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All students enrolled at the University of Bonn are entitled to use public transportation in the Rhine-Sieg area free of charge (i.e. all carriers belonging to the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg) if they carry their Student ID as well as another ID (driver's license, etc.) with a photo. Upon registration at university, students have already paid for this "Studi-Ticket". This student's season ticket is valid for 6 months (starting October 1st or April 1st), i.e. not only during lecture periods. This ticket allows unlimited travel on buses, trams and some DB trains (those that do not require supplements). Further information on the area covered by your "Studi-Ticket" is available from the Information Office of Bonner Verkehrsbetriebe, which is situated in the underpass of the main station (Bonn Hauptbahnhof).

As you can see, it is not advisable to buy a car in order to get around, especially due to the fact that parking fees are high almost everywhere in Bonn's city centre. Those of you living close to the city centre will discover that bicycles are the best option. Bikes are also fun for weekend trips in the Bonn area. They are even allowed on Rhine riverboats for a fee of about one Euro. Unfortunately, expensive bikes are very likely to be stolen. You might want to buy a bike second-hand and resell it when you go back home. Check out ads on the university's notice boards or go to the bicycle market held next to the university's Main Building (to the side of the Hofgarten) once a semester. You can also rent a bike at:

  • The Radstation at Bonn Hauptbahnhof (main station)
  • Kurscheid Rent-a-Bike, Römerstr. 4, 53111 Bonn, Tel: 631433
  • Fahrradladen Südstadt: Ermekeilstr. 7, Tel: 264899 (sells and rents bikes)
  • City Bike, Oxfordstr. 15, 53111 Bonn, Tel: 630034
The best way to travel around Germany is to either go by car or by train. There are cheap options for both modes of transportation: car-pools and discounts on train fares. In Germany, it is not very common to travel around by bus, unless you book one for a whole group of people. For longer distances, you might also want to contact a travel agency for bargain airfares (there are special offers for students). If you do not have a discount ticket for the German railway system, it can often be cheaper to go by plane.

For further information: If you're looking for a somebody with a car who is headed the same direction as you at a time that suits you, or if you can offer your own car for such a trip, look at the university's noticeboards or call the Mitfahrzentrale: 0228/693030.
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