Cars and culture seem to blend together in this German city.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes (total distance 546 miles)
No. of Airports in Stuttgart: Stuttgart Airport
Seasons: High = May - September, December ; Low = November - January, February
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is conveniently located from all ends of the UK. Only 8 miles from the centre of Birmingham and right in the middle of the motorway network, it’s easy to get to by every mode of transport.
If you’re driving, we have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal and accessible via a free shuttle bus. If public transport is more convenient, options are plentiful. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air Rail Link taking passengers to the terminal in just two minutes. Coaches travel from all over the country, and there are public buses that will also drop you at the station.
We recommend you arrive two-hours before your flight to Stuttgart. This leaves time for you to explore the many amenities available, as you would expect from an international airport. There are plenty of places to shop inside the terminal, so don’t fret if you’ve forgotten any city break essentials. Boots is here to cater for any health or beauty necessities, whilst Superdry and JD Sports can provide you with high-street fashion and sportswear, entirely tax free. Head to WHSmith for books, magazines or snacks for your flight.
If you’re travelling for business, you may want to get through the airport and onto the plane as quickly as possible. Pre-booking an Express Lane pass means you can skip the queue through security and get to your gate quickly. If you’d like to get some work done during your time at the airport, you may want to book into an airport lounge. We’ve got five five to choose from, each with quiet spaces, fast WiFi and complimentary refreshments.
If you’re feeling peckish before your flight, Birmingham Airport can cater to you before and after security. There are a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from, providing sit down meals as well as grab-and-go options. Burger King is a great choice if you want a quick meal or Giraffe and Factory Bar and Kitchen for sit down meals. If you’re travelling with a group, head to everyone’s favourite, Wetherspoon, for a wide range of food and drink choices.
If you need any currency, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. Whether you’re looking to top up your Euros before you fly, or withdraw a few UK pounds for your return they'll be able to sort out your travel money. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart Airport is the city’s international airport. There are many modes of transport you can choose from for your onward travel journey. The easiest way to reach the city centre from the airport is using the S-bahn. Lines S2 and S3 both call at the airport and take just over 25 minutes to reach the city centre. Buy your ticket before you board the train and validate it by stamping it at one of the orange boxes. If you forget to validate your ticket you could end up with a fine, so if you're unsure what to do ask for help.
Buses and taxis are also available from outside the terminal building.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital city of Baden-Wútttemberg in southwest Germany. It holds a reputation among Germans as a city full of well-dressed and extremely competitive professionals, but it’s much more than that – the city has history, attractions and is in fact, very down to earth. Whether you’re into gourmet dining, fast cars, fine art or architecture, Stuttgart won’t disappoint.
Although most people can speak English in Stuttgart, it’s good to learn a few phrases in German before you go. Even learning "sprechen Sie Englisch?" (do you speak English?), will be helpful.
Stuttgart has cold winters and pleasantly warm summers. Weather is changeable and summer is actually the wettest time of year, whereas winter sees the least rainfall.
Culture in Stuttgart
Stuttgart is an amazingly well-planned, beautiful city that is ready to drench you in entertainment and culture. The Schlossplatz is the largest central square in Stuttgart, with the Neues Schloss Palace at its centre. Other Baroque and Romantic era buildings scatter the city, like the Old Castle and King Wilhelm’s Palace.
It boasts a series of world-class art museums and galleries, as well as two automobile museums (Porsche and Mercedes Benz), plus the State Opera House. The city is also home to the only combined zoo and botanical garden in Europe, the Wilhelma. There are regular festivals held in the city such as Cannstatter Volksfest or Beerfest which attract visitors from across the region.