Location and infrastructure
Its central location and highly modern transportation infrastructure make Thuringia to a business location where short distances are guaranteed. The Free State forms the interface between established markets and the emerging economies of Eastern Europe.
Wherever you are in Thuringia, you aren’t far from the next highway access. Five Highways connect the Free State and provide for optimum connections in all four directions:
A4 (Paris) – Frankfurt/Main – Dresden – (Prague/Warsaw/Krakau) A9 (Scandinavia) – Berlin – Munich – (Italy) A38 (Brussels/Ruhr Area) – Göttingen – Halle/Leipzig – Dresden – (Prague) A71 (Hamburg/Magdeburg) – Erfurt – Stuttgart – (Switzerland) A73 (Hamburg/Magdeburg) – Erfurt – Nürnberg – (Munich/Vienna)
Thuringia’s railway network is one of the densest in Europe with 1,509 kilometers. Since December 2017 the Erfurt Central Station is a hub for high-speed ICE connections. Every hour, four ICE trains from all four directions will arrive here.
Travel times from Erfurt to:
Frankfurt am Main 2:15 h Leipzig 0:40 h Berlin 1:45 h Dresden 2:00 h Munich 2:15 h Nuremberg 1:20 h
All areas of Thuringia are well-connected with the ICE Station Erfurt and adjoining states thanks to express trains and local lines.Thuringia is connected with rapid national and international cargo transportation thanks to the freight traffic terminal in Erfurt (GVZ Erfurt).
One of the world's most important airports, Frankfurt am Main Airport, can be reached from Erfurt in around two and a half hours. Thanks to the fast ICE connection, you can reach BER - Berlin-Brandenburg Airport just as quickly. It only takes half an hour more to reach Munich Airport with the ICE Sprinter. Leipzig/Halle Airport, with Europe's most modern air freight hub - the DHL Hub Leipzig - is about an hour away from the state capital Erfurt.
In Thuringia itself, there is Erfurt-Weimar Airport. It offers state-of-the-art equipment for air freight handling and can provide sufficient freight halls and forwarding buildings. TNT Express Deutschland GmbH maintains an air and road hub with its own customs clearance on 3,000 sqm at the airport.
More than 80 % of Thuringia's households have bandwidths of 100 Mbps. Especially in the urban regions, even 250 Mbit/s are achievable for around 50 % of households. Almost 100 % of all households in Thuringia have a wireless LTE internet connection (source: Digitalagentur Thüringen, TIM).