Find your way around the European way

Moving to a new destination is an exciting experience. Once the boxes are emptied, the suitcases are put away and the initial orientation period has passed, exploring the new hometown and its surrounding areas can seem intimidating at first. Narrow streets, lively areas and smaller parking spaces can make driving in downtown Wiesbaden tricky. With the help of buses and trains and a few tips, becoming a public transportation expert is no longer an obstacle.

The two major resources for public transportation are the regional Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, and the Deutsche Bahn, offering local, national and international train connections.

The RMV should be the first source when planning a trip locally. Whether wanting to visit a fest downtown, see a play at the theater, or take a trip across the Rhein River to Mainz, RMV.de online or the RMV app will provide the best local routes.

To ensure always being in the know, passengers can download the RMV app where they can purchase RMV-Handy Tickets (cellphone tickets) via credit card. In order to utilize the “HandyTicket” option, users need to be at least 18 years old and have a smartphone with internet access.

Those who do not wish to download the app or do not have a smartphone can purchase tickets at kiosks near bus stops or from bus drivers directly. Schedules and routes in English can be found at www.rmv.de/auskunft/bin/jp/query.exe/en.

Planning a special excursion or weekend trip?
RMV also offers the RheinMainCard, which enables one person or groups (two to five people) to explore regional attractions and sights, granting them discounts at more than 40 destinations with included public transportation fare for two successive days. The cost for one person is 22 euros or 46 euros for the group ticket. The RheinMainCard can be ordered online and sent per mail or printed at home, but it is also available for purchase at local ticket offices. In Wiesbaden the card can be purchased at the Tourist Information Wiesbaden or the RMV-Mobilitätszentrale

Wiesbaden at Luisenforum. Learn more at www.rmv.de/c/de/freizeit/rmv-angebote/rheinmaincard/rheinmaincard/.

For further questions about RMV, visit www.rmv.de/auskunft/bin/jp/query.exe/en or call the RMV- Service telephone (24 hours a day) by dialing 069-24 24 80 24.

Ready to roam the streets of London, fall in love with the Eiffel Tower or ride bikes through Amsterdam, but not a fan of flying? Deutsche Bahn will not only help its passengers to explore the beauty of Germany, but also a plethora of destinations in 16 European countries. Tickets can be purchased online on DB’s website, at local train stations or via the DB Navigator app, which is available for all operating systems.

DB offers different ways to save money while traveling to one’s destination of choice. If taking the train is the preferred way of traveling and one is interested in additional savings, people can check out Bahncard 25 or 50 and look for the DB “Sparpreis.” These saver fare tickets may be purchased for connections within Germany for as little as 19.90 Euro (subject to availability) on board ICE, IC or EC trains. When booking “Sparpreis” tickets, children aged 14 and younger travel for free, when accompanied by their parents or grandparents. Just be sure to include them when booking tickets. Additionally, the Bahncard 25 enables users to save 25 percent on flexible and saver fares, Bahncard 50 offers a discount of 50 percent on flexible fares and 25 percent on long-distance (ICE and IC/EC) saver fares within Germany.

DB also offers regional tickets for day or weekend trips. One to five people can travel together with a Day Ticket or Regional Day Ticket, which are available for use on any day. As the name states, the Weekend Ticket is tied to Saturdays and Sundays only. Prices start at 23 Euro for the Weekend ticket and 44 Euro for the day tickets.