Trundling Trains and Speedy Scooters: Getting Around in Europe


Over the course of my time in Germany, I've been lucky enough to have the option of using public transport to travel between cities. Of course, not every experience has been positive: for instance, I've missed connections; gotten on buses only to find they were going in the opposite direction that I wanted; and puzzled over which tickets to buy. However, I think these misadventures have helped me improve my problem-solving skills and prepared me well for future travel experiences. Read on, and see if you've used any of the forms of public transport that I mention here! 

How do people get around?:

I'm going to group these forms of transportation in tems of their usefulness for short-distance vs. long-distance travel. First up, how do people travel short distances in Europe? 

  • Walking: Let's not underestimate the power of walking! One observation I'll add to this is that Germans have a VERY high cold tolerance, so they don't shy away from walking outside even when it's cold. Often, I've been struggling along with my hat and scarf and gloves, and I'll look across the street and see an older lady strolling along like it's beach weather!