Bus connections to Erlangen are available from cities such as Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. The buses are mostly a lot cheaper than the trains, unless using discounts such as the Bayern-Ticket. See FlixBus for details.
Bicycle is most probably the first choice of people, due to the very well organised bicycle roads and the small distances that have to be covered, to get around the city. Even if you cannot have your own bicycle in Erlangen, you can rent one at various local bicycle shops or at the main train station.
If you need to cross a cycle lane with your car, be prepared to reverse if a bicycle approaches. When you turn, give way to cyclists.
If you choose to drive in Erlangen, avoid downtown. There are several streets that are partially or entirely closed for cars. The best choice is to park outside downtown and walk.
You can find a lot of cultural events running through out the year in the Stadtverband der Erlanger Kulturvereine e.V.
Bergkirchweih: Held every Pentecost (Whitsuntide) for twelve days every year. Similar to Oktoberfest, but more German owing to the absence of tourists. In the year 2005 it marked its 250th anniversary.
International Comic Salon Erlangen: Held every two years. The paradise of comics fans.
International Figure Theater Festival: Held every year.
International Film Festival for Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction and Obscure Films: Held every May in the Manhattan cinema.
Gemeinnütziger Theater- und Konzertverein Erlangen e.V. (gVe). Local non-profit Union that organizes theater shows and classical concerts all year round.
Stadttheater Erlangen. 3 different stages, among them the Markgrafentheater, which is the oldest Baroque theater in Southern Germany - built in 1719. It is worth visiting, even if you don't understand German at all.
Theaterverein Fifty-Fifty e.V.. Cabaret, theater and music stage.
Studiobühne Erlangen e.V.. Student theater association with roughly ten productions being staged every year.
The region is famous for the number and charm of its beer gardens, where in summer you can enjoy a cool drink and a bite to eat (Brotzeit = German equivalent of a picnic) whilst enjoying traditional music.
Hotel in Erlangen benefit from plenty of business travelers visiting Siemens or the university / university hospital. Hence, hotels in Erlangen can get away by charging much more than you would usually pay for the standard provided. You may very well be much better and at the same time cheaper off by staying in a hotel in nearby Nuremberg or Furth.
AB Hotel very close to the Theaterplatz in the center of the city. Quiet and clean, with free WLAN. 30Euro for Single bed and 45 euro for double bed.
Youth hostel Südliche Stadtmauerstraße 35, +49 9131 862555, Fax:+49 9131 862119. DJH hostel. Preference given to under 26-year-olds. In the Freizeitzentrum, where you will also find a pool etc.
Gasthof Schwarzer Bär Innere Brucker Straße 19 (one block south of the train station), +49 9131 22872, Fax:+49 9131 206494. Single room with shower/shared €30/26; double with shower/shared €47/36; three-bed room with shower €62.
There are many interesting and charming destinations for sightseeing and day trips (or longer) in the Erlangen region. The surrounding countryside is beautiful (Franconian Switzerland, Franconian lake district) and there are many towns and villages of historical and architectural interest.