"VRR - Getting Around in the Rhine-Ruhr Area" Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Transportation Tip by Weissdorn
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The local Public Transit Authority is called the VRR in Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, and quite a few other large cities (but not Cologne). VRR stands for Verkehrsbund-Rhein-Ruhr or the Rhine-Ruhr Transit Authority. Basically it covers the following areas: Most westward point Mönchen-Gladbach; most eastward point Unna (near Dortmund), most southern point Solingen; most northern point Dorsten (near Bochum).
Click here, if you would like to see an exact map of the region.
The big advantage of the conglomerated transit authority, is that you can change from buses to trams to regional trains as much as you have to, to get to your destination, without having to buy extra tickets. Unfortunately this is not a region that specializes in computerised ticket vending machines in English. You ticket is not valid when you receive it, and will only be valid, when you punch it in the orange box of the bus, tram or train you get on.
4 Pack Ticket - If you want to take 4 individual rides, you can get a little discount if you buy 4 unpunched tickets from the vending machine - depnding on the zones you want to travel through, you can save a little.
7 Day Ticket (7 Tageskarte) - the price also varies depending on the zones travelled.
Children Discounts - Children under 14 years of age pay half-price.
Have A Nice Day Ticket (Schöner Tag-Ticket NRW) - Valid for the whole day, for the whole area for you and up to 4 friends or relatives for 25 Euro. Valid state-wide, and with unlimited use - the disadvantage is, that you all have to stick together.
NRW-Ticket - for 25 Euro, you and up to 4 of your friends or relatives can have unlimited use the whole network from Mon-Fri, between 9 - 3 a.m. The ticket is not only valid for the VRR network but is valid state-wide.
Phone: (01803) 504034 0.09 €/min.
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