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Transport and Driving in Germany

For those expats in Germany who have not yet bought a car, or don’t intend to do so, Germany is easy to explore. The country is famous for its excellent public transportation system. Avid drivers and car lovers will be happy to hit the pedal to the metal on Germany’s “Autobahn”.

No matter if you live in one of Germany’s major urban centers, such as Munich, Hamburg, or Berlin, or if you prefer a more rural environment, getting around Germany is not that hard. Almost every area and corner is connected by bus, train, or tram and subway. For Germany-wide travels, many people prefer to take the train and make use of the various special offers and deals of the Deutsche Bahn. The company services more than 40,000 kilometers of railway tracks all throughout the country. But for many people in Germany, the car is still the preferred mode of transportation.

Transport and Driving in Germany: Cars and Driving

Germany is famous for its Autobahn, with its generous and at times not existent speed limit, and for its well-maintained road network. Particularly in rural areas, many people rely on their car to get around. But even when a motor vehicle is not essential for your commute, driving in Germany can make for a great experience. Scenic routes and hidden paths let you get a glimpse of Germany’s natural beauty. But as is almost always the case in Germany there are a lot of rules and regulations around owning a car and driving. While driving on the Autobahn is the right thing to do for every expat who ever wanted to see how fast his car could really go, speed limits within cities and towns are rather strict.

Transport and Driving in Germany: Public Transportation

Getting to work and back is much easier when you live in a city. Most urban centers offer a comprehensive network of different modes of transportation. Busses, trams, and the subway take you where ever you need to go. In addition, there is usually a special bus or train connection to the nearest airport at a reasonable price. Although not all stations and modes of transportation are accessible for people with disabilities, efforts are made to equip all stations with elevators and to make buses, trains, and subway cars wheelchair accessible. Night owls need not fear that they will be stuck at the other end of town after a long party. In most cities, night buses allow for a save commute home. Of course, you can also always take a taxi home or to the airport. In bigger cities it is possible to hail one from the street or find a cab at the main station. On the downside, taxis are a more expensive mode of public transportation than buses or trains.

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