|Population:||124.873 (31. Dez. 2015)|
|Major roads:||A3, A7, A81|
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The city is located along the River Main and is historically an important traffic hub with 3 highways.
If you're coming from the A3, get out at the Raststätte Würzburg (service station). From there it's just a 10 minutes walk to the S-train at the Berner Strasse in the borough Heuchelhof. It's also just a 1 hour walk into the city center.
If you're coming from the A7, get out at the ramp Würzburg/Lengfeld. It seems that there is enough space for cars to stop.
East towards Nürnberg
- For hitching out, take tram 3 or 5 towards Berner Straße (Direction Heuchelhof or Rottenbauer). From there you can walk towards the service station along the A3 called Raststätte Würzburg Süd. When you get off the tram there is a road called "Straßburger Ring" on the left. Follow the road (it makes a ring, that's why it's called so) and then turn on the left again in a street called "Londoner Straße". Turn directly right and keep walking straight (yes also hit the field path) until you reach the gas station. This is the safest bet, but from certain parts of the city it can take a long time to reach this point.
- Another option would be taking one of various busses going from the central bus station to the bus stop "Europastern". There are two petrol stations nearby (OMV and Shell) where you can ask people or just put your thumb up. Most of the people are going north at the A7 or east towards Nürnberg on the A3.
- Take the bus 554/55 out towards "Frickenhausen". Before reaching "Eibelstadt" you will pass under the A3. Get out here and you will see the ramp to the A3 on the left. There is a few places to pull in on the ramp.
- *UPDATE- March 2018* The service station 'Raststätte Würzburg Süd' is currently closed as part of ongoing construction on the A3.
West towards Frankfurt
- There used to be a connection beetween the two service stations along the A3 but due to construction works there is none anymore. So if you want to go to the northern service station which leads towards West, this would be the best way to get there: take tram 3 or 5 towards "Reuterstraße" and then take bus nr. 33 to the bus stop "Bremenweg". From there follow the road 200 metres and then go right up the hill on the road "Unterer Kaulweg". Another 400 metres further up there is road leading leftwards directly to the service station.
Due to the ungoing construction works service station Würzburg Nord will be closed until June 2018.
- An alternative is using the B19, the arterial road, leading to the highway. However DO NOT just walk on there and try to find a place along the road, there is NO place where cars could possibly stop. Rather use one of the crossings that lead onto the B19, for example the linkage with the Rottendorfer Straße. I personally have had surprising success there, using a sign saying "A3" and finding a lift to the highway, where you can just stand on the actual ramp.
If you go towards Stuttgart, both sides of the highway works, but going towards west is more of a logical choice as a lot less people are coming from west to go Stuttgart than the opposite.
North towards A7
- Take bus nr. 14 from the central bus station to the bus stop "Annastraße" and walk 200 m until you reach the big junction crossing the "B19". Go across and a couple of metres to the left, you will find some parking lots and ramps which provide enough space for cars to stop. Due to the traffic lights it is easy for cars to spot you.
- Another option would be taking one of various busses going from the central bus station to the bus stop "Europastern". There are two petrol stations nearby (OMV and Shell) where you can ask people or just put your thumb up. Most of the people are going north at the A7 or east towards Nürnberg at the A3.
If your lift takes another highway splitting from the A7 (e.g. A70, A71) or the other way round, the best option might be the first service station called "Riedener Wald".
South towards A7
- One option is to take a regional train from Würzburg main station to Dettelbach Bahnhof, which is just ten minutes away. From there, you have to walk 40-60 minutes to the A7 ramp crossing the B8 (instead of walking, you could also take a bus (line 8101) to Bibelried). There is enough place for cars to stop. The next service station on the A7 south of Würzburg is Ohrenbach West.