Turmstraße Construction Site

The dilapidated bridge crossing over the railroad tracks near Westbahnhof at the core of the RWTH campus will be demolished, and Turmstrasse will be completely closed in this section from May 2, 2022.
You can find more information here.

Visiting RWTH and Getting Around


Since the introduction of the Semester Ticket for students and the Job Ticket for employees of RWTH, the alternative means of transportation to cars have become increasingly diverse. The University is always ready to break new ground and supports this with its contracts with providers of alternative means of transportation.


Different Transportation Options


By Bus and Train

Different vehicles at Aachen West Station © Peter Winandy

The nearest train station to RWTH is Aachen West. Both RWTH's central campus, with the Main Building on Templergraben, and Campus Hörn are within walking distance. However, there are also bus lines too. Campus Melaten and Uniklinik RWTH Aachen are just a short bus ride away, with the journey a mere six to ten minutes in total.

Aachen Central Station and RWTH are connected via many different bus lines. The bus ride to all campuses lasts about 20 minutes. RWTH's offices in the Burtscheid area of the City and at Theaterplatz are within walking distance from Aachen Central Station.

  Rail Network in Aachen © RWTH Aachen Railroad connections to Aachen. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

Train Connections to Aachen West Station

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

Please Note

Aachen West Station does not have step-free access.

Train Connections to Aachen Central 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 Aachen Central Station and get off at the stop "Technische Hochschule".

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

  Bus network in Aachen © RWTH Aachen Bus network in Aachen. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

Bus Connections in Aachen

  • Multiple bus lines connect the University with 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 Aachen Central Station without any changes by taking any of the following buses: 4, 7, 17, 24, 27, 33, 37, 47, 73, 77, 147, and 173 and then getting off at stop "Driescher Gässchen". You can also take line 13B from Aachen Central Station and then getting off at the stop "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 © RWTH Aachen Entrances to RWTH Campuses. Source: Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning

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

Please also see information on Parking at RWTH.

Environmental Zone

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

Use the RWTH Navigator to see the exact location of the Environmental Zone.


For Those Whose Driver's License Was Not Issued in Germany

Before you drive in Germany, you should find out whether your driver's license is valid in Germany. The traffic regulations in Germany that you will need to follow have been very well summarized by the ADAC.
If you want to drive your own car in Germany, you must register your vehicle at the nearest Road Traffic Office to your place of residence. Contact this office to find out which documents you have to bring. In any case, you will have to provide proof of ownership and insurance for your car. Your vehicle must also undergo an inspection at an authorized car repair shop 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 parking lot.


By Bike

A student cycling in front of the Main Building © Martin Braun

The City of Aachen is gradually improving the cycling infrastructure around the University in order to create the best possible conditions for cyclists. You will find a good number of bike racks at almost all RWTH institutions, so you can safely 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-scooters have been allowed on German roads since 2019. E-scooters are a quiet and environmentally-friendly alternative to cars and buses. Users can move quickly and comfortably within the city while avoiding traffic jams or waiting for buses.

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


Accessible Entrances

A person in a wheelchair going up a ramp © Martin Braun

Main Building

The Main Building has an accessible entrance in the second inner courtyard on the backside of the building. An elevator granting step-free access to every floor is also located in the second inner courtyard.

SuperC and Backsteingebäude

SuperC and Backsteingebäude, Templergraben 86, where the Human Resources Department is located, both have accessible main entrances and elevators granting step-free access to all floors.


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