Terminals of Stuttgart airport and transportation to and from the city

Stuttgart airport in Germany -to which the IATA code STR has been assigned- serves the city of the same name about thirteen kilometres from its four terminals. The complex operates as one of most important bases for Eurowings within the country, and handles connections to a wide array of international airports, including a nice selection of holiday destinations.

That being said, STR is also essential for business travellers in Germany and Europe, since it equally functions as the gateway into the city for those attending events and exhibitions at the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds, adjacent to the airport facilities.

If you are planning a city break to Stuttgart or will be travelling solo or as part of a delegation for work, we advise you to continue reading to get helpful tips on what to do upon arrival, how to commute to the downtown and where to go on the day of your departure.

Transport options to and from Stuttgart airport in Germany

Buses from Stuttgart airport

In order to catch a bus towards the city centre once you have landed and collected your bags, go to the bus station in Stuttgart international airport, situated next to Terminal 4 on ground level. Routes 122 and 828 –the so-called airport sprinter– link the facilities to the city in approximately forty minutes. However, if your final destination is a different one, know that buses departing from this point also cover the distance between the terminal and various cities inside and outside Germany.

Trains to central Stuttgart from the airport

Two railway stations are located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Stuttgart airport respectively. You can go to either one to take an S-Bahn train towards the city centre. This journey takes about 27 minutes to be completed, and ticket fares are almost as low as bus fares.

Stuttgart airport taxi service

Travelling by taxi may be the most convenient and fastest way to get to your hotel in Stuttgart, or even to go straight from the airport to the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds. In the case of commuting to the city centre, flat rates apply and you will know exactly how much the ride will cost before setting off. Taxi ranks in Stuttgart airport are easily spotted in the curbside by each terminal building.

Car rental in Stuttgart airport

Should you decide to hire a vehicle to get around Stuttgart, head over to the car rental offices in Stuttgart International, which are situated upstairs in Terminal 3. The options available include the local company Buchbinder, and worldwide renowned brands such as Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Sixt and Global Drive, offering a diverse range of cars and vans that can adjust to one’s specific travel needs and style, from economy to luxury and from sports cars to compact family cars.

How many terminals are there in Stuttgart airport?

There are four terminals in Stuttgart airport of Germany, with the distinguishing feature that, while they all have distinct landside areas, all airside zones merge into a single one beyond each security filter. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are considered as the main buildings and so they encompass some of the most relevant passenger services and airline offices. Operations are also handled from Terminal 2, yet a large part of the shopping and dining activity is concentrated on it. And lastly, Terminal 4 is almost entirely dedicated to holiday and charter flights.

Which terminal in Stuttgart airport does my flight depart from?

While planning your trip, it is advisable that you identify the terminal your airline operates from before travelling from the city to Stuttgart airport. This way, you will quickly locate your check-in desk if needed –do not forget you can always get an electronic boarding pass– as well as the baggage-drop counter, something that will enable you to speed up the process of checking into your flight and clearing security prior to flying. Airlines are distributed among terminals in STR as follows:

Aeroflot, Air Serbia, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Czech Airlines and Eurowings (T1).

Austrian, Swiss and Lufthansa (T2).

Adria Airways, Aegean, Air Baltic, Blue Air, British Airways, Condor, Air France, Delta, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia, KLM, Tui Fly, LOT Polish Airlines, Easyjet, Luxair, Pegasus, Vueling and Scandinavian Airlines (T3).

Air Cairo, Bulgarian Air Charter, Ryanair and Sun Express (T4).

Will you be visiting other cities within Germany as part of your business trip? If Munich will be another stop along the way, take a look at our recommendations for a business stay close to Munich airport.