Travelling to Jena couldn’t be simpler, because the city is located right in the heart of Germany, making it easily accessible from any direction. By car it can be conveniently reached via the A4 and A9 autobahns. The nearest airport is at Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia, only 70 kilometres from Jena. Leipzig-Halle airport is also within easy reach. Train travel is very straightforward from all directions due to good north-south and east-west connections.
Transport links in detail
Jena is situated near the intersection of two major motorways, the A9 Rostock-Munich, running north to south, and the A4 Dresden-Eisenach-Frankfurt am Main, which runs east to west. The city has two junctions, Jena-Zentrum and Jena-Göschwitz, that provide direct access to the A4 Dresden-Eisenach-Frankfurt am Main. Access to the A9 Berlin-Nuremberg is via the nearby Hermsdorfer Kreuz intersection. Other main roads leading to Jena are the B88 Naumburg–Jena–Rudolstadt and the B7 Eisenach-Erfurt-Weimar-Jena-Eisenberg.
Travelling to Jena by train
With several regional and intercity train stations, and extensive east-west and north-south connections, Jena is easily accessible by train.
Jena Paradiesbahnhof station | North-south connection | InterCity station
Jena Westbahnhof station | East-west-connection (Chemnitz-Kassel-Aachen line) | InterRegio station, Elster Saale Bahn
Jena-Göschwitz station | Railway junction in the south of Jena
Saalbahnhof station | North-south connection | RegionalExpress, Elster Saale Bahn
DB Travel Service / Deutsche Bahn: tel: +49 (0)180 599 6633 (travel service) | +49 (0)800 150 7090 (timetable information via DB voice response system, free from German landlines) | www.bahn.de
Erfurter Bahn (Elster Saale Bahn): tel: +49 (0)361 7420 7250 | www.erfurter-bahn.de
Abellio: travel service at Jena-Göschwitz train station | www.bahnhof-goeschwitz.de
Airports near Jena
The nearest airport is at Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia, only 70km from Jena. Travelling via the A4, the journey time by car is around 45 minutes. Leipzig-Halle airport can be reached by car in about an hour via the A9.