Public transport in German cities

Updated on
May 29, 2023

In Germany urban public transport systems are modern and extensive. With buses being the most common form of public transportation, the most cities have some form of urban transport such as trams.

Forms of public transport

There are a few forms of urban public transport in Germany. They tend to serve different purposes and destinations.For example the very quick transit railway (S-Bahn) is a network of daily traveling trains that connects the suburbs with the city centre. Which you encounter in more than 15 German cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart.Interurban transports serve as a relatively fast, the city railway (Stadtbahn) and the metro (U-Bahn). The city railway is a combination of tram and metro networks. Those are present in 17 cities in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart). Metro networks are operated in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and Nuremberg.

In Germany the tram (Straßenbahn) is the most common interurban transport system, but isn’t always the fastest. But the tram networks tend to cover the most important areas and they are present in many cities.Bus networks can be found in almost any city.


In Germany public transport fares can be expensive. For example in Berlin depending on the tariff zones you travel in, a one-way ticket (valid for two hours) can cost between €2.60 and €3.20. A one-day ticket is €6.70. On the other hand you can use the tickets for all forms of public transport, the S-Bahn, the U-Bahn and the buses. We composite the five cities with metro service, to give you an impression of ticket fares. And the respective fares for single and one-day public transport tickets:

CitySingle ticketOne-day ticket






Further information

For more detailed information about How to use public transit in Berlin check here. Normally most German public transport providers in each major city have home pages in English as well.

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