Transport in Germany

Getting around with Germany transport

By Plane

LTU and Lufthansa, are the national airlines of Germany, they have the most flights in and out of the country, but they are not always the cheapest option. Most flights land in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg also have international airports. Flying within Germany is usually more expensive and less convenient than taking the train.

By Train

The Deutsche Bahn network is Europe's best but also one of the most expensive. The regional Express and the slightly slower Regional Bahn trains include a number of rail works between cities, they are speedy and comfortable. D trains are foreign trains that serve international routes. The EuroCity and the InterCity trains zoom between major cities every hour from 06:00am to 10:00pm. The InterCityExpress trains approach the luxury and kinetics of an airplane, running at a speeds of up to 280km per hour.

By Bus

Bus service between cities and to outlying areas runs from the local Zentralomnibusbahnhof (ZOB), which is usually close to the train station. Buses are often slightly more expensive than trains for comparable distances. Railpasses are not valid on most buses, except for the few that are run by Deutsche Bahn.

By Car

Germany's road conditions are generally very good. There is no speed limit on the Autobahn, only a recommended speed of 130kph. Germans drive extremely fast. The Autobahn is marked by an intuitive "A" on signs, secondary highways, where the speed limit is usually 100kph, are accompanied by signs wearing a "B". Germans drive on the right side of the road, in cities and towns, speed limits hover around 30-60kph.

By Taxi

Germany has many taxi stands in the larger urban areas. Taxis can be hailed on the street as they drive by. Taxi centers can also be called by phone, their numbers are in the telephone directory.

By Bike

Cities and towns in Germany have designated bike lanes, often on the sidewalk. There are many tour companies and companies that rent out bikes for a minimal fee.


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