How do I get to Kassel University/Youth Hostel?

Germany has numerous airports; the three closest to Kassel are Frankfurt International Airport, Hannover and Paderborn. In case you fly to a different airport than those mentioned above or you are unsure how to get from the airport to Kassel, check the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway) homepage: www.bahn.de or the homepage of the airport.

Remember, from the airport take a train in the direction of Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

Also, be sure to exchange some money at the airport. You will need cash to buy any bus or tram tickets.

Arrival at Frankfurt International Airport
Most overseas flights land in Frankfurt/Main. If you fly to Frankfurt/Main International Airport, it is best to take the ICE (Intercity Express train) from the airport directly to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. Every 2 hours, an ICE leaves from the airport for Kassel. The ride lasts about 1:40 hours and costs 54 Euro. If you book very early via Internet you might get it cheaper but the ticket is not refundable. Cheaper trains are available as well. (For example with S and RE it costs 32,60€, but it takes 2:40 hours and you need to switch from the S into the RE at Frankfurt/Main main station). You can look this up at www.bahn.de. There are also tickets for groups that make it possible to travel very cheap. One of these cheap tickets is called "Hessenticket", it is valid from 9 am for a whole day and for up to five persons (in regional trains only).

The train platform is located in the basement level of the airport. Just follow the Deutsche Bahn (DB) signs! Should you get lost in the airport, don't panic. This happens to almost everyone in Frankfurt airport. If you can't figure out where you are and where you need to go, just ask at the Info-points.

For the other airports click here.

Arrival at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe
Once you arrive at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe, exit the train station through the main entrance. In front of you, you will see taxis as well as busses and trams. If you have a lot of luggage and want to get to your destination as quickly as possible, you can take a taxi. These can be quite expensive though (Kassel city center around 10-15€).
Therefore it is advisable to take the tram. Depending on where you want to go, you can take Tram 1,3,4,7 in direction of the City center. If you want to go to the Youth Hostel in Schenkendorfstr. 18 take Tram 4 and get off at “Querallee”. Walk in the Querallee up the hill and follow the street until you see the Hostel on your right hand side next to a small green area. The tram costs € 2.50 and tickets can either be purchased on the tram or from the machine at the stop. You can also have a look on google maps.

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