Bus & Train Service in Germany

How can I move around without a car?

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To travel around in Germany, you do not necessarily need a car. You can comfortably move within a city or between cities by buses and trains.

What do I need to know?

Buses & trains within cities

Traveling in Rural Areas

What happens if I travel without a valid ticket (“Schwarzfahren”)?


If you are caught riding public transport illegally several times or fail to pay the fine, you may be criminally charged, which may lead to a court sentencing you to a higher fine or even a prison term. Keep in mind that such a conviction can also affect your right of residence in Germany.