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Most attractions and places of interest in Stuttgart are in the inner city, making getting around on foot easy. The public transport system is good; trains include the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn (good for getting to the suburbs). Guests can use tickets across transportation modes from buses and trains, to trams. For tourists, all day tickets (Tages Tickets) are more cost effective. If staying longer, the special three-day ticket (3-Tage-Ticket) is a good alternative. Taxis can be expensive but if sharing or looking for transport late at night, they are a more convenient option. Bicycles can also be hired in some areas and as Stuttgart has some lovely open areas and parks cycling can be a fun and convenient way of getting around. You can easily hire your own car but the public transport network is more than sufficient and driving around a foreign city can be stressful and confusing. Stuttgart is generally considered to be a safe city but as petty crimes against tourists, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, are on the rise all over Europe, it is recommended that you stay vigilant and keep an eye on your possessions when using public transport or when walking around the city.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
220-230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.
The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)
The airport is connected to central Stuttgart by S-Bahn lines S2 and S3. In addition to the train service, there are several direct bus links to destinations in and around Stuttgart, as well as a 24-hour taxi service.
Car hire companies include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Taxis are available outside the terminals and the trip to central Stuttgart takes about 30 minutes.
All the terminals are within easy walking distance of one another.
Facilities at the airport include banks, ATMs and bureaux de change. There are restaurants, bars and fast food outlets, a variety of shops including duty-free, and wifi access.
There are short and long-term parking options available at Stuttgart Airport and parking can be reserved in advance.
Wifi is available throughout Stuttgart Airport and is free for the first hour.