattern of departures, so our advice is to double check which stations the trains will be calling at.
The station which is closet to the city center is Scródmiescie, it's served by multiple bus/tram routes to other parts of the city.
Scródmiescie is also adjacent to Centralna station, it is linked to it by underground passageways (certain SKW trains call at Centralna and not Scródmiescie).

However, if you're connecting to long distance trains to other cities in Poland there is no need to wait for a train to Centralna, or attempt the fairly awkward connection between the Scródmiescie and Centralna stations.
For if your train from the airport is calling at Scródmiescie and Wschodnia staions (and NOT Centralna), our advice is to connect into the long distance trains at Wschodnia.
It is served by virtually all the express trains that call at Centralna and at Wschodnia, the trains from the airport share the station with the long distance trains.
Wschodnia station has also been recently modernised and as many travellers cite Centralna as being awkward to use, Wschodnia is a good alternative - it's also in the open air and not underground.

SKW trains to Scródmiescie* and Wschodnia stations depart from the Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina airport station at:
05:20**; 05:33**; 05:48
06:15**; 06:25*; 06:50
07:21; 07:48
08:06; 08:20; 08:41*; 08:48
09:07*; 09:21; 09:38; 09:55
10:13; 10:22; 10:50
11:05; 11:15; 11:50
12:09; 12:33; 12:50
13:23; 13:30*; 13:46
14:20; 14:38; 14:46
15:20; 15:38: 15:46
16:07*; 16:16; 16:25*; 16:46
17:08*; 17:2; 17:48
18:18; 18:25*; 18:50
19:08*; 19:20: 19:50
20:20; 20:30; 20:48
21:10*; 21:20; 21:50
22:03; 22:20; 20:50
23:03*; 23:20; 23:25; 23:34*; 23:50
00:05*
* = these trains call at Centralna and not Scródmiescie
** = these trains take approx 12 mins to travel from the city centre, all other trains take 20-25 mins.

KM trains
Another operator, KM also also operates trains from the airport. However, it (generally) only operates one train an hour, and again departure times vary. It's train service terminates at Wschodnia station, but unlike SKW, all it's trains call at Centralna station - which is as convenient to the city centre as Scródmiescie station used by SKW trains.
If you're on a KM train, and making connections to long distance trains from Warsaw change trains at Centralna.
The KM train journey times from the airport are 22-25 mins to Centralna and 30-35 mins to Wschodnia.

KM trains to Centralna and Wschodnia stations depart from the Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina airport station at:
04:47; 06:00; 07:16; 07:43; 08:29; 08:59; 09:30; 10:43; 11:33; 12:02; 13;00; 14:00; 15:05; 16:40; 17:40; 18:44; 20:04; 20:54 and 21:45

To the airport

When travelling to Warsaw Chopin airport from central Warsaw/Warzsawa look for trains that terminate at Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina station. This station is directly linked to Terminal A at airport, which handles the majority of flight departures.

The stations closest to the city center, from where trains to the airport depart, are Centralna (the main station in central Warsaw/Warszawa) and Scródmiescie PKP station (avoid Scródmiescie WKD station) .
The stations are comparatively close to each other, and are linked by underground passage ways enabling passengers arriving by train at Centralna to connect into trains departing from Scródmiescie and vice versa (we've provided further advice below to help you avoid this awkward connection).
If you're heading from the city it's best to head for either the stations at Centralna or Scródmiescie station to access the trains, depending from which station the next train to the airport is departing from.
Scródmiescie station has better links from Centrum Metro station than Centralna

Trains to the airport are operated by SKW and KM, but this is less important when travelling to the airport as both operator's trains terminate at Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina station.
We've therefore combined the KM and SKW trains below, as what can make a difference to taking some of the stress out of the journey, is knowing which of these two stations the next train to the airport is departing from (but if you want to use the Centralna station entrance allow a minimum of another 8 mins to make trains that are actually departing Scródmiescie - you need to allow time to navigate the frequently confusing station).
The trains operated by SKW or KM have a journey time of 20-25mins.

Here's a summary of trains to the airport from central Warsaw/Warzsawa, C = departs from Centralna and S = departs from Scródmiescie (PKP)
04:15(C); 04:35(S); 04:50(C)
05:05(S); 05:15(C); 05:35(S); 05:50(S)
06:05(S); 06:39(S); 06:42(C)
07:05(S); 07:13(C); 07:28(S); 07:35(S); 07:50(C)
08:05(S); 08:15(C); 08:25(C); 08:35(S); 08:46(S)
09:00(C); 09:05(S); 09:15(C); 09:35(S); 09:50(C)
10:05(S); 10:11(C); 10:25(C); 10:35(S); 10:45(C); 10:55(C)
11:05(S); 11:20(C); 11:35(S); 11:45(C)
12:02(S); 12:20(C); 12:35(S); 12:45(C)
13:05(S); 13:25(C); 13:35(S); 13:49(C)
14:05(S); 14:20(C); 14:35(S); 14:54(S)
15:05(S); 15:17(S); 15:35(S); 15:54(S)
16:05(S); 16:35(S); 16:50(C)
17:05(S); 17:34(C); 17:35(S)
18:05(S); 18:15(C); 18:30(S); 18:35(S)
19:05(S); 19:30(C); 19:35(S); 19:55(C)
20:05(S); 20:15(C); 20:35(S); 20:46(C)
21:05(S); 21:15(C); 21:30(C); 21:35(S)
22:05(S); 22:20(S); 22:53(S); 22:59(S)
23:05(S); 23:12(S); 23:24(S); 23:35(S)
00:05(S)

If you're heading to the airport from the east bank of the River Visla, there's no need to head into the city center.
All the above trains depart for Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina station from Wschodnia station, which is located on the east bank, so a minimum of 3x trains per hour depart from this station and the journey time is approximately 30-35mins.

If you're connecting to the airport from a long distance train arriving in Warsaw/Warzsawa, you can change to the airport at either Centralna or Wschnodia stations.
You'll see from above that there can be gaps of more than an hour between trains that depart from Centralna station to the airport, particularly in the afternoon and late evening.
If there's no train due to the airport within 40 mins of your arrival time at Centralna, it will be easier to change trains at Wschodnia, rather than trying to negotiate the link between Centralna and Scródmiescie (PKP) stations.

SPAIN

Barcelona

The local 'Rodalies' train network also includes the frequent local trains between central Barcelona and El Prat airport on line R2 which is distinct from line R2 Sud.

Trains To The Airport

From Passeig Di Gracia station in the city centre, or from Sants, take trains with ‘Aeroporto’ as the destination.
Line R2 trains operate every 30 mins throughout the day and the journey time is approximately 20 mins

At El Prat Airport the station is adjacent to Terminal 2, a shuttle bus operates between Terminal 1 and the station.

Trains To The City Centre

When travelling from the airport leave the train at Sants if you're connecting to a long distance RENFE train or have a final destination on Metro Line L3.
Remain on the train to Passeig Di Gracia for the city centre and Metro Lines L1, L2 and L4.

Barcelona Sants station (central Barcelona)

The primary rail station in the city is Barcelona Sants

Sants station on Google Maps

Sants station is to the west of the city centre and is virtually entirely underground but escalators link the platforms to the main concourse, from where the other platforms and exits, including the bus station and taxi rank, can be accessed.
Sants is on Metro line M3.

Long distance Train Departures from Barcelona (Sants)

To help plan onward travel by train from Barcelona, therebytrain has produced a unique Departure summary
It lists details of the standard departure times of both direct trains and our recommended connections for travel by train on the most popular long distance rail journeys from Barcelona.
These train times can be altered due to work on the line and on holidays, so before heading to the station, we advise confirming departure times on the D-bahn timetable (see below)

Alternatively all LONG DISTANCE ONLY train departures from Barcelona are listed on the D-Bahn online timetable HERE .
Click here for the therebytrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.

Local Trains in Barcelona/Metro

Click here for a map of Barcelona’s Metro/local train system.

Many of the local train services Rodalies in the Barcelona area are not operated by the national train operator RENFE. These include local trains on line ‘R2 SUD’ which links Barcelona and the popular resort town of Sitges take trains from Sants, Franca or Passeig Di Gracia stations which have ‘St Vicenc de Calders as the final destination.

As they are not operated by RENFE the Rodiales trains don't appear on many online timetables, schedules for them are only available locally.<.p< Times for all these local 'Cercanias' trains (not Metro) are available here
Note that these Cercanias trains call at multiple stations in the city centre including (Franca - connections to/from the Elipsos overnight trains); (Sants - connections to/from other long distance trains to/from Barcelona) and either/or Passeig De Gracia and Placa De Catalunya stations which are closer to the city centre.

Long distance Train Service Summary From Barcelona (Sants)

The following long distance trains arrive at/depart from Barcelona Sants:

  • AVE trains from/to Madrid, Zaragoza, Malaga and Seville
  • ALV trains to Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Hendaye, Bilbao and Figueras (Vilfant) for connections to TGV trains from/to Paris
  • ALS trains from/to Valencia and Alicante
  • EM trains from/to Valencia and Alicante
  • ARC trains from/to Granada, Malaga and Seville
  • The daily TLG 2000 train from/to Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Nimes and Montpellier The only long distance international daytime train from Barcelona
  • Regional trains from/to Tarragona, Reuss, Castello, Figueras, Girona, Port Bou and the French borders town of Cerbere and La Tour De Carol.
  • MD trains from/to Figueras and Girona
  • The nightly ESL train /from/to Madrid
  • T-Hot overnight trains from/to A Coruna, Santiagio de Compostela and Vigo

Madrid

Madrid Barajas Airport is 12 kilometres central from Madrid and the airport has two rail links to/from the city centre;

'Cercanias' (local)trains on line C1 operate to to Barajas airport from both Atocha and Chamartin stations.
At Atocha they depart from the separate Cercanias station that is beside the arrival and departure areas used by the high speed and other long distance trains.

These trains on line C1 also also call at the city centre station, 'Nuevos Ministerios'.

These line C1 trains call at a station that’s directly linked to Terminal 4 (the main terminal) of Barajas Airport

If you're heading to Barajas from Atocha or Chamartin stations, by far the simplest and quickest option is to take one of these trains on line C1, during the day they operate at 15 minute intervals, no matter what terminal your flight is departing from.

However, if you take the C1 train to Barajas and your flight is departing from Terminals 1 or 2, your journey will be a little more awkward (and confusing).
On arrival by C1 train at Barajas you will see multiple signs pointing the way to Terminal (T4), but none for Terminals T1/T2 at all.
You will pass the entrance to the Metro station at Terminal 4, which is served by line 8
At this point you have a choice (1) take the Metro to its station that serves Terminals T1/T2 - but you will need to buy a separate ticket: OR (2) take the free shuttle bus to terminals T1/T2.

There aren't any signs pointing you in the direction of this shuttle bus.
Head for the bus station and at the top of the escalator you'll see a sign that points to its stop nearby - the first sign you will see that gives any indication that Barajas airport has any other terminals apart from Terminal 4!
(I took the bus and wished I'd taken the Metro).

If your flight is departing from Termials T1/T2 and you'll be heading to Barajas from the city centre then definitely take Metro line 8.
You'll have a direct journey from Nuevos Ministerios station.
As referenced above metro line 8 also serves Terminal 4, so if you're heading to T4 at Barajas from Nuevos Ministerios, you have a choice between the faster, but less frequent Cercanias trains on line C1, OR the slower, but more frequent (and probably cheaper) Metro service on line M8.

Eurail and InterRail passes can be used on the Cercanias trains to/from the airport, but not the Metro trains.

SWEDEN

Stockholm

Arlanda Airport is 44 kilometres from central Stockholm

Arlanda Exprss to/from Stockholm Central

By far the quickest method of travel between Arlanda Airport and the city centre is to take the fast Arlanda Express trains to/from Stockholm Central station which is well located for the city centre.
Between 4 and 6 Arlanda Express trains operate in each direction during the day.

The Arlanda Express trains live up to their name by travelling a higher speeds than typical airport rail links, so the journey in either direction takes just 20 minutes.

The Arlanda Express trains depart from/arrive at platforms 1 and 2 at Stockholm Central station, which are in the northern terminal part of the station. Allow 5 minutes to access these platforms from the ticket office/main concourse.
The Arlanda Express has two stations at the airport, Arlanda North is for Terminal Five and Arlanda South is for terminals 2, 3 and 4.

Eurail and InteRail passes cannot be used on the Arlanda Express.

Trains to/from destinations other than central Stockholm

The airport has a third station ‘Arlanda Central’ which is linked by fairly lengthy passage ways from all terminals. This station is used by regular local trains to Uppsala, which during the day depart from Arlanda Central at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour.

Arlanda Central station is also served by long distance trains to other cities in northern Sweden.
Seats have to be reserved on X2000 trains and if possible this should be done in advance of travel, particularly at peak times.
However, if you book an X2000 ticket in advance and miss the train due to flight or airport transit delays, you will have to purchase another ticket.

Details of train departures from Arlanda Central can be found here

Trains also operate every 30 minutes during the day from Arlanda Central to Upplands Vasby station where connections can be made to commuter trains that serve the stations between Upplands Vasby and Stockholm.
It is not possible to purchase tickets at Arlanda Central station for travel to Stockholm Central.

SWITZERLAND

Geneva

Detailed Information on trains to/from Geneva airport is coming soon to therebytrain.com, but a minumm of five trains per hour link the airport to central Geneva and the journey time is less than 10 minutes.

Zurich

The airport has a station named ‘Zurich Flughafen’ located directly beneath the main terminal building.
The station is served by both S-Bahn (local) trains to Zurich and long distance IC/IR direct trains to Zurich and many other major towns and cities in Switzerland including Basel, Bern, Brig, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Romanshorn, St Gallen and Winterthur.
These long distance trains from Zurich Airport operate at the minimum of an hourly frequency.
For other destinations in Switzerland straight forward connections are available at Zurich’s central station, ‘Zurich (hb).

Travelling To Central Zurich

In addition to many of the long distance trains that call at Zurich hb as they travel on to other destinations in Switzerland, the S-Bahn trains on line S2 arrive at the platforms linked to the main concourse at Zurich hb station.
Line S16 trains also call at Stadelhofen station, if your hotel/final destination is near Stadelhofen it can be worthwhile waiting for a line S16 train.
However, line S16 trains arrive at/depart from the lower level platforms at Zurich Hb, so passengers heading to/from Zurich hb station to make connections with luggage should avoid line S16 trains.

During the day S-Bahn trains depart from the airport at the following times

  • 02/32 min past each hour – line S16 destination Herrliberg-Feldmeilen
  • 20/51 min past each hour – line S2 destination Ziegelbrucke.

Travelling from Central Zurich

If you're changing trains at Zurich hb in order to reach the airport, there is no need to descend to the lower level S-Bahn (local train platforms), therefore rail passengers changing trains to reach the airport don’t have to negotiate stairs or escalators.

Very regular trains operate from the terminal platforms on the Zurich hb main concourse to Zurich Airport, including S -Bahn line S2 trains which have 'Effretikon' as a final destination.S2 trains that have 'Ziegelbrücke' as a final destination don't go to the airport.

Zurich hb station is within a 5-10 min walk of the most important locations within the city centre, but line S16 trains to the airport depart every 30 mins from Stadelhofen station, so if you're heading to the airport from nearby head for Stadelhofen. Line S16 trains to the airport from Stadelhofen have Thayngen as a final destination.
If you're considering departing to the airport from Stafelhofen, check the departure times before heading to the station, there are much more frequent trains from Zurich hb.

The journey time by train between the airport and Zurich hb is just 11-15 minutes.

International Trains

EC trains on the route from Zurich to Lindau, Memmingen and Munich/Munchen also call at Zurich Flughafen