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Public Transport in Germany


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Public transport in Germany is regular, efficient, fast and integrated. It is complemented by a seemingly endless supply of taxis. It makes you wonder why anyone would bother owning a car.

German cities enjoy public transportation systems which provide regular and efficient services, and which compared with many other cities around the world, are very comprehensive and integrated.

Public transport, complemented with a plentiful supply of taxis in most German cities, makes you think if it is necessary to have a car if you live in one of the country's big metropolises.

Without taking buses and some trams into account, most German city transportation works through what is called an S-Bahn (Schnellbahn for suburban commuter travel) and a U-Bahn, which is the underground.

Public transportation inspectors.

There are usually neither machines nor keepers to control your tickets when you enter the platform, train, bus, etc.

Costs of transport

While each city controls its own transport system and determines what to charge; an average single ticket (Fahrkarte, Fahrschein, or Fahrausweis) will cost about EUR 2 in most places. You can find a gamut of tickets available. Some tickets work for a specific time length for example there are tickets for a two-hour journey, others for journeys of just a few stations. They can work for a day, a week, a month or a year.

Tariffs are based on a zone system with the transport regions divided into different zones. Payments are made according to the number of zones you cross.

Germany's main urban transport authorities:

Munich: MVV

Munich: MVV The MVV (Munich Transport and Tariff Association) is a transport association that ensures regional public transport (ÖPNV) is convenient and easy to use. There is only one timetable. You can travel throughout the entire association network with only one ticket and you pay according to the same tariff system, irrespective of how many transport companies’ services you use.

Website: Munich: MVV

Berlin: BVG

Berlin: BVG The BVG's three main divisions take their names from the three means of transport that the company operates: the metro, trams, and buses. All of the departments concerned with customer relations belong to a central marketing division.

Website: Berlin: BVG

Hamburg: HVV

Hamburg: HVV The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) is an organisation coordinating the public transport in and around Hamburg, Germany. Its main objectives are to provide the user with a unified fare system, requiring only a single ticket for journeys with transfers between different operating companies, and to further facilitate and speed up travel by harmonising the individual companies' schedules.

Website: Hamburg: HVV

Frankfurt: RMV

Frankfurt: RMV The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) is a transport association in the German state of Hesse, centered around Frankfurt am Main. Its head office is located at Hofheim im Taunus. It currently is the second largest transport association in terms of area covered (after the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) and was the largest in the world at the time of its foundation in 1995.

Website: Frankfurt: RMV

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