The city of 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:
Travel by plane
The nearest international airports to Konstanz are in Zurich (1 hour), then Stuttgart (2 hours) or Frankfurt am Main (4 hours). For train connections to Konstanz, use the following websites: for Germany use www.bahn.de; for Switzerland see www.sbb.ch; within the state of Baden-Württemberg, take a look at www.efa-bw.de. 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/Switzerland
With the 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. The ticket costs about 30 Swiss francs (approx. 30 Euro).
With the intercity bus:
First you will take the train from the Zurich airport to the Zurich train station. The travel time is approximately 10 minutes. The ticket will cost approx. 3.30 Swiss franks (approx. 3.30 Euro).
From the main train station in Zurich you can take the FlixbusMeinFernbus intercity bus directly to Konstanz. The bus stop in Konstanz is called “Döbele.” The travel time is approximately 1 hour. The ticket price begins at approx. 8 Euro.
2. via Friedrichshafen
With the 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.
With the bus:
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
With the 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. The fare costs approx. 40 Euro. If you travel with the ICE, it will cost approx. 55 Euro. 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.
With the intercity bus:
From the bus terminal at Stuttgart airport you can reach Konstanz ("Döbele") with the intercity buses FlixbusMeinFernbus or DeinBus. The travel time is approximately 2-3 hours depending on the traffic and connection. The fare costs between 7-20 Euro,
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. Train tickets cost approx. 75 Euro.
Travel by train
With the 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.).
Travel with the intercity bus
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: € 2.45
- Day pass: € 4.80
- Multiple trip packet: € 41 for 20 tickets at € 2,05 per ticket (available at, among other locations, the Seezeit Shop at the university)
- "Umwelt"-weekly / monthly commuter ticket: € 21 / € 47 (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 € 55.10. 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, DeinBus 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”):
- Residence halls Sonnenbühl Ost high-rise, Sonnenbühl Ost group housing, Sonnenbühl West I, Sonnenbühl West II:
Bus: line 9A or 9B or line 14, bus stop "Bahnhof" to bus stop "Jacob-Burckhardt-Str.". West I and West II are next to the bus stop. You can reach residence hall Sonnenbühl Ost by foot in 5-10 minutes.
- Residence hall Sonnenbühlstr.38/40:
Bus: line 9B, bus stop "Bahnhof" to bus stop "Sonnenbühlstr.", 1 minute walking distance to the residence hall.
- Residence halls Europahaus, Jan-Hus-Haus, Albertus Magnus Haus, Thomas Blarer Haus, Paradies:
Bus: line 5, bus stop “Marktstätte” to bus stop "Gartenstr.", 5-10 minute walking distance to the residence halls. Alternatives: All bus lines from the bus stop “Bahnhof” to the bus stop “Sternenplatz”, then 3 minutes by foot through the underpass to the other side of the street. Get on bus line 9A until bus stop “Gartenstr.” For the “Paradies” residence hall, you can also get off at the “Ellenrieder Gymnasium” bus stop.
- Residence hall Petershauser Strasse:
Bus: line 6, bus stop "Bahnhof" to bus stop "Tenbrinkstr.", 3 minute walking distance to the residence hall.
Alternative: All bus lines from the bus stop "Bahnhof" to bus stop "Sternenplatz.", 10 minute walking distance to the residence hall.
- Residence halls Seerhein, Petershauser Bahnhof:
Bus: bus line 6, from the "Bahnhof” bus stop to the bus stop "Gottmannplatz", then walk 3-5 minutes to the residence halls.
- Residence halls Schürmann-Horster-Weg, C3-Konstanz:
Bus: bus line 2, line 3 or line 12, from the "Bahnhof" bus stop to the "Fürstenberg" bus stop, then 5 minutes on foot to the residence halls.
- Residence hall Jungerhalde:
Bus: bus line 1, line 15 or line 4/13 from the "Bahnhof" bus stop to the "Allmansdorf" bus stop, then 5-10 minutes on foot to the residence hall
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.