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Transportation within an individual Land is governed by an enterprise set up for that purpose within the state. Each of the Länder offers a discount day ticket. These tickets, which are valid for 2-5 people and cost between €29 and €33, can be a considerable savings if you are willing to travel in 2nd class on regional trains. These Länder tickets:
Länder-Ticket Summary: Effective from June 10, 2012.
Note: Three Länder ticket still are still one price for up two five people. One of them (NR-W) has a less expensive ticket for just one person (single).
|Land||up to 5 people||single||Includes|
|NordRhein-Westfalen||€36,00||€26,00||Schöner Tag Ticket|
|Berlin-Brandenburg||€28,00||No1||B-B-T Includes some lines in neighboring Länder.|
|Land||first person||each additional2||Includes|
|Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen1||€21,00||€3,00|
Further, within Germany there are transit districts, or Verkehrverbünden, to govern transport around a city or region. Most of the Verkehrsverbünden also offer group day tickets at a considerable savings. These tickets can normally be purchased only in that Verkehrsverbund from automaten of the Verkehrsverbund, from Nahverkehr (blue/white) automaten, from ticket counters, or on the buses. In some cases, where there is a transition area, such as Würzburg, which is in the Main-Franken Verkehrsverbund, but the area is shared with the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar, you might have to buy the VRN day ticket in the DB Reisezentrum.
Although normal Bahn train tickets are checked and cancelled on board by a conductor, the Verkehrsverbünd often sell tickets that must be cancelled before or when boarding the vehicle. These tickets can be identified by the words "Hier entwerten" printed on the end where they must be cancelled. There are cancelling machines as you enter an S-/U-Bahn station and on the streetcars. You can be fined if our ticket is not properly cancelled.
The next page has a map with links to the various Länder.