Traffic situation in Oberhof:
There are no parking facilities in Oberhof for visitors arriving individually. We ask fans who want to travel with their own vehicle to use the P+R parking lots in the area with connected shuttle service or to arrive with the regular public transport (bus and train). All options are listed below.
On competition days, the state road L1128 will be closed between the exit of Oberhof in the direction of Grenzadler and the Café Kanzlersgrund from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Feb. 19, 2023: 8 p.m. ). On training days (February 6, 2023, February 7, 2023, February 9, 2023, February 13, 2023, and February 17, 2023), this section will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. each day. The closures are controlled by the police.
Shuttle buses will run between the town of Oberhof (Gräfenrodaer Straße on-demand stop) and the ARENA am Rennsteig (Grenzadler).
Those arriving in their own vehicles must park in one of the designated P+R parking lots in Geratal (Thüringeti), Steinbach-Hallenberg or Suhl-Nord/Zella-Mehlis. A total of just over 11,000 parking spaces are available there, including 8,000 parking spaces in Geratal, 1,010 parking spaces in Steinbach-Hallenberg and 1,900 parking spaces in Suhl-Nord/Zella-Mehlis.
Free shuttle buses run from these P+R parking lots to the ARENA am Rennsteig. The specific destination, for example "Biathlon Grenzadler" when arriving or "P+R Suhl/Zella Mehlis" is always displayed.
Shuttle buses will operate on all competition days and at the following times:
08. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
10. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
11. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
12. February 2023: 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
14. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
15. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
16. February 2023: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
18. February 2023: 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m
19. February 2023: 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m
The lines to and from the P+R parking lots are supplemented by a shuttle bus between Oberhof and the Grenzadler. After the end of the competition, fans can decide whether they want to return directly to their cars or drive to Oberhof first, for example to visit the award ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. on the Medal Plaza and/or the marquee on the town square.
From the north:
P+R parking lot Thüringeti
Between the towns of Frankenhain and Crawinkel, the open space to the west of the B88 federal highway is designated as the "Thüringeti" P+R main parking area with 8,000 parking spaces. It is particularly suitable for visitors coming from the north via the A4 Gotha junction (42) or the A71 Gräfenroda junction (17). Please use the address "Niester Straße 2a, 99330 Geratal" (old address: Ohrdrufer Straße 2a, 99330 Frankenhain) for your navigation device.
The shuttle buses from the P+R parking lot "Thüringeti" in Geratal will take the fans to the bus loop at the ski hall and from there back to the parking lots.
From the south:
P+R parking spaces in Suhl-Nord/Zella-Mehlis
For visitors coming from the south via the A71 junction Suhl/Zella-Mehlis (17), the P+R parking lots in Suhl-Nord and Zella-Mehlis are ideal.
There are about 1100 P+R parking spaces available in Suhl-Nord. Please use the address "Ringbergstraße, 98528 Suhl" for your navigation system. Stewards will guide visitors to the parking spaces that are still available.
The P+R parking lot in Zella-Mehlis (RABA) with space for 800 vehicles is located below the residual waste disposal plant. Please use the address "Am Schießstand, 98544 Zella-Mehlis" for your navigation device.
The shuttle buses from the P+R parking lots in Suhl-Nord will take the fans from the bus stop Große Beerbergstraße via the other bus stops Ringbergstraße, Ringbergstraße/corner Rennsteigstraße, Rennsteigstraße/corner Kornbergstraße, Große Beerbergstraße, Große Beerbergstraße/corner Ringbergstraße as well as RABA/street at the shooting range to the bus loop at the ski hall and from there back to the parking lots.
P+R parking spaces in Steinbach-Hallenberg
A total of approx. 1000 P+R parking spaces are available in Steinbach-Hallenberg. Please use the address "Hauptstraße, 98587 Steinbach-Hallenberg" for your navigation device.
Stewards will guide visitors to the parking spaces that are still available.
Shuttle buses from the P+R parking lots in Steinbach-Hallenberg will take fans to the bus loop at Grenzadler and from there back to the parking lots.
Starting from the festival square in Steinbach-Hallenberg, the shuttle buses will drive directly to the ARENA am Rennsteig and - if there is still space available - serve other stops in Steinbach-Hallenberg, Unterschönau, Oberschönau and the Kanzlersgrund.
Regular public transport will also be maintained during the competition days, with the exception of the closed sections between Steinbach-Hallenberg (Kanzlersgrund) and Oberhof (Grenzadler) as well as between the town of Oberhof (Tambacher Straße) and the Grenzadler. On the following lines and routes, use is included in the ticket price.
By train & shuttle buses:
Visitors can travel by train to the World Championships train station in Zella-Mehlis and from there board shuttle buses to the ARENA am Rennsteig.
Day tickets, weekly and season tickets for the BMW IBU World Championships Biathlon 2023 are valid as travel tickets on trains operated by Süd-Thüringen-Bahn and DB Regio on the following routes:
- Erfurt main station - Arnstadt - Zella-Mehlis on trains RB 44, RE 7 and RE 50
- Bad Neustadt (Saale) - Grimmenthal - Suhl - Zella-Mehlis in train R7
- Meiningen - Grimmenthal - Suhl - Zella-Mehlis on trains RB 44, RE 50
- Wernshausen - Schmalkalden - Zella-Mehlis on train RB 43
Note: The use of rail transport is possible on the respective printed day (day tickets) or in the printed period (weekly or season tickets) for one outward and one return trip. The offer does not include free transportation of children between 6 and 14 years.
Visitors can use regular bus connections, which will be reinforced during the World Championships period, or special lines to Oberhof. From the city center they continue with the shuttle bus to the Grenzadler.
Day tickets, weekly and season tickets of the BMW IBU World Championships Biathlon 2023 are valid as a ticket on the following bus lines of MBB Meininger Busbetriebs GmbH (MBB), Städtische Nahverkehrsgesellschaft mbH Suhl/Zella-Mehlis (SNG) and Nahverkehrsgesellschaft des Landkreises Gotha mbH (NVG):
- From Gotha (via Ohrdruf and Luisenthal, among others): Lines 860 & 861
- From Meiningen: Special line
- From Schmalkalden (via Springstille & Steinbach-Hallenberg, among others): Line 448 + special line
- From Suhl: Line B/F or line 400 to Zella-Mehlis, continue with line 422
- From Schmiedefeld: Line R to Suhl, continue with line B/F or line 400 to Zella-Mehlis and continue with line 422
By tour bus to the ARENA am Rennsteig:
Oberhof can accommodate a total of 120 tour busses. Parking tickets for tour busses are available at the Tourist Information Oberhof. 35 tour busses can park in Tambacher Straße, 40 tour busses in the parking lot "Gründle 1" and 45 tour busses in Crawinkler Straße (reserve). After arriving in the city, the tour busses will be directed to the parking lots by stewards. Shuttling of tour busses to the border eagle is not possible.