Of all the travel modes and paths to reach this country, air travel is the speediest and perhaps sole travel option to Germany from India.
As an Indian citizen, you must procure a Schengen tourist visa to enter Germany, a Schengen country. Flights to Germany are readily operational from all metropolitan cities in India such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata – especially Mumbai and Delhi, most ranging between 9-10 hours. The prominent international airports within Germany are Frankfurt (FRA) in the heart of the country; Hamburg (HAM) - the humid neighbour to the North Sea; Munich (MUC) - down south, secured amidst the Alps; the capital Berlin-Tegel(TXL) in the frigid east; and Dusseldorf (DUS) in the far west. With a convenient rail network, most airports are a scenic ride away from the city centres. Alternatively, if bogged down with generous number of belongings, local taxis or MyTaxi app offer relatively expensive, but more convenient routes to one’s destination.
Germany is accessible by train from its neighbouring countries. Train travel within the EU, to and from Germany, is a popular option for the patient hearted. A window-adjacent train seat with intoxicating scenery is a soothing alternative to the bustle and dehydration accompanying air travel. A book in one hand and snacks in the other will definitely enhance an already beautiful journey!
A handful of rail routes link Germany to its neighbouring lands:
Many of these routes are generally available at appealing price structures, even the opulent ICE trains! They offer a stress-free commute while minimizing the perils of private cars on the environment. Alternatively, if your trip to Germany is one of many EU trips, purchasing a BahnCard is a guaranteed budget saver. For non-European travellers in particular, the Eurailpass enables unlimited travel options, saving euros that one would rather spend on a refreshing beer and delectable pretzel!
If you have flown into another European country from India, several bus companies provide viable commutes to Germany from its neighbouring countries. FliXBUS, MeinFernbus, Eurolines, and ADAC Postbus are options frequented by tourists.
If you find yourself keen on spending a few days at sea, International Ferry services from Scandanavian countries to Germany are as follows:
Wave goodbye to expensive car rentals because Germany boasts of an impeccable public transportation system! In most major cities, a singular ticket provides access to the subway, buses, the S-Bahn (above ground train), and the U-Bahn (underground train).
By Train: The main rail line is the Deutsche Bahn - U-Bahn and S-Bahn - comprising high-speed as well as regular trains. Not the cheapest option, especially for the high-speed trains, but certainly a highly efficient one! You can purchase tickets from vending machines at the station, or from a manned ticket counter. Germans, honourable people that they are, have designed their stations without a turnstile or similar scanning device for a ticket. Therefore, as a responsible tourist, it becomes your duty to abide by this code of honour, purchase, and validate (yes, following ticket purchase, there are machines on the platform that validate or stamp tickets) your ticket. Do not be offended or surprised if you are fined or asked to leave the train by a uniformed or disguised inspector. The German’s take their rules seriously!
Similar to the Eurailpass is the relatively obscure but equally convenient German Rail Pass - providing extensive unlimited travel within Germany.
By chance or By thumb : If you belong with the bold and venturesome, hop onto ride-sharing apps such as BlaBlacar or Mitfahren for the chance to encounter fellow travellers and exchange tales of wild adventure. Or, hitchhike your way to the rural corners of the country! Since most Germans speak and understand basic English, it is fairly easy to embark upon such an adventure. Hitchhiking from petrol stations will increase the likelihood of receiving long distance rides. Although safety isn’t guaranteed, hitchhiking is commonplace in Germany.
By two wheels : Whether with purpose, for pleasure, or simply to break a sweat, a sizeable population of locals can be seen pedalling along designated bike lanes. Most local trains allow on board (non-motorized) two wheelers. Dedicated to a greener, healthier planet, biking is an act of personal and societal wellness.
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