Planning a Trip

By plane

The quickest and easiest way to reach Germany is by air. While the national carrier is Lufthansa, dozens of other airlines, including budget ones, fly to Germany too. Lufthansa flights are more expensive but still good value, with a wider range of routes and the most frequent departures.

The principal hub for international flights is Frankfurt, followed by Munich and Düsseldorf.

Air fares vary considerably by season, with the highest around June to August. Prices drop during shoulder seasons – September, October, April and May, and the best deals are during the low season − November to March, apart from Christmas and New Year.

Most airports in Germany are well connected to the city centre via efficient public traffic.

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By ferry

Year-round sea links to the German Baltic coast are available from Scandinavia, notably Sweden and Denmark, and Baltic countries such as Lithuania and Estonia.

By bus

Compared with low-cost airlines, travelling to Germany by bus is not that cheap and implies a long and uncomfortable journey.

You can still consider a European tour bus service Busabout, which operates a hop-on, hop-off network of routes throughout Europe. Berlin, Dresden, Munich and Stuttgart are on the North Loop of its three designated tours.