Travelling to Bamberg
Travel by plane
While Bamberg itself does not have an airport, there are three airports around Bamberg that can be reached within three hours.
The closest airport is Nürnberg/Nuremberg.
If you arrive at Nuremberg, you can easily take the underground and the train to Bamberg.
Upon arrival, you need to look for the U-Bahn, the Nuremberg underground. On a workday, trains leave approximately every 10 mins and you need to take a train to Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). There, you take any regional train to Bamberg.
Tickets for going to Bamberg can already be purchased at Nurembger airport. At the ticket machines provided by VAG or VGN you can get a ticket to Bamberg and don’t need to buy another one at the main train station. Please note that with such a ticket, you can only use regional trains, no IC or ICE trains. Since the public busses are also operated by this company, you can even get a ticket to the bus stop closest to your hotel and get the ticket already at Nuremberg airport. Please check their website for more information.
In total, you will take approx. 90 mins to get to Bamberg from Nuremberg airport.
The second closest airport is Frankfurt am Main.
If you arrive at Frankfurt, depending on the terminal you arrive at, you need to find the train station "Frankfurt Flughafen", which is serviced by Deutsche Bahn (DB). When you get there, you can get your ticket for the entire journey from the ticket machines operated by DB. To get to Bamberg, you will have to change at Würzburg and depending on your connection, you either get a train from the airport to Würzburg or you need to change again at Frankfurt main train station. At Würzburg, you will then take a regional train to Bamberg.
Depending on whether or not you have to change at Frankfurt main train station, the journey to Bamberg takes between 2h 30 mins and 3h.
The third closest airport is München/Munich.
If you arrive at Munich, you need to take an S-Bahn first to get to Munich main train station. The S-Bahn stop at Munich airport is located in front of the terminals (ca. 5 mins by foot). Trains go approximately every 15 mins. When you arrive at München Hauptbahnhof (main train station), you can either take a direct train to Bamberg or you need to change at Nuremberg, depending on the connection.
Ticktes for going to Bamberg can already be purchased at Munich ariport. At the ticket machines provided by DB (Deutsche Bahn) you can get a ticket for the entire journey.
Depending on the train connection at Munich main train station, you will take between 2h 45 min and 3h 30 min to get to Bamberg from Munich airport.
Travel by train
To get to Bamberg by train, travellers often have to change either at Würzburg or at Nuremberg and take the last hour of their journey on a regional train. To plan your journey by train, please check the website of the German rail company, Deutsche Bahn. Once you arrive at Bamberg train station, you can either walk to your hotel, take a taxi or take one of the public busses operated by VAG/VGN. Please check their website to find out more about bus connections.
Travel by car
If you travel by car coming from the north or the south, you need to follow the motorway A73 and leave at exit "Bamberg Ost". If you travel from the east or the west, please follow motorway A70 and leave at exit "Bamberg".
Parking in Bamberg is more difficult. Around the AULA, there is one garage very close by (City-Altstadt TG), and several garages in the vicinity. The other venue Congress Hall Bamberg includes one garage (TG Konzerthalle). Please have a look at the position plan of garages(384.3 KB) in Bamberg provided by Stadtwerke Bamberg. Since parking for a whole day can be rather expensive, it is advisable to either walk to the venue or take a bus and leave the car at the hotel.
Busses in Bamberg
To travel around in Bamberg, you can either buy day tickets or tickets for individual journeys. The website of the bus company in Bamberg (VAG) helps you to plan your journey from one point to another. You can also take a bus tour around Bamberg with bus number 910 (website in German only).