How to find us

How to find us

By train and bus

By train (from the south via Frankfurt, from the north via Kassel) to Marburg main station. From the main station take the bus to "Marburg Botanischer Garten". You can find the exact bus times via the connection search on the  RMV website.

You will probably take one of the following city bus lines:

  • Line No. 2, destination "Sonnenblick" (via "Universitätsklinikum"); travel time approx. 18 min.
  • Line No. 7, destination "Universitätsklinikum" (via "Stadtmitte - Südbahnhof"); approx. 30 min
  • Line No. 11, destination "Universitätsklinikum"; approx. 20 min
  • Line No. MR75, destination "Kirchhain Bahnhof" (via "Universitätsklinikum"); approx. 15 min.

For more information about the bus schedule please check following website:

Pedestrian routes from the bus stops to the institute

Coming from the south, e.g. with line no. 7, get off at stop 1 (see map). Walk in the direction of "Botanischer Garten" - you do not need to cross the street. Then follow the sign "Max-Planck-Institut".

Coming from the north, e.g. with line no. 2, get off at stop 2: Through the underpass the route leads you towards the building of the "Fachbereich Biologie". Walk along the left side of the building, behind it you will find the MPI further down on the right, and on the left side further up the SYNMIKRO center.

By bike

This map shows proven and low-traffic bike paths to the institute, plus a link for the Komoot app for each.


1 Main station - direct, but strenuous, 5.1 km. GPS link

2 Main station - a bit easier, 7.9 km GPS-Link

3 City center, 4.3 km GPS-Link    

4 Südbahnhof via hiking trail, 4.2 km GPS-Link

5 Cappel - mainly forest trails, 6.4 km GPS Link

6 Ebsdorfergrund - via Beltershausen, 12.1 km GPS link

By car

Coming from the south via Frankfurter Kreuz, take the Autobahn 5 (A5) to Gambacher Kreuz; then take the A45 in the direction of Gießener Südkreuz. There you change to the A485 in the direction of Marburg. At Gießener Nordkreuz, continue on the B3 and leave the B3 at the Marburg-Süd exit. From there, follow the signs to Uni.-Lahnberge. On the Lahnberge, turn right onto Karl-von-Frisch-Straße ( following the signs for "Botanischer Garten").

Coming from the north via Kassel, take the A49 and change to the B3 in Borken. Leave the B3 at Cölbe/Wehrda. There you turn right in the direction of Marburg and follow the signs to Uni.-Lahnberge. After passing the university hospital, turn left onto Karl-von-Frisch-Straße (follow the signs for "Botanischer Garten").



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