Traveling in Germany

Traveling in Germany

On the road in and around Schönaich
There are multiple ways of getting to know the region and the country. Particularly important is the so-called "Öffentliche Personennahverkehr" (ÖPNV), which stands for public transport. Schönaich is located in the network of the Verkehrsverbund und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS), which covers Stuttgart and the four neighbouring country circles of Böblingen, Esslingen, Ludwigsburg and Rems-Murr-Kreis. The public transport system is well-developed with busses, trams and trains and allows you to e.g. quickly take a bus from Schönaich to Stuttgart or Böblingen.

Local public transport is also a relatively inexpensive travel-option: A one-way ticket from Schönaich to Böblingen costs e.g. EUR 2,80, to Stuttgart you have to pay EUR 6,30. In order to get the best price, there is also an online ticket consultation tool, that offers the possibility of comparing different tariffs.
Travelling in Germany

There is also a very well-developed transport network in Germany for longer routes. When traveling, please remember, that your residence permit is limited to a certain area - you could otherwise get problems with the so-called "Residenzpflicht". More information on the asylum process and residency can be found here.
Die Deutsche Bahn 

An easy uncomplicated option to travel throughout Germany is train: "Die Deutsche Bahn". Unfortunately, this sometimes can be a bit expensive. The best option here is to get advice on the best offers or to search for a cheap offer. 
Timetable and information Deutsche Bahn
Long distance busses

Another good alternative are long distance busses. There are various providers that offer the possibility of traveling long distances to very affordable prices.  A large and inexpensive provider is "Flixbus"

Carpooling - carsharing

Another relatively affordable traveling alternative could be carpooling/carsharing. "Mitfahrgelegenheiten" give you the possibility ofdriving with someone else, and sharing the costs e.g.for fuel. That means that anyone with a car can offer to take someone else at a certain price. There are various online-portals offering rides, e.g. :

Further information and explanations

In the following you will find two helpful Youtube videos. Henry, a Bavarian journalist gives an explanation on how to buy a ticket for a train or bus and also how to get a relatively cheap tariff.

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