Germany by Bus, Coach and Taxi

Getting around Germany on public road transport...

Germany's main method of transport is by road. This is largely due to the vast numbers of heavy goods vehicles that travel in to and out of the country every day. It has one of the most dense systems in the world with approximately 650,000 Km of roads.

  • Autobahn - The first freeway system in the world. It is the third longest globally, after the USA and China, and stretches 12,000 Km across the country. The routes are denoted by a capital A followed by either a single number for the main routes, or two or three digits for shorter regional routes
  • Bundesstrassen - National road system denoted by the letter B followed by a black number on a yellow background. Odd numbers are usually applied to east-west running roads and even numbers to roads travelling north-south
  • Landestrasse / Staatsstrasse - Country and state roads prefixed by L, S or ST

Bus and coach

Towns and villages all over Germany are served by scheduled local bus services. Larger regional bus services exist, but are far less popular than car or rail travel across the country. One such company that operates national and international coach travel is Touring Eurolines.

Bus (and tram) stops across the country are recognisable by a green ring containing a green H on a yellow background.

Taxi

Taxis in Germany can be found at major travel terminals as well as major business points. There is a standard charge for taking a taxi and an additional charge per kilometre travelled. Waiting in traffic can incur additional charges per minute. In addition there is often a small charge for luggage. For trips over 50 Km, a fare should be agreed in advance.

If there are no taxis at a rank, it is possible to hire one using a taxi phone or the city's taxi hotline.

The standard colour of German taxis is light ivory/beige and they are often Mercedes.