To get around in Bremen and Germany you can use one of many public transports. Bremen offeres a bus and tram networks provided by the BSAG. Nationally, you can travel with Deutsche Bahn, various coach companies or organized car lift services.
Below, you can find out about how to use the different regional and national public transport offers.
How can I use the bus and tram services in Bremen?
If you are using the bus of the BSAG (Bremer Straßenbahn AG) you can buy a ticket from the bus driver. When using the tram, you need to buy a ticket from one of the ticket machines inside the tram. Be aware that many machines only take coins for payment. Information about schedules for public transport in and around Bremen you can find on the website for the BSAG.
How can I use the trains of Deutsche Bahn?
To use the nationawide train network you can use Deutsche Bahn (DB) or another train provider. Tickets have to be bought before getting on the train from a ticket machine or service desk at the train station. Information about train schedules for all of Germany can be found on the website of DB.
How can I use coaches?
There are coach companies who offer trips to all destinations in Germany as well as abroad. They often offer cheaper deals than train companies. „Flixbus/Mein Fernbus“, „Postbus“ or „Berlinlinienbus“ are just some of the coach companies. It is best if you book the tickets in advance using the website of the company. In Bremen, most coach company stops are at ZOB (“Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof”) at Breitenweg.
How can I get a car lift?
Some car drivers who have to do long distance trips often offer other people a place in their car for a lift. The advantage is that you can share petrol money. There are several websites where drivers offer tours or people look for drivers such as “Blablacar” or the black board (“Scharzes Brett”) at bremen.de in the category „Mitfahrgelegenheit & Carsharing”.
How can I use the city ticket (Stadtticket) in Bremen
City ticket (Stadtticket) is a reduced fair ticket you can get as asylum seeker. First, you need to apply for a free customer card at the Jobcentre or social office. With the customer card, you can then buy the city ticket.
You will have to write down the number of your customer card on your city ticket and have both cards with you when using the public transport. You can find more information about the city ticket on the website of the BSAG.
What is Schwarzfahren (fare evasion)?
Fare evasion (Schwarzfahren) is when you use public transport without buying a ticket. You will be fined when caught. Please be aware that some tickets need to be punched before starting your journey.
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