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Getting around in Nuremberg: info, costs and tips

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Nuremberg is the second largest German city in Bavaria. Over time the city has incorporated the small neighboring villages, which today are real neighborhoods, each with its own identity. The Pegnitz River divides the city perfectly in two, which is surrounded by walls dating back to medieval times. Medieval architecture gives the city all its charm, deluding tourists that they can travel back in time: between a walk in the Hauptmarkt, the main square, and a visit to the majestic Imperial Castle, the Kiserburg. It is the ideal destination for a weekend but also for a couple of days during the week. It can be visited at any time of the year, it is very popular and popular at Christmas for the famous markets.

Here is a guide on how to get around in Nuremberg: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Nuremberg
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Getting around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

The historic center is intimate and very convenient to be explored on foot. Strolling through the cobbled streets and walking through what is left of the ancient walls gives the opportunity to admire picturesque and unmissable views. The advice is to visit it with a guided tour, even better if with a local guide, ideal for settle in the city and identify the main points of reference. Alternatively, the self-guided tour with audio guide is also available.

For longer journeys and to move more comfortably, it is advisable to use theefficient public transport network: metro, bus or tram. There is also the panoramic train that runs through the historic center in 40 minutes, ideal for settling in on the first day and then create a custom itinerary based on the attractions that most caught your attention!

Finally, for those who stay in Nuremberg for a few days, we recommend the Nürnberg Card, which allows free travel on all public transport for 2 days and gives access to many museums in the city. Exclusively dedicated to the transport MobiCard, valid for 7 days on all public transport!



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, metro, tram, panoramic train
  • Solutions and means not recommended: bus, car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Nürnberg Card (from € 28,00 -), MobiCard (from € 26,70), TagesTicket Solo (from € 8,30)

How to get from the airport to the center of Nuremberg

Nuremberg airport, theAlbrecht Dürer Flughafen Nürnberg (NUE), is the second largest in Bavaria, after that of Munich. It is well connected with various international destinations even with excellent low-cost offers.

It is 7 km from the city center, easily reachable by metro, with the U2 line towards Röthenbach, in about 10/15 min. Frequency runs every 12-14 minutes. The ticket must be stamped BEFORE entering the subway. The small validating machines are located before the escalators leading to the train. There are no buses available, given the efficiency of the metro. Alternatively you can take a taxi or a comfortable private transfer to be booked online before departure!

Albrecht Dürer Flughafen Nürnberg

  • Distance from the center: 7 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By metro: line U2 / ticket cost € 3,10
  • By taxi: average cost € 20,00 / travel time: 15 min
  • In transfer: private transfer from / to Nuremberg airport

From Munich Airport (MUC)

  • Distance from Nuremberg: 239 km / travel time: 2 h;
  • By train: Deusche Bahn regional trains from airport to Nürnberg Hbf / ticket cost: from € 12,90
  • By taxi: average cost € 250,00 / travel time 2 h
  • By bus: Flixibus line from € 9,90 / travel time 2 h

How to get around on foot

Visiting the old town of Nuremberg on foot is an experience that is not only economic, but also fascinating. From the central square, the Hauptmarkt, you can reach Kaiserbug Castle in just 6 minutes to the north, and San Lorenzo Cathedral to the south in 5 minutes. The advice is to visit it with a guided tour, even better if with a local guide, ideal for settle in the city and identify the main points of reference. Alternatively, the self-guided tour with audio guide is also available.

They can be reached on foot very characteristic corners and picturesque views immortalized over the years by painters, first, and photographers in more recent years: the Weinstadel and the Heilig-Geist-Spital. Always on foot it is necessary to travel the Durerstrasse, one of the most romantic streets in Nuremberg overlooked by half-timbered houses and pastel colored buildings adorned with wooden or stone bay windows.

If you lovers of history, we recommend the historical tour of the Third Reich, to know all the secrets of Nuremberg.



Getting around by bicycle

For the same reasons as walking around Nuremberg, you can evaluate the possibility of get around by bicycle. It is a place also loved by the locals!

The documents required to rent a bike may vary depending on the rental company, but generally a security deposit (cash or card) may be required which will be returned at the end. THE prices they vary from many factors such as the type of bike and any extra services such as child seats. However, the minimum daily basis is € 3,00.

For a first approach, the advice is to first take a guided bike tour, to familiarize yourself with the routes and cycle paths and discover the city in total safety with your guide.

Con i mezzi pubblici

The city is served by aefficient public transport network, so you can choose between bus, metro, tram and train. Furthermore, thanks to the Verkehrsverbund Groβraun Nüenberg tariff system, using the means is very simple even for tourists. Many ticket offices in the city are automatic and it is possible to choose between various languages ​​to proceed with the purchase, including Italian.

Recommended MobiCard, valid 7 days on all public transport, and the TagesTicket Only, individual day ticket. If purchased on Saturday, the TagesTicket Solo is also valid for Sunday with the 2 × 1 formula. If you are 4, you can save with the 4er-Ticket Kurzstrecke, a booklet of 4 Kurzstrecke for as many people. The day ticket costs € 5,80 for adults and € 2,90 for children. The long distance version costs € 11,00 for adults and € 5,50 for children.

To enjoy a wonderful panoramic ride e settle in the city, we advise you to enjoy a ride on the panoramic train, lasting 40 minutes, which will take you to discover the main points of the city and its history!



Metropolitan

The Nuremberg U-Bahn, officially opened in 1972, consists of 3 lines plus 2 more "reinforcement" lines, for a total of 36 km of line and just under 50 stations. It covers every corner of the city and nearby Furth in a capillary manner, including Nuremberg airport, the terminus of the U2 line.

Le drawnSpecifically, they are: line U1, from Fürth Hardhöhe station to Langwasser Süd station; line U2, from the Flughafen / Aeroporto station to the Röthenbach station, is an entirely underground line; line U3, from Gustav-Adolf-Straße to Fiedrich-Ebert-Platz, the most recent, fully automatic line.
In addition to these, there are also lines U11 and U21. There are two reinforcement lines on lines 1 and 2 that carry out the same section for a number of smaller stations. All lines pass through the Plärrer and Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) stations every 10 minutes, from 3 to 6 minutes during peak hours.

  • Downloadable map: nuremberg-metro-map
  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: short ride (2 stops) € 1,70, long ride (90 min) € 3,20
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4-trip booklet € 11,00, daily € 8,30, MobiCard 7 days, € 26,70.

Tram

Five lines tramways covering 36 km and stopping at over 70 stations. Each tram line is associated with a color and a number. These are the sections in detail: line 4, Gibitzenhof - Thon; line 5 Worzeldorfer Straße - Tiergarten; line 6 Doku / Zentrum - Westfriedhof; line 8 Tristanstraße - Erlenstegen; and line 9 Doku / Zentrum - Hauptbahnhof.

  • Downloadable map: nuremberg-tram-map
  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: short ride (4 stops) € 1,70, long ride (90 min) € 3,20
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4-trip booklet € 11,00, daily € 8,30, MobiCard 7 days, € 26,70.

Bus

It covers about 80 stations and the means are very modern. Line 36 (from Plärrer to Doku-Zentru) touches the main tourist attractions. Buses, like other public transport, are in service from 5:00 in the morning until midnight. On weekends and the days before holidays there are 26 night lines, the so-called Nightliner.

  • Downloadable map: day-bus-map - nightliner-bus-map
  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: short ride (4 stops) € 1,70, long ride (90 min) € 3,20
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4-trip booklet € 11,00, daily € 8,30, MobiCard 7 days, € 26,70.

By car

Given the shape of the city, with the main tourist attractions concentrated in the historic center, driving around Nuremberg is not recommended and not cheap given the parking rates. Better to leave your car at the hotel or in one of the comfortable P + Rs outside the city, reach the center by public transport and then explore it on foot.

ZTL

In Nuremberg, as in the rest of Germany, there are limited traffic areas, the so-called Umwelt Zones, where you can only travel with an environmental badge. These are stickers (Feinstaub-Plakette) in 3 different colors (red, yellow and green) depending on the type of polluting emissions of the vehicle.

Depending on the type of restricted traffic zone, they are only vehicles with a certain mark are allowed. Those who drive without an environmental badge run the risk of being fined. You can find all the info on the official website of the German Umweltzones.

To consider the fact that the zones are not fixed but vary according to the weather conditions. It is therefore necessary to consult in real time through the Green-Zones app the situation relating to the traffic restrictions envisaged for the various types of vignette.
NB. The mark is also required for electric vehicles.

Stops and parking

Parking in the center of Nuremberg is quite expensive. Rates vary from area to area and range from a minimum of € 1,00 / hour to € 5,00 / hour, even reaching € 15,00 / hour. Parking outside the city walls on Adlerstrasse, Heugaesschen, Koningsgraben, Obstmarkt, Platenersgasse and Rosental costs up to € 15,00. You can park free for 48 hours close to U-bahn or S-bahn stations. From there you can reach the center in 6-12 min.

Considering the structure of the city, which can be easily explored on foot, we recommend that you leave your car at the hotel or opt for the very comfortable and cheap P + R (Park & ​​Ride). They are almost all paid and in the suburbs. Here are some of the most important:

  • P + R Thon - Erlanger Straße - Pretzfelder Straße 12 (Get Directions). Tram line 4 takes you to the center in 13 min
  • P + R Herrnhütte - Äußere Bayreuther Straße (Get directions). Close to the subway, the center can be reached in 8 min
  • P + R Mögeldorf - Freiligrathstraße (Get Directions). Very large, the center can be reached in 10 minutes by train (S1) or by tram 5
  • P + R Allersberg (Rothsee) (Get Directions). 275 seats are available and you can reach the center with the R9 train line (10 min)
  • P + R Ansbach (Get Directions). 591 paid parking spaces; connected to the center by the R7 or S4 train line which can be reached in 30-40 min
  • P + R Bauernfeindstraße (Get directions). 130 seats, the U line of the subway arrives in the center in less than 10 min
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