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Sometimes it can be tricky if you’re in a different country and have no idea where to go as you don’t understand the signs or what people are saying. This post will give you the most common words and sentences you will hear as you use die öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel (public transport).
To start with here are some simple, but important words:
die Endstation the end station (an easy one to remember)
die Richtung the direction
das Gleis the platform
die U-Bahn the underground
die S-Bahn the over ground
der Bus the bus
die Strassenbahn/Tram the tram
die Fahrkarte the ticket
die Tageskarte the day ticket
die Rolltreppe(n) the escalator(s)
der Aufzug the elevator
die Störung the fault (can also mean „the disturbance“ but in this case it means a fault, for example a fault with the train)
die technische Störung the technical fault
die Verspätung the delay
die Umleitung the diversion (for example if a train breaks down you may be diverted onto a bus instead)
What you will often here when using public transport:
nächster Halt next stop
Umsteigemöglichkeit literally translated: transfer opportunity (for example „Umsteigemöglichkeit zur Linie U3“ – „change here for the U3 line“
zurückbleiben bitte stay back please
bitte alle aussteigen please alight here
bitte steigen Sie rechts aus please leave on the right hand side
Fahrkarten bitte tickets please (ticket controls are done spontaneously and the controllers are dressed normally, so you don’t notice when they get on!)
Public transport in Germany is generally very cheap, and a typical day card in a city will mean you can get on anything (the bus, tram, s bahn or u bahn) all day long. In Munich a day ticket is valid until 6am the next day – which is always handy if you’re out late. You also don’t need to show your ticket every time you get into a bus, nor do you have to scan your ticket at a barrier.
Have you ever used public transport in Germany?
Bis zum nächsten Mal,