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Long-distance buses: cheap alternative to the train
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Go by bus and save money!

They are cheap, environmentally friendly and brand new: Since the beginning of the year, long-distance buses have been connecting our cities

It is a small revolution: Since the beginning of the year, long-distance buses may roll through Germany again. That was forbidden for about 80 years. Wherever there was a rail connection, long-distance buses were allowed to drive only exceptionally.

Tina expert Juliane Steinbrück will tell you how and where you can now travel by long-distance bus.

Which providers are there? Juliane Steinbrück: "Among the better known are the Bavarian Express, Haru, Mein-Fernbus, DeinBus, Eurolines and FlixBus, but there will be more soon, the industry is now on the move."

Which routes are on offer? Juliane Steinbrück: "The companies have made many requests for new routes, for example you can now travel from Meiningen to Ingolstadt with meinfernbus.de or from Karlsruhe to Brunswick with Eurolines The mail and the ADAC also want to get in and build up a nationwide long-distance bus network that will connect all major cities by next year. "

What are the prices compared to the train? Juliane Steinbrück: "The tickets for long-distance buses are on average 30 percent cheaper than the train."

Which rules apply to long-distance bus routes? Juliane Steinbrück: "The stops of the long-distance buses must be at least 50 kilometers apart."

How often do long-distance buses have to take breaks? Juliane Steinbrück: "The bus drivers are bound by the legal driving and rest periods, so you have to pause for 45 minutes at the latest after four and a half hours."

How heavy is the luggage? Juliane Steinbrück: "This is different, with some you can take bikes and surfboards, with others, the luggage is limited to 20 kilos per person."

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