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    Car hire at Stuttgart Airport - Discovering South-west Germany

    Stuttgart Airport (known locally as Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) is a major international airport and one of the busiest in Germany. Catering for around 12 million passengers a year, it is an important hub for the large low-cost carrier Eurowings and handles flights to and from several European cities. Built in 1939, the airport has four modern passenger terminals, each with its own check-in facilities and entrances. Besides scheduled Eurowings services to London Heathrow, British Airways also runs regular flights between Stutgart Airport and London Heathrow, while easyJet operates to and from London Gatwick.

    Surrounded by vineyards and thickly forested hills, Stuttgart is a small, very attracive city with a wealth of first-class tourist attractions, including two excellent automobile museums (including Mercedes-Benz), one of Europe's largest zoos and some magnificent squares, most notably Schlossplatz, which is very much the beating heart of the city. Capital of the picturesque Baden-Württemberg region of south-west Germany, Stuttgart is a delightful place to visit with many of the best tourist sights dotted around its leafy suburbs, such as the Zahnradbahn electric rack railway (the only one in Germany), Rosensteinpark (home to a first-rate natural history museum) and the Porsche Museum, arguably the city's star attraction.

    Here at Auto Europe we pride ourselves on being able to offer our many customers the very best rates for car hire at Stuttgart Airport, along with first-class support provided by our award-winning customer care department. Not only have we developed long-lasting partnerships with all the best car hire companies in Stuttgart and elsewhere in Germany, we give our clients the widest choice of vehicles for their trip, ranging from small, manoeuvrable cars for exciting inner-city sightseeing itineraries to large, ultra-modern SUVs ideal for exploring the city's surrounding countryside.

    If you require assistance renting a car at Stuttgart Airport, please feel free to get in touch with our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 and they will find you the best deal for your journey around south-west Germany. For added peace of mind, please take a look at the ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers on our Stuttgart car hire reviews page. You might also want to consult our guide to driving in Germany for information on local road rules, speed limits, driving distances, etc.

    Airport Information

    Built in 1939 to replace Böblingen Airport (the city's original air transportation facility), Stuttgart Airport was greatly expanded after World War II and later improved with a longer runway and four new terminals with capacity for a total of twelve million passengers a year. Today it is one of the busiest and most modern of all the airports in Germany, with regular flights to and from a growing number of mostly European destinations, including Paris, Vienna, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Zurich and Copenhagen, among many others.

    Stuttgart Airport (STR)
    Address: Flughafenstraße 32, 70629 Stuttgart, Germany
    Telephone: +49 711 948-0
    Airlines operating at Stuttgart Airport: The growing list of airlines operating at Stuttgart Airport currently includes Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Eurowings, Condor, Finnair, Iberia Express, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Swiss, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Stuttgart Airport

    With four terminals, the service desks of the main car hire suppliers are mostly to be found in Terminal 3, with many of the check-in desks located in the Arrivals Hall, meaning that it shouldn't take you long to pick up your car rental at Stuttgart Airport. Please make sure you have all the necessary documents to hand before arriving to pick up your vehicle, such as your passport, driving licence, car hire voucher and coverage details.

    Car hire operating hours

    Avis Car Hire at Stuttgart Airport Avis at Stuttgart Airport
    Terminal 3, Level 2
    Stuttgart, Germany 70629
    +49 711 9484451
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 8am-2pm (closed Sun)
    Europcar Car Hire at Stuttgart Airport Europcar at Stuttgart Airport
    Terminal 3, Level 2,
    Stuttgart, Germany 70629
    +49 711 949 9010
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 7am-9.30pm
    Hertz Car Hire at Stuttgart Airport Hertz at Stuttgart Airport
    Terminal 3, Level 2,
    Stuttgart, Germany 70629
    +49 711 20702087
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 10am-2pm (closed Sun)
    Sixt Car Hire at Stuttgart Airport Sixt at Stuttgart Airport
    Terminal 3, Level 2
    Stuttgart, Germany 70629
    +49 89 66060060
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 7am-9pm


    Directly connected and all sharing a single airside strip, the four passenger terminals (1, 2, 3 and 4) at Stuttgart Airport have separate entrances/exits and check-in sections. Terminal 1 is mainly used by Eurowings and Turkish Airlines while Terminal 2 mostly serves Lufthansa and several Star Alliance partners. Terminal 3 has 39 check-in counters and is the main area for TUIfly, KLM and a few other key European airlines. Mostly for holiday charter operations, Terminal 4 is smaller and less busy with just 17 check-in counters.

    Airport Facilities

    Besides numerous cafés, bars, restaurants and fast-food outlets, Stuttgart Airport has a wide variety of facilities and amenities for passengers waiting for their flight, including phone-charging stations, Play & FlySTR counters for gaming, a fast high-speed Internet service for the use of all the airport's passengers and a special Work & Fly Zone where passengers can plug in their laptops and other mobile devices to check their e-mails and work in total comfort.

    How to get to and from Stuttgart Airport

    When you rent a car at Stuttgart Airport and looking for the drop-off point at the end of your trip, you just need to follow the signs for Ankunft and Abflug which will lead you to the airport via the B27 or A8 motorway (exit 53), the latter also being the main road connection with Munich and Salzburg. The airport can also be reached in about 30 minutes from the city's main railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway system (S2 or S3) from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station. Outside the main terminal building you can also find numerous taxis and shuttle services offering transfers to and from the main hotels in the city.

    Parking Tips

    All on-street parking spaces in the city centre (an area divided into the three sub-zones of Ci1, Ci2 and Ci3) are chargeable from 8am to 10pm with parking time often limited to just one hour. If you are collecting your car hire from Stuttgart Airport and looking to head directly into the city centre, please note that parking restrictions now exist in certain parts of central Stuggart, including Mitte, West, Süd, Nord, Ost and Bad Cannstatt. There are several large, reasonably priced and very secure car parks in the heart of Stuttgart's historic centre, notably Am Marienplatz (Marienplatz 8), Am Schlossplatz (Stauffenbergstrasse), Burgenlandzentrum (St. Pöltener Str. 29) and City Garage (Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse).

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    Additional Information About Stuttgart Airport

    Stuttgart Airport
    Flughafenstraße 32
    Stuttgart, Germany 70629

    IATA Code: STR
    IACO Code: EDDS
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 48.69
    Longitude: 9.221944
    General Information: Situated a few miles south of the city centre, Stuttgart Airport is one of the largest airports in Germany and the main air transport hub of the Baden-Württemberg region.