Getting Around

Written by Garry on


Taxi in the Ruhr

Taxis in Germany are mostly modern and clean, normally Mercedes and always beige. Taking a taxi also offers fairly good value for money when compared to many other countries. Most drivers of all manner of nationalities excel in their professionalism, knowledge, politeness and friendliness.


Towns and cities are fairly easy to navigate on a bicycle, distances between them can be quite daunting on two wheels though. The local public transport systems allow bikes on most trams at most times of the day. Official paths for cycling can be recognised by a typical red colour.


Getting around in a motor vehicle in and around Ruhr is as complex as any capital city, where traffic is heavy and congested. Fifty kilometres per hour is the urban speed limit unless otherwise posted, while in residential areas, speed is often down to 30 kmph.



© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The major axis of rail tracks connects cities and towns of Ruhr with fast national and international networks. Local trains (Regionalbahn) run in all directions north, south, east, west as well as in and across Ruhr. Most tickets in the VRR region are valid on these trains.


Plane, Flight, Airport

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. During recent years it has gained importance as a hub for intercontinental flights and is only some thirty minutes or so from the west of Ruhr and up to an hour or more from the east.