Mobility in Mannheim
Getting around in Mannheim is really convenient since the distances are so short.
Therefore you easily reach your destination either by bike or with the tram.
Getting around in Mannheim
Getting around in Mannheim is easy and convenient using various ways of transportation. Distances are usually short so you can either walk, ride your bike or use the different types of public transportation.
Mannheim is very well connected to the regional and long distance railway system. So getting to Mannheim via train is really easy and convenient. From the main station you can reach the university and downtown Mannheim in 5 to 10 minutes by foot.
Bus and Tram
Busses and the tram are run by the RNV ( Rhein-Neckar-Verbund). The RNV covers a fairly wide area so you cannot only reach all destinations located in Mannheim but also the surrounding cities e.g. Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg via bus or tram.
The stops serving the university are „Universität“ and „Schloss“. If you want to get downtown you can exit at „Paradeplatz“, „Strohmarkt“ or „Wasserturm“.
Prices : A single ride is 2,40€ and a day pass is 6,20€. If you only want to get around inside the Quadrate area you can get a short distance single ride for 1,20€.
If you use public transport on a regular basis you can get a semester pass for 155€ which enables you to use all busses and trams in the area covered by the RNV over a period of 6 month.
You can find further information on the RNV website.
The cheapest and probably most common method of transport used by Mannheim students is riding a bike. Due to the close proximity of most of the interesting locations in Mannheim you can usually reach your destination within 10 minutes on your bike.
However you should be aware that having your bike stolen is not a rare occurrence in Mannheim!
So we advise you to get a low-priced bike and rather invest in a high quality bike lock.
Even though there’s usually no need for having a car in Mannheim, some students prefer having a car to use for example for running larger errants or weekend trips.
Mannheim is well connected to the highways however driving inside the Quadrate can be a little tricky at first due to the complex system of narrow one-way streets, but you’ll get used to it in time.
Yet the biggest issue is probably the limited number of parking spots inside the Quadrate. You usually need to have have a residents permit to secure a parking spot near your apartment.
A relatively cheap and central alternative for parking your car in the long term is the parking garage „Uni-Mensa-Schloss“ where you can get a parking permit for one semester for 145€.
If you only need a parking spot for a few hours we recommend the parking lot in B6.