Travelling to and within the Black Forest Highlands

Arrival and getting around

Whether by car, train or plane, the Black Forest Highlands is easily accessible from all directions. The Höllental Valley with the Ravenna Viaduct and the imposing rocky backdrop or the densely forested Gutachtal Valley are highlights of your journey.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination, you can take advantage of the KONUS guest card, a free ticket for public transportation in the region. There are plenty of opportunities to charge your electric car or hire electric bikes to get around.

Make your trip carbon neutral by offsetting your greenhouse gas emissions through the Climate Protection Foundation of the State of Baden-Württemberg. For more information on carbon offsetting, click here.

Höllentalbahn fährt über das Ravenna-Viadukt in Richtung Hinterzarten

Travelling to the Black Forest

    • A5 Karlsruhe – Basel
      Exit Freiburg Mitte onto the B31 in the direction of Donaueschingen
    • A81 Singen – Stuttgart
      Take the Geisingen exit onto the B31 towards Freiburg
    • A81 Stuttgart – Singen
      Bad Dürrheim interchange via the A864 and the B27/33 onto the B31 towards Freiburg
  • Getting here by train is a highlight in itself, such as taking the Höllentalbahn over the Ravenna Gorge viaduct or passing by the lakes Titisee and Schluchsee by train. Deutsche Bahn's IC and ICE network allows you to travel as far as Freiburg. It is also possible to take the Stuttgart - Rottweil - Donaueschingen connection.

    From there, there are half-hourly trains to Hinterzarten and Titisee, as well as hourly trains to Titisee-Neustadt, Löffingen, Feldberg-Bärental, Feldberg-Falkau and Schluchsee.

    For more information, contact Regio-Verkehrsverbund Freiburg.

  • The following airports are within easy reach of the Black Forest Highlands:

    • Basel (BSL) and Zürich (ZRH): about 1 hour by car
    • Stuttgart (STR): about 1.5 hours by car
    • Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden (FKB): about 1 hour by car

    Many national and international connections depart from these airports (e.g. several daily flights to Berlin or Hamburg).

    Taxi transfer: Local taxi companies will pick you up at the airport at a reasonable fixed price. 

  • Travelling by long-distance bus is not only cheap, but also environmentally friendly, safe and comfortable. These long-distance bus routes will take you to the Black Forest: 

    Munich→ Friedrichshafen → Titisee → Freiburg → Zurich
    within 5 hours, from €15

    Further routes, the current timetable and tickets at Our tourist information offices in the Black Forest Highlands are Flixbus sales agencies.

Getting around in the Black Forest Highlands 

  • Free buses and trains!

    If you are staying in the Black Forest Highlands, you can use the buses and trains between Pforzheim and Basel, Karlsruhe and Waldshut free of charge throughout the Black Forest holiday region: for your hike, your excursion or your shopping trip.

    It's as simple as that:

    When you register with your host in one of our holiday destinations, you will receive the KONUS card. The guest card is marked with the KONUS symbol and thus becomes a free ticket to many services.

    You only pay the usual tourist tax. The KONUS guest card is valid in 2nd class on all buses and trains of the participating transport companies in the KONUS area of validity (with the exception of ICE, IC and EC trains as well as mountain railways and some leisure and hiking buses) during the specified period of your stay. Bicycles may be carried free of charge on all regional S-Bahn lines and on the Rheintalbahn, subject to availability. An exception is the weekday morning rush hour from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Small animals that can be transported in a secure container, such as a bag are also travel free of charge. Larger animals must purchase a ticket.

    More information is available at:

    Bicycles on the RVF

  • At HAPPYCAR you will find a direct comparison of over 150 car rental providers. 

  • For your rented or own electric car, there are many charging stations available. You can currently only find them in German.

The area

Übersichtskarte Illu Hochschwarzwald