With 5 days of fun planned at Germany’s Europa Park, we were excited to stay at their adjacent campsite, Europa Park Camping. Located just a 5-minute walk from the theme park entrance, you can even see a rollercoaster from your pitch!
If you are planning your own stay, here’s everything you need to know about Europa Park Camping.
Our experience of Staying at Europa Park Camping
During a recent visit to Europa Park, we spent five nights in our campervan at Europa Park Camping.
We arrived at Europa Park Camping late in the afternoon after travelling from Lausanne, Switzerland. As we arrived at the campsite we were excited to see how close it was to the theme park entrance – it’s so close we could even hear the faint screams from guests riding Silver Star, a thrilling high-speed steel rollercoaster!
Getting to Europa Park/Rulantica from Europa Park Camping:
Europa Park: It’s a short walk to the entrance of Europa Park (less than 10 minutes).
Rulantica: It’s a short drive or there is a free bus, the Rust Bus, which takes guests to Rulantica and the local Lidl.
Europa Park camping tip: it took us less than 10 minutes from leaving our camper to arriving in the park. After exiting the campsite, it’s a short walk to the end of the road and then you can cross over to the main car park and walk through a section of parking. This takes you to a set of 3 travelators which will lead you to the entrance of Europa Park. We used the bus to travel from the campsite to Rulantica and then, once we were done, we used the bus to travel to the entrance of Europa Park so we could go on some rides!
Reservations can be made directly through the Europa Park website and Europa Park and/or Rulantica tickets can be added at the time of booking.
There are two options when booking – a camping-only rate to which you can manually add tickets on the next screen or a package rate which includes Europa Park and 1 day at Rulantica (Europa Park’s water park).
Europa Park camping tip: we added our theme park tickets when we made our reservation. Heavy rain was forecasted for one of the mornings during our stay so we booked a last minute ticket to Rulantica and had some fun in the indoor section while it poured down!
Our reservation was relatively last-minute and only one pitch type was available (a 9m pitch). Tent pitches cost €15 and camper/caravan/motorhome pitches range from €20 to €30 depending on size (7m, 9m or 11m). Each guest incurs an additional charge: adults (age 12+) are €11 per person and children (age 4 to 11) are €7 per child. There is an additional €2 visitor tax per night per reservation. Pitches include electricity (up to 5 kWh) and water.
Europa Park camping tip: we reserved our stayed relatively last minute as we were on a 2-month road trip and planned as we went. It was peak summer (July/August 2023) and the campsite was fully booked on some nights but, luckily, we had some flexibility with our dates and found a 5 night block that was available. Make sure to reserve in advance if you have fixed dates in mind.
Pitches are available from 12pm on the day of arrival. If you arrive earlier, parking is usually available in the waiting area at the rear of the campsite – guests checking in or out of the campsite can park here before check-in/after check-out.
Our reservation email included a link to complete a contactless check-in form in advance, which we did prior to arriving. This meant we could drive right up to the campsite entry barrier and go straight to our pitch on arrival.
The staff member at the campsite entrance let us know our pitch number and told us we could pick up our park tickets in the Reception Office.
Europa Park camping tip: the lines for the Reception office seemed to be really long around check-in and after the park closed so advance check-in can save quite a bit of time. We picked up our park tickets later in the afternoon when the office was quiet.
There are 200 pitches split across 4 categories at Europa Park Camping – Pitch types A, B and C cater for campers, motorhomes and caravans (plus a car if required) up to 7m, 9m and 11m long and there are separate pitches for tents.
- 11m pitches: 11 pitches. They are located adjacent to the campsite entrance and back onto the perimeter hedge.
- 9m pitches: 9m pitches are located throughout the campsite.
- 7m pitches: there are around 50 7m pitches. They are mostly located in the middle and further back in the campsite
- Tent pitches: these are located in a separate section of the campsite. There are parking spots next to the tent area.
We were allocated pitch 218, a 9m pitch in the first row of pitches inside the entrance. The pitch was huge and we were able to put up our drive-away awning beside our campervan – we have 3 kids under 6 so it was a bonus to have run for the awning to store car seats, laundry, chairs etc. rather than always having to pack up the campervan!
Europa Park camping is a well-equipped campsite with lots of facilities
- electric pitches
- shower/toilet blocks with showers included
- kitchen area with washing up facilities (no cooking facilities)
- disposal station
- free wi-fi
- vending machines with essentials
- Kiosk selling drinks, bread and pizza
- Silver Lake Saloon (breakfast and evening meals)
- Daily Wild West show during peak season
- Swimming Lake nearby
- Fire pits for barbeques (wood is provided)
Food and Drinks: water and soft drinks are expensive so stock up before you arrive. As an example, a 500ml bottle of water costs €3.60 in the vending machines, the campsite kiosk and throughout the park. We had breakfast a few mornings (€14 for adults, €7 for children) and there was a nice selection that filled us all up for a morning in Europa Park. Silver Lake Saloon is lively in the evenings and the meals are good.
We used many of the facilities during our stay and our experience was excellent for the most part:
Bathrooms/showers/kitchen areas: the showers and kitchen areas were very clean and soap and toilet paper were always available in the bathrooms. On the downside, the line for showers and bathrooms was quite long in the run-up to park opening and the same for most of the evening for showers – however, it’s not unexpected when the entire campsite is on a similar schedule and there were posters pointing the way to additional facilities outside in the Camp Resort which was a few minutes walk away.
Europa Park camping tip: there’s a Lidl not far from the campsite if you need to stock up. You can drive (less than 10 minutes), walk (it took David 40 minutes one way) or take the free ‘Rust-Bus’ which also stops at Rulantica, Europa Park’s water park.
Wi-fi: wi-fi was hit and miss at busy times in the campsite but it worked well in Europa Park itself so we had no issues accessing the app.
Playground/Lake/Wild-West show: our 3 kids (aged 5, 4 and 1 when we visited most recently) absolutely loved the playground, the swimming lake and the Wild West show. Even after a long day in the park they spent the evenings swimming and having fun in the playground and loved watching the Wild West show as we were walking back to the campsite.
Check-out is at 11am.
If you are spending the day in Europa Park, parking is usually available in the waiting area at the rear of the campsite – guests checking in or out of the campsite can park here before check-in/after check-out.
Everything you need to know about Europa Park Camping
Here’s all the information you need to know about staying at Europa Park Camping.
How much does it cost to stay at Europa Park Camping
Guests are charged a pitch rate plus a per-guest fee and a daily visitor tax. Pitches include electricity (up to 5 kWh) and water. For 2023, Europa Park Camping rates are:
- Tent pitches: €15
- 7m pitch: €20
- 9m pitch: €25
- 11m pitch: €30
- Per guest: adults (age 12+) are €11 per person and children (age 4 to 11) are €7 per child
- Visitor Tax: additional €2 visitor tax per night per reservation
- Additional Costs: Dogs: €5, additional tent/pavilion on the space: additional car/ car that exceeds maximum length: €7
- Tickets: tickets to Rulantica and Europa Park are in addition
What time is check-in and check-out?
Pitches are available from 12pm on the day of arrival to 11am on the day of departure. If you arrive earlier or leave later, parking is usually available in the waiting area at the rear of the campsite so you can still have a full day at the park.
Is Europa Park Camping Open Year Round?
Europa Park closes for low season. In 2023, it closed on January 7th and reopened on March 25. It also closes for 3 days over the Christmas period (December 23, 24 and 25).
Are pets permitted at Europa Park Camping?
Dogs are permitted and incur a cost of €5 per night.
Do I need to reserve in advance?
During busy times, definitely! We visited around Bastille Day (July 14) and, when we checked availability, there were sold dates.
What are the quiet times at Europa Park?
Quiet times are between midnight and 7am and the campsite is also relatively quiet during park hours. Most guests are active in the hours prior to park opening and in the evenings after the park closes.
What are the pitches like at Europa Park Camping?
There are hard pitches and some grass pitches. We had a hard pitch but, because the concrete is in a criss-cross pattern across the pitch, you can still use stakes for canopies and awnings.
Where is waste disposal/waste water/water?
There are regular waste bins dotted among the pitches. There are also large bins for general waste and recycling both close to the entrance and in the middle beside the camper facilities. This area also has waster water and water facilities.