Ridesharing Service


HFU cooperates with flinc.org to support ridesharing among students and staff because mobility, sustainability and economy of resources are important for our university. We have our own university group which can be contacted through the following website: www.flinc.org/hfu

Please note: register with your HFU "@hs-furtwangen.de" email address.

The idea behind flinc
Over half of the university members drive alone in their own cars to lectures or to their workplace. The result is increasing traffic, lack of parking spots and last but not least, an enormous strain on the environment and high costs for those concerned.

Reasons why ridesharing does not take place:

  • flexible work or lecture times
  • lack of information about who has a similar route
  • too much trouble to arrange car pooling
  • insecurity/lack of information

Advantage: With flinc you can arrange a trip spontaneously or plan a fixed rideshare group.


1. Enter your route (non-binding agreement).
2. Do nothing - flinc informs you if someone wants to drive with you.
3. Pick up the passenger.


1. Enter the route you need a ride for (non-binding agreement).
2. Do nothing - flinc informs you if there is a suitable driver.
3. Contact the driver.

flinc lets you know immediately when there are new offers and passengers, for example by push notification or SMS on your mobile, or by email. The flinc algorithm finds passengers along the whole route, so the possibility of matching up drivers and passengers is much higher than other ridesharing systems.

Register with flinc

Bus Services

Furtwangen local bus services (the Bürgerbus)

Bus route network (Click to enlarge)

The Bürgerbus is the local bus service in Furtwangen. Special student prices: a multi-trip ticket costs €22 for 40 trips.

Bus timetable

More information can be found here: buergerbus-furtwangen.de

Semester ticket - VSB Student Card

The VSB Student Card for various tarif zones can be bought directly at the university in the university stores (Furtwangen Room B 1.01 and Schwenningen Room A 0.13) with your EC card.

The VSB Student Travel Card is valid for one semester. With this card you can travel inexpensively (for 6 months for the price of 4 months) with the bus or train in the VSB network. At weekends and on public holidays from 2.00pm on, you can also travel on the routes of the partner networks in all buses, local and regional trains of the German Rail Company (Deutsche Bahn) with the exception of the IC, EC and ICE trains. 

Further information can be found in the VSB Customer Centre in Villingen or on the VSB website.

Bus Service - Furtwangen

Furtwangen - Villingen

The service runs between Furtwangen-Rössleplatz and Villingen railway station. Most services are direct. A dail-a-bus service runs at night and on weekends.

The timetable is set up where possible to make the bus connections to Bleibach and on to Freiburg, and in Villingen to connect with the trains to Rottweil.

Current timetables can be found under www.v-s-b.de. Electronic timetable information can also be found on the Baden-Württemberg transport information website (www.efa-bw.de) and on the German Rail website (www.bahn.de).

Freiburg - Furtwangen

On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, an 8-seater minibus runs from Simonswald at 23.30 to Furtwangen connecting at Mattenhof with the last bus from Waldkirch (with Breisgau-S-Bahn from Freiburg at 22.30).


Bus service - Schwenningen

Constance - Schwenningen - Berlin

Flixbus travels to Constance and Berlin from Schwenningen. The bus stop is in Schützenstraße (Rößleplatz) in Schwenningen opposite the Cineplex cinemas.


Freiburg - Schwenningen - München

DeinBus.de offers a service to and from Schwenningen. The bus stop is in Schützenstraße (Rößleplatz) opposite the Cineplex cinemas.


e-Carsharing service for students


Students on the Schwenningen and Furtwangen campuses can rent Renault ZOE electric cars at special rates over the university's partner my-e-car. Here's how to do it:

  1. Register online on the my-e-car website or download the app. A credit card is necessary for payment. If you do not have a credit card check out this website for free credit card offers.
  2. Register with my-e-car using "Hochschule Furtwangen" and your HFU matriculation number (e.g. HFU-123456).
  3. Find out how to use the car here: instructions for my-e-car.
  4. You receive your access data by email: Customer number xxxx. Go to the University Stores (Magazin) on either campus, taking your driving licence, ID card and customer number.
  5. You will be registered to use my-e-car using your HFU card and will be given a password/PIN: xxxx. The PIN must be entered into a device on the windscreen of the car before you can start the car.
  6. If you register over the website/app, you can book your trip immediately and use the car during this time period.
  7. Return the car to the original parking spot at HFU. One-way drop-offs are not possible.
  8. After initial registration, the car can be booked round the clock from a computer, mobile device or by phone. It is opened using the university keycard and charged upon return using the chip in the carkey.

Facts and figures:

  • Performance: 65 kW (88hp)
  • Top speed: 135 km/h
  • Maximum distance: 120 - 150 km

Rental Costs

Day:7.00am to 10.00pm - 1st hour = €3.00, thereafter 4 cents/min., 15 cents/km
10.00pm to 7.00am - 1st hour = €3.00, thereafter no charge for time, 15 cents/km

All prices include tax.

The electric cars (Renault Zoes) are located in the courtyards of the Furtwangen and Schwenningen campuses. Charging stations for the car are also located here. Click here for further charging stations in the area.

Contact - Booking e-cars

Ute Kuß
Technical Services Office
Tel: 07723 920-1408
Fax: 07723 920-1409
Furtwangen Campus, Room B 1.05
Email: ku(at)hs-furtwangen.de

Rural Universities Mobility Project


The model project started at the beginning of 2016 and runs for 3 years. In summer semester 2016 an online needs analysis was carried which served as the basis for our new mobility strategy.

The project is coordinated and headed by Prof. Dr. Jochen Baier (WI) and Prof. Dr. Anton Karle (WING).

Other universities involved: Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg, Villingen-Schwenningen, Trossingen University of Music

Project aims:

  • Improved public transport: customized to university timetables and needs, local bus service connections
  • E-service vehicles: post service, commuting between locations for lectures and meetings
  • E-carsharing: electric vehicles to supplement public transport
  • Increase of ridesharing: support through use of app for PC and smartphone
  • Use of e-bikes: extension of charging infrastructure and parking spaces
  • Intermodality: integration of public transport, carsharing and ridesharing in an app for PC and smartphone

Starting point
Universities in rural areas are very important in binding younger, well-educated people to rural areas. They account for a high level of knowledge transfer to rural SMEs contributing to the sustainable supply of skilled employees and thus ultimately to the secure future of our rural areas. The retention of attractive rural university locations must therefore remain central to rural strategy. This includes taking into account the mobility needs of students attending such universities.

Young people have particular mobility needs. They want to be mobile even without a car of their own and want to reach their destination as quickly, cheaply and as simply as possible. It is therefore no accident that the carsharing options which are now well-established in cities are almost exclusively used by young people, who additionally use well-organized public transport systems. Students at rural universities without their own car often encounter difficulties with mobility as generally the public transport system is unsatisfactory, and until now carsharing in rural areas  was only available in certain selected areas as part of a model project. Taking Furtwangen University as an example, solutions for a unified, innovative mobility strategy will be developed and examined. Important aspects such as the optimal connection of existing and future mobility options specifically related to target groups will be integrated into the design on the basis of a solid needs analysis.

A further aspect of the model project is related to the specific mobility demands of the two other universities in the region, the Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg in Villingen-Schwenningen and the Trossingen University of Music. These demands will also be analyzed and customized solutions will be developed and examined. The approaches worked out will then be checked for viability and integrated into a unified strategy.