The Hahn Express is no longer operational. The best transportation from Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) to Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, and Alzey, is now probably by bus to Mainz or Frankfurt Airport and then continue by train.
Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) is rather inconveniently located in western Germany far from Frankfurt am Main. Buses usually provide the best public transportation to Hahn Airport popular with low-cost airlines such as Ryanair. The Hahn Express bus service, which was canceled from 8 February 2020, used to be the most convenient and cheapest way to travel from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Alzey, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, and Heidelberg but is no longer available.
The best option currently is to use the Flibco bus from the airport to Mainz (or Frankfurt) and continue from there by train. Further transfers are usually required in Mannheim or Ludwigsburg. The Deutsche Bahn timetable often does not take the Flibco bus service to Mainz and Frankfurt into consideration and may recommend unnecessary complicated options as a result. However, bear in mind that traveling time from Heidelberg to Hahn Airport is now considerably longer than was the case on the direct bus.
Private airport shuttle services are fairly rare in Germany but are available if reserved in advance. For small groups, a shuttle service from Hahn Airport may be worth the splurge but compare service providers before booking. Suntransfers or Klook give online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
NOTE in 2021: Public transportation and bus services to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) are very limited in 2021 while the airport is very quiet with very few passenger flights. The bus services to Frankfurt (via Mainz) and to Koblenz are the most likely to operate with trains from these cities available to all parts of Germany. However, even these bus services are limited to the arrival and departure times of the few flights. Renting a car, taxi, or transfer shuttle from Hahn may be very expensive.
The Hahn Express Airport Shuttle Bus to Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Alzey The Hahn Express shuttle buses provide the cheapest and most convenient way to travel using public transportation from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) to Alzey, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, and Heidelberg. Alternative options to these cities are to use the Flibco / Bohr Omnibus service to either Frankfurt am Main or Mainz and continue from here by train. The Hahn Express (bus 140) run by Holger Tours operates up to seven times per day – the timetable changes according to the season and although designed according to flights, the actual bus runs as per the timetable and does not wait if flights are delayed. Usually, only two of the buses go all the way to Karlsruhe and Baden Airpark – changing to a train in Mainz is often the easier option. Traveling times on the Hahn Express airport shuttle buses are from Hahn Airport to: Alzey – 1h00 Ludwigshafen – 1h40 Mannheim – 1h50 Heidelberg – 2h15 The first bus of the day usually arrives at Hahn Airport in time for flights departing after 6 am. The last Hahn Express bus from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport leaves around midnight (although this one may wait up to 10 minutes if flights are slightly late). The timetables are adjusted frequently with flight schedule changes.
Tickets and Reservations for the Hahn Express Airport Shuttle Bus From 2020, tickets for the Hahn Express is again only available from the driver on the bus. (Flixbus and Flibco no longer sell tickets online for this airport bus.) Full-fare online ticket prices for the Hahn Express to Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN) are €33 from Alzey and €35 from Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, and Heidelberg.
Hahn Express Airport Shuttle Bus Departure Points Hahn Express buses can be painted in a variety of colors or bus company names. Ask if unclear as other buses also use the same stops. Hahn Express shuttle bus departure points are as follows: Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn Airport – Bus Stop 16 at Terminal A. Alzey – Bus Stop “Arbeitsamt”, which is in Schafhäuserstraße in the direction of the Autobahn A61 next to the car tire shop Reifen Schwab (and not at the Agentur für Arbeit). Ludwigshafen – Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station), Bus Stop 6. Mannheim – ZOB Bus Station Stop 3, which is near platform 1 of the Hauptbahnhof (Train Station). (This stop is often used by other lines, so double-check when boarding.) Heidelberg – a block north of the Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) in Alten Eppelheimer Straße across the road from the F+U Campus. (This is a recent change from the stop directly at the station near the McDonalds.)
For airport shuttle bus services to other cities see Transportation to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for more information.