Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.


Freiburg is a German university city situated at the edge of the Black Forest. The city is well connected to Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France. The University of Freiburg is one of the most well known German Universities, contributing to the city's status as somewhat of a student town.

The Münster Cathedral is one of Europe's best, with a tower that can be climbed in order to witness great views of the city. Access to the tower costs just €1.50.

Vauban is a new area of the city, situated 4km to its south, built as a 'sustainable model district'. The area is regarded as being a good example of sustainable building techniques, with movement made mainly on foot or by bicycle.

It is important not to confuse Freiburg (Germany) with Fribourg (Switzerland). The full name for Freiburg, and the one that is used on most rail booking websites is Freiburg im Breisgau.

The city is best explored on foot or by bus or tram. The public transport isn't cheap though, and is operated by multiple companies. Much of the city has dedicated cycle lanes, so exploring by bike is a good option.

Freiburg benefits from a host of high-speed train services. The station is situated close to the centre of the city. High-speed services to Frankfurt and Basel leave every hour. Zurich is just two hours away, with Paris three and a half hours away. The Deutsche Bahn website has detailed timetables on all the routes serving the city. Some specific routes are featured on Grounded Travel and can be reached through the links below.

How to get to Freiburg from
Route 1:

If you plan to travel between Copenhagen, Hamburg, Frankfurt and/or Basel, there is a City Night Line overnight sleeper train service called Aurora that runs daily. Other sleeper services are available to Amsterdam.

Route 2:

There is one service per day in either direction between Berlin and Zurich on the City Night Line service named 'Sirius'. City Night Line services are affordable alternatives to day trains, allowing you to arrive at your destination refreshed and having saved on hotel bills.

International travellers with first class tickets may use the SBB Lounge in Zurich's main railway station on their day of travel between 6am and 9pm.

Route 3:

The journey takes around eight hours either way, and can be made on either a night or day service. This page deals only with the day-time InterCity Express service. For the City Night Line sleeper service, please see Hamburg - Zurich (City Night Line).