Some useful tips on rail travel in Germany and Austria
Traveling by train in Europe can be a lot more pleasant if you know a few tricks of the trade—particularly in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Bus, trains, trams and taxis
Many destinations in Germany can be reached by train, tram or bus. Trains, undergrounds railways (U-Bahn), suburban railways (S-Bahn) and buses offer transport locally and regionally. Public transport within a city and the adjoining region is called "ÖPNV" (Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr).
Do you need to pay a toll?
Although Germany began charging an autobahn toll for trucks in 2005, passenger car drivers can still drive the
Autobahn without any extra charges (so far). But neighboring Austria and Switzerland (and other European countries) charge a
Maut, or toll, for using their high-speed, limited access highways.
Why use a travel agency?
Online booking engines work fine for many people, and often offer unbeatable fares. For simple round-trip itineraries it may be faster and easier for you to make your reservations this way rather than through a conventional travel agent.