YOU CAN EDIT THIS PAGE! Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing!

Difference between revisions of "Intercity buses in Germany"

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search
 
Line 2: Line 2:
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
One of the first things that come to mind when discussing travel in Europe is the inexpensive and plentiful options to get around. From myriad of rail options including the famous EUrail pass to a host of budget airlines offering rock bottom fares, once you are in Europe, getting from one place to another is a breeze.  
+
One of the many perks of traveling in Europe is the budget friendly, easily accessible ways of traveling from point A to point B. If booked far enough in advance, the cost of travel is significantly cheaper than you would find anywhere else. From booking a flight with easyJet or reserving a seat on the Flixbus, there is an abundant amount of resources to help you travel throughout Europe.  
  
An often overlooked option is the intercity buses, many cities across the continent can reached by a quick trip on these giants of the highway.  In 2012, Germany liberated the market for long distance buses after the "Passenger Transportation Act" (PBefG) was amended. A law, which was designed to protect the national railway, had previously restricted long distance buses mostly to services from and to Berlin.
+
One increasingly popular method of transportation that many people overlook is the intercity buses. They help connect people from city to city all through a quick trip on the highway.
  
Since the law was repealed, lots of new bus services have been created and are fighting for their share of the market. This often means great deals for travelers, even though the pricing can be somewhat confusing at times.  
+
However, intercity buses didn't become popular until the "Passenger Transportation Act" (PBefG) was repealed. This act was amended in 2012, designed to protect the national railway and restricted long distance buses to only service from and to Berlin.
 +
 
 +
Luckily, many new buses are now in service and are fighting to be the next big thing in the market. This sort of competition often leads to great deals for travelers (although it can seem confusing at times). Regardless, people looking to travel far and wide can usually stumble onto an advantageous travel plan.  
  
 
[[File:Map of Germany.jpg|thumb|Map of Germany]]
 
[[File:Map of Germany.jpg|thumb|Map of Germany]]
Line 12: Line 14:
 
==Carriers==
 
==Carriers==
  
With a ton of competition springing up seemingly overnight in Germany, the market is still very volatile. The prices are very affordable mostly due to the fierce competition among the different companies and with the other modes of transport. The prices are lower than most train tickets, because of the excise tax that trains have to pay for the use of the tracks. This is opposed to the technically "free" use of the roads and highways that the bus carriers operate on.  Here are some of the more popular carriers both domestically and internationally:
+
With a ton of competition springing up at every chance, the market is still quite elusive. Due to this reason, the tickets become more affordable compared to the other modes of transportation. For example, the prices of bus tickets are lower than most train tickets due to the excise tax that trains have to pay for the use of the tracks unlike buses do. Below, you can find some of the more popular carriers both domestically and internationally:  
  
 
===Domestic===
 
===Domestic===
Line 31: Line 33:
  
 
==Tickets==
 
==Tickets==
Because of the intense competition with multiple carriers running many of the same routes, ticket prices are often volatile. Apart from the above mentioned companies official websites, you can also find prices on many comparison website such as: [http://www.busliniensuche.de busliniensuche.de] or [http://www.busticket.de busticket.de].  They can help you price out the best possible connections and routes, in addition to the lowest fares, to get you where you want to go.  
+
Like previously mentioned, the intense competition with multiple carriers running many of the same routes causes ticket prices to be elusive. Besides the mentioned official websites above, you can also find prices on many similar website such as: [http://www.busliniensuche.de busliniensuche.de] or [http://www.busticket.de busticket.de].  They can help you price out the best possible connections and routes, in addition to the lowest fares, to get you where you want to go.  
  
 
[[File:3978285866 9ef85e8b2d z.jpg|thumb|ZOB - München - Bus Hub]]
 
[[File:3978285866 9ef85e8b2d z.jpg|thumb|ZOB - München - Bus Hub]]

Latest revision as of 22:51, 12 September 2016

Intercity buses in Germany

Intercity Bus Banner.jpg

Understand[edit]

One of the many perks of traveling in Europe is the budget friendly, easily accessible ways of traveling from point A to point B. If booked far enough in advance, the cost of travel is significantly cheaper than you would find anywhere else. From booking a flight with easyJet or reserving a seat on the Flixbus, there is an abundant amount of resources to help you travel throughout Europe.

One increasingly popular method of transportation that many people overlook is the intercity buses. They help connect people from city to city all through a quick trip on the highway.

However, intercity buses didn't become popular until the "Passenger Transportation Act" (PBefG) was repealed. This act was amended in 2012, designed to protect the national railway and restricted long distance buses to only service from and to Berlin.

Luckily, many new buses are now in service and are fighting to be the next big thing in the market. This sort of competition often leads to great deals for travelers (although it can seem confusing at times). Regardless, people looking to travel far and wide can usually stumble onto an advantageous travel plan.

Map of Germany

Carriers[edit]

With a ton of competition springing up at every chance, the market is still quite elusive. Due to this reason, the tickets become more affordable compared to the other modes of transportation. For example, the prices of bus tickets are lower than most train tickets due to the excise tax that trains have to pay for the use of the tracks unlike buses do. Below, you can find some of the more popular carriers both domestically and internationally:

Domestic[edit]

  • FliXBUS Connects most towns and cities in Germany, in addition to providing international services, 2015 merged with MeinFernbus
  • MeinFernbus Those green-orange coaches which connect large cities and remote areas like Jever/Schortens/Wittmund (NW Germany), as well as holiday areas abroad (eg Merano in South Tyrol)
Berlin Linien Bus
  • BerlinLinienBus operates coach services to over 300 destinations within Germany plus several international destinations in over 10 countries. Routes include Cologne–Berlin (via Essen, Dortmund and Hannover), Berlin–Hamburg, Munich–Hamburg and Frankfurt–Berlin. The most frequent routes are those to and from Berlin.
  • Onebus.de Privately held company operating two routes across Germany
  • Postbus Only domestic routes and is run by the German Post service. Flixbus acquired the company in 2016 and the last buses will run under the Postbus name on October 31st 2016.

International[edit]

  • EuroLines / Touring Before 2013 this company already offered serious long haul connections (eg to England, Spain or Ukraine...). Now they also offer domestic bus routes.
  • DeinBus Have a national network although it offers more extensive services in southern and western Germany. Dein Bus also operate international services to Maastricht (from Cologne and Aachen) and to Prague and Pilsen (from Munich). Fares start at €5 and coaches feature free Wi-Fi.
  • Sindbad A Polish bus company serving several destinations in Germany as well as other countries in Europe.
  • Ecolines Mostly a eastern European focused provider that services international destinations.
  • Hello Provides stops in southern Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
  • Flico Operate primarily as a shuttle bus serving budget airports in Belgium and Germany and they operate from Frankfurt to Metz with stops en route at Hahn Airport and Luxembourg. From Luxembourg it is possible to transfer to coaches to destinations in Belgium, France and Portugal.

Tickets[edit]

Like previously mentioned, the intense competition with multiple carriers running many of the same routes causes ticket prices to be elusive. Besides the mentioned official websites above, you can also find prices on many similar website such as: busliniensuche.de or busticket.de. They can help you price out the best possible connections and routes, in addition to the lowest fares, to get you where you want to go.

ZOB - München - Bus Hub