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Getting to Sylt

  • Either with the regional train from Hamburg-Altona or with one of the Germany-wide InterCity connections. There are many ways to get to Sylt by train.  From May to October go can travel with the ALPEN-SYLT nightexpress (Tel: +49 4661 73 68 744) from Salzburg or Basel to Westerland.

  • The red DB Sylt Shuttle car train (Tel: +49 (0) 800 822 83 83) and the blue AUTOZUG Sylt (Tel: +49 (0) 4661 73 68 727) transport the passengers with their car safely to the island, using the „Hindenburgdamm“. The journey takes about 40 minutes from Niebüll (Mainland) to Westerland on Sylt.

  • Take the Sylt ferry (Tel: +49 461 86 46 01) from the Danish island Rømø. After a 40 minute cruise you reach the harbor in List on Sylt. If you are traveling without a car, you can get from Cuxhaven to Hörnum on Sylt with a ship from Adler Schiffe (only in summer).

  • If you want to be on the island in less than two hours from home you should take the plain. Direct flights to Sylt are available from many airports.


    NEW: from May 2022  Flights from Luxemburg to Sylt

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By plane

The fastest way to get to Germany's most famous holiday island is by air. There are scheduled flights from various German cities. International connections are possible with several airlines. Sylt's airport is located in the heart of the island.

Airlines flying to Sylt:

Eurowings (from Dusseldorf, Cologne or Stuttgart)
Lufthansa (from Munich or Frankfurt/Main)
Rhein-Neckar Air (from Mannheim or Kassel)
SWISS (from Zurich)
SYLT AIR (from Hamburg)
Green Airlines (from Paderborn)
Luxair (from Luxemburg)
Easyjet (from Berlin)

By train

If you prefer leaving your car at home, you can reach Sylt comfortably by train. The Hindenburgdamm with its railway tracks connects the island to the mainland. Every hour a train goes from Hamburg to Sylt taking 3 hours for the ride. There are as well several direct connections from other big German cities every day. Just type in „Westerland/Sylt“ as your destination in the Deutsche Bahn booking system.

Deutsche Bahn

From May to October you can reach Sylt with the „Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress“. The train goes overnight from Salzburg or Basel directly to Westerland/Sylt. On your journey you have a few stops in different citys and you can choose between three different categories for your reservation.

Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress
ALPEN-SYLT Nachtexpress - night train to Sylt / Salzburg / Basel

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By car

If you choose to go by car, you will cover the last leg of your journey by motorail. After you board the train in Niebüll, a 40-minute ride over the Hindenburgdamm causeway will take you across the tidal flats to Westerland.
There are two train companies covering the car train transport to Sylt:

DB Sylt Shuttle
Tel.: +49 (0) 800 8228383

RDC Autozug Sylt
Tel.: +49 (0) 4661 7368727

By ferry

Alternatively, you can travel by sea: a modern ferry carries both passengers and vehicles from Rømø, Sylt's Danish neighbouring island, to List. You can reach Rømø from the mainland via a free of charge roadway. The mini-cruise across the North Sea takes about 40 minutes.

FRS Syltfähre GmbH & Co. KG
Tel.: +49 (0) 461 864601

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