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    In Germany, there are many ways to get from point A to point B.


    The majority of the German population uses their own car to drive to work or go shopping.

    Tram and Bus

    Especially in cities with high traffic volumes, bikes and public transportation (“ÖPNV”), i.e. buses, trams, and trains, offer popular alternatives to the car.The reasons for this are numerous and include traffic jams, high gas prices, parking fees, and also a desire to protect the environment. The Heilbronn-Franken region is serviced by two companies. The VerkehrsGesellschaft Main-Tauber mbH (VGMT) is responsible for the Main-Tauber district. The districts Hohenlohe, Schwäbisch Hall and Heilbronn are serviced by the Heilbronner, Hohenloher, Haller Nahverkehr (HNV). The entire line network and all schedules and connections are available online. There, you can also create your own individual timetable for getting from A to B. You can purchase tickets at bus or tram stops, inside the bus, tram, or train, and at service points. In some cases you must validate your ticket once inside your chosen form of transportation. In other cases you already have to validate your ticket at the station before you enter the means of transportation. If you plan to use public transportation more often, it’s advisable to purchase a multi-trip, monthly, or annual ticket to save money. Never use public transportation without a ticket! Tickets are regularly checked and you have to pay a fee if you’re found without a valid ticket.


    Regardless of the age and the weather many Germans use the bicycle as a means of transportation. Often times separate bicycle-lanes are provided on the roads due to the fact that it is not allowed to ride on the sidewalks. Adults can wear a helmet on a voluntary basis whereas the usage of bike lights and a bike bell is obligatory. Always lock your bike in order to avoid theft.


    In contrast to many other countries, it is not uncommon in Germany to walk to get to where you need to go, whether going to work, going shopping, or just going for a stroll. There are sidewalks and pedestrian traffic lights almost everywhere, as well as pedestrian bridges for crossing busy roads.


    It is not common practice to wave down a taxi from the side of the road; however, taxi stands are everywhere or you can order one by phone. Taxi prices consist of a base fee and a set price per kilometer.


    The Heilbronn-Franken region is very well connected to the Deutsche Bahn (“DB”) network, which takes you anywhere in Germany and also to many other European countries. For more information, please visit www.bahn.de or one of the travel centers located in the larger train stations. Intercity Buses and Ride Share Opportunities. Intercity buses are a cheap alternative to the train. You will usually pay less money for a bus ticket than for a train ticket, but you must also prepare yourself for less comfort, e.g. having to switch buses numerous times. You can also consider looking for a ride share opportunity (“Mitfahrgelegenheit”), which consists of individuals agreeing to give you a ride in their private car to a mutually agreed upon destination for a small fee.

    Source: Welcome Center Neckar-Alb

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