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If I want to travel to Germany, I, of course, have to fly, because I live in the USA. Most of the time, I book my flight online with Lufthansa or another airline. (That is also known as an airline, airline, or airline.) 🙂 I simply type the name of my departure airport, and the name of my destination airport and when I want to fly. Then I see a selection of flights and I choose my flights from that. If there are layovers (stops between flights), it is on the plan. Sometimes there are multiple stops in order to fly to Germany. Normally, I book my return flight after I have booked my first flight, but one can also simply book the first flight and when one wants to go home, book the return flight. All that I have to do now, is pack my luggage, find my passport, and drive to the airport. I don’t want to leave my car at the airport, however. That costs too much money. Therefore I drive with public transit, but because there isn’t any good public transportation, where I live, I drive with a friend of mine. He takes me to the airport and then he drives home. I go through the security checkpoint and am soon on my way to Germany. In Berlin, the public transportation is much better than where I live. From the airport I can either take a taxi or drive with the bus. It is more reasonably priced to drive with the bus. I simply have to buy a ticket. I can buy it from a machine or from a counter. I don’t like to talk to other people. Therefore I buy my ticket from a machine. I get into the bus and drive with the bus to the main train station. There I can find a train line that will take me to my destination. I have to buy another ticket from the machine. There are single tickets that one can only use once. These tickets are only good for 2 hours. Longer tickets are better when you are staying longer in a city. Day tickets are good for one day and 7-day tickets are good for seven days, of course. In Berlin there are also three pricing zones, AB, BC, and ABC. Normally I simply buy an AB 7-day ticket, because I almost never have to travel to zone C. The Zone C includes the Berlin countryside and also Potsdam. If you want to visit these areas, you can simply buy a day ticket for the day on which you need it. If you don’t have a ticket, they call it “Scharzfahren”. This is illegal and one can get a fine of 60 Euros for that. There are people who come into the train in order to check the tickets of the passengers. This job is called “Ticket Controller”. If you are traveling from one city to another, the train attendant checks the tickets. If you want to travel from one city to another, there are also other options. Regional trains travel short distances. They are somewhat slower and stop at almost every train station. There are also Regional Express trains that drive a bit further and don’t stop so often. Intercity or IC trains drive even farther and are even faster than the Regional Express trains. There are of course, Intercity Express trains, that drive the farthest distances and drive the fastest. The costs of these trains depend, of course, upon how far on wants to travel and how fast one wants to reach the destination. In order to drive around in Berlin, there are also other public transportation modes other than trains and buses. There is the Street Train and the Metrotram. There are also the subway and the above ground train. Some tickets are good for multiple modes of transportation. One simply has to read the fine print. Hopefully, you have learned something from this video. If you have questions, you can write them in the comments. If you want to learn more about this topic, there is more information on my blog. Don’t forget to like this video and share it. That is all for today. Thanks for watching. Until next time. Bye.

8 thoughts on “Intermediate German #2: Public Transportation

  1. Danke vielmals. das war sehr nützlich. meine prüfung B2 kommt in drei wochen und ich freue mich dass ich dieses video verstehen kann .

  2. In Deutschland unterscheidet man zwischen Nahverkehr, Regionalverkehr und Fernverkehr. Zum Fernverkehr gehören ICE und IC. Der Unterschied zwischen ICE und IC ist, dass der IC öfter hält und mehr Strecken bedient. Zum Regionalverkehr gehören alle Züge, die eine Region miteinander verbinden. Wie groß diese Region ist, hängt davon ab, wie die Bahn diese Region definiert. Zum Nahverkehr gehören alle Transportmittel (Bus, S-Bahn, U-Bahn etc.), die eine Stadt inklusive Umland miteinander verbinden. Wie groß der Nahverkehrsbereich ist, hängt erneut davon ab, wie die Verkehrsgesellschaften diesen Bereich definieren.

  3. Es gibt die Metrotram in Berlin, aber ich glaube, das Metro-Schild in dem Video gehört zur Pariser Metro. Wer schwarzfährt muss generell 60 Euro bezahlen. Wenn man direkt zugibt, dass man "vergessen" hat eine Fahrkarte zu kaufen oder den Fahrschein zu entwerten, dann gibt es in der Regel keine weiteren Probleme. Das Verkehrsunternehmen hat aber grundsätzlich das Recht den Schwarzfahrer anzuzeigen. Es ist nicht so, dass Reiche in Deutschland so oft schwarzfahren können wie sie wollen – wenn sie reich sind, können sie parken ohne einen Parkschein zu kaufen, aber das ist eine andere Geschichte. Wer ständig erwischt wird oder richtig betrügen will mit gefälschten Ausweisen oder Fahrscheinen, der muss bestimmt mit einem Strafverfahren rechnen.

  4. Hi guys! There was a hungarian wagon in the video! Because the hungaian wagon r blue and it has a white stripe. Dont b confused with czech railcars! They r also blue and they also have a white stripe, but the wagons r light blue, n there is a very narrow green stripe between blue and white! Das war eine Kanal zu Deutschlernen, so ich mus diese Sätze auf deutsch reden. So: Wan ich sa das Video, ich sa einen internationalen Schnellzug, Intercuty auf "deutsch", der einen ungarischen Wagon hat. Warum? Weil der Wagon ist dunkel blau und hat einen weißen Streiffen. Achtung! Die ungarische Wagonfarben sind fest gleich wie tschechische Farben sind! Durch ungarische Wagone dunkelblau sind, tschechische Wagone sind lichtblau. Ja, beide "Wagone" hat einen weißn Streifen. Aber tschechische Wagone haben einen quasi nicht sehbar, grünen Streifen.

  5. vielen Dank , Sie haben toll erklrät,ich wünsch von ihnen ein Vido über Reisen ,ich wünsch ihnen viele Erfolg

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