Public transport plans are a planning tool which helps to assure the provision of adequate public transport infrastructure and services, economic operations as well as harmonized tariffs and timetables. They set the foundation for the work of transit alliances and other transport planning authorities. Read more here (German language only):


GIZ has published an overview of German public transport funding, along with two detailed case studies: one on tendering public transport services in Frankfurt and one on integrated transport operation in Berlin.

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • Public transport in Germany replaces 20 million car trips every day
  • More than 400,000 people work in Germany’s public transport sector
  • Visitors of cultural events and air and rail passengers can use public transport for free or at a reduced rate thanks to co-operation between ticketing agencies
  • A single trip by public transport costs € 2.60 in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich and 3.00 € in Hamburg

The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) represents the interests of railway technology manufacturers and their suppliers in Germany—altogether more than 170 companies. Further information here:

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