The Stuttgart Region's excellent transport and telecommunications infrastructure, together with its central location, gives enterprises easy, direct access to markets in western and eastern Europe.
The Stuttgart Region has excellent links to the German motorway and European high-speed rail networks. Some 12 million people live within a 100-kilometre radius of the city.
Two major motorways (the A8 and the A81) intersect near to the capital city, providing road links to all destinations. In addition, there is an extensive, 3,500 kilometer regional road network. Container-loading terminals in Stuttgart and Kornwestheim provide access to Germany's and Western Europe's inland waterways.
Stuttgart’s international airport not only provides rapid links to the economic centres of Germany, but also to major cities in Europe and overseas. Flights depart regularly to over 120 destinations in more than 40 countries.
The backbone of the region's highly effective public transport system is its rail network. The suburban railway infrastructure (S-Bahn) alone accounts for some 200 kilometres of track, with more than 80 stations. These are supplemented by the tram network in the City of Stuttgart (Underground), and several thousand bus stops in the region.
The Karlsruhe-Mannheim-Stuttgart-Ulm rail line is part of Europe's main east-west route, connecting Paris, Stuttgart, Munich and Vienna. Stuttgart21, a joint initiative between the German national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Stuttgart Region and the City of Stuttgart, aims to upgrade Stuttgart's main station and rail infrastructure, and free up some 100 hectares of land for urban development. The project will also connect the new state exhibition centre and the international airport to the mainline rail network.