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Public transportation in Germany is well-traveled, effectively covering districts within large cities, connecting cities and connecting smaller cities by the way. Its good reputation refers to being honest, comfortable and fast. Despite the fact that Germans are known for being car enthusiasts, most residents living in big cities, especially expats prefer to use public transport in their daily lives. Larger cities offer different types of public transportation compared to smaller towns but even in smaller cities there is a bus system at least. Details of schedules, ticket pricing and possible discounts are well presented on some official websites.

U-Bahn (subway/underground):

Most of the major German metropolitan areas have an Underground Bahn also known as the U-Bahn, an underground locomotive with great speed. In the central areas, they rush the underground as they approach the border. Rows are arranged in order and numbered by the U followed by a number corresponding to the most frequently used, every 5 to 15 minutes.

S-Bahn (suburban commuter rail):

This is a railway that operates within the city street including suburbs and surrounding towns. There are sensitive trains from the city center to work depth around major cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt-Mainz-Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cologne-Düsseldorf-Ruhr District, Nuremburg, Dresden, Leipzig-Halle, Mannheim-Heidelberg-Karlsruhe.

In big cities the average S-Bahn is very similar to the metro system. The service is usually done every 20-30 minutes. The train, after being stopped several times in and around the city center, travels the same as in the country's territory. The service during the days of the week is different from that of the weekends, especially on Sundays and holidays.


Bus trains in Germany are marked in the capital H. The larger the city, the number of bus systems in operation is increasing. Berlin has many simultaneous bus systems, and as in other big cities it has a night bus service. Instead, smaller towns operate under the German Rail system.

Straßenbahn/Trambahn (streetcar/tram):

Many cities, especially the eastern ones have this kind of travel over land. In large cities underground in a central location, it obviously avoids overcrowded parts. It has a nickname, tube.

Stadtbahn (light rail):

Similar to U-Bahn, but operating mainly in more and more cities, some of the larger cities have this type of transportation called Stadtbahn or light rail. The service has a special pre-determined route that makes it faster than Trahmbahn. Usually they are flat and work every 10 to 20 times.

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