Baden Airpark is an airport located in southwest Germany. Situated by the Rhine River which forms the French-German border, the airpark features an airport, a golf course and an ice rink. The airpark is a popular gateway to Germany's Baden-Württemberg region and a popular alternative gateway to Strasbourg, around 30 miles across the border to the southwest. The airport is only nine miles from the resort town of Baden-Baden. Exploring this region of Germany dotted with vibrant cities, vineyards and fairy-tale castles is best done with your own car.
Who to Book With
There are currently a few car rental companies operating in Baden Airpark's terminal building. International brands include Europcar, Hertz, Sixt Mietwagen and Budget. A local car hire firm also has a desk here: Jakobi (Pro Voyages-Schalter). The counters of these suppliers are near the taxi queue by the Arrivals area of the terminal building. Before travelling, a check of online comparison sites will help with your choice of company and vehicle.
Need to Know Essentials
The following identification and car hire documents must be shown when collecting your vehicle:
- UK driving licence (International Driving Permit also acceptable)
- Proof of identification (such as passport)
- Vehicle renter's credit card
- Booking confirmation.
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Filling stations in Germany usually accept credit cards but it is always best to check with your bank prior to travel. Built-up areas in the country enforce a speed limit of 31mph. Away from built-up areas, it is 62mph. On motorways, it is 80mph. Wearing of seatbelts are required when inside a moving vehicle. There are many paid and free car parks in the town of Baden-Baden. Hotels also offer parking, so do ask your hotel if they offer guests a parking space. Note that when travelling in winter, winter tyres are required.
Our guide to Germany has more information on driving in the country.
Baden Airpark provides arriving passengers easy access to both Germany and France. Germany's A5 passes close to the airport. For those heading to Strasbourg, it is preferable to drive north towards the border and, once in France, take the A35 south direct towards Strasbourg. Baden-Baden, meanwhile, is an easy 20-minute drive on the B500.
Baden Airpark is not served by any railway station. However, local buses connect the airpark direct to Baden-Baden train station as well as to Rastatt train station just a few miles north. Baden-Baden train station is served by high-speed intercity express (ICE), France's train à gran vitesse (TGV) and other local trains. From Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe, the nearest major city to the north, the journey is about 30 minutes and costs £5. From Baden-Baden to Strasbourg, the journey is around an hour and costs about £10.
Taxi, limo and shuttle services can easily be hired outside the terminal building, by the Arrivals area, close the car rental counters. From the airpark to Baden-Baden, the ride is about 15 minutes.
Baden Airpark to Baden-Baden city centre is about £25
There are three bus lines which currently stop at the airpark plying different routes in the area. Bus route 140 or the Hahn Express makes stops at Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe and Heidelberg train stations. Bus route 205 goes to Hügelsheim and Kartung. Finally, bus route 234 travels between Hügelsheim, Iffezheim and Rastatt train station.
The airport at Baden Airpark has one terminal building. Do note that the terminal closes down at night. The airport is currently used by four airlines, most important of which is Ryanair. Ryanair flies between Baden Airpark and London-Stansted.
The airport has a number of parking spaces around the terminal building, totalling about 3,500 slots. All are within a 10-minute walk, except for car park P3 which is about five minutes further. The first 30 minutes of parking is free, £0.8 for the first hour and £1.3 for every 30 minutes thereafter.
The terminal building has an internet access point. There is a charge to use the facility.
An information office can be found beside the Visitor Terrace outside of the terminal building.
Information: +49 72 29 / 66 20 00
The terminal is wheelchair-friendly as it only has one floor under one roof. For the visually impaired, pathways are marked on the floor and guide dogs can enter the terminal. Parking spaces for persons with reduced mobility can be found right in front of the terminal and at P13.
Restaurants and Bars
A few establishments currently serve passengers and visitors in the airport. A bistro and a café/bar can be found in the terminal building. For a proper meal, passengers and visitors can head to Restaurant Da Vinci found at the corner of Halifax Avenue and Airport Boulevard a few minutes' walk from the terminal.
Elite Travel Agency runs the Elite lounge and conference room inside the terminal. It has a television set, refreshments, a bar, departure and arrival information monitor and internet facilities.
Money and ATMs
The small terminal building has two ATMs, one of which is right by the bistro. Unfortunately, there are no money exchange facilities currently operating in the airport.
Small gift items and the usual kiosk fare can be bought in the few shops in the terminal building. In the public area, Alize Souvenirs and Internet sells gift items in addition to offering internet facilities. U-Store, meanwhile, is a kiosk selling sweets and reading materials. Travel Value Shop in the secure area sells perfumes, watches, sunglasses and many other gift items.