Travel to Konstanz

Konstanz is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in the far south of Germany and near the Swiss border.

The closest major cities are Zurich, Switzerland (to the south), Munich (to the east) and Stuttgart (to the north).

Konstanz is located on Germany's largest lake - Lake Constance, which borders Austria, Switzerland and Germany. There are many ways to reach Konstanz:

How do I travel to Konstanz?

By plane

The nearest international airports to Konstanz are in Zurich (1 hour), then Stuttgart (2 hours) or Frankfurt am Main (4 hours).

Budget airlines land in Friedrichshafen (Ryanair) or in Memmingen (Wizzair). To reach Konstanz from Friedrichshafen, you can use the Catamaran. Use the train to travel from Memmingen via Lindau to Konstanz.

1. via Zurich:

By train:
The best option is the train from the Zurich airport to Konstanz. The trains are available every half-hour and take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

By bus/coach:
First you will take the train from the Zurich airport to the Zurich train station. The travel time is approximately 10 minutes. From the main train station in Zurich you can take the Flixbus intercity bus directly to Konstanz. The bus stop in Konstanz is called “Döbele.” The travel time is approximately 1 hour. 

2. via Friedrichshafen

By train:
From the airport you can take the IRE (InterRegioExpress) towards Singen/Basel. Change trains in Radolfzell for a direct connection to Konstanz. The trains are available every two hours. Travel time is approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes. The fare costs approx. 15 Euro.

By public transport:
From the airport take the bodo Städteschnellbus 7394 (city express bus) Friedrichshafen to Konstanz. The bus is usually available eight times a day. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The fare costs approx. 7 Euro.

3. via Stuttgart

By train:
From the Stuttgart airport take the S-Bahn (train) to Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof (main train station). The train connection to Singen is available every hour. From there, you will take the train connection to Konstanz. The total travel time is approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes.  If you don’t want to pay for the express trains (ICE, IC), you may also use the "Baden-Württemberg - Ticket Single” starting at 23 Euro (weekdays from 09:00 and on weekends starting at 24:00) from Stuttgart to Konstanz.

By bus/coach:
From the bus terminal at Stuttgart airport you can reach Konstanz ("Döbele") directly with Flixbus. The travel time is approximately 2-3 hours depending on the traffic and connection. 

4. via Frankfurt am Main

From Frankfurt airport/long-distance train station you can take the train south to Konstanz (with connections in Stuttgart/Singen or Baden-Baden or Offenburg). Travel time is approx. 4 hours and 30 minutes. 

By train

On the websites of the Deutschen Bahn (German trains) or Schweizer Bahn (Swiss trains) you can find the fastest connections to Konstanz. From Switzerland you can reach Konstanz very easily from the Swiss train station in neighbouring Kreuzlingen. 

By car

The destination address is: Universitaetsstrasse 10 78464 Konstanz GERMANY

From Stuttgart (180 km)

Autobahn (motorway) A 81 towards Singen. From exit "Kreuz Hegau" onwards, you will find signs for Konstanz In Konstanz, follow the signs for “Universität”.

From Munich (220 km)

Autobahn (motorway) A 96 towards Lindau. In Lindau, take B 31 towards Meersburg. From Meersburg, take the vehicle ferry to Konstanz. In Konstanz, follow the signs for “Universität”.

From Zurich (75 km)

Autobahn (motorway) A7 towards Kreuzlingen/Konstanz. Near the border, follow the signs for “Mainau”. Then follow the signs for “Universität“.

You can park at the university for 1.50 Euro for the day. Signs will lead you to the parking lots. Please consult our information on parking options (locations, opening hours, etc.). 

Once you have arrived in Konstanz

Using the city bus service

You can easily reach any of the residence halls using public transport, i.e. by Konstanz city bus. You can find information on the bus network and connection information on the website of the Stadtwerke Konstanz (municipal services).

  • Single trip ticket: € 2.70
  • Day pass: € 5.00
  • Multiple trip packet: € 44 for 20 tickets at € 2,20 per ticket (available at, among other locations, the Seezeit Shop at the university)
  • "Umwelt"-weekly / monthly commuter ticket: € 22.50 / € 50.00 (available at, among other locations, the Seezeit Shop at the university)

At the beginning of the semester you may purchase a semester ticket (October / April) for € 56. This semester ticket (Studi-Ticket) is only valid with the university student ID card. If you are interested in using this ticket a few days before the beginning of the semester, please contact the International Office in the Check-In Office in G 302.

You will be able to purchase a monthly commuter ticket for all buses within Konstanz on the first day of GO-Konstanz (March/September) for € 35. On the first day of OriPro (April/October), you will be able to purchase the semester ticket (Studi-Ticket).

Reaching the train station from the intercity bus station “Döbele”

When you use the intercity bus e.g. Flixbus to reach Konstanz, you can use the bus line 9A or bus line 1 to reach the train station. Bus line 5 will take you to the bus stop "Sternenplatz", from which you can use all bus lines. If you are living in the following residence halls, you will get off at the “Gartenstr.” bus stop to then walk to your destination in 5-10 minutes: Europahaus, Jan-Hus-Haus, Albertus Magnus Haus, Thomas Blarer Haus, Paradies. For the “Paradies” residence hall, you can also get off at the “Ellenrieder Gymnasium” bus stop.

Reaching your residence hall from the train station

Here you will find the various ways to reach your residence hall from the train station (“Bahnhof”):

Reaching the university from the train station

Bus line 9A or 9B from the "Bahnhof” bus stop to the final bus stop "Universität".

The buses are available every 15 minutes until 20:00. Thereafter, they drive every 30 minutes and stop directly in front of the main university entrance. The buses have a limited schedule on Saturdays. Bus line 9 does not operate on Sundays or holidays.

Bus line 4/13 from the "Bahnhof" bus station to the "Egg/Universität” bus stop.
The buses are available until 15:30 every 30 minutes. Thereafter, they drive every 15 minutes until 21:00, at which point they begin to operate every hour. You will get off near the side entrance to the university near buildings G and H. On Saturdays and Sundays and holidays the bus is available every 30 minutes until 21:00. Thereafter, the bus operates on an hourly basis.


Take a waiting taxi from the train station (“Bahnhof”) or call one of the following taxi companies: