Local transportation in Germany

Planes, trains and automobiles…what’s the best way to get around?

Public transport – Public transportation throughout Germany is one of the best in the world! Between reliable metro systems (commonly called the U-Bahn), trams, local busses, suburban S-Bahn trains, and regional trains you can almost be certain that you can get where you need to go utilizing these modes of transportation. Read more about all the different styles of public transport here: Lonely Planet

Taking a taxi – If you would prefer taking a taxi you can learn more about fares, tipping, and other information here: http://www.gettingaroundgermany.info/taxi.shtml

Cheap flights – Check out these discount airlines that offer flights from Germany to multiple European destinations! Easy JetGerman Wings or Ryan Air

Or, you could do as the locals do and rent a bike to get from place to place!

Tips for success:

-As with any city, be aware of your surroundings and watch your belongings! While traveling in Germany is a breeze, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Pick-pocketing is a major occurrence, especially in larger cities. Make sure that your bag is zipped up and carried in front of you and that your wallet is tucked away safely. It is also a good idea to keep copies of your passport and essential documents in your dorm or hotel room, just in case. Keep an eye out for yourself and your friends on crowded metro trains and don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise if you see something out of place. Pick-pockets scare easily!

-Some cities require you to validate your metro, bus, or tram ticket, this means you need to get it stamped in a machine before riding, be sure to do so if this is true of the German city you are visiting! This will vary from city to city.

-Do not buy or accept public transport tickets from people on the street, always buy from approved newspaper stands, convenience stores, or machines.