Cost of public transportation in Germany
The cost of transportation in Germany is arguably cheaper than the cost of running a car
For those living in cities, public transportation is usually the obvious choice. Large cities have very efficient systems that integrate tram, rail, and bus services. Metros (subways, tube) are called the U-Bahn (underground train), whilst over ground trains in cities are referred to as the S-Bahn.
Regional trains are referred to as the RE (regional express) or RB (regional Bahn). Intercity trains are named IRE (interregio-express) or ICE (intercity express).
Is public transportation in Germany free?
Public transportation is not currently free in Germany, although this is something the government are considering as a way to help combat air pollution. It is, however, heavily subsidized, and the cost of the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and buses in major cities is very cheap compared to London, Paris, and Zurich.
Constant efforts are made to keep the prices as low and accessible as possible. Students, regular travelers and children can access even more discounted public transport prices.
What is the price for public transportation in Germany?
Bus and subway prices in Germany are affordable and also comparable to one another (i.e. it doesn't cost more to get the metro than a bus). Single bus, tram, or metro trips usually cost between €1 to €2. Monthly travel cards usually cost around €80 to €90.
High-speed trains between major cities can be pricey, for example a Berlin to Munich train, especially if you book on the day or travel early in the morning. However, advance off-peak tickets can be purchased for as little as €20 between two major cities.
What is the cost of a monthly bus ticket in Germany?
In major cities, residents tend to buy a monthly travel card that covers rail, bus, and tram services (and in cities like Berlin, some ferry services too!). Prices for some different major cities are as follows:
- Munich €66
- Berlin €81
- Frankfurt €89
- Hamburg €83
- Cologne €91
How much is a student ticket in Germany?
Students may receive a free travel card as part of their semester fee. If not, students may be able to buy a discounted travelcard. You can also buy a BahnCard 50 discount card which offers 50% from the price of standard off-peak fares. For students who receive a free travel card, a BahnCard 50 Card is only worth buying if you plan on travelling between cities a lot.
Does a German Rail Pass include bus?
A citywide travel card in most major cities will include bus travel too as the systems are integrated with one another. A Bahn discount card, such as a BahnCard 50 or BahnCard 25 will sometimes apply to discounts on buses and coaches as well as trains, but you will need to check with the transport provider first.