Getting Around

Getting Around

Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Source: Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Quick and Easy: Air Travel

Germany is home to 27 international airports and scores of regional airports offering domestic flight service. As a result, international business travelers can easily fly into one city in Germany and then continue on to another as part of a business trip, or even in order to do a little sightseeing.

Frankfurt is Germany's largest hub in terms of both passengers and air-freight. However, other major airports like Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin (Tegel), Hamburg, Köln/Bonn or Stuttgart also offer a wide range of international connections. A list of 27 of Germany's larger passenger airports is available for planning your trip to and around Germany.

Go almost anywhere: Trains, Trams and Taxis

You can travel almost anywhere in Germany by train, tram or taxi. The country's dense network of 37,900 km of rail in addition to countless stretches of tram and bus routes are complemented by taxi services available around the clock.

The privatized ''Deutsche Bahn'' (German Rail, DB), is the most well-known rail transportation service provider, although several companies offer passenger and freight services in Germany. DB, however, operates the extremely fast ICE-trains that reach speeds of up to 300 km/h (ca. 190 mph) while traveling from Hamburg to Munich in about six hours, or from Cologne to Berlin in approximately four.

Public transportation is organized by regional transportation associations which coordinate different companies' bus routes, tramways and commuter trains in a particular region. Travelers, thus, only need to purchase one ticket from this association, in order to use all the public buses, trams and commuter trains available in the region. Most transport associations offer information in English on tickets and timetables for travelers. Information on connections around Germany by train, tram and/or bus is available from the German Rail's Travel Service.

Taxis are a comfortable way to transport you and your luggage from an airport or railway station to your final destination at any time of day or night. They generally display a yellow and black ''Taxi''-sign on the top of the cab and wait outside airports and near train stations and larger tram and bus stops, although they can also be called to pick you up. 

All taxis- or ''cabs'' - are equipped with taximeters and drivers are required to post identifying information in their cars (a registration number, name and address). Tariffs differ from town to town but are binding for the entire respective area. Usually, the bill is a combination of base fee and kilometer-based rate.

Motorist's Dream: Driving in Germany

For those who prefer to drive themselves, Germany provides a dense and extensive network of highways (''Autobahn''), through roads (''Bundesstraße'') and regional roads (''Landstraße'').

There is no general speed limit for Germany's highways, but on country roads and within city limits, maximum speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and 50 km/h (32 mph) respectively are permissible. (Freight) trucks with a permissible total weight of 12 tons or more are, however, additionally subject to a distanc-based electronic toll system when traveling on freeways.

Foreign driver's licenses are valid for temporary stays in Germany. Although travelers are requested to produce a German translation of their license, an international driving license fulfils this requirement. Visitors from EU Member States are exempted from this rule. More details on using foreign driver's licenses in Germany is available from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Rental cars are widely accessible, and a GPS to help you navigate around Germany can easily be reserved along with your car. Additionally, several online tools give directions to where you need to go, including the route planer operated by the German National Tourist Board.