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This issue was posed by experts at the Obsterman Automobile Club (ADAC) and analyzed tariff systems in the largest German cities.

How much does public transport cost in Germany

This issue was posed by experts at the Obsterman Automobile Club (ADAC) and analyzed tariff systems in the largest German cities.

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Öpnv is not an abbreviation of some kind of political party, but an abbreviated German name for public transport for small distances (from it. We are talking about buses, trams, metro, trains, river crossings, water trams and even cable roads. However, the latter is so far exotic, although experts predict cable roads in cities a great future as one of the alternatives.

In June of this year, the data of his study devoted to public transport prices in large German cities was published by the General German Road Club (ADAC). Actual comparison was carried out in the seven most common categories of tickets – on one standard trip and on one short trip for adults, a standard children's ticket, traveling for one day, a week and a month, as well as an additional ticket to transport a bicycle. There are much more tariffs, but they are not offered everywhere, so they are not suitable for comparative research.

Bus route M29 in Berlin

M29 route bus in Berlin

Getting acquainted with the results, you can envy the inhabitants of Munich and Stuttgart in a good way, and sympathize with the wallets of city transport passengers in Cologne, Bonn and Hamburg. Why? Further – in more detail.

Travel for a month

Let's start with a single monthly pass (German. Monatskarte). The cheapest such subscription is offered to passengers in the Bavarian capital of Munich – 55.20 euros. This five also included Dresden (61.50 euros), Hanover (63.00 euros), Karlsruhe (64.00 euros) and Bremen (66.30 euros).

We cast a glance at the lower part of the list, which generally has the names of 21 cities with a population of more than 300 thousand people. The most expensive monthly pass for public transport costs passengers almost twice as much as Munich! It costs 109.20 euros and gives the right to travel around Hamburg and the surroundings for a month. Neighboring lines occupy Cologne and Bonn (the total tariff system-98.50 euros), Frankfurt (90.40 euros) and Berlin (80.10 euros). The average price of a monthly pass in all large cities was 77.50 euros.

It should be noted that enterprises and organizations, for example, in Cologne can conclude special collective agreements with transport companies, according to which employees acquire personal monthly subscriptions at more profitable tariffs. For example, for employees of the University of Cologne, it is now 64.70 euros – instead of standard 98.50 euros.In turn, for students in Germany there are their special semester travel – Semesterticket, but we will return to ordinary passengers.

Traveling for a week and tickets for one day

The Bavarian capital of Munich also leads in the category of the cheapest weekly traveling (German Wochenkarte) – 15.40 euros. The most expensive is in Berlin (30 euros). However, they are not offered at all by transport companies of Hanover and Karlsruhe.

As for tickets for one day (German. Tageskarte), the most profitable ones are in Stuttgart (5.20 euros). Most will have to pay in Cologne and Bonn – 8.80 euros. The average price for Germany was 7.02 euros. In some cities, they operate 24 hours from time to composting, in others – until the end of movement, a certain time of the night or even the next morning – for example, in Munich, Karlsruhe and Hamburg – until six in the morning of the next day, in Stuttgart – until seven in the morning.

The price of a one-day ticket in major German cities

Ticket for one trip and short distance

The cheapest tariff for one standard adult trip (German. Einzelfahrkarte) operates in Mannheim – 1.80 euros. In Nuremberg, such a ticket will cost 3.20 euros. The average price for Germany is 2.74 euros. There are also a lot of nuances. In most cities – with the exception of Frankfurt -on -Main – such a trip is allowed to interrupt or make transplants, but the trip should be carried out in one direction. At the same time, in Dresden and Leipzig on such tickets, you can move in all directions for an hour and make any number of transfers.


The cheapest short trip (it. KurzstreckE.) – in Stuttgart (1.40 euros). The most expensive is in Cologne and Bonn (2.00 euros). However, when buying such tickets, you should carefully study the conditions. For example, in Stuttgart, they act to the third stop without transplants from the start of a bus or tram, but only until the next stop on a suburban train. In Cologne – four stops in the same direction with transfers or 20 minutes from the start of the trip.

Some German cities already offer special flexible tariffs for mobile applications (etarife), when the cost of the trip depends on a specific distance – and, in a straight line. Such applications are already working in Karlsruhe (1 euro for a trip + 0.25 euros per kilometer) and Mannheim (0.80 euros for a trip + 0.20 euros per kilometer).

Children under six years old – free

What about children's tickets? Until the age of six, the smallest passengers in all cities are transported for free, and in Dresden and Leipzig – before starting school at school. In Leipzig, the lowest tariff for children's tickets is valid until the age of 14 – 1.20 euros for the trip. The most expensive are in the tariff association of the cities of the Ruky region (Bohum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Wuppertal) and Berlin – 1.70 euros.

Transportation of bicycles

How much do you need to pay for the transportation of a bicycle (German. Fahrradmitnaahme)? In the just tariff association of cities of the Ruky region – 3.60 euros. On average – 2.25 euros, but at the same time in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hanover – for free, but in all cases, passengers have priority, that is, if public transport is full, the bicycle can be refused.

By the way, as for the electric scooters that have just been officially admitted to the streets in Germany, in general, German laws do not interfere with their transportation in public transport, but local transport companies should make the final decision. The federal industry association VDV recommended that they allow the transportation of electric scooters – in folded form and not very heavy models. Then they are considered as ordinary baggage. In turn, more overall models can be equated with bicycles and transported by relevant rules and tariffs.

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Life in Germany: what electric vehicles do Germans prefer

electric scooters

What electric vehicles do Germans prefer

Electric scooters

Since mid -June, Germany has been officially allowed to use electric scooters. You can drive such electric scapers from the age of 14. Special driver’s license is not needed. Wearing a helmet is not necessary, but strongly recommended. You can drive on scooters with electric drives only by bicycle paths, and if they are not there, along the roadway.

 Electric bikes

What electric vehicles do Germans prefer


Now the fourth part of all bicycles purchased in Germany is e -bikes, that is, electric bicycles. In 2018, a record number of them was sold in Germany: 980 thousand. The presence of an electric motor allows you to move on them quickly and without much physical effort – including the mountain. Therefore, older people are increasingly sitting on e-bikes.

electric cars

What electric vehicles do Germans prefer

Electric cars

Electric vehicles are environmentally friendly. The car engine operates on the battery, which is charged from the mains. Charger stations for electric cars have become an element of urban infrastructure. In Germany there are about 17400. And the number of electric cars registered in Germany amounted to about 83.2 thousand in 2018.


What electric vehicles do Germans prefer


Microelectro -automobiles like this model, presented at the recent exhibition Micromobility Expo in Hanover, is called the machine of the future. For the city, this is the perfect mode of transport. Thanks to the compactness of kids it is easy for them to find parking.

Electric buses

What electric vehicles do Germans prefer

Electro automatic boats

In Berlin, Cologne and many other cities, electro -automatic workers have already become a familiar phenomenon. And, for example, in Bonn, the former capital of Germany, they decided by 2030 to completely switch to electro -automatic boats. The air in the city will become cleaner, and on the streets it will become quieter.


What electric vehicles do Germans prefer


In Germany, even police officers use these self-balancing two-wheeled electric scooters-segwees (they are also called single-axial electro-gallows). It is extremely simple to control the segvet: I inserted an electronic key, got to the site – and went, keeping the balance. You can ride on such a scooter in Germany from the age of 15 and if there are at least the rights to driving a moped.


What electric transport do the Germans prefer


This electrically powered device resembles a skateboard. Manage it with the help of the body. True, while driving on such self-balancing boards in Germany is possible only in courtyards and indoor areas. It is strictly forbidden to ride them on the streets.

E-motorcycles and e-scooters

What electric transport do the Germans prefer

E-motorcycles and e-scooters

Should the motorcycle roar like a beast? No matter how: Quiet motorcycles and electric scooters are now in trend. The number of electric and hybrid motorcycles and scooters registered in Germany last year was about 9,000. Polls show that almost 19 percent of avid motorcyclists are already considering purchasing an e-motorcycle.

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