9.13 Travel

The next few sections will give you a number of ideas for opportunities to travel, both within Germany and from Germany to other countries. It is advisable to compare several offers before deciding. Normally, the earlier you book, the more reasonable the prices will be. The most inexpensive accommodation offered in Germany is provided by youth hostels (DJH) and backpacker hostels.

CouchSurfing is a world-wide hospitality exchange network and website. After free registration, members have the option of finding and offering sleeping accommodation.

All kinds of information on anything to do with railway travel in Germany and abroad including special offers are provided by the Deutsche Bahn.

Air travel
There are many airlines offering reduced rate flights to cover larger distances from Berlin. Since there is frequently only a limited contingent of seats sold at cheap rates, it is advisable to book as early as possible.

When comparing prices, it is important to check carefully whether an airline applies additional taxes and airport landing fees.

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Long-distance bus services
For travelling longer distances on the ground, there is, of course, the opportunity to go to many cities in Germany and Europe on long-distance buses at reasonable prices.

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The website GoEuro offers a comparison between bus, trains and flight prices for travelling through Germany and Europe.

Car sharing centres
An inexpensive alternative to travelling by bus, train or plane is offered by the car sharing centres (Mitfahrzentralen) of which many operate in Berlin. The idea is to ride as a passenger in a car with someone else. From Berlin to other cities in Germany, there is always a good chance to find a ride at short notice. The actual price of the journey should be agreed upon with the driver of the car before setting out. Sharing the cost of gasoline/petrol is usually a condition for sharing a car journey.

Databases that offer nation-wide car-sharing (Mitfahrgelegenheiten) can be found online at: