Domestic Transportation in Germany

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis are very easily available day and night at reasonable rates. You can ask your hotel or restaurant to order a taxi for you. To get a receipt, ask for "eine Quittung, bitte." Drivers can usually speak English. In large cities, the tramway network (Strassenbahn), metros (U-Bahn), the express metro network (S-Bahn) and buses are less expensive alternatives to taxis.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of the Berlin subway and simulation of itineraries
Map of the Munich subway
Map of the Hamburg subway
Map of the Frankfurt subway
Maps of other German subways
Urban Transport Agencies
BVG (Berlin)
Find an Itinerary
Journey planner for  Berlin
Taxi Companies

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Essen - Mülheim (ESS) (in German)
7 km / 4 miles of Essen, 5 km / 3 miles of Mülhein, 24 km / 15 miles of Dusseldorf - Available to Essen - -
Berlin - Schönefeld (SXF) 16 km / 10 miles EUR 30-35 / 25-40 EUR 2.80 EUR 2.80 Available
Berlin - Tegel (TXL) 9 km / 6 miles EUR 15 / 20-30 min EUR 2.1 / 20 min - Available
Berlin - Tempelhof (THF) 5 km / 3 miles EUR 15-20 / 20 mimnutes EUR 2.2 / 30 min - Available
Stuttgart - Echterdingen (STR) 10 km / 6 miles EUR 22-28 / 20-30 min Available EUR 3 / 27 min Available
Hamburg Intl (HAM) 10 km / 6 miles EUR 20-25 / 20-30 min EUR 5 / 15-25 min - Available
Munich (MUC) 30 km / 19 miles EUR 55-65 / 35-45 min EUR 9.5 / 40 min EUR 8.8 / 45 min Available
Frankfurt - Main (FRA) 9 km / 6 miles EUR 20-30 / 20-30 min Available EUR 3.30 / 12 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Choose the ICE (InterCity Express) train between the main cities: Frankfurt - Berlin (4 hours), Frankfurt - Cologne (1 hour 15mn), Berlin - Leipzig (1 hour), Berlin - Hamburg (1 hour 30 mn). On these links, the motorway network, often saturated, cannot compete with the train. Do not hesitate to take the plane for the trips between Munich - Hamburg, Munich - Berlin or Stuttgart - Berlin.
Rail Companies
The Deutsche Bahn website


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Lufthansa Major Yes Yes
Airberlin Major Yes Yes
Germanwings Low cost Yes Yes
Easyjet Low cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The motorway network (Bundesautobahn) is practical because it is free for cars. There is no speed limit but a lot of maintenance work slows down traffice frequently. Allow extra time to be sure to arrive at your appointment in good time. There is no problem refuelling.
Driver's License
A license obtained in another European country is valid even after a stay beyond one year. Licenses obtained in other countries need to be exchanged for German ones with the  "Führerscheinstelle" after six months of residence in the country.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
You must have a driver's license, show a credit card and proof of identity.
Rental Agencies
Tolls or Taxes
German motorways are free. However, trucks over 12 tonnes must pay a tax. ( LKW-Maut, tarifs).
Road Maps
Meine Stadt
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
Parking Facilities
Hotels have parking lots, and it is also possible to find other parking places in public parking lots. Parking is not free during the daytime.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
18 years old
Side of the Road For Driving
On the right
Speed Limits
Theoretically, there is no speed limit on the motorway however in practice, there may be limits set due to frequent maintenance work. Be careful not to slow down suddenly as German drivers dilligently gear down when slowing! Outside motorways, the maximum authorized speed limit is between 30 and 50 km/hour in towns and between 70 and 100 km/hour outside towns.
Safety Belts
Compulsory for both driver and passengers.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.5g. A level alcohol ranging between 0.5g and 0.8g leads to a fine. A higher level leads to criminal prosecution.
National Roads Organizations
Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs website

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