transportation in Germany

Transportation Options for Euro 2024 Attendees

The UEFA European Championships are just around the corner, and the four-year wait for another edition of the tournament is almost over (albeit the wait being a little shorter given the delayed running of Euro 2020).

Football fans from all over Europe and the world will descend on Germany for what promises to be a peach of a competition. Key to the enjoyment of each and every individual who travels to the country is an understanding of how to effectively get from A to B over the course of the month-long football festival. This is even more important for those brave, intrepid souls who will look to trek to multiple cities.

So, with this in mind, here are some helpful hints, tips, and suggestions to aid your experience

Airports in Germany

When it comes to getting to Euro 2024 host cities, the first thing to sort out are your flights to and around Germany. The tournament will be played in 10 cities – here they are, along with the nearest airports to each that offer international and domestic flights:

  • Hamburg – Hamburg Airport (HAM/EDDH)
  • Berlin – Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)
  • Gelsenkirchen – Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)
  • Dusseldorf – Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)
  • Dortmund – Dortmund Airport (DTM)
  • Leipzig – Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ/EDDP)
  • Cologne – Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK)
  • Frankfurt – Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • Stuttgart – Stuttgart Airport (STR)
  • Munich – Munich International Airport (MUC)
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Although most of the above airports are huge, German airports are typically well-run and maintained, with clear signage in both German and English. They also tend to boast a range of impressive amenities. For example, you’ll find a casino, supermarket, dentist, and even a pet boarding kennel at Frankfurt Airport. You’ll also find several easy options to get to and from these airports and your accommodation, including buses, taxis, shuttles, town cars, bike rentals, and trains.

Public Transit in Euro 2024 Host Cities

Wondering what public transportation options are available for traveling within the host cities once you’ve arrived at your accommodation? If so, you’ll be happily surprised at the range of choices on offer.

The public transport infrastructure in the country is efficient and well-organized (it’s regarded as one of the best in Europe), meaning there’s no need to worry about turning up late to a match. The vast majority of German cities have comprehensive bus, tram, and train systems with services that’ll deliver you directly to the stadiums, as well as a U-Bahn and S-Bahn network.

As a Euro 2024 ticketholder, you’ll be entitled to some fantastic offers on public transport, including a 36-Hour Travel Pass, which gives you free public transport on matchday and until 6 pm on the following day. You’ll also be able to enjoy great discounts on long-distance train fares within Germany, while the Interrail Pass Euro 2024 offers reduced fares on international arrivals to the country, and long-distance rail journeys within Germany.

Train


There are two types of rail networks in Germany: the S-Bahn (overground trains) and the U-Bahn (the metro). In some German cities, including Berlin, these networks are linked, and you can transfer from one to another on the same ticket. Looking for a U-Bahn station? Keep your eyes open for a blue sign with a white U. The U-Bahn offers a quick way to get around German cities, with trains often running at just five to ten-minute intervals. To identify an S-Bahn station, look out for a green sign with a white S.

If you are traveling to different cities as the Euro 2024 tournament progresses, then you can use Germany’s regional train network to get around. Buy a ticket on one of the high-speed trains to rapidly move between cities – these trains cut travel time between Frankfurt and Berlin to just four hours!

Heading to Euro 2024 en famille? Then you’ll find Germany to be particularly child-friendly when it comes to public transport. Train travel is free for kids under five, and children aged five to fourteen pay nothing if traveling with a fee-paying adult. There are also designated fun kiddie areas on trains, and you’ll even find free childcare for children under the age of three on high-speed trains.

Bus


For those seeking to travel to and throughout Germany for Euro 2024 on a budget, then consider moving between host cities on an inter-city bus, which makes for an affordable and comfortable option. The bus network in Germany is vast and serves even the smallest of the country’s villages. Fares are universally low, and buses are contemporary in design with lots of amenities, including on-board Wi-Fi, snacks and drinks (for longer journeys), and toilets. To give you an idea of what you can expect to pay, a one-way bus ticket from Berlin to Munich costs around $40, and the journey takes approximately 7 ½ hours.

A round yellow circle with a green H identifies a bus stop. You can buy a ticket for most local buses onboard from the driver, although bear in mind that, in the vast majority of cases, it’s cash only.

Tram


Trams are something like a cross between a train and a bus and can be found in many German cities. Tram stops are often combined with bus stops: look for a red sign with the word “Tram.” These networks run throughout the city, dropping passengers off at a range of different stops.

Bike and Scooter Rentals in Euro 2024 Host Cities

German cities are very bike-friendly, and you’ll find numerous options to rent a bicycle to explore whichever of the host cities you’ll be staying in. Simply sign up to an app or platform, enter your details, and you’ll be able to quickly locate your nearest bike, ready to book.

You’ll also find it easy to rent an e-scooter in most German cities – in Berlin alone, there are currently more than 11,000 scooters (also known as e-rollers) available. There’s no need to hold a driving license to ride an e-scooter in Germany, but riders must be over fourteen years old. E-scooters must be ridden in bike lanes, where one is available, and the carriageway; if not – they are not to be ridden in pedestrian areas or on the sidewalk.

Taxi and Rideshare Services for Euro 2024

Taxis are widely available throughout Germany, both in cities and smaller towns. To save money and for a more environmentally friendly option, you could consider using a rideshare service instead. This type of service ‘bundles’ individuals heading to the same destination – passengers share both the ride and the cost. There are a variety of platforms and apps to choose from to book a rideshare journey, so it’s a good idea to see what’s available in the location where you’ll be staying before heading to the tournament.

Car Rentals for Euro 2024 Travelers

While renting a car is easy in Germany, it’s advisable to book in advance. In the summer months especially, car rental is very popular, and demand can be high. Therefore, reserving your vehicle as early as possible is best. To rent a car in Germany, it’s mandatory to have unlimited third-party liability insurance (as a minimum), and you’ll need to be over twenty-one years of age (although the age at which you can legally drive in Germany is eighteen).

For those who don’t hold a European driving license, an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is required – one of these can be easily obtained from your home country before traveling to Germany for the Euro 2024 tournament.

FAQs about Euro 2024 Transportation

How much will I pay for a German intercity bus ticket?

Bus travel is very affordable in Germany, and you’ll pay around €1 to €2 for a single intercity fare.

How do I validate my bus or tram ticket in Germany?

As well as buying a ticket for the bus or tram in Germany, you’ll need to validate it. You will find a validation machine on-board to do this – simply insert your ticket and it will be stamped with the date and time.

Will I need to show my Euro 2024 match ticket on the train?

All Euro 2024 ticketholders will be sent a mobile Euro 2024 Fan Pass, and this will need to be shown on the train when requested.

So.. Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life!

If you come this far, you’re probably getting the sense that Germany has a lot of options when it comes to relying on public transportation. You can definitely plan ahead your whole stay for the Euros, and in some cases even purchase or order bus/train tickets months before the opening game kickoff. You can also check out top transportation websites and apps for your Euro 2024 trip.

Football-fueled holidays, especially ones relating to national team adventures, are very much a rarity and should be enjoyed with a certain sense of wonder and surprise. Be amenable to changes to your plans, if necessary, and enjoy every element of your trip, from your first steps in Germany to the final whistle in the stadium on what could prove a victorious escapade.