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Public Transport: This is where bus and train travel is the most expensive in Germany

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TICKET PRICES IN GERMANY: Public transport costs sometimes differ 100 percent from one region to another

Prices explode at the petrol pump – but is switching to public transport really an inexpensive alternative?

The ADAC has done the big Germany ticket price check for buses and trains. The result: In some cases, the prices in the big cities differ by up to 100 percent!

Find out below where you can travel the cheapest and where you have to scroll down a lot for your ticket.

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Public transport tickets 2021

▶ The biggest price differences between the cities are for the weekly tickets. In Munich, adults travel for 17.80 euros, in Berlin for 36 euros. Frankfurt is in the middle with 26.80 euros.

▶ The monthly pass is cheapest in Munich at 57 euros. You have to spend almost twice as much for a monthly ticket in Hamburg (112.80 euros). And consumers in Cologne and Bonn also have to dig deep into their pockets for the tariff. There the monthly ticket costs 105.50 euros.

▶  A day pass is the most expensive in Berlin, Bonn and Cologne at 8.80 euros. In Frankfurt aM, on the other hand, customers only pay 5.35 euros.

Short-haul tickets cost 1.50 euros in Frankfurt – they are only so cheap in Stuttgart and Bremen. In Berlin, Leipzig, Bonn and Cologne, however, you pay 2 euros, according to the automobile club.

▶ In Leipzig children only pay 1.20 euros for a single journey. In Hamburg and Berlin, their transport costs 1.90 euros.

▶ There are also big price differences for single tickets. While customers in Munich pay 3.40 euros for the journey, the ticket in Hamburg costs only 2.40 euros.

Public transport differences

Large price differences for local public transport in major German cities: A current ADAC study shows that ticket prices sometimes differ by more than 100 percent. And that although the services are mostly equivalent.

  • No uniform pricing in local public transport
  • Biggest price differences for weekly tickets
  • More flex tariffs due to changed working models
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Bicycles can also be taken along free of charge in Hamburg. In the Rhein-Ruhr transport association, which includes Düsseldorf, Essen and Dortmund, however, passengers have to shell out a hefty 3.60 euros.

Overall, the ADAC comes to the conclusion that the cities are “still miles away from uniform public transport ticket prices”. The automobile club therefore demands: “For the consumer and the attractiveness of local public transport as a whole, a standardization of prices at the lowest possible level would be desirable.”

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Public transport tariffs by city (prices in euros)

Short trip (Adult)Single trip (Adults)Single trip (Children)Daily ticket (Adults)Weekly ticket (Adults)Monthly ticket (Adult)Bicycle ticket
Berlin2.003.001.908.8036.0086.002.10
Bielefeld1.702.901.607.5023.5082.601.50
Bochum1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Bonn2.003.001.608.8028.20105.503.00
Bremen1.502.851.458.0023.8067.802.00
Dortmund1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Dresden*2.501.706.5021.9063.602.00
Duisburg1.702.801.707.2028.1575.603.60
Düsseldorf1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Essen1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Frankfurt/Main1.502.751.555.3526.8093.100.00
Hamburg1.802.401.308.1026.80112.800.00
Hannover1.603.001.306.0069.500.00
Karlsruhe2.801.605.6068.002.80
Köln2.003.001.608.8028.20105.503.00
leipzig2.003.001.208.0028.3082.102.00
Mannheim2.701.907.0025.5076.801.90
Munich1.703.401.607.9057.003.00
Nuremberg1.703.201.608.3026.7080.101.60
Stuttgart1.502.701.305.4023.9070.601.30
Wuppertal1.702.901.707.2029.5079.203.60
Max2.003.401.908.8036.00112.803.60
Min1.502.401.205.3517.8057.000.00
Difference0.501.000.703.4518.2055.803.60
Average1.732.881.597.3027.1580.602.28

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