Local public transport includes buses, underground rail, suburban rail and trams, all of which run at very regular intervals, particularly in the rush hour periods in the morning and late afternoon. Unfortunately, each town has its own transport system, so the rates and conditions are different everywhere. In some towns, tickets for local transport must be stamped even before stepping on to the platform; in others, on the appropriate means of transport. The best thing to do is to ask when you buy your ticket what the procedure is in your town.

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However, the rule for virtually all transport networks is that a single ticket is only valid for one journey, in one direction! Occasionally, the journey can be interrupted for a certain time and then resumed in the same direction. In this case, for the return journey, you must purchase a new single ticket. However, a day ticket is valid for the whole day within the particular area; in other words, it is also valid for journeys in different directions.

There are special discounts for local transport, too. The integrated transport system in your town may offer day, multi-journey or partner tickets. If you travel regularly, it may be worth buying a monthly, weekly or even an annual season ticket. You can find information about this on the websites of the various transport associations or at the local trans- port ticket offices. Tickets for local public transport can be obtained at signposted ticket offices and at automatic ticket machines.

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