Passau can be conveniently reached by train – including international long-distance trains – and car. The nearest airports are Munich and Linz (Austria), with train connections to Passau. Once you arrive in Passau, the University is just a short walk or bus-ride away.
The main train lines are:
|Intercity (IC) trains|
|Intercity Express (ICE) trains|
|Regional Express trains (RE)|
From Munich airport:
Onward journey by train: Go to the Airport Centre located on Level 03 and purchase a 'Bayern Ticket', indicating the number of travellers on the ticket (up to 5 persons can travel on one ticket; the price depends on the number of persons indicated. Please make sure your name is written or printed on the ticket, as otherwise the ticket is void). Bayern Tickets are valid on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. the following day and can be used on all regional trains, suburban trains, the subway and most bus routes (but not on ICE or IC trains). On Saturdays and Sundays, Bayern Tickets are valid from midnight until 3:00 a.m. the following day.
Do not take a local train to Munich but rather bus no. 635 to Freising. The bus departs just outside the Airport Centre (MAC) – follow the 'Bus' signs. The terminus of the bus service is Freising station; the trip will take some 20 minutes. At the station, take the Regionalexpress (RE) train to Passau. The train journey lasts about two hours and there is an hourly service. Passau is the terminus of the train. Please note that the Bayern Ticket is valid on buses and trains (but not ICE/IC trains) and can only be purchased before embarking upon the journey, either at a ticket machine or at the train counter.
Onward journey by car: via autobahn A92 Landshut – Passau.
From Frankfurt Airport
Onward journey by train: The regional and long-distance train stations are optimally linked to the airport terminals (see map on page 42). You can walk straight to Terminal 1.It only takes a few minutes to get to Terminal 2 by shuttle bus (leaves from the bus station in zone B infront of Terminal 1) or the SkyLine elevated monorailtrain (leaves from Concourse B in Terminal 1).
Regional train station (S-Bahn suburban trains, regionaland local services): Terminal 1, access via Level 0, Long-distance train station: opposite Terminal 1
Suburban Trains (S-Bahn)
You can take the S 8 and S 9 suburban trains from the airport straight to Frankfurt Frankfurt/Maincentral station. Change there for other cities.
Deutsche Bahn - Information and Tickets
There are Deutsche Bahn (DB) Travel Centers and Service Points at the regional train station and the AIRail terminal, open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Depending on the time of day there are direct trains to Passau, or you have to change at Frankfurt Central Station. For details please consult www.bahn.de and make sure to enter "Frankfurt airport" as the starting point of your journey. You may also contact the DB Travel Service at +49 180 6996633 (€0.20 per call).* Within Germany, you can take advantage of reduced price Rail&Fly tickets for travel to the airport; information is available from your airline and DB.
Onward journey by car: The car rental centre is located in Terminal 1 (access via Level 0) and in Terminal 2 (between gates D and E).
Please follow autobahn A3 in the direction of Passau (via Wuerzburg, Nuremberg, Regensburg).
From Linz Airport:
Onward journey by train: Take the shuttle bus to Hörsching Railway Station ('Bahnhof Hörsching'), then take the Hörsching – Wels – Passau train.
Onward journey by car: Via autobahn A25/A8 in the direction of Passau. This is a toll road – please make sure you have the correct toll sticker ('Vignette') attached to your windscreen before you enter the autobahn. Toll stickers can be purchased from most filling stations.
From Vienna Airport
Onward journey by train: There are direct trains from Vienna Central Station to Passau. After entering the Arrivals hall from the baggage claim area, turn right for the City Airport Train, which goes directly to the city centre, or left for the ÖBB to Vienna. Go down to level 1 and follow the signs.
Onward journey by car: The car rental centre is in multi-storey car park 4. Keep left, follow the signs to the car rental centre and multi-storey car park 4 and go down to level -1. Keep right and follow the tunnel past the exits down to the ÖBB and City Airport Train station and continue until you reach the entrance to multi-storey car park 4 and the car rental centre on the right. Please follow the signs.
Please follow autobahn A21, A1 and A8 in the direction of Passau (via Vienna and Linz). This is a toll road – please make sure you have the correct toll sticker ('Vignette') attached to your windscreen before you enter the autobahn. Toll stickers can be purchased from most filling stations.
On the A3, take the exit 'Passau Mitte' and, at the traffic lights, turn left in the direction of Passau. Follow the road for about one kilometre, then take the first exit right onto Pionierstrasse. Proceed along this road until you reach a T-junction, then turn left onto Neuburgerstrasse. Keep going straight along this street. After about 1.5 kilometres, when you reach the fifth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Leonhard-Paminger-Strasse and keep going until you reach the T-junction, where you should turn left onto Innstrasse. You will see the University buildings come up on your right and left as you continue along Innstrasse.
For more information on parking spaces and car parks, including Park & Ride car parks, railway stations, bus lines and taxi stands, use the interactive map of Passau. Please note that parking spaces in the University car parks are in very short supply during the semester!
- ITZ SR004
- University of Passau
- Innstr. 43
Passau is also known as the "Dreiflüssestadt" or "City of Three Rivers", because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. The population of Passau is about 50,000 people. Almost a quarter of the population are students of the University of Passau.
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Der Passauer Stephansdom)
With 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the organ at St. Stephen's was long held to be the largest church pipe organ in the world and is today second in size only to the organ at First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, which was expanded in 1994. St.Stephen's is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque, built by Italian architect Carlo Lurago and decorated in part by Carpoforo Tencalla.
"Old City" (Die Altstadt)
Passau has an beautiful historic centre. It is also notable for its gothic and baroque architecture. The town is dominated by the Veste Oberhaus and the former fortress of the Bishop, on the mountain crest between the Danube and the Ilz rivers. Right beside the town hall is the Scharfrichterhaus, an important jazz and cabaret stage on which political cabaret is performed.
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