Mercedes Cup: Travel

STUTTGART, GERMANY - JULY 20: Ferndando Verdasco of Spain is seen during his match against Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during the MercedesCup at TC Weissenhof on July 20, 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The city of Stuttgart had really humble beginnings – it originated as a horse stable in the 10th century where horses were bred for the German cavalry.

It is now the sixth largest city in Germany and is still the hub of transport, but of a very different kind. Today it is dubbed ‘the cradle of the automobile’ and it houses the elite Porsche, ATP Daimler and Mercedes Benz head quarters. How appropriate that the Mercedes Cup be hosted by the city of Stuttgart!

Mercedes Cup Travel: Getting There

  1. By Plane – There is a single airport servicing Stuttgart, and it is located in the Leinfelden-Echterdingen district. Most European and German cities are directly linked to Stuttgart Airport, but should you be coming from further afield it is not difficult to get to Stuttgart by way of London Heathrow or Paris Charles de Gaulle. Lufthansa has an agreement with German Rail, and a quick train ride will get you from Frankfurt to Stuttgart in no time. Public transport is a safe, cheap and efficient way of getting from the airport to the city centre – the S-Bahn (S2 or S3) will get you from the ‘flughafen’ (airport) to the Hauptbahnhof (main station) in just under 27 minutes!
  2. By Train – The main station (Hauptbahnhof) is located in the heart of the city. For timetables and bookings please take a look at here.
  3. By Car – State highways A8 & A81 service Stuttgart. The A8 (west/east highway) passes Stuttgart to the south and the A81 (north/south) highway passes the city to the west. To get into the city follow the signs “Stuttgart Zentrum” and you can’t go far wrong. Other routes are: B10 – to Esslingen & Goppingen; B14 – to Stuttgarter Kreuz, Sindelfingen & Boblingen; and B27 – to the airport, Tubingen, Reutlingen & Ludwigsburg.

Mercedes Cup Travel: Getting Around

The best way to get around Stuttgart is by train. For a short journey use the Stadtbahn, or go by bus. For longer distances use the S-Bahn, it is markedly faster, but has fewer stops. Public transport in Stuttgart is fully integrated – a single ticket can be used on all modes of transport, including buses and trams.

After midnight, however, there is a dearth of public transport except for the erratic night buses which follow odd routes. So, beware if you land at Stuttgart Airport before 5am, you may have quite a long, uncomfortable wait on your hands.

Most lines of both the Stadtbahn and the S-Bahn will lead to the main station, or Hauptbahnhof, and the following stations are located in the centre of Stuttgart – Schlossplatz, Hauptbahnhof, Charlottenplatz, Stadtmitte (Rotebuhlplatz), Feuersee, Staatsgalerie and Berliner Platz.

There is also a rack-railway which runs between Stuttgart-Marienplatz and Stuttgart-Degerloch, and an old cable car running from Stuttgart-Heslach to the cemetery. For more detailed information and current prices log look here.

Whatever you do, follow our Mercedes Cup travel guide and get to the 2008 Mercedes Cup. For all the information and betting tips on Mercedes Cup betting odds take a look at our betting tips page and Mercedes Cup betting guide,