Germany has such a magnificent network of well-maintained roads — it is an excellent place to travel by bus. The advantages of bus travel are obvious; you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites in comfort while somebody else does the navigating and driving. All you need to do is pick a destination.
Just about every travel company will offer a bus travel through Germany, some a few days and others up to a month of comprehensive touring. They will arrange your accommodation, the tourist attractions you will see, and they will organize everything from the time you step off your plane to the time you re-board. It can be an incredibly stress free way to travel.
Traveling by bus is also perfect for anyone trying to create an eco holiday as they are a much more environmentally friendly choice than driving yourself around. Renting a car might provide more freedom, but taking a bus will ensure that you won’t get lost along the way to your destination.
Traffic isn’t a concern for you either — you can just relax and watch the landscape pass by. The great advantage of this method of travel is that buses run to and from all the major German cities and towns.
The Romantic Road is a popular choice as it features numerous picturesque villages, natural beauty and historical sights. Another unique tour is a Beer Tour — many bus companies offer their own version. They will take in some of the thousands of breweries that cover the countryside. Is there a better way to try out different local beers than on a German bus tour? With 80% of the breweries in Europe located in Germany, it is a must for anyone interested in the making and of course taste, of freshly brewed beer. ;-)
Another great bus tour option is the bus-hopper or bus-about style tours. It is where you can hop on and off at hundreds of destinations around the country at your own leisure and hop back on whenever you are ready to continue traveling. This gives you the freedom to plan your itinerary not only according to your personal preference but time scale as well.
Traveling by bus through Germany has the added advantage of being, generally, less expensive than either rail or hiring a car. If you are on a budget, a bus tour, or bus-hopper style ticket, will allow you to see the most of the country for your Euro.
How To Travel By Bus Through Germany
You can book bus tours at your local travel agency, online, or with a variety of specialized bus tour companies. Make a list of the type of things you want to see, the amount of time you have, and then give it to one of the companies. They will tailor something to your needs or suggest tours they already have that suit your tastes. If there is nothing that takes your fancy in the way of an organized tour, you can always travel in your own time on the local bus services.
If you are looking for domestic bus services around town or between smaller towns, Germany has an sizable domestic bus system as well. It is particularly useful if you are trying to get to smaller towns, particularly in the Bavarian region and along the Romantic Road.
Large bus stations are called Busbahnhof or Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB). These are usually located near the main train stations (Hauptbahnhof) in most larger towns and cities. If the bus service is small, it may have its own terminus near its agency.