Flying to Nuremberg Airport (NUE) is the easiest way to travel to the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s most famous Christmas market (Weihnachstmarkt).
Cheap flights on Ryanair, British Airways and other airlines to Nuremberg Airport (NUE) are the best way to travel to the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt in Bavaria. The Nuremberg Christmas market is not the biggest or oldest Weihnachtsmarkt in Germany but it is arguably the most famous and the most popular German Christmas market amongst foreign visitors.
Transportation from Nuremberg Airport (NUE) to downtown Nürnberg is exceptionally easy by public transportation. My Driver gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers but most visitors find the U-Bahn train (metro / subway) easy and much cheaper.
In 2017, the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt (Nuremberg’s Christmas Market) in Germany will be open from December 1 to 24. Market hours are generally from 10 am to 9 pm, and closing at 2 pm on Christmas Eve.
Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy protection mid-August 2017. Although bookings and flights continue, Air Berlin certainly is a more risky option this Christmas.
Flights from the UK to Nuremberg
Direct flights from the UK to Nuremberg Airport are possible from London-Gatwick on British Airways, London-Stansted and Manchester on Ryanair, and from Birmingham on BMI Regional. From other British airports such as London-Heathrow, London-City and Edinburgh, connection flights are available through for example Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf or Amsterdam. Taking the train or bus from Munich Airport may often be the better transfer option.
Fly British Airways from London-Gatwick to Nuremberg Airport
During the Christmas season, British Airways flies four times per week from London-Gatwick (LGW) to Nuremberg Airport.
Fly Ryanair from London and Manchester to Nuremberg Airport (NUE)
Ryanair has a two flights on most days from London-Stansted (STN) to Nuremberg Airport and daily flights from Manchester to Nuremberg. Cheap deals are often available but prices are sure to rise closer to Christmas and especially for travel over advent weekends. Ryanair may not be the most comfortable but a direct flight sure is more pleasurable than having to transfer or using the train from Munich of Frankfurt airports. Ryanair also has many non-stop flights from other European airport to Nuremberg – see below.
Fly BMI Regional from Birmingham to Nuremberg
BMI Regional provides convenient daily direct, non-stop flights from Birmingham Airport (BHX) to Nuremberg Airport.
Fly Lufthansa to Nuremberg Airport (NUE) and the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt
Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, has non-stop flights to Nuremberg Airport from Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich / München (MUC) Airport. These flights are mostly used by connecting passengers on long-distance flights from Lufthansa’s hubs in Germany but are of course also most useful for travelers to the Nuremberg Christmas market.
Connecting flights on Lufthansa (and subsidiaries Austrian, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss) are available to Nuremberg on 397 different routings from all over the world.
Travelers arriving at Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa, and some other airlines, can also use the Rail&Fly deal to continue the journey to Nuremberg by train.
Non-Stop Flights to Nuremberg Airport from Other German Airports
With Air Berlin’s future uncertain, the number of direct flights to Nuremberg Airport from other German cities has decreased. Flights are mostly on Lufthansa affiliated companies (Eurowings, sometimes still using Germanwings flight numbers) but not necessarily with the same connection guarantees as flights booked on Lufthansa itself.
Direct, non-stop flights to Nuremberg from other German cities include amongst others:
- Berlin-Tegel (TXL) on Eurowings
- Düsseldorf (DUS) on Eurowings
- Frankfurt (FRA) on Lufthansa
- Hamburg (HAM) on Eurowings
- Munich (MUC) on Lufthansa
Non-Stop Flights to Nuremberg Airport from Other European Airports
Several major carriers have non-stop flights to Nuremberg Airport. These flights are particularly useful for intercontinental travelers who may add the European flight onto a long-distance flight at the fraction of the normal the European flight cost. This allows travelers from all over the world to reach Nürnberg through non-German hubs as well.
Non-stop flights to Nuremberg Airport (NUE) are available from amongst others:
- Amsterdam (AMS) on KLM
- Barcelona (BCN) on Vueling
- Brussels (BRU) on Brussels Airlines
- Budapest (BUD) on Ryanair
- Istanbul-Atatürk on Turkish Airlines
- Lyon (LYS) on Hop! (part of Air France)
- Madrid (MAD) on Ryanair
- Milan-Bergamo (BGY) on Ryanair
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on Air France
- Rome-Ciampion (CIA) on Ryanair
- Zurich (ZRH) on Swiss
The best alternative airport to Nuremberg Airport is Munich Airport (MUC) with its huge number of European flights and easy train or bus travel to Nuremberg. Frankfurt International Airport has unrivaled intercontinental connections but the train or connection flights may add considerably to the cost of travel. Nuremberg is also easily reached by train or car from most parts of Europe.
Nuremberg hotels are generally less pricey than those in Frankfurt or Munich but early reservations are recommended and prices tend to stay high during the pre-Christmas advent season.
For more on Nürnberg see also:
- Transportation to Nuremberg in Bavaria
- Traveling by Train to Nuremberg (Nürnberg)
- Transportation to Nuremberg Airport (NUE)
- Transportation from Munich Airport (MUC) to Nuremberg
- Top Sights to See in Nurembergin Franken
- Reichsparteitagsgelände (Nazi Party Rally Grounds)
- Visit the Nuremberg Christmas Market (Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt)