Bicycle

Rent a Bike delivers and picks up bikes. Stuttgart has 45 Call-a-Bike stands. The first 30 minutes are free and rental costs €1 per half hour thereafter (€15 per day). Visit the website for maps and details.

It’s free to take your bike on Stadtbahn lines (light-rail lines beginning with U; underground in the city centre), except from 6am to 8.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Bikes are allowed on S-Bahn trains (suburban rail lines S1 to S6) but you need a Kinderticket (child’s ticket) from 6am to 8.30am Monday to Friday. You can’t take bikes on buses or the Strassenbahn (tramway).

Car & Motorcycle

Underground parking costs about €2.50 for the first hour and €2 for each subsequent hour. See www.stuttgart.de/parken (in German) for a list of car parks. The Park & Ride (‘P+R’) options in Stuttgart’s suburbs offer cheap parking; convenient lots include Degerloch Albstrasse (on the B27; take the U5 or U6 into town), which is 4km south of the centre; and Österfeld (on the A81; take the S1, S2 or S3 into the centre).

You'll find the offices of major car rental agencies at the airport and the Hauptbahnhof.

Public Transport

From slowest to fastest, Stuttgart’s VVS (www.vvs.de) public transport network consists of a Zahnradbahn (rack railway), buses, the Strassenbahn (tramway), Stadtbahn lines (light-rail lines beginning with U; underground in the city centre), S-Bahn lines (suburban rail lines S1 through to S6) and RegionalBahn lines (regional trains beginning with R). On Friday and Saturday there are night buses (beginning with N) with departures from Schlossplatz at 1.11am, 2.22am and 3.33am.

For travel within the city, single tickets are €2.50 and four-ride tickets (4er-Ticket) cost €9.70 for one zone. For short hops of three stops or less, a Kurzstrecken ticket (€1.40) suffices. A day pass, good for two zones (including, for instance, the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums), is better value at €7 for one person and €12.30 for a group of between two and five.

Taxi

To order a taxi call 551 0000.