Transit alliances were invented in the 1960s in Hamburg and have since spread all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Today, these independent public transport authorities organise harmonised and integrated service that not only covers single cities but entire regions. Read more in the “Guide to integrated public transport” by VDV (Association of German transport operators):



Find everything you need to know about travelling by public transport, rail, bike and car through the Rhine-Main region, and how to easily combine the different modes:


Discover Berlin by sustainable transport with the Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Germany:

Click here for the guide


The Association of Public Transport Operators (VDV) has developed a unified “e-ticket Deutschland” and aims to spread the standard further throughout Germany. For information visit:

VDV eTicket Service (

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • Public transport in Germany replaces 20 million car trips every day
  • More than 400,000 people work in Germany’s public transport sector
  • Visitors of cultural events and air and rail passengers can use public transport for free or at a reduced rate thanks to co-operation between ticketing agencies
  • A single trip by public transport costs € 2.60 in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich and 3.00 € in Hamburg

The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) represents the interests of railway technology manufacturers and their suppliers in Germany—altogether more than 170 companies. Further information here:

Verband der Bahnindustrie

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