Germany Transportation Tips by 850prc
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The ICE... a cool, sleek way to get around Germany
OK, I am NOT channel Vanilla Ice with my tip title... I'm referring to the ICE trains, which basically are the inter-city express trains. This is the quickest and most efficient way of getting around federal Germany's major cities and/or traveling to destinations beyond the borders of the Bundesrepublik.
There is no more efficient operation anywhere than Deutsche Bahn. They run on time, the trains are clean and comfortable.
There are many ways of buying tickets. If you are going to Germany and plan to take numerous train trips over a period of two or three weeks, you should go to the rail Europe site and purchase yourself a German rail card. If you are planning to travel all over Europe for a period of weeks or months, then you want a Eurail card.
But, if you're going to just take one or two trips, it's easy to get tickets. You can actually wait until the day you're traveling and just show up at the station to buy your ticket. You can also buy a ticket in advance that can generally be used on ANY train that runs where you are going. Or, you can buy in advance back home, and can even get yourself an assigned seat.
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Tram lines in front of Frankfurt's HBf
Unlike in my homeland, Germany's public transportation systems are seamlessly integrated. One can go from taxi to tram to train to airport easily. In the airports, there are direct lines to train stations, for example. There are usually facilities to buy tickets for any component of the national transportation system in numerous locations throughout city terminals.
THE nerve center of any German city's transportation system is undoubtably the Hauptbahnhof, or main railway station. These are always 24 hour a day, 7 day a week facilities... and there's always help and information for travelers at the Hauptbahnhof, or HBf as it's sometime abbreviated.
In the classical world, it was said that "all roads lead to Rome". In a modern German city, all roads and train lines seem to tie together at the Hauptbahnhof.
The main concourse at Dusseldorf airport
THE major gateway airport into Germany from the US is Frankfurt Main. FM, like other huge airports, is crowded and often maddening.
If you can find a carrier using Dusseldorf's airport (LTU, for example), you'll enjoy a clean, efficient and much less crowded facility.
Dusseldorf is served by many domestic and international carriers. Not surprisingly, the largest number of gates belong to the German national airline, Lufthansa.
Hey Dad, I'm thinking "Upgrade"
Make a good choice when you select your rental car. On one side, you'll want to save as much fuel as is possible, especially with gasoline hovering around US$5 per gallon.
But, you don't want to go TOO small. First, there's the issue of luggage. And second, those autobahns can be a challenge without the added handicap of an underpowered and undersized chariot.
So, although you want something efficient, you want more than......as the old limerick goes....a car that only has "room for your ass and a gallon of gas". : )
Type: Car/Motor Home
Lufthansa Airbus, Frankfurt airport
Lufthansa is a world class and well-known airline. For most individuals reading this travel board, this is not news.
However, if anyone needs to hear an endorsement, let me say that you will receive top care and treatment if you choose to fly with Lufthansa. Their planes are clean and the service is efficient and copious.
Futuristic escalators at Strauss airport, Munich
Franz Josef Strauss aiport in Munich is Europe's newest major airport facility. It is an excellent gateway for arrival in or departure from Europe. The airport is located approximately 30 km NE of the Munich city center, and it has excellent connections to the German autobahn system. (ie, getting on the road safely with your rental car is a breeze.) For access to the airport via public transportation, take the S8 bahn line. A note.....the S8 is just a bit beyond the "inner zone" of Munich's subway and bahn system, so you have to pay more for a ticket. You should see the airport's juxtaposition on the city subway maps in the various stations.
Strauss airport is, in my opinion, much more user-friendly and high-tech than the more familiar Frankfurt airport.
Phone: 97 59 28 15
Main train station, Munich
Most large train stations have Imbiss and other food stands either inside or very nearby. You'll be much happier and will save money if you buy yourself a bagful of "eats" before you board your train for an extended trip. Food is available on the trains, but like in America (and probably elsewhere), it's overpriced and not particularly edible.
I love getting fresh fruit and bread, and maybe a few sausages and cheese. Toss in a magazine or newspaper and your trip will zip by.
LTU A330 Airbus Jumbo
Germany's second airline, LTU, flies to Germany (primarily to Dusseldorf, with connecting service via Lufthansa) from Orlando, Miami, Fort Myers and Los Angeles. Most of their planes are less than 5 years old, and they're clean and well-maintained. Food service is fine, and reservations service is efficient.
Prices are excellent, but to get the BEST deals, sign up for email notification of sale events.
Phone: (866) 266-5588
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