Getting Around Stuttgart
Stuttgart is known to be an automobile city, with the headquarters of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz (and their respective museums) located in town. Unsurprisingly, the population’s love of cars leads to quite a lot of traffic in the city, despite many initiatives to reduce it.
If you’d rather not sit behind the wheel and stress out during congested times, have a look at the many other transportation options Stuttgart has to offer!
First and most importantly, Stuttgart has a very extensive public transportation network that includes buses, underground trains, overground trains, and regional trains. Transportation runs from early in the morning until pretty late at night, depending on your destination, and night buses run through the night on weekends. For scheduling information and to buy tickets, you can use the VVS app (for Apple or Android). Monthly and yearly memberships are also available with a polygo card. At night there are also shuttles that serve as an extension to the public transportation network. You can search your route and see what combination of trains, buses, and/or shuttles will serve you best by using the SSB Flex app (for Apple or Android).
If you prefer door-to-door car service, you can always call a taxi. Of course it’s easy to find a taxi at key locations, especially the airport or main train station, but you can use apps to bring you the next available taxi just as conveniently. We recommend the local Stuttgart Taxi app (for Apple or Android) or the European-wide FREE NOW app (for Apple or Android).
Uber is best known as a ride-sharing service, but in Germany Uber drivers must be licensed like a taxi driver and use a company rental car rather than a personal vehicle. You can use the app (for Apple or Android) to set your destination and pick-up point; view the profile, rating, and license plate of the driver; and pay via PayPal or credit card. Uber X offers standard cars, Uber Green provides fully electric vehicles, and Uber Taxi just serves to help you book a normal taxi.
With car sharing you get the convenience of a private vehicle at a fraction of the cost (or hassle). Never worry about paying for maintenance, insurance, or—particularly expensive in Stuttgart—parking! Plus you know you’re helping reduce climate-changing emissions. The two most popular services in Stuttgart are Stadtmobil and SHARE NOW (formerly car2go and DriveNow).
Stadtmobil offers many rental stations in and around Stuttgart and charges for booked time and number of kilometers driven. They are a partner with the public transportation network’s polygo card and have an app for Apple or Android. SHARE NOW works without fixed rental stations, so you can pick up and leave a car wherever is convenient for you. They charge a low per-minute, all-inclusive fee through their app for Apple or Android.
A classically eco-friendly but more athletic way to beat traffic is taking a bicycle around town. If you don’t want to buy your own, there are plenty of shops that will rent you one. Deutche Bahn offers the Call A Bike service so that you can ride the train into a new town and seamlessly continue on your way by bicycle. They offer day passes for tourists and partner with the polygocard as well. In Stuttgart bicycle paths are sometimes in separate lanes, in shared lanes on streets with cars, or even shared on pedestrian sidewalks.
Electric Bikes and Scooters
Electric bikes and scooters are increasingly popular in Stuttgart and offer the perfect compromise among convenience and eco-friendliness. Stella is a well-established service offering Vespa-like scooters that run on electric power (app for Apple or Android). Lime is a more recent addition to Stuttgart, with a fleet of electric kick scooters (app for Apple or Android). Voi, also more recent in Stuttgart, offers a range of electric kick scooters and bicycles (app for Apple or Android).
Not sure what your best option is for any given trip? Try using a mobility aggregator app! They present a variety of options in one convenient tool. We recommend urbi, an app for Apple or Android that includes car sharing, public transportation, and bicycle or scooter rental options.