Sustainable on the go

Even with a small ecological footprint you can go far in the Stuttgart region: local public transport in the Stuttgart region is coordinated and is supplemented by individual offers such as car sharing or bicycle rental systems. Embedded in programs like the “Model region for sustainable mobility“New ideas for future mobility are also being tested in the region.

Public transport in the Stuttgart region

Whether commuters, shoppers, day-trippers, football fans or partygoers: local public transport plays a central role in getting everyone to their destination. Train and S-Bahn, bus and light rail – local transport in the region is coordinated and linked to individual offers such as car sharing or bicycle rental systems.

The best thing: you only need one ticket for (almost) all public transport offers. Under the roof of plumbing The transport companies in Stuttgart and in the districts of Böblingen, Esslingen, Göppingen, Ludwigsburg and Rems-Murr have joined forces. In addition, public transport in the Stuttgart region is particularly cheap. If you want to go beyond the borders of the Stuttgart region, you can do so with the cheap Metropol day ticket Use local transport from Sigmaringen to Schwäbisch Hall, from Aalen to Freudenstadt.

With the S-Bahn across the entire region

The backbone of public transport services is rail transport. The entire region is well served by S-Bahn and local trains; the S-Bahn network alone includes seven lines, is more than 200 kilometers long and serves over 80 stops. You can also surf the entire route for free and find out about regional topics in the S-Bahn's WiFi portal. The regional one Express bus RELEX supplements the S-Bahn network with tangential connections between larger cities and other points in the region. In order to promote the use of public transport and relieve city centers of car traffic, the Stuttgart region is relying on a comprehensive P+R offer: For passengers who want to switch from cars to S-Bahn, there are 111 stations in the VVS area to 215 P+R facilities have over 17.000 parking spaces available.

©VRS – Gerhard Stoppel

In Stuttgart itself, the city railways run on 15 lines; due to the topography, the network also includes such unusual offerings as the cog railway, affectionately known as the “Zacke”, and a funicular railway. There are also hundreds of bus routes throughout the region. Even when it gets later, no one stands still: on the weekends, the S-Bahn runs around the clock. Night buses wait at many S-Bahn stations to take night owls to places that are not directly connected to the S-Bahn.

The Stuttgart Region Association, who is responsible for the S-Bahn, is continually expanding the offering. In the coming years, for example, B. the vehicle fleet was expanded and further improvements were implemented.

VVS network rail network plan

Composite rail network

From Backnang to Weil der Stadt, from the main train station to Stuttgart Airport: The rail network in the Stuttgart region at a glance.

To the full view

Car sharing, rental bikes
and Pedelecs

The dense network of regular services is supplemented by many environmentally friendly private transport options. There are various car sharing offers in many communities in the Stuttgart region.

If you would rather use the way to the next customer meeting or to go shopping to get some exercise in the fresh air, you can pedal the rental bikes and pedelecs from RegioRadStuttgart. The rental stations are often located in the immediate vicinity of public transport stops, so that the different means of transport can be easily combined with one another. Users of the Polygo map You also receive free minutes.

©Stuttgart Region Association – Fabian Freitag

Model region for modern mobility

The Stuttgart region, the birthplace of the automobile, is the location of the most important automobile cluster in Europe. This means it has the best conditions to develop new solutions for the mobility of people and goods. Numerous demonstration projects are already being implemented in the Stuttgart region under the umbrella of various programs and initiatives. A wide variety of vehicles come onto the road: Pedelecs, e-bikes, cars with batteries or fuel cells as well as hybrid or fully electric buses. Hundreds of electric charging stations and public hydrogen filling stations are a further step in the nationwide expansion of a future-oriented infrastructure.

 “Model region for sustainable mobility”  have the Stuttgart Region Association and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Agency also launched its own funding program. The aim of the program was to test innovative mobility projects in the Stuttgart region and to implement sustainable mobility offers. The heart of this new infrastructure are the so-called intermodal mobility points, which connect individual offers such as car sharing or bike rental systems with public transport at central locations, as well as the regional mobility platform, a form of organization that makes it possible to control traffic depending on the situation.

Further information

Information about the ticket system, timetables, leisure tips, a cycle route planner and much more is available here

You can find offers and projects to promote sustainable mobility in the region at