Germany has a good infrastructure and is located very central in Europe. There are many ways to travel for all budgets.
One of the most flexible ways to travel is to travel by car and in Germany this is also one of the most fun ways to travel. Some people only come to Germany to drive on the Autobahn! There is no speed limit on the German autobahn. You can easily drive 300 km/h on some parts but be careful and keep in mind that you aren’t the only person driving around!!!
At most airports you will find rental companies. In Germany most people talk English so you shouldn’t have problems with the communication.
You can easily rent a car at one location and return it somewhere else. Perfect for a road trip. You will find these companies at most airports and cities:
You can also easily drive through different countries and you don’t have to worry about any costs at the border.
Instead of renting a car you can also share a car with strangers: www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/
Traveling in Germany by
A cheap way to travel in Germany is by bus. There are some companies which connect some big cities. To get to smaller cities you have to travel to a nearby big city and then take the train or another bus.
The reason why there aren’t many bus lines in Germany is due to a law from the 1930ies. The law, which hasn’t been changed much since then, says that only if no other transportation service is covering the route (i.e. existing railway) new bus routes will be approved. And as the German railway company Deutsche Bahn connects all major cities it is difficult to enter the market with bus lines.
UPDATE: in 2013 they a new law is introduced that allows train travels in Germany. Now it’s easier to travel cheaper in Germany.
Traveling in Germany by Train
The railway network in Germany is one of the best of Europe. Every major regional city is connected by train but mostly connected by the Deutsche Bahn which has kind of a monopoly in Germany. There are some regional private companies that connect some cities.
You can find special last minute prices for long distance train connections starting at 25 €. You can only book them between 7 and 1 day before the actual journey. http://bahn.ltur.com/?omnin=DB-DE
To check the timetables of trains you can use the website of Deutsche Bahn.
Note: There will be a new company offering train connections between Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin soon which probably will be much cheaper than the prices of Deutsche Bahn.
Traveling in Germany by plane
If you want to visit the big cities and wouldn’t like to spend hours in a train, bus or car you can alternatively fly. Many airlines cover big parts of Germany and prizes are reasonable starting at 30 € one-way. You can of course also find some very cheap deals but you have to check very early.
Here are some airlines you should check for flying in Germany:
You can find some special deals on their websites and also at some coupon shopping pages like Groupon.
Tip: You can find super last minute flights 3 days before departure at ltur!