This has to be a post that is very long overdue. I was born in Germany and spent most of my life there. I still travel to Germany every few months. That being said, I think this post will come in handy for many of you who decide to visit Germany.
Now Germany is not a very large country, it’s actually smaller than the U.S. state Texas.
Germany has an excellent public transportation system, in fact, it’s one of the best in the world, which makes traveling around Germany very easy.
When it comes to transportation in Germany there are three possibilities to consider. And I will break them down in this article by efficiency, affordability and overall pros vs cons.
Obviously, the fastest way to get around the country is by air. Unfortunately, Germany has a huge monopoly when it comes to the airline industry. Lufthansa is the only airline that operates throughout Germany and therefore their prices are ridiculously expensive. I personally wouldn’t recommend it. But it doesn’t hurt to check prices in advance and see if perhaps you can get yourself a deal. You can fly from Munich to Hamburg in about an hour.
This is the most common type of transportation you are going to find in Germany. After the war, Germany spent most of its resources on perfecting is railroad system. With huge success if I may add. Deutsche Bahn is the train company that operates in Germany and other neighbor countries. With ICE trains that travel at up to 180 miles per hour, traveling throughout Germany by train is efficient, and economical.
You can get a one-way train ticket from Frankfurt to Bremen for around $40. Now if you wanted to fly however, you’d have to pay around $250 for a one-way ticket.
Taking a train may take a few hours longer, but if you have the time, I’d say do it. You can save a huge amount of money by doing so. You can check train fares and destinations on Goeuro.com. My only advice, make sure when booking your train ticket, you pay a few extra bucks for an assigned seat. Otherwise you’ll be asked to get up by someone who paid for his seat in advance.
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