Planning a Football Trip to Darmstadt? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
SV Darmstadt 98 is a German football club based in Darmstadt, Hesse. The club was founded on 22 May 1898 as FC Olympia Darmstadt. Since the 2015/16 season SV Darmstadt have played in the Bundesliga.
Football Trip to Darmstadt – How to get to Darmstadt & How to get around
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Fly to Darmstadt
Darmstadt can be easily accessed from around the world via Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt am Main) which is located 20 km (12 mi) from central Darmstadt
Be aware though, Despite the name, Frankfurt Hahn Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn) is located far outside the Frankfurt Metro Area, approximately 120 km (75 mi) away in Lautzenhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate). Hahn Airport is a major base Ryanair. This airport can only be reached by car or bus.
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Directions from the Airport
The AirLiner is a direct bus service between Darmstadt city and main railway station and Frankfurt airport. This is a frequent service and journey-time is only 30 minutes.
Timetable, prices and AirLiner bus route map (PDF, 175 KB)
Taxis from the Airport
Darmstadt is about 20 min away from Frankfurt Airport. The fare is ~40 Euros
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Football Trip to Darmstadt – Travel By Train
Travel by Train from London to Frankfurt (Main) in 5h 24m. Find full details in our guide to Planning a Football Trip to Frankfurt.
The average journey time between Frankfurt (Main) Hbf (Main station) and Darmstadt-Eberstadt is 41 minutes and the fastest journey time is 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 37 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf (Main station) to Darmstadt-Eberstadt.
Trains connect Darmstadt to surrounding cities, including Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Mainz, and Aschaffenburg. Some ICE trains stop at the Darmstadt train station. The S3 S-Bahn line connects Darmstadt and Frankfurt.
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Travel Around Darmstadt
There’s a wide network of public transport – bus and tram – in Darmstadt and all sights and are easily accessible. Information about connections and timetables:
Football Trip to Darmstadt – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Darmstadt – The Stadium
The Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor has a maximum capacity of 17,468 since its most recent renovation works. Böllenfalltor was used for baseball by American soldiers after the WWII until it was redeveloped in 1950-52 with new landfill terracing created on three sides. Seeing the club’s promotion to the Bundesliga, the landfill terracing was expanded in 1978 to accommodate 30,000 people, while in 1981 the floodlights were replaced. Since then the shape hasn’t changed significantly, though changing safety norms led to the capacity being nearly halved. The name Jonathan-Heimes was added in tribute to a fan who died of cancer.
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Getting to the Stadium
Stadion am Böllenfalltor is located in the south-east of Darmstadt, roughly 2 kilometres from the city centre and a little under 4 kilometres from the main railway station, which lies further west.
The walk from the city centre should take less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take either tram 2 or 9 from the Luisenplatz. Take the tram towards Bollenfalltor and get off at stop Merck-Stadion. Tram 2 also runs from the main railway station.
If coming in by train from Frankfurt Hauptbahhof, it is also possible to take a direct train to Darmstadt TU-Lichtwiese station and walk 15 minutes to the stadium. However, service is infrequent during the week and no direct trains run on the weekend (transfer at Frankfurt Sudbahnhof or Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof).
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets online via the club website or at the Stadium. When in the Bundesliga tickets often sell out however they can still be got if bought in advance and should be easy when in Bundesliga 2.
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Germany can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Germany page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Darmstadt – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Darmstadt it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Darmstadt is famous for its Jugendstil (art nouveau) buildings. Many of the buildings survived the massive destruction of Darmstadt in September 1944. Visit the Künstlerkolonie Mathildenhöhe, to see the most interesting ones.
Darmstadt’s landmark is the Langer Ludwig, a statue on a huge sandstone column located right in the city center.
Football Trip to Darmstadt – Where to eat and drink
The Centralstation is a concert hall, club and lounge during the night and a café and restaurant during the day.
Goldene Krone, Schustergasse 18. Alternative Center for cheap drinks, music and concerts
An Sibin Irish Pub, Landgraf-Georgstr. 25. The largest Irish Pub in Darmstadt, with live music on Monday, Wednesdasy, Friday and Saturday. Also, Quiz Night on Tuesday and Karaoke on Thursday. Half price pizzas everybday until 8PM, and Fridays and Saturday cocktails are buy 1 get 1 free.
Darmstadt can boast three breweries: Darmstädter Privatbrauerei, Darmstädter Ratskeller Hausbrauerei, and Grohe Brauerei. Darmstädter Privatbrauereri (or just Darmstädter) is the town’s requisite macro-brewery. The best-known beer garden is probably on Dieburgerstr. (http://www.biergarten-darmstadt.com/ ) and there’s a growing craft beer bar around the centre (http://maltbar.de/)