Travelling to Göttingen
Göttingen is situated conveniently in the heart of Germany and easy to get to by various means of transport. Major north-south routes run past Göttingen.
Travelling by plane
Göttingen lies between two international airports: Frankfurt am Main (250 km) and Hanover (110 km). If you arrive via Frankfurt, you will find a railway station below the airport, from which trains take you to the main railway station (they run every 20 minutes and the journey takes approx. 15 minutes). There is also a direct ICE train to Göttingen roughly every two hours. If you land in Hanover, you will also find a railway station at the airport.
Travelling by train
Göttingen lies on the important north-south route linking Hamburg/Berlin – Munich/Basle and it is also an ICE stop. From Frankfurt and Hanover, there are roughly two direct ICE trains to Göttingen an hour. The journey from Frankfurt to Göttingen takes around 2 hours, and the ICE from Hanover to Göttingen takes 34 minutes. If you book your ticket well in advance (at least several weeks ) the tickets can cost less than half the standard price. Apart from the ICE trains, there are also so-called regional trains running on the Frankfurt to Göttingen route, which are cheaper and slower. The regional express from Hanover to Göttingen takes 1:15 hours, the one from Frankfurt to Göttingen about 3 hours and 25 minutes.
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can buy a weekend ticket (“Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket”) for €44 . You can take along up to a further four persons for €6 each. This ticket will allow you to travel on any regional trains for any distance for one day. In addition, Deutsche Bahn AG permanently offers changing special tariffs. It is advisable to inquire about the cheapest option at the time you purchase your ticket.
When travelling via Frankfurt, you need to bear in mind that there are very few good train connections to Göttingen between 21:14 and 05:06.
You will find more details on tariffs and timetables on the pages of Deutsche Bahn AG:
Travelling by bus
There has only been a long-distance coach market in Germany for a few years. There are currently numerous providers and constant changes, which makes it difficult to provide general statements on this mode of travel. But as a rule, long-distance coaches are cheaper and slower than trains and, in some cases, only travel to the city outskirts.
Travelling by car
The A7 motorway (= E-road E4) from Hamburg to Frankfurt/Munich leads directly past Göttingen. If you travel by car, take exit no. 73 (Göttingen-Dransfeld), turn off right towards Göttingen and simply follow the 4-lane Hauptstraße, which will take you directly into the city centre.