Stuttgart App Roundup
Your mightiest tool when relocating to Stuttgart is that tiny portable supercomputer in your hand: your cell phone. Load it up with all the best Stuttgart apps and you’ll be ready for just about anything! We’ve rounded up the most useful ones here.
City of Stuttgart
The city’s official app offers useful information about the city for residents and tourists alike. Access Baden-Württemberg’s services portal or find out when rubbish or recycling will be picked up. Check the events calendar or find out more about popular attractions.
Getting Around Stuttgart
We’ve tried to take the guesswork out of transportation apps by grouping our favorites by category. You can also read our blog post covering the many ways of getting around Stuttgart.
This mobility app aggregates a variety of means of transportation in order to make it easy for you to plan your trip from point A to point B. It presents public transportation, car sharing, and bicycle or scooter rental options. Examine your options in one convenient tool!
Stuttgart has a very extensive public transportation network that includes buses, underground trains, overground trains, and regional trains. The city is also well connected by train to destinations all over Germany and Europe. You can learn more by reading our post about public transportation.
This is the official app for Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart, the local public transportation network. It offers information on local U‑Bahn, S‑Bahn, and bus schedules, allowing you to plan a trip between two addresses, see which trains will be arriving and departing soon from a nearby station, and even save favorite trips for faster searches. You can also buy tickets in the app for convenience on the go.
This mobility app helps you find the best way to your intended destination at night by combining information about trains, buses, and the shuttle routes offered as an extension to the Stuttgart public transportation network. By entering your start and end points, the app will show you the best route, including where a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off. The app is free to use but the shared shuttle rides do involve a charge, which is discounted for holders of a valid VVS ticket.
This app provides information on Deutsche Bahn tickets and schedules for trains around Germany and across Europe. With a registered account, you can purchase tickets and store them for easy presentation to conductors. The app also offers notifications about any delays or changes in your route.
These apps allow you to order a taxi, make any special requests known, and confirm when the taxi will arrive. If you specify a destination address, the price will be displayed. You can also pre-order a ride for a later date. For more information, check out our post about taxi services.
The FREE NOW app is a collaboration between BMW and Daimler. When you order a taxi, you can watch its progress live on a digital map, plus you get a push message when the driver arrives outside your door. You can contact the driver at any time and rate the journey after you arrive at your destination. You pay for your ride through your smartphone and receive a receipt by email.
Stuttgart Taxi App focuses specifically on taxi service in our city and the surrounding area. It’s essentially the digital version of calling a dispatcher for every local taxi company, without the awkwardness of trying to make yourself understood in German. In fact, you can even request an English-speaking driver!
Uber had a long battle to be allowed in Germany, and it functions today with certain restrictions: Uber drivers can’t drive their personal cars, only registered company rentals, and they have to be licensed like a taxi driver. The user experience is much the same, however, with options to select a standard Uber X, a fully electric Uber Green, or a regular taxi through Uber Taxi. Set your pick-up point or let your GPS pin it for you then type in your destination. See how far the closest ride is and confirm to see the profile, rating, and license plate of the driver. You’ll receive a notification when the driver arrives and you can contact them if needed. Payment is via PayPal or credit card.
SHARE NOW (formerly car2go and DriveNow) offers a more flexible car sharing experience. Search the app for the nearest car of your preferred type. When you’re finished, just park it in a suitable spot on the street. The price is a flat rate per minute which you confirm before completing your reservation.
Bicycles & Scooters
This app helps you find a Lime‑S (electric kick scooter) for short-term rental. Use the app’s map to locate one nearby and unlock it by scanning the code. There’s no need to worry about finding a parking station with their dock-free model. Your only responsibility is to park and lock your ride safely away from traffic.
Stella is a Stuttgart-specific “e‑roller” sharing service. Use the app to find one of their Vespa-like scooters and where to park it after you’re done driving. The service is available in Stuttgart and several surrounding towns. The scooters conveniently come with two helmets in two different sizes as well as hoods for hygiene.
The official app of Stuttgart Airport brings you all the information you need to make your trip simple, whether you’re the one flying or just picking someone up. You can find out about flight times and delays, which terminal your airline operates from, arrival and departure gates, and even the current wait time at each security checkpoint. You can also opt to enable notifications to stay up to date about a particular flight.
This food ordering app works with all kinds of restaurants, from full-service dining establishments to faster food options, like delivery-only restaurants. Even if you’re located outside the center, it’s easy to find connected food establishments in your area or see how much it will cost to get your food brought to you from downtown. You can search by type of cuisine, hours open, estimated delivery time and cost, and the minimum purchase value.
Gorillas revolutionized grocery delivery in Germany, offering a full range of groceries with a promise to deliver in 10 minutes (although that’s limited to mostly downtown areas in Stuttgart). The app offers a quick introductory guide that makes onboarding super easy, and you can get in touch with customer service with the click of a button. Shop for your groceries by category and see suggestions of related items when you add something to your cart.
Flink is very similar to Gorillas, entering the market just one year later. The company offers the same promise of 10-minute delivery (within downtown Stuttgart). You can shop by food category as with any food delivery app, but Flink also has some unique categories like “breakfast in bed” for when you just want to stay in and treat yourself, or “Stay Safe” for masks, rapid tests, and other hygienic supplies.
This app offers an online ordering system for groceries at REWE Supermarket. You can fill your cart by selecting from past orders or recommendations, search for items individually or by category, or choosing from this week’s discounted products. You have the option to pick up in the store or schedule your order for delivery right to your door.
Too Good To Go
This app helps you locate restaurants, bakeries, and markets that are selling discounted food that might otherwise be thrown out. You can search by location, type of seller, vegetarian options, and preferred pick-up time. You prepay and validate the order in the app, but the food must be picked up in person within the designated time window.
Shipping & Packages
This app simplifies everything related to shipping with DHL. Track packages that are on their way to you and change delivery options. Search for store locations as well as “Packstations,” automated booths where you can pick up packages around the clock. Check prices for shipping domestically or internationally. Purchase shipping for a package to print at home or arrange for it to be ready to print out when you get to the DHL store.
Waste & Recycling
This is the official app from Stuttgart’s waste management system, or “Abfallwirtschaft.” Use the “Waste ABCs” to figure out the correct disposal for a particular item or type of material. Keep up with the different pickup dates for the different types of waste, from paper to organic to yellow bag recycling to trash. There’s also an easy location search for disposal facilities and recycling centers.
This versatile app is the number one resource for movies in Germany. You can search showtimes for movies at nearby theaters and filter for various features like 2D or 3D and dubbed, original version or with subtitles. Learn more about films by browsing synopsises, trailers, stills, cast list, and so on. Plus, you can access the complete list of movies and TV series that are available from all streaming providers in Germany, including Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Sky, and more.
The official app of Stuttgart’s football (soccer) team offers all the information you could possibly want. Check the dates for all games and even synchronize your calendar with them. Access the full statistics and live scores about not just the current game but also in overview for all games in all tournaments. Get news from VfB, information about the team, and exclusive merchandise as well.
US Military & Government
This is the official app of U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. You can keep up with the latest USAG news and get information about upcoming events. Search for contact information from the garrison directory as well as emergency services. Best of all, get information about and set appointments for important things like housing, SOFA visas, health and dental clinics, and more.