Passport and Visa
Please check yourself what kind of documents you need for travel. You are also required to get your visa, if necessary, on your own. Please let us know if you need anything from us for your application.
Please check on your own if you need an extra health insurance.
Lufthansa Trade Union Strike
Monday, 28th July. The Lufthansa airline staff has started a trade union strike in Germany today. Currently the airports Frankfurt, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Köln/Bonn, München, Berlin-Tegel, Berlin-Schönefeld, Stuttgart and Nürnberg are affected right now. Fortunately no restrictions for passenger transport have been reported until now, but the situation might get worse in the next days. The strike might also influence other associated airlines like Air Berlin, Air Canada, All Nippon Airlines, Condor, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and others that depend on services shared with Lufthansa. Please check your flight data to avoid trouble. Further Information can be found at the Lufthansa Homepage.
Wednesday, 30th July. The strike has been extended. Today, 200 flights have been cancelled, among them intercontinental flights as well. One tenth of all Lufthansa flights are expected to be cancelled in the next days. Please check your flight data to avoid trouble, especially if you have booked a Lufthansa or Star Alliance (SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Spanair, Swiss, LOT Polish Airlines and some more) flight.
There is no airport in Jena. If you plan to take the airplane you have to choose an airport located in another city. Here are some possibilities:
- Leipzig/Halle (LEJ): This is one of the nearest airports. It has got a train station, too. The train takes 1.5 hours and costs 16.90€ if you choose regional trains or 32€ if you choose fast trains (that is ICE).
- Dresden (DRS): This one is only connected to the suburban trains. The next train station is Dresden-Neustadt. The travel from Dresden to Jena takes 3 hours and costs 40€ (fast trains, normal price).
- Frankfurt Main (FRA): This is the biggest one in Germany and the third biggest in Europe. There are two train stations directly connected with the airport. One is for national trains (Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) and one for regional trains (Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof). They are no more than a 5-minute-walk away from each other. The train to Jena takes ca. 3.5 hours and costs 61€ (fast trains, normal price).
- Munich (=München, MUC): This airport has got only a regional train station. Therefore you will need to take a suburban train to Munich main station first. The travel from this airport to Jena by train will take 5 hours and cost 78€ (fast trains, normal price).
- Nürnberg (NUE): Nürnberg is on the way between Munich and Jena. Nürnberg Airport has no train station, but is connected with Nürnberg main station via underground. You will need 2.5 hours and 44€ to Jena.
- Berlin: Berlin has currently three airports, namely (ordered by importance) Berlin-Tegel (biggest one, TXL), Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) and Berlin-Tempelhof (THF). The train to Jena takes 3 hours and costs ca. 54€ (standard price). Tegel has no train station, hence you must take a bus at first (extra charge).
- Erfurt (ERF): This is a minor one, but the nearest of all. It has no train station. You have to take the tram to Erfurt Hauptbahnhof (main station, extra charge) and from there go by train to Jena (ca. 10€).
You should book your flight early, because it is overwhelmingly cheaper.
Trains in Germany
Most of the trains are run by the Deutsche Bahn AG. A multilingual webpage with an electronical timetable and booking system is provided. The timetable comprises all trains, even those not of Deutsche Bahn, and often suburban trains or underground as well. The Deutsche Bahn provides a lot of special offers, many of them not easy to discover and often confusing. But they pay off! The following could be really useful for you:
- Early Booking: You can save a lot of money of you book your ticket some time earlier: There is for instance a limited amount of special offer tickets (called Dauer-Spezial) that cost from 29 Euro for a single trip in Germany (the price does not depend on the distance, but on booking time). Comparable offers are available for inter-European travels, called Europa-Spezial.
- Regional tickets: Germany consists of 16 federal states. For most of these states you can get a one-day flatrate ticket for upto 5 persons limited to regional trains (only local transport, i.e. only valid for RB and RE and some other, but not for ICE and IC and some other). Sometimes there is also a single traveller version. The offer is called ...-Ticket, where ... has to be replaced by the name of the state. It costs between 25 and 29 Euros.
The state tickets for Thüringen, Sachsen and Sachsen-Anhalt are moreover valid in all of these three states. This offer is particularly of interest for those arriving in Dresden (that is in Sachsen). As far as I know, it is not possible to book this offer online.
- Weekend tickets: Very similar to the latter, the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket costs 35€ and is valid for a single day in all regional trains in Germany (not limited to regions). It is only available for Saturdays and Sundays.
- Group fare: As Group of six or more persons you can buy a group ticket at the ticket office (until one hour before departure) and save 50 percent.
- Sometimes it is possible to buy a flight ticket that already includes transport to your destination by train. Lufthansa airlines for instance provides so-called rail-and-fly tickets.
- If you travel frequently and you already use reduction systems in your home country you can perhaps use them at least partly in Germany, too.
There are not many connections at night.
Types of Trains:
- ICE: Modern Highspeed-Trains connecting larger cities. The new generation even provides electricity sockets for the travellers. Almost all ICEs have got an on-board restaurant.
- IC: Major trains connecting cities. Both IC and ICE have an extra charge, so they are more expensive than regional trains.
- RE: Regional trains connecting towns.
- RB: Regional trains that stop at all stations.
- S-Bahn: Suburban trains in the cities.
- U-Bahn: Underground trains.
- EN,CNL: Night trains. They are often the only ones available at night. Sleeping facilities are provided (sleeping seats or sleeper cabins). Seat reservation is obligatory. These are the most expensive ones.
Payment: There are several possibilities of payment. All stations that are important for you normally provide a counter. All stations have vending machines as well. Most of the vending machines do not accept cash. You need credit card or Maestro Card there. Those for long-distance trains are coloured in red. You can also buy tickets online using credit card. It also possible to buy a ticket in the train in many (but not all) trains. But this is more expensive.
Travel by car
This is where we are:
Your arrival in Jena
The registration office will be in the foyer of the lecture building at Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3. The entrance is from
Ernst-Abbe-Platz in the city center of Jena.
We recommend you to proceed from the train stations Jena-West (coming from west, e.g. Frankfurt) or Jena-Paradies (coming from most other directions). From both stations you can walk if you keep the weight of your baggage manageable. It takes about 10 minutes. From Jena Paradies you also can take the tram line number 5 to Ernst-Abbe-Platz (final station).
We have provided some maps for you, see Maps.
Checklist for the travel
- electricity plugs and sockets: In Germany we have the Schuko standard. Please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko for checking compatibility. Do not forget to get an adapter if you need one.
- do not forget the material you need for your presentation
- you are not allowed to put liquids or gels over 100ml in the airplane hand luggage
- pens and paper
General information about Germany
- Cash: You should not need much money here. Food and lodging is already included in the participation fee, as well as public transport. Almost all money dispensers accept credit cards and Maestro. Most German banks charge a fee for dispensions.
- Language: Almost everybody in Germany has had English at school.
- Opening Hours: Most shops are open from 10:00 until 18:00. Huge supermarkets are often open until 20:00 or even 22:00. At major stations and airports there are also 24h-shops. Most shops, however, are closed Sundays. Main exceptions to this are bakeries that are open Sunday mornings.
- Mobile Phone: Please check your prices on your own if you want to use the mobile phone. Popular German service providers are Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and many more. UMTS is available only in the cities.