Public Transport Network
Germany has a dense and modern public transport network. Most travel destinations can be easily reached by railway, bus, tram or underground train.
Deutsche Bahn operates the main railway network throughout Germany with long, medium and short-distance services. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines, at ticket counters, or online at www.bahn.com. You can save a lot of money by taking advantage of special offers, e.g. Saver Fare (Sparpreis) for advance bookings, several BahnCards (rail cards) that include discounts of 25, 50, or 100 % on the regular price (especially for frequent business travellers), regional day tickets, or regional tickets with temporary validity such as the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket or Niedersachsen-Ticket (the Weekend-Ticket and Lower Saxony-Ticket) that give you one day of unlimited rail travel across Germany on weekends or unlimited travel throughout Lower Saxony on any day for up to 5 persons, i.e. the more people, the lower the price. For last-minute getaways we recommend comparing prices online at www.ltur.com or www.fromatobe.de, which provide a limited amount of cheap rail tickets for Deutsche Bahn.
As of 2013, intercity buses operate throughout Germany and connect many larger cities. With a fast-growing national network, intercity bus services are less expensive than rail travel. Many providers offer a seat guarantee and free WiFi (aka WLAN). Some intercity bus services also operate in Oldenburg and Bremen. Tickets can be purchased online or, in some cases, on the bus.
The Oldenburg bus network (VWG) covers the entire city, the outskirts and the surrounding areas. It has a service office at Lappan (bus stop of the same name) in the city. Another sales point is located at ZOB (Zentraler Omnibus-Bahnhof), at the northern exit of the central station. Tickets can be purchased at the service office, at the sales point, at ticket machines located at certain bus stops, or on the bus.
Taxis are rather expensive in Germany and generally used only when absolutely necessary. The total price is made up of a basic fee plus mileage. Tipping etiquette for taxi rides includes rounding up to an even number.