Getting to RWTH

  different vehicles at the West Train Station Copyright: Peter Winandy

RWTH Aachen is easily accessible with public transportation. Buses and trains run frequently and reliably and ensure a quick connection to the city and surrounding areas.

 

By Bus and Train

The nearest train station to RWTH Aachen is the Aachen West Train Station. Both RWTH's central campus with the Main Building on Templergraben and the Campus Hörn can be reached from here by foot. However, they are also accessible by bus. Campus Melaten and the University Hospital Aachen can be reached in six to ten minutes by bus.

The Aachen Central Train Station and RWTH Aachen are connected by various bus lines. The bus ride to all campuses lasts about 20 minutes. The RWTH Aachen offices in Aachen Burtscheid and at Theaterplatz can be reached from the Central Train Station by foot.

  Rail Network in Aachen Copyright: RWTH Aachen Rail Connection to Aachen. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

Train Connections to the Aachen West Train Station

  • Regionalbahn, RB for short, and Regionalexpress, RE for short, coming from Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Dortmund, that is RB 33 and RE 4
  • Euregiobahn coming from Stolberg/ Eschweiler/ Langerwehe and Düren as well as from Alsdorf/ Eschweiler-St. Jöris and Heerlen, such as RB 20

Please Note

The Aachen West Train Station is not handicap accessible.

Train Connections to the Aachen Central Train Station

  • RB and RE coming from Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Dortmund, that is RB 33 and RE 4, and RE coming from Cologne, specifically RE 9 and RE 1
  • Euregiobahn coming from Stolberg/ Eschweiler/ Langerwehe and Düren as well as from Alsdorf/ Eschweiler-St. Jöris and Heerlen, such as RB 20
  • ICE from Brussels and Frankfurt. IC from Berlin, Thalys from Cologne and Paris
  • Thalys from Cologne/Dortmund and Brussels/Paris

Take bus 13B from the Aachen Central Train Station and get off at the stop Technische Hochschule

Information on tickets and timetables for trains within the Aachen region and throughout Germany can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website.

  Bus Network in Aachen Copyright: RWTH Aachen Bus Network in Aachen. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

Bus Connections in Aachen

  • Multiple bus lines connect the University with the Aachen city center, other city areas, and its surroundings. There are also numerous (direct) connections to Dutch and Belgian communities.
  • You can reach the Main Building from the Aachen Central Station without switching lines by taking any of the following buses: 4, 7, 17, 24, 27, 33, 37, 47, 73, 77, 147 and 173 and getting off at busstop Driescher Gässchen. You can also take line 13B from the Aachen Central Station and get off at the busstop Technische Hochschule.

You can find the current connections on the ASEAG website or in the free ASEAG Mobil app.

 

By Car

Road Map of Aachen Copyright: RWTH Aachen Entrances to RWTH Campuses. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

You can reach the RWTH Aachen Main Building via autobahn A4 from Heerlen/Eindhoven or Cologne, A544 towards Aachen Europaplatz, and A44 from Düsseldorf/Mönchengladbach or Liege/Brussels

You can find descriptions and information about parking at RWTH under Parking.

Environmental Zone

The Environmental Zone or Umweltzone was implemented in Aachen on February 1, 2016. Starting on this date, only vehicles with a green sticker or an official permit excluding them from this requirement may drive in the environmental zone. The majority of the University campus is located within this environmental zone.

Use the RWTH Navigator to see the exact location of the environmental zone.

 

Information for foreign driver's license holders

Before you drive in Germany, you should find out whether your foreign driver's license is valid in Germany. The traffic regulations in Germany that you'll need to follow have been very well summarized by the ADAC.
If you want to drive your own car in Germany, it must be registered at the road traffic office nearest to your place of residence. Contact this office to find out which documents you have to bring in. In any case, you will have to provide proof of ownership and insurance. Your car must also be presented to an authorized car repair shop for inspection to prove that it meets German safety and emission standards. You will then receive a sticker for your license plate. For further information on this, please visit the websites of TÜV NORD and DEKRA.

You will need to get a parking permit to be allowed to park your car in a university car parking lot.

 

By Bike

The City of Aachen is successfully improving the cycling infrastructure around the University, in order to create the best possible framework conditions. You will find a sufficient number of bike racks at almost all RWTH institutions, where you can lock your bike.

The University is working to further expand and improve the options available.

Please see the City of Aachen's offerings for cyclists to get a general overview.

 

By E-Scooter

E-Scooter have been allowed on German streets since 2019. E-Scooters are a quiet and environmentally-friendly alternative to cars and busses. Users can move quickly and comfortably within the city while avoiding traffic jams or waiting times for buses.

Please observe the rules and legal requirements when using the e-scooters!

 

Handicap Accessibility

Main Building

The Main Building has a handicap accessible entrance in the second inner courtyard on the backside of the building. The elevator, which is accessible on every floor, is also located in the second inner courtyard.

SuperC and Backsteingebäude

The SuperC and the Backsteingebäude, Templergraben 86, where the human resources department is located, are both handicap accessible at their main entrances and the elevators to all floors.

 

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