Essen Standtbahn

Essen Standtbahn es la red de tren ligero que funciona en Essen, Gelsenkirchen y Mülheim an der Ruhr ciudades del estado federado de Renania del Norte-Westfalia en Alemania. El sistema está integrado en la red Stadtbahn del Rhin-Ruhr y es conocido localmente como U-Bahn.

At present, Essen Stadtbahn is operated through 3 lines, namely, U11, U17 and U18. Together they cover 45 stations. The track length is nearly 20 km. Essener Verkehrs-AG (EVAG), a public undertaking under Essen city authority, operates the lines in collaboration with transport companies of the other two cities.

Historical Background

After the World War II, planning started to construct an underground tramway as a solution to the road traffic congestion. It was later supposed to be upgraded to a U-Bahn system. The construction started in the early 1960s and the first section, an 8 km long track between the Essen inner city and Mülheim-Heißen was opened for revenue service on 28 May 1977. Further stations and lines were added subsequently and the system achieved its current length in September 2011.

Construction of the Essen Standtbahn was vital to facilitate connectivity within the Rhein-Ruhr region. As the system started operation,

  • Northern suburbs of Essen got easily connected to Gelsenkirchen.
  • Altenessen was directly connected to Mülheim and the Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum.
  • Students got a convenient connection between Essen Hauptbahnhof and the University of Essen.

Hours of Operation

On weekdays, U-Bahn runs from 4:30 AM till 11 PM. On Saturdays, the system operates from 7 in the morning and on Sundays and holidays, from 8 in the morning. On weekdays, the headway is 10 minutes and on weekends and holidays 15 minutes.

Get the timetables for each line here.

Lines and Stations

The system is partly underground, partly elevated. 9.8 km of the total track lies at the underground level. This section runs under the city center area. The section between Berliner Platz and Essen Hauptbahnhof is covered by all three lines. Between Karl Platz and Berliner Platz, only U11 and U17 are operational. The areas between Bismarkplatz and Essen Hauptbahnhof are served by both U17 and U18. The rest of the sections have only one line.

U18 runs completely segregated from other lines and offers no transfer possibilities to any other mode of public transport. For the other two lines, only the elevated tram lines allow interchange. Passengers can transfer to other U-Bahn, tram, bus and railway lines.

The lines are numbered such a way that they indicate the type of transport (U-Bahn), the number of the area served (1 for Essen and Mülheim) and the number of the tram line (1, 7 and 8 respectively).


This line serves as an important mode of transport between Gurga Park, Messe and Altenessen. There are total 23 stations along this line including: Messe, Rüttenscheid , Essen Hauptbahnhof , Altenessen, E-Karnap, GE-Buerer Strasse.


The line connects Margarethenhoehe in the south of Essen to Karlsplatz in Altenessen. It is a relatively shorter line and connects only 17 stations. Main stations along the line are: Margarethenhöh, Holsterhausen, Essen Hauptbahnho, Berliner Platz, Karlsplatz


It runs from Essen to Mulheim an der Ruhr. It is more of a rapid transit line with mostly above ground sections. Mülheim Hauptbahnhof is the most important station on this line offering transfer to Duisburg tram lines. Giving easy access to many of popular shopping areas of the region, the line got its nickname Shopping Line. It also runs through 17 stations including: Mülheim Hauptbahnhof, Ruhr-Zentrum , MH-Rhein, Essen Hauptbahnhof, Berliner Platz


There are plans to expand the system further.

  • U17 may be extended after Margarethenhoehe another three new stations.
  • U11 may also be extended in the southern direction.
  • In place of high-floor trams, low-floor trams will be introduced.
  • Essen Stadtbahn, in near future, is going to connect to Düsseldorf International Airport.

Fare and Ticket

The fare of the system is calculated similarly to any other Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr transport system. There are fare slabs that vary with the distance traveled. For traveling up to 3 stations, passengers can use short distance tickets for 1.60 Euro each. For the entire city, there is the class A ticket, which costs 2.60 Euro. With class D ticket, a passenger can travel to any area within the VRR region. Children aged between 6 to 14 years pay the same fare, irrespective of the distance traveled.

VRR offers varied ticketing options including single journey tickets, day tickets, semester tickets, 7-day tickets etc. Tickets can be purchased either online or from ticket vending machines located at the stations. Remember, Stadtbahn drivers sell no tickets.


View details of Essen Stadtbahn’s fare calculation and ticket options here.

Facilities and Services

EVAG makes available some facilities and services in order to ensure better riding experience for the passengers.

  • The system is fully accessible. Even the high platforms are disabled-friendly.
  • Announcements are in German and English.
  • Ticket vending machines have instructions in English also.
  • All the stations and the trains have large displays of the system map.
  • For strollers, wheelchairs and bikes, the Standtbahn cars have reserved places.


To let the system function smoothly, the authority has set certain rules. These rules also apply to other EVAG transport systems.

  • A day ticket is valid from the time of purchase till 3 AM on the next day.
  • To buy tickets using your mobile, you have to register yourself in the EVAG database.
  • Smoking is generally prohibited on platforms and on the U-Bahn. To smoke while in the platform, you must go to the designated areas.


Here are few tips for an enjoyable journey through Essen Stadtbahn.

  • Rather buying single journey tickets multiple times, buy booklets of 4 single-journey tickets or 10 single journey tickets. You’ll be able to save on the fare price.
  • Before commencing your journey, it is better to check once the EVAG website for updates on any route change or cancellation.
  • If you are a tourist, interested to explore city’s attractions, buy an Essen Welcome card. You would be able to ride U-Bahn for free.

Connection to the airport

The nearest airport to Essen is Düsseldorf International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Dusseldorf,Germany and is 34 km from the center of Essen.
Another airport is Dortmund Airport which has international and domestic flights from Dortmund and is 50 km from Essen.

Munich Metro

In the city of Munich, the transit system comprises the Munich U-Bahn, an underground electric rail rapid transit network, and the Munich S-Bahn a commuter train system that forms a dense urban transport network that make it easier the movement of the Bavarian capital.

U-Bahn is the contraction for Untergrundbahn (underground train) in german and S-Bahn for Stadtschnellbahn (urban rapid rail).

The U-Bahn has 6 lines and over 98 stations. Complementing U-Bahn network there are suburban train lines (S-Bahn), trams and buses. U-Bahn has more than 330 million passengers per year. Today, the S-Bahn covers most of the populated area of Munich, a population of about 2.7 million people.
The two systems are very integrated and use a common ticketing scheme. To find out if a train belongs to UBahn or SBahn you just have to check out its color: U-Bahn trains are blue and white and S-Bahn trains are red and white.

Munich U-Bahn. General info

  • Known as: U-Bahn
  • System length: 64 miles
  • Nº of lines: 6
  • Nº of stations: 100
  • Top Speed: usually speed below 50 m/h
  • Official Site:,
  • Operator: It is operated by the municipally owned Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (the Munich Transport Company) or MVG. The network is integrated into the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (the Munich Transport and Tariff Association).
  • Average Ridership: 330 per year, over 962,000 per day.
  • Air conditioning: no.
  • Start of operation: It opened on October 19, 1971 with a 7 miles route between Kieferngarten station and Goetheplatz station.

Karte der U-Bahn München

Munich U-Bahn Lines and stations

  • U1 – from Olympia-Einkaufszentrum station to Mangfallplatz station (15 stations in between)
  • U2 -from Feldmoching station to Messestadt Ost station (27 stations)
  • U3 -from Olympia-Einkaufszentrum station to Fürstenried West station (25 stations)
  • U4 – from Westendstraße station to Arabellapark station (13 stations)
  • U5 – from Laimer Platz station to Neuperlach Süd station (13 stations)
  • U6 – from Garching-Forschungszentrum station to Klinikum Großhadern station (26 stations)

Hauptbahnhof is the most important station of long distance of U-Bahn and S-Bahn. The lines U1, U2, U4 y U5 pass through it. Another important connecting station is the Odeonsplatz station (lines U3, U4, U5, U6).

Munich S-Bahn Lines and Stations

  • S1 LINE – Freising / Munich Airport – Flughafen München Besucherpark / Neufahrn – Oberschleißheim – M.-Feldmoching – M.-Moosach – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf.
  • S2 LINE– Petershausen – Dachau(*) – M.-Allach – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf.(*) – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – Markt Schwaben – Erding
  • S3 LINE – Mammendorf – Maisach(*) – Gröbenzell – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Giesing – Deisenhofen(*) – Holzkirchen
  • S4 LINE – Geltendorf – Grafrath – Buchenau – Fürstenfeldbruck – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – M.-Trudering – Zorneding(*) – Grafing(+) – Ebersberg
  • S6 LINE– Tutzing – Starnberg – M.-Westkreuz – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – M.-Berg am Laim – M.-Trudering – Zorneding)
  • S7 LINE– Wolfratshausen – Höllriegelskreuth – M.-Solln – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Harras – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Giesing – Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn – Aying – Kreuzstraße
  • S8 LINE– Herrsching – Weßling(+) – Germering-Unterpfaffenhofen(*) – M.-Westkreuz – M.-Pasing – M.-Laim – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M-Hbf. – M.-Karlsplatz (Stachus) – M.-Marienplatz – M.-Ostbf. – M.-Leuchtenbergring – Ismaning – Flughafen München Besucherpark – Munich Airport
  • S20 LINE– M.-Pasing – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Solln – Deisenhofen
  • S27 LINE– Hauptbahnhof – M.-Donnersbergerbrücke – M.-Heimeranplatz – M.-Harras – M.-Siemenswerke – M.-Solln – Deisenhofen
    S-BAHN A LINE – Altomünster – Dachau

Munich U-BAHN schedule and frequency:

Start to run at 4:15am and finish to 1:30am, it pass every 5 minutes in rush hours and avery 10 minutes in the rest of the day. After 00:00am it passes every 20 minutes, and the weekend is every half hour.

Munich S-BAHN schedule and frequency:

Is every 20 minutes. On parts of some branches during peak hours there is a 10 minute frequency produced by added trains. A special case is the line to Erding, where on weekdays a mix of express trains from Erding and normal S-Bahn trains from Markt Schwaben runs in the morning peaks, producing a 10 minute frequency west of Munich East station.

How to use U-BAHN and S-BAHN in Munich

Tickets can be purchased from a vending machine in any U-Bahn or S-Bahn station.
There are 4 types of tickets:

  • Einzelfahrkarten (single-journey point-to-point tickets) are the most expensive. With Einzelfahrkarten You can use 4 different types of transportation ( S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and tram or bus) if you wish.
  • Single-Tageskarten and Partner-Tageskarten, or single and partner day tickets, allow unlimited transportation from the time you buy it until 6 am the next day. There are individual tickets and tickets for groups of up to 5 people.
  • CityTour Card one-day or three-day versions, for either the proper city or the entire Munich area. In addition to unlimited public transportation, it entitles you to discounts at many museums and other attractions.

You can pay for tickets with credit card at the MVG ticket machines located in U-Bahn (underground) stations or in MVG customer service centres or at the ticket machines located at Munich Airport.

You can validate your ticket or City Tour Card in the blue time-stamping machines near the station entrance or you can be fined otherwise. There are no turnstile. Just you will need to show your ticket to inspectors in the trains.

One thing to be aware is that in a few central locations, such as the Hauptbahnhof, there are two platforms: right-hand doors are for leaving, and left hand doors are for people boarding.

Munich Metro Rates:

  • Day Ticket: 2.60 €
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  • Single Ticket: 1.30 €, 1,25 € for children aged 6-14.
  • Single Day Ticket: 5.80 € (one day), 14.30 € (3 days) and is for a person from the age of 15 and up. It can be used within the selected area of validity for as many trips as you like on one day.
  • Partner Day Ticket: 10.60 € (one day), 24.60 € (3 days) and can be used by the group within the selected area of validity for as many trips as you like on one day.
  • The Children’s Day Ticket: 2.80 € (one day) and is valid for one child between the ages of 6 and 14 years. You can make as many trips as you like within the entire network. 
  • The CityTourCard is available as a Single or Partner Ticket for a group of up to 5 adults, whereby any two children between 6 and 14 years of age count as one adult.
  • Single Ticket: 9.90 € (1 day Inner District), 20.90 € (3 days Inner District) and 32.90 €( 3 days Entire Network)
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  • Partnet: 17.90 € (1 day Inner District), 30.90 € (3 days Inner District), 53.90 € ( 3 days Entire Network).

From Munich to the Airport

Munich Airport can be reached on the S8 line via Ostbahnhof and Ismaning, S1 branch with transfer to U2 at Feldmoching.
The S-Bahn trains run between the city’s two central railroad stations (the Hauptbahnhof and the Ostbahnhof) and provide frequent transportation between the city and Munich International Airport. The Airport-City Day Ticket is available as a single ticket or as a partner ticket for up to 5 people.

Curious Facts about Munich Ubahn

Munich Bahn system is the third metropolitan transport system by extension in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg systems.
The main reason of its construction was to provide the city with modern infrastructures for the 1972 Olympic Games.

Cologne Stadtbahn

Cologne is one of the largest city in Germany.
Cologne metro is not a common metro system but a light rail and rapid transit system network with
some sections running underground in the city center (it’s an underground tram system) classified as a Stadtbahn.

This is a system that includes many elements such as trams, metros, trains between cities (Cologne-Bonn)…
As a part of the public transport system, Cologne also has a public network of Buses.
It not only covers Cologne City but some other sourronding cities.

Cologne Stadtbahn is connected to Bonn Stadtbahn (lines 16 -18 ). This whole system integrating Colonge and Bonn Stadtbahn
is known as Stadtbahn Rhein-Sieg.

  • Known as: Stadtbahn
  • Lines: 11
  • Stations: 216
  • Passengers/day: more than 550K
  • Website
  • Opening: October 11, 1968
  • Operator: Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe
  • Length: 194.8kms

Cologne Stadtbahn Lines and Stations

Cologne Stadtbahn has 194,8 kms of tracks, 11 lines and 216 stations. It’s use by more than 500.000 people everyday. Trains circulate
at aprox 25km/h.

  • Line 1: It’s 24.9 km long. Goes from Weiden West to Bensberg through Junkersdorf, Neumarkt, Bf Deutz, Kalk Post, Kalk Kapelle, Brück, Refrath.
  • Line 3: 20.1 km of tracks. Goes from Mengenich to Thielenbruch through Bocklemünd, Bickendorf, Bf Ehrenfeld, Bf West, Neumarkt, Bf Deutz, Buchheim, Holweide.
  • Line 4: Length of the line is 21.5 km. Goes from Bocklemünd to Schlebusch through Bickendorf, Bf Ehrenfeld, Bf West, Neumarkt, Bf Deutz, Mülheim, Wiener Platz, Dünnwald.
  • Line 5: It’s 10.3 km long. Goes from Sparkasse Am Butzweilerhof to Heumarkt through Ossendorf, Neuehrenfeld, Bf West, Dom/Hbf, Rathaus.
  • Line 7: 25.5 kms of tracks. Goes from Frechen to Zündorf through Marsdorf, Braunsfeld, Neumarkt, Poll, Porz.
  • Line 9: Its length is 5.4 kms. Stations: Sülz, Universität, Bf Süd, Neumarkt, Bf Deutz, Kalk Post, Kalk Kapelle, Ostheim, Königsforst.
  • Line 12: It’s 16,5 kms long. Stations: Merkenich, Niehl, Ebertplatz, Hansaring, Ringe, Zollstock.
  • Line 13: 15.4 kms of tracks. Stations: Sülzgürtel, Aachener Str., Bf Ehrenfeld, Gürtel, Bf Mülheim, Buchheim, Holweide.
  • Line 15: 15.2 km long. Stations: Chorweiler, Longerich, Ebertplatz, Hansaring, Ringe, Ubierring.
  • Line 16: Total length: 44.4 kms. Stations: Niehl, Sebastianstraße, Dom/Hbf, Neumarkt, Ubierring, Sürth, Wesseling, Bonn Hbf, Bonn-Bad-Godesberg.
  • Line 18: 46.2 kms long. Stations: Thielenbruch, Buchheim, Bf Mülheim, Dom/Hbf, Neumarkt, Klettenberg, Brühl, Bonn Hbf.

Lines 16 and 18 are shared with Bonn Stadtbahn.

Schedule and Frecuency

This is 24×7 system. All lines are open 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.

From monday to friday, trains came every 5-10 minutes during 06:00 to 20:00 h. After 01:00 there is almost no service.
At 04.30 activity restarts again and there is a train every 15 minutes.
Saturday and sundays there is a night service with a train every hour. Because of some lines has overlapping stations
the services could be more frequent.

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Fares and Tickets

Cologne’s Stadtbah, as almost any other transport system, has its own tarif zones.
All the information can be found at FahrgastCenter of the KVB.

  • Single ticket

    • EinzelTicket (single ticket): 1 to 2 tarif zones, costs €2, and you can carry with you a child under 12 years, free.
      Children up to 3 years old always have a free ticket. Older than this age, must pay €1. Excluding above case.

    • Kurzstrecke (short distance ticket): €1.20.
  • Stripes ticket

    • StreifenTicket (8 short trips): €6,80
  • 24-hour ticket

    • 24 StundenTicket: €5.30 tarif zones in the city area. Travel as much as you need during an entire day. The ticket is non transferable
  • 3-day ticket

    • 3 Tage Ticket: €13.50 tarif zones in the city area during 3 days. Be careful as the tickets expires at 03:00. The ticket is non transferable
  • Mini-group ticket

    • 5 people (no matter the age), could travel a whole day in any bus or train for €7.50 around the city area

Connection to the Airports

Cologne/Bonn airport (CGN) is about 15 min by S-Bahn to Cologne downtown. It’s 1 zone (1b) and the prize of the ticket is €2.70.
This single ticket (Einzelfahrten) are sold by ATM machines and cand also be used in trams.

Bönn Statdbahn

Known as the Bönn Stadtbahn, the public transport network of the city of Bonn is an extension of the vast network of Cologne Stadtbahn,
with two lines, 16 and 18, that link both cities. This network serves Bönn and the surrounding area and consists of a system of integrated Metro (rapid transit subway – Stadtbahn)
complemented by: S-Bahn tram, U-Bahn subway and regional trains (DB).
The Bönn Stadtbahn, consists of six lines, four of which operate regularly and two, only at rush hour. The network of U-Bahn (underground) has got
12 stations and a single line. It opened on March 22, 1975 with the route between the stations Hauptbahnhof , Heussallee Stadtwerke and the
Bonner Stadwerke opera, with a total length of 9 km.

Total Stadtbahn line is 125 kilometers (of which 30 kms are of use tram) and 64 stations.

Bönn Metro Lines

Including the entire public transport system (metro, trains, trams and buses) the Stadbahn Cologne-Bönn, moves eighty million passengers a year.

Metro stations are marked with a large blue "U" and buses and trams with an "H" (Haltestelle).

Currently there are six lines in operation, although two of them just do it partially, as reinforcement.

  • Lines 16 and 18: link the cities of Bönn and Cologne. The 16 runs from Cologne to Bad Godesberg, and line 18 from Cologne to Bönn Hauptbahnhof.
  • Line 63: runs from Tannenbusch to Bad Godesberg
  • Line 66: runs from Siegburg to Bad Honnef, is known as "Telekom Express".
  • Line 67: only works on weekdays and in the morning, during school hours, runs from Siegburg to Bad Godesber.
  • Line 68: has a limited service, during the week days runs from Bornheim to Ramersdorf, but on weekends line ends at Bonn Hauptbahnhof.

Most Important Stations

Its most important station is Hauptbahnhof station, which is the main railway station, subway, train, bus and tram.

Metro Opening Hours:

The subway schedule is 4:30 a.m. to 02:00 a.m.


Every 10 minutes during the day and 20 to 30 minutes very early in the morning and evening.

Fares and Tickets

The Bönn Stadtbahn is integrated into the tariff system VRS (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg), which also includes the city of Cologne. Prices for the city of Bönn are fare 1b. To buy a ticket all you need to know is whether we will move only within the city or neighboring cities. The price level 1b is for travel within the city of Bonn and Cologne.The fine for traveling without a ticket or unvalidated ticket is 30€

Here are some rates:

Single Ticket

  • Adult (zone 1b): 2.60€
  • Children (6-14 years old) 1.50€

Tickets can be used only for a certain period of time after validation, which in the case of a single ticket is automatic at the time of purchase.
This period depends on the tariff area acquired, and during it, you can interrupt the trip and if necessary change of transportation always flowing in the same direction. For the zone 1b it is 90 minutes.

Bonn Strassenbahn Netzplan

4 Single Tickets

  • Adults (zone 1b): 9.40€
  • Children (6-14 years old): 5.70€
  • It can be used for 4 trips within the respective tariff area, and it’s available both adults and children.

    1 Day card

    Allows to use unlimited metro for a day in the tariff area, valid until 03.00 am on the day after purchase. It costs 7.50€

    1 Day card for 5 people

    Valid for a small group of up to five people. They can travel unlimited from 00:09 am until 03:00 am the day after in the ticket fare zone, whether they are children or adults.
    Children under age 5 are free, even if the group is over 5 people. It costs 11.10€

    The Welcome Card allows unlimited use of public transport in Bönn and Cologne, as well as access to more than 40 attractions and 20 museums in the region, and discounts on other attractions. There are modalities for 1 and 3 days for the price of 12.30€ and 23.50€ respectively. For groups of two adults and up to four children at a price of 16.40€ for one day.

    More info at:


    Bonn has no airport , you have to scroll to Cologne. The Konrad Adenauer Flughafen Airport is shared for Cologne and Bönn, and is located 25 km north of the city.

    It is connected to the main railway station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Bonn – ZOB, Maximilianstraße, opposite Hauptbahnhof) by bus line SB 60 Airport Express, which runs every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes on weekends. The journey takes about 30 minutes and the ticket price is 6.60€.

    Hamburg Metro

    The Hamburg’s metro is known as the Hamburg U-Bahn, and it is just one part of the dense public transport system in the city, comprising: Metro (subway metro, U-Bahn) with 4 lines, 91 stations and 105 km of tracks (in 2012), Suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. Just for the U-Bahn, are traveling more than 205 million passengers each year. The Hamburg U-Bahn serve also the cities of Norderstedt and Ahrensburg.

    It was inaugurated on 1912 and it is owned and operated by the "Hamburger Hochbahn AG" except the section Garstedt – Norderstedt Mitte, which is owned by the Verkehrsgesellschaft Norderstedt (VGN) but also operated by the Hamburger Hochbahn AG.

    Hamburg Metro Lines

    Currently there are 4 lines operating, with 91 stations and 105 kilometers of tracks.

    • Line
      U1 – Blue Line, circulates from Norderstedt Mitte station to Ohlstedt station with a branch to Großhansdorf station. It was inaugurated in 1914 and has a length of 55.8 km and 46 stations
    • Line U2 Red Line circulates from Niendorf Nord station to Mümmelmannsberg station, it was inaugurated in 1913, with 24.3 kms of length and 25 stations.
    • Line U3 – Yellow Line, circulates from Barmbek station to Wandsbek-Gartenstadt station, this is the oldest line, inaugurated in 1912, with 20.6 kms and 25 stations.
    • Line U4Green Line, circulates betwen  Billstedt station to HafenCity Universität, it was inaugurated in November 2012, with 12.2 kms of lenght and 11 stations.

    Most important stations:

    The main station is the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, as it is the central station of long distance trains, subway (U-Bahn) and suburban railway (S-Bahn). It is divided into two stations: Hauptbahnhof Süd serving lines U1 and U3 and Hauptbahnhof Nord serving the U2 and U4 lines.
    Another important one is Ohlsdorf station, through which pass the U1 and S1 (train) lines.It is the nearest station to Hamburg Airport. From there is a shuttle bus every 10 minutes to get to airport enclosures.

    Opening Hours:

    The subway schedule is 04:30 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday all night long in most of its sections.

    Frequency Step

    Runs every 5-10 minutes in the most central lines and in peripheral U1 line it has as a frequency of up to 20 minutes. The night of Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday in most of the sections run all night with a frequency of 20 minutes.

    Fares and Tickets

    Tickets must be purchased individually in vending machines located in different stations or on buses. The fines for traveling without a ticket or not validated one are very high.

    The price depends on the zones in which we move, and for some types of tickets, also the time in which we will use.

    Let´s check some fares:

    Single Ticket

    Adult (zone 1 and 2): between 1.55€ and 2.50€ for travelling inside Hamburg.

    (The tickets can be used only for a certain period of time after validation, which in the case of a single ticket is automatic at the time of purchase. This period depends on the fare zone acquired . During the same, can interrupt the trip and if necessary change conveyance always flowing in the same direction)

    1 Day Ticket

    Allows unlimited travel in its period of validity. The price depends on the zones. For zones 1 and 2 (central Hamburg) it is 7.10 € and maximum areas of the HVV is 17.90€

    Note: It is valid for one adult and up to three children (under 14).

    3 Days Ticket

    Allows unlimited travel in its period of validity. This ticket is transferable, and costs € 16.80

  • Ticket 09:00 a.m

    This ticket is valid for unlimited travel on the date of issue for an adult and three children under 14 from 09:00 am until 06:00 am the next day and all day Saturday and Sunday. A transferable ticket. The price for zone 1 and 2 is 5.80 € and 15.30 € for the maximum of zones

    Group Ticket

    It is a very interesting ticket which is valid for unlimited travel for up to five people, but it is worth when using only two of them. With the same validity as Ticket 09:00 a.m. Ticket can be purchased from 10.40€

    Karte der U-Bahn Hamburg

    Hamburg Card

    Allows unlimited use of public transport in Hamburg as well as access to various attractions and discounts. For a day costs 8.90 € , 21.90 € for three days


    Children under six years travel free with an adult.

    More info:


    The Hamburg Airport is located only 9 km north of the city, in Fuhlsbüttel.
    The way to access the city or the airport by metro is with the U1 Line from Ohlsdorfdesde station. There is a shuttle bus service called Airport Express 110 that connects every 10 minutes with the terminals (cost about 3 €)

    You can also access the airport with regular buses: HVV 26 (Farmsen – S-Rahlstedt), 172 (Barmbek – Uhlenhorst), 292 (Langenhorn – U-Ochsenzoll) and night line 606 (Langenhorn – U-Ochsenzoll – Hauptbahnhof – Rathausmarkt), as well as express services to Hauptbahnhof Jasper, running every 15-20 minutes from 04:40 a.m to 21:20 p.m a.from the city center and from 05:39 a.m 23:54 p.m from terminals 1 and 4 of the airport
    The price of a single ticket is 5 €, 8 € return, under 12, 2€. It takes approximately 25 minutes to make the journey.

  • Nuremberg Metro

    Operated by VAG Nuremberg (Nüremberg Transport Corporation) and as a part of public transport, Nüremberg has a Metro system (rapid transit subway U-Bahn) composed of 3 lines and 46 stations completed by 3 commuter rail lines (S- Bahn) and trams. Just through the U-Bahn travel more than 315000 passengers a day, around 112 million passengers per year. It opened on March 1972, with the section between Langwasser Süd station to Bauernfeindstraße.

    Nüremberg Metro Lines

    Composed of 3 lines, 46 stations and a network lenght of 36 kilometres.

    • Line U1: going from station Fürth Hardhöhe to station Langwasser Süd (18.5 kms and 27 stations)
    • Line U2:: going from station Flughafen/Airport to station Röthenbach (13.2 kms and 16 stations). In September 2009 became operational automatic driverless trains with the aim that all trains would be automatic in 2010. It is a totally undergrounded line.
    • Line U3: going from station Gustav-Adolf-Straße to station Fiedrich-Ebert-Platz (7kms and 11 stations). It is the newest of the lines and began operating in June 2008. It is a fully automaticaly operated line.
      This line is being expanded to the north and south and it is expected to be operative in 2013.

    To increase the pass frequency at peak hours, and only in the Nüremberg city central areas, there are to reinforcement lines: line U11 running between Eberhardshof and Messe,(i.e; Nüremberg main station, main pedestrian shopping street of the city and Plärrer) and line U21 between Röthenback and Ziegelstein.

    Hauptbahnhof, is the central staction for long distance trains, U-bahn and S-Bahn. The three lines pass trought this station.
    Fruthermore Plarrer station is also important because around here pass the whole three metro lines and transhipments can be easily made.

    Metro Opening Hours:

    Metro works from 05.00 a.m to 24.00 p.m

    Frequency Step

    Metro runs every 3-7 minutes during the peak hours and every ten minutes the rest of the time.

    Tickets and Fares

    Nüremberg U-Bahn is operated by VAG (VerkehrsAG Nüremberg) and is part of the VGN (Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nuremberg) tariff system wich integrates buses, trams, metro, S-Bahn, and regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn.

    There are different tickets and passes and the price will depend mainly of the number of zones in wich we want to travel.

    For the central Nüremberg and Fürth covered by the U-Bahn folloing prices apply:

    Single Ticket

    Valid during 90 minutes for a single trip. You may change at stops or interrupt your journey as you please, but return-rides or round-trips are not possible. It is 2.40€ for adults and 1.10€ for children.

    5 Tickets for Nüremberg/Fürth/Stein (zone A)

    The 5-strips-ticket is a discounted multi-trip-ticket which is offered for the pay scale area Nuremberg/ Fürth/ Stein with the same terms and conditions than Single Tickets.

    5 Short Trip Ticket.

    There is an special ticket for short trips (2 or 3 stops). It is 7.10€ for adults and 3.60€ for children. It is necessary to always validate ticket. Validating machines are located in the accesses to platforms, elevators and stairs.On buses they are inside.

    10 Trip Pass.

    It can be used for more than one passenger at the same time and number of tickets to stamp and validate will depend on the zones of the trip. Price is 9.70€ for adults and 4.70€ for children.

    1 Day Ticket

    For only 4,80 EUR per day individual persons in Nuremberg, Fürth and Stein are mobile all day and unlimited number of rides.
    If you buy your ticket on a Saturday, you can travel also the Sunday for free. Meaning you can travel the whole weekend without paying any more.

    1 Día Plus ticket

    For families, It is valid for two adults and up to four children (under 18 years) for a day or a whole weekend! The DayTicket Plus for Zone A, valid in Nuremberg, Fürth and Stein only costs 8,00 EUR.
    The DayTickets are valid only on the day of issue (and the following Sunday, if bought on a Saturday), they are not 24-hour-tickets.

    Schnellbahnnetz nürnberg


    With the transferrable MobiCard you can ride as often as you like within its fare zone. From 09.00 a.m you may even take one adult and up to four children (under 18 years) with you. The MobiCard is available for all fare zones in three different versions:

    • 31-day-MobiCard 24/7 (around-the-clock)
    • 31-day-MobiCard (valid after 9 am)
    • 7-day MobiCard 24/7 (around-the-clock).

    For the Nuremberg, Fürth and Stein ( zone A) 7-day MobiCard 24/7 (around-the-clock) price is 24.70€.
    There are many other options, check at :


    The Nüremberg Airport is located 8 kms in the north of the city.

    From the main station to the airport it takes only 12 minutes without scales with the (U2) metro line. With a 10-15 minutes frequency and a fare of 2.40€.

    Also in front of the airport terminal is the bus stop. Line 32 runs every hour to the center of Nüremberg (vía Thon) and Line 33 also circulates hourly to Nüremberg-Buch.

    Bielefeld Stadtbahn

    The Bielefeld Stadtbahn is part of the transportation system that serves the German city of Bielefeld. It is a commuter rail system that leverages the old network of trams and added underground sections in the city center, making this system a hybrid between a network of tram and subway.

    Bielefeld is a medium size city, between Hanover and Dortmund. Its transport system is much like its neighboring cities: Stuttgart, Cologne, Hanover, … The system has 7 underground stations. First one opened in 1971, Beckhausstraße station. Later the Jahnplatz and Hauptbahnhof stations, Wittekindstraße, Nordpark, Babenhausen Süd. Hauptbahnhof, Siegfriedplatz and Rudolf-Oetker-Halle.

    The Bielefeld Stadtbahn has four lines that connect in the city center in Hauptbahnhof, Jahnplatz and City Hall. It has a total length of 35kms and 62 stations, only 7 of them underground.

    • Known as: Stadtbahn or U-Strab
    • System length: 35 kms
    • Lines: 4 lines
    • Passengers: 32 millions of passengers per year.
    • Stations: 62 stations, of which eight are underground stations.
    • Operator: Mobiel, a subsidiary of the Bielefeld municipal authority (Stadtwerke)
    • Start of operation: September 21, 1971

    System lines and stations

    • Line 1: It is identified by the color blue; it goes from Schildesche to Senne and back, with stops in Hauptbahnhof, Jahnplatz, Bethel and Brackwede.
    • Line 2: It is identified by the color green; it goes from Milse to Sieker and back, with stops in Baumheide, Hauptbahnhof and Jahnplatz.
    • Line 3: It is identified by the color yellow; it goes from Babenhausen Sud to Stieghorst Zentrum and back, with stops in Hauptbahnhof, Jahnplatz and Sieker Mitte.
    • Line 4: It is identified by the color red; it goes from Lohmannshof to Rethaus and back wit stops in Universität, Hauptbahnhof and Jahnplatz.

    Stadtbahn schedule and frequency

    The Stanbahn run until 1 a.m. every day and the service starts at 4:30 a.m. It starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

    Trains stop every 5 – 10 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes late night.

    There are night-buses running the rail routes hourly so, just in weekends, there is a 24-hour-service.

    Stadtbahnnetzplan Bielefeld

    Stadtbahn horarios y frequencia


    The Stadtbahn Bielefeld several zones including other cities but city of Bielefeld is all in tariff zone 1. You just have to take into account tariff zones when going out of town.

    • Single Ticket – 1.70 €. Einzelticket: You can travel where you want, how you want, changing as many times you need within the first 90 minutes from ticket validation.
    • Short ticket (Kurz). You can travel a distance of 4 stops in one direction.
    • 4 Trips – 5.10 €. Either 4 people or 4 trips. It’s cheaper than buying 4 tickets individually
    • 9-Uhr-Tagesticket (for 1 person, valid for 1 day) – 3.60 €
    • 9-Uhr-Tagesticket (5 people) – 6.50 €. Valid for 5 people traveling together, for a full day starting at 9am.
    • Weekly Ticket – 12.50 €
    • Monthly Ticket – 46.00 €
    • Sechser Abo – 36.50 € (for 2 adults and 3 children, valid for 3 months)

    Tickets can be purchased at automatic vending machines in almost every station except weekly / monthly bonuses ( atms accept bills of 5 and 10 € and also cards).

    Other tickets. You can get all the information on the website of Mobiel.

    • Monatsticket im Ausbildungsverkehr
    • Reduced Monthly Pass
    • Fun ticket
    • Special Ticket for children between 6 and 14 years old.
    • Zusatzticket Fahrrad
    • Ticket for bikes

    Other interesting info

    There are some beautiful architectural features in Hauptbahnhof (central) station.

    * Map By Arbalete [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Wuppertal Suspension Railway

    Wuppertal is a medium size german city located 20 kilometers east of Dusseldorf. It has 350,000 inhabitants.
    Its metro system is very characteristic, a suspended monorail, unique in Europe.
    The first and only line of Wuppertal Wuppertal Suspension Railway became operational in 1901 with the section between Kluse and Zoo.

    The Wuppertal Schwebebahn, as it is known, moves 25 million passengers per year. It is the oldest monorail transport system with wagons suspended in the world. It is an unique system. Over a distance of 13.3 kilometers, the light rail in Wuppertal flows through the Wupper Valley area between the two terminal stations: Rittershausen (currently Oberbarmen) and Vohwinkel, floating above the Wupper river for 10 kilometers at 12 meters above the ground. The section between Sonnborner Straße and Vohwinkel, above the streets of Vohwinkel, circulates at 8 meters along a distance of 3.3 km.

    An end to end trip takes about 30 minutes and serves 20 stations.

    Stations: Oberbarmen (Terminal del Este), Wupperfeld, Werther Brücke, Alter Markt, Adlerbrücke, Loher Brücke, Völklinger Straße, Landgericht, Kluse, Hauptbahnhof, Ohligsmühle, Robert-Daum-Platz, Pestalozzistr, Westende, Varresbecker Straße, Zoo/Stadion, Sonnborner Straße, Hammerstein, Bruch, Vohwinkel (Termnal del Oeste)

    Hours and frequency

    The frequency at rush hour is ,Monday to Friday, 4 minutes, 6 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays 8 minutes. After 21:00 the frequency decreases to 15 minutes. The hours are 5:20 am to 23:00 p.m. The schedule chart can be checked out online.

    There are 18 trains running during rush hour and regular times. Only in the evenings / nights there are 11 trains.

    Wuppertaler Schwebebahn Karte

    Tickets and fares

    A single ticket for the monorail in Wuppertal costs 2.5€ for adults and 1.5€ for children.

    TagesTicket (Day ticket)

    A day pass allows a person or group of people to use the bus and monorail in Wuppertal for a whole day. It is perfect for exploring the city on a one-day stay. Children under age 6 are free.

    • 1 person: 6,60 €
    • 2 people: 9,70 €
    • 3 people: 12,80 €
    • 4 people: 15,90 €
    • 5 people: 19,00 €

    KombiTicket Zoo

    Valid for use Wuppertal monorail and enter the Wuppertal Zoo. All trips you need in one day.

    • Adults: 15,00 €
    • Children: 8,00 €


    All stations are equipped for passengers in wheelchairs and have modern elevators.

    Security and safety

    Since 2004 there are surveillance cameras for the safety of passengers.

    Curious facts

    All stations are 13 meters wide and 25 meters long.

    The only original station is the Central Station.

    It is one of the systems affected by the 2nd World War, where it was damaged. Just a year after war service operated normally.
    Only Kluse station,that was completely destroyed, was rebuilt much later, in 1999.

    German name: Einschienige Hängebahn System Eugen Langen

    It is one of the safest transportation systems in the world.

    This system was used by the last German emperor, Wilhelm II

    Tuffi the elephant, also traveled in the monorail. She destroyed the car where was being carried, broke windows and jumped into the river Wupper.

    Wuppertal Schwebebahn video

    Dortmund Metro: General Information

    Known as Stadtbahn, Dortmund city features an intergrated metro system (rapid transit subway- Stadtbahn) supplimented by tram, S-Bahn train and U-Bahn underground. In total the entire network sum 83 stations and 8 lines, of wich 37 stations and 3 lines are subterranean. The overall plan for the construction of the Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn designed in the early seventies planned three routes for the city f Dortmund, wich are already completed. It was inaugurated on May, 1976, with a 4.1 km tram section from Kirchderne to Grevel station.

    The first is a route from northwest to southeast, and the second route goes from northeast to southwest. Both lines are connected directly in the Westfalenhallen station, where the U46 line trains continue as U45 to Hauptbanhof and backwards.The third route was projected like a east-west tunnel wich became operational in 2008, but service is provided by low-floor tram

    Dortmund Metro Lines

    Currently there are eight lines with a total of eighty three stations.

    • Line U41: going from Clarenberg station to Brambauer station.
    • Line U42: going from Grevel station to Grotenbachstraße station.
    • Línea U43: going from Dorstfeld station to Wickede Bf
    • Línea U44: going from Marten station to Westfalenhütte station.
    • Línea U45: going from Westfalenhallen station to Hauptbahnhof
    • Línea U46: going from Westfalenhallen station to Brunnenstraße station.
    • Línea U47: going fromWesterfilde station to Aplerbeck station.
    • Línea U48: going from Hacheney station to Hauptbahnhof station
    • Hauptbahnhof station is the long distance trains central station, and also metro, trams and commuter trains pass by. It is the center of the city of Dortmund.

    Metro Opening Hours:

    The metro runs from 03.30-04.30 a.m to 00.45 a.m

    Frequency of service

    Every 10 minutes during the day and between 15 to 20 minutes by night. (Note: in line U42 only run every 20 minutes)

    Fares and Tickets

    Dortmund is part of the VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr) integrated tariff that also includes other cities like Düsseldorf, Essen or Bochum. The rates depend on the number of zones in wich we move, A zone is for Dortmund city area. In some cases, (monthly passes) price will depend on the hour in wich we will use the pass. Some prices:

    Single Metro Ticket: 1,75€

    4 Tickets pass: 5,60€

    1 Day Pass: 6,35€

    1 Week Pass; 14,70€

    Monthly Pass; called Ticket 1000 is a non transferible monthly pass valid for two adults and a maximun of three children in the nights and during weekends.This Pass is cheaper if it is going to be used out of the Peak hour, (after 09.00 a.m). Price is 44,70€ and 32,25€ after 09.00 a.m.

    Monthly Transferible Pass: called Ticket 2000, this pass is transferible and allows the transportation of a bicycle. With the same caracteristiques in all the refered to the families than the Ticket 1000. Price is 49,30€ and 35,40€ for use out of the peak hour.

    Liniennetz Stadtbahn Dortmund


    Dortmund airport is only 13 kms away from the city center.There is an hourly express bus service that ends in the "Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof" just in front of the Dortmund central Station (Hauptbahnhof )

    It takes 25 minutes and it is the fastest way to reach the center.


    Adults: 6.50 €

    Children from 6 to 14 years: 2€

    Children younger than 6 years travel for free.

    The first express bus departs from Dortmund bus station at 04.30 a.m and the last departs at 22.00 hours. Airport is also reachable taking the rail line Dortmund vía Aplerbeck, it takes around 45 minutes.

    Gelsenkirchen Metro

    The metro system of the German city of Gelsenkirchen is not a subway system itself, but part of the country’s rail system. It opened on September 1, 1984. It has a total of 9 stations in a 5.5 kms route length.

    Gelsenkirchen Metro Lines

    BOGESTRA serves the cities of Bochum, Herne and Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr valley. None of these three cities has its own system. The Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn serves this area since 1970.

    The Stadtbahn U35 line covers most of the area between the cities of Bochum and Herne area, circulating underground. Only in the south, arriving at the Ruhr University, the line circulates on the surface.

    There is a second route arriving to the center of Bochum which serves the lines 308 and 318 with 4 underground stations.

    The third route mainly serves the center of Gelsenkirchen city. It is a tram line with 7 underground stations, the line 301 (Gelsenkirchen Hbf, Buer, GE-Horst). In the center of Bochum this route has 4 underground stations: Bochumer Verein / Jahrhunderthalle, Rathaus Süd, Hauptbahnhof and Lohring. This stretch is also used by the tram line 302 (Gelsenkirchen – Bochum-Laer) and 310 (Bochum-Höntrop – Witten).