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Cars – Germans are very passionate about cars and the country justly boasts a superb road network. All important cities face severe parking problems with long traffic jams and one way streets that can kill the joy of driving. When driving on the country’s roads, visitors on a Germany holiday need to be aware of tolls that considerably increase the cost of driving. Cars drive to the Right. Visitors should be aware that drinking and driving attracts heavy fines and insurance companies may simply refuse to pay claims in case of an accident. The legal limit is 0.05 %, which is stricter than in UK.
Required documents – Vehicle registration and valid certificate of insurance as well as a national driving license are adequate for driving in the country for one year. Non-German vehicles must have a European number plate or a nationality sign (GB sticker at the back).
Unleaded super petrol costs about € 1.50 per litre. The German police can impose fines on the spot, and penalties aren’t fixed. Speeding in excess of 10 km/h would be €15, and as high as €425 for speeding in excess of 70 km/h. Vehicles can be confiscated for more grave offences. Third party insurance is compulsory as are First aid kits.

Public Transport – Deutsche Bahn (German rail) runs the extensive national rail network, with trains that can run at over 300 km/h. Information and tickets are available at all stations for people on a Germany holiday. Visit - http://www.bahn.co.uk/ for more details. Keep your ticket safe for the entire duration of your journey.

Internal flights – Lufthansa, Flydba and Air Berlin operate on popular routes between several German cities and are also an option to consider on Germany holidays.

Taxis – Cream coloured Mercedes Benz taxis are readily available in all major cities and provide reliable services to visitors on a Germany holiday. There is a base charge and a per km charge.

Buses – Buses are widely available even in the smaller towns and countryside. They often compliment local rail services and in cities like Berlin you’ll even find double-decker buses. Tickets can be bought from the driver. Larger cities also offer night services to people on a holiday in Germany.

Tram/streetcar – Several East German cities have extensive tram services. Streetcar lines even run underground in some central city areas. Services are reliable and frequent.

(S- Bahn/ U- Bahn) – S- Bahn is an excellent suburban train system in many large metropolitan areas. These trains offer fast service to the deep suburbs, and run mostly above ground. They are numbered with an “S” followed by a figure, e.g. S7.

U- Bahn is a train system that mostly runs underground, they aren’t as extensive as the S-Bahn, but the service is frequent. U-Bahn lines have a “U” followed by a figure, e.g. U7. The two must not be confused or interchanged by people on a Germany holiday!

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