If you want to get around in Heidelberg, public transport might be one of the best options. If you have no issues with German-only webpages you will get the best travel recommendations from the traffic association VRN. The Deutsche Bahn website offers multiple languages. If you want to use a nice (Android) app, we can recommend Öffi.
Getting to the Venue from Central Station (Heidelberg Hbf)
Almost everyone will reach Heidelberg via the Central Station (Heidelberg Hbf). To get to the main venue, it is best to take the tram 24 heading to Handschusheim/Schriesheim and exit on Technologiepark. The tram leaves at Central Station on platform E.
Getting to the Venue from Bismarckplatz
If you come from other parts of Heidelberg you can also take the bus 31 from Bismarckplatz heading to Chirurgische Klinik/Kopfklinik and exit on Technologiepark. The bus leaves Bismarckplatz on platform F.
Public Transport Map
Public transport map CC-BY-SA 3.0, geometries based on OpenStreetMap data licensed under ODbL
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Kombiticket – Your Conference Ticket is a Public Transport Ticket
You have a local transport ticket included in your SotM ticket for the days of the State of the Map conference (21–23 September). You will get the ticket by email in advance. Please print it out and take it with you while travelling. It is only valid together with your ID card (EU/Schengen citizens) or passport. It is valid in the whole VRN area, see the map below for details.
Buying Public Transport Ticket
If you want to buy public transport tickets for the days before or after the conference, you might use the vending machines found at most stations. When using busses you can also buy tickets directly from the bus driver. When travelling within Heidelberg, you most likely need to buy a ticket at "Preisstufe 2" (also called “Großwabe Heidelberg”), which costs € 2.60 for a single ticket or € 7.00 for a day ticket. Prices for the day fare get cheaper if you travel in groups of up to 6 people.
If you want to buy your ticket with your smartphone, you can use the Deutsche Bahn app “Navigator” that sells not only train tickets, but also local transport tickets at many places in Germany. If you prefer buying tickets at the vending machine, be aware that some tickets have to be stamped. If you buy your ticket at (mostly blue) RNV vending machines, you have to devalue/stamp your ticket inside of the busses or trams to be valid. Tickets from DB vending machines are valid immediately after the purchase. (More information in German).
If you are travelling from / to Heidelberg by train, check out if you have a +City on your DB train ticket. That means that your train ticket includes a City-Ticket and is therefore also valid for a single ride in Heidelberg to your final destination. But be aware that the city ticket is only valid on the first day of validity of the ticket.
Alternative: Bike Rental
If you like riding bikes, you can use VRNnextbike or Call a Bike. You have to register for both services, but be aware that VRNnextbike has a lot of stations, but Call a Bike only has one at the Central Station.
Alternative: E-Scooter Rental
Since a few weeks, we have an e-scooter rental service in Heidelberg: Tier. You can find more information on their website or in their app. If you are not aware of the (special) German regulations where and how to drive, please ask someone who can help you.
If you want to use a taxi in Heidelberg, normally you will find enough at transfer points like Heidelberg Central Station or Bismarckplatz. If you want to call for one, just call the taxi control center Heidelberg: +49 6221 30 20 30