Germany by bus

Traveling by bus in Germany is definitely one of the safest and cheapest ways of traveling while ensuring at the same time that you don't miss out on the beautiful natural landscapes around the country. Thanks to the well connected bus network between German cities it is easy to reach the majority of the most popular destinations within the country in a day.

Intercity buses in Germany

In Germany intercity buses are available on more than 622 travel combinations, while traveling with an average speed of 72 km/h. Of course, intercity bus routes via highway have a higher average speed. The majority of the German intercity buses are comfortable long distance coaches, but older vehicles might be used on busier travel days.

The timetable for popular intercity bus routes like Duisburg - Frankfurt or Frankfurt - Karlsruhe can be found online, but for some shorter intercity bus routes you might have to go to the bus station. Tickets are sold both online and on the spot, but after the COVID-19 pandemic an increasing number of travellers prefer buying their tickets online.

Domestic routes

As mentioned above there are more than 622 domestic intercity bus travel combinations in Germany. Below you will find some of the most popular German travel routes with minimal or no stops along the way:

International routes

From Germany there are international bus routes to neighboring countries such as Switzerland, Austria, and Denmark, as well as to other countries such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The majority of these international bus lines are daily departures, that are operated by various German bus companies.

Most of the International bus departures drive from Ulm, Frankfurt, and Augsburg. Of course, there are also some international bus departures from other cities throughout the country. Below we have listed the most popular international bus routes:

Airport buses in Germany

If you are flying to Germany you will land in one of 25 airports located throughout the country. From the majority of German airports you have a bus shuttle to the nearest largest city and in some cases even intercity buses to other cities in the region. Click on the airport name below and read more about getting to and from the airport.

International airports:

Domestic airports:

Bus companies in Germany

There are over 33 bus companies operating in Germany. 12 companies offer intercity bus lines, 4 companies drive airport shuttles, 5 companies operate regional and local lines, 9 bus companies offer bus rental and 5 companies offer bus tours. The bus companies are located in 12 cities throughout the country. The majority of companies can be found in Frankfurt and Munich.

12 intercity bus companies operating in Germany are very different in size. The largest German company Deutsche Bahn connects more than 19 cities, whereas the smallest intercity bus company Lufthansa Express Bus only has service to 2 cities. Below we have listed some of the most popular bus companies in Germany. Full list of bus companies in Germany can be found here.

Bus stations in Germany

In most cities there is a dedicated bus station, in smaller cities the bus station might be a parking lot with a shelter or a section on the road marked for multiple buses. In some cities buses also stop at public road bus stops or at gas stations and hotel parking lots. In larger cities you will find bus stations with amenities like toilets, luggage storage, kiosks, fast food restaurants and other useful services for travellers. In Germany there is a total of 514 bus stations, below we have listed 15 of the most popular bus stations, for a full list of bus stations in Germany click here.

Hire a coach in Germany

German bus rental companies offer coaches for any kind of group trip, whether it’s a transfer from the airport to your hotel, or single and multi day excursions to the many sights in Germany. Rest assured you will be able to find a suitable partner. If you are travelling during the high season, it is advisable to book your bus in advance to secure one of the best vehicles for your group. Here you can see a list of some companies offering bus rental in Germany:

  • Prosic Bus
  • Schorer Touristik
  • Stajić Tours
  • Burkhard Reisen
  • Gullivers Bus GmbH

Public transportation in Germany

In the majority of larger German cities, public transportation is available, in the cities like Berlin or Munich you have an extensive network of buses connecting all suburbs to the centre of the town.

Buying tickets for public transportation varies from city to city, sometimes they are bought at dedicated sales points and other times they are bought on the bus for example, so be sure to check which options are available for the city you are travelling in.

Here is a list of some German companies operating both local and suburban bus lines.

  • BVG
  • Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft
  • Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund
  • Hamburger Hochbahn
  • Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe

What to see in Germany

As a visitor of Germany, you have lots of great German sights to visit. Some of the most popular sights are Jasmund National Park, Berchtesgaden National Park, and Aachen Cathedral (Aachen). That said, there are a lot of other sights in Germany worth visiting! Some of the sights do not have an entrance fee, whilst others charge for entrance. Below you will find a list of the most popular sights in Germany:

Jasmund National Park

national park

Berchtesgaden National Park

national park

Aachen Cathedral

monumental building

FAQ about buses in Germany

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COVID-19 restrictions when traveling in Germany.
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You can pay your tickets using credit cards

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