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Regensburg is easily reached from Munich by frequent direct train. It’s a little over two hours and the cheapest ticket is the Bayern Ticket. This costs just 22 Euros and is good from 9:00-03:00 for up to five people so you can easily do a day trip if you get an early start. The train lets you off right next to the old town which is easily explored on foot.
If you want to go to Weltenburg to check out the monastery (or the beer ;)), you’ll need to get an early start, especially if you’re coming from Munich. You have to get a bus to Kelheim but they conveniently leave from the main train station in Regensburg. They leave at 8:00, 11:20, and 15:30. They arrive about 40 minutes later. The catch is they only run on weekends and holidays from April till October but check ahead this may change. It cost 5.50 Euros for a day pass. Once in Kelheim, you’ll need to make your way down to the river. It’s a pleasant stroll through a nice town that could be explored if you get an early start. The famous Schneider Brewery is here if you have the time. Boats leave about every 45 minutes depending on the season and take about the same time to get there. The return trip is much quicker as it’s down river. There are quite late boats returning but the problem is you have to be back in Kelheim for the last bus, which is at 17.19. Again, make sure you check as things like this change from season to season. We got the 11:20 bus, caught the 12:30 boat, got to Weltenburg about 1:15. To be safe, we caught the 16:10 boat back for the 17:19 bus. Three hours is just about enough time to explore the monastery and have a nice meal/some beers. A better plan of action is to spend a night in Regensburg and get the early bus to Kelheim. This will give you some time to explore the town, maybe even the brewery as well as more time in Weltenburg. The cruise is full of pensioners but good fun and well worth the 6.60 Euro return trip price tag.
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Getting to Regensburg
It is easy to go to Regensburg by car. You can take the motorway A3 (from Passau, N?rnberg, W?rzburg) or the A93 (from Munich and Weiden). Regensburg has many exits, and their is an excellent car parking system there.
But better take a small car and not such a big car as I had (I was there with my delievery car) ....
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Getting to Regensburg
There are also many excellents railway connections with Regensburg. There is a big railway station and many international trains like EuroCity, InterCity and InterCity-Express also stop here.
For detailed schedules of trains going to Regensburg I recommend you to check the website of the German Federal Railways:
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I got to Regensburg by train. At list during the summer they have special offers of Bavarian "one day" ticket for only 15 Euro. You can use during that day all the local regional trains in Bavaria. (Regional Bahn)
At the picture here you can see that also the central station was under renovation.
The river Danube is crossing this city. Obviously some people do use the river as transportation road, some just use it for sports. However, this river is just at the start here and will continue further east to Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and more.
City Buses in Regensburg
Like most European cities, when one uses buses in Regensburg, one does not pay fare upon entering, one has to have a ticket or pass prior to using the public transit. There are automated ticket kiosks located at many bus stops in Regensburg. One can purchase different amounts of tickets. This was a few years ago, then these did look like cards with lines on them. When one entered the bus, one pushed the card into a validator box and it printed the date and time on it. You are then valid to ride for specified time. One can also purchase passes at several locations, usually the little "Imbiss" kiosks sell bus passes. Be sure if you use the buses in Regensburg that you have some sort of valid ticket as the transit cops do patrol and will yank you off and cite you if you do not have a ticket. From what I have been told if they realize your are a foreigner, they can be pretty nasty about it! Also make sure, if you take the bus away from the city out a way that you paid correct fare, as there are "zones" for the buses and you have to have bought the correct ticket or punched your card enough to travel there and you will get in trouble if the transit police audit you and find you deficient. They are not sympathetic at all!
Have fun, but be careful!
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DB to Regensburg
Deutsche Bahn has regular, several- times- daily, rail service to Regensburg. I don't know if Lufthansa or Condor flies to Regensburg or very nearby, but Nuernberg and Muenchen are only about an hour away by rail and Frankfurt about three. Several luxurious ICE and IR trains go to Regensburg every day.
If one is buying a Eurail or Deutsche Bahn pass, I suggest you buy a first class pass, it is worth the extra money, as the first class cars, especially on the ICE trains are very ,very nice. They have reclining seats with personal video and music, are plush and usually uncrowded. Plus, if you travel on a weekend the trains in second class may be packed and you may have to stand, which is no fun! Even if second class is full, in my experience, first class usually had plenty of room.
One usually doesn't need to reserve a seat, either. You can sit in a reserved seat as long as you vacate it or get off at a stop before the city that the person the seat was reserved for commences travel. The conducters don't have a problem with that.
If you have a pass, make sure you have it validated at a station before you get on the train because you only have so many days within to use them if they are for a certain amount of trips. (That's so the conductor knows that your pass hasn't expired!)
After you get on the train, show the pass to the conductor when they ask for your ticket, they will stamp it on the box of the day that is unused if the date hasn't been stamped already there. If you change trains that same day, just show it to the conductor on the next train so they know you have been validated to travel that day. It's really fairly simple and passes work out to be much cheaper than point-to-point single tickets or even round-trip fares in Germany, and they are much less hassle than messing with tickets!
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You can get to Regensburg with the train. The station is rather close to the old city, where you find most of the hotels. There is as well a bus stop at the station.
We went there by car, because I like to be independant and to visit smaller places off the beaten path, where I can't go by bus and train.
busses - public transportation in Regensburg
There are lots of yellow busses. That are the busses you can take when you want to go somewhere in Regensburg. There is a big bus station near the station. We never used the busses, as our hotel was near the old town, so we prefered walking.
The website below is the website of the public transport - only in german. You find there the schedule as well as the prices.
I saw a lot of bikes and parkings for bikes. What I missed was the special lanes for bikes . But there are not in all places so much bike lanes as I am used to from Mannheim. In the parts of Regensburg which are in the valley it is probably no problem going by bike, But there are as well some parts of the town up on the hills, which makes biking perhpas a bit more "difficult".
A thing I want to do in the future is biking the Danube cycling tour. This tour leeds as well through Regensburg.
city tour - tourist bus
If you don't have much time at Regensburg or if you have problems walking a lot, take the city tour. The bus takes a lovely tour through the old city. It is guided in several languages and it lasts about 45 minutes.
schedule: april - october at the cathedral: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 o'clock (juin: as well 17)
It costs 7 Euro, which is not much, as you get as well a coffee in "Haus Heuport", an old cafe in front of the cathedral.
You get tickets at the tourist information and I think as well in the bus itsself!
In Regensburg you won't find a subway or a tram. You can just take the bus to go from one place to another place if you want to go somewhere outside the city centre. The bus terminal is directly in front of the train station. Buses in all directions leave there.
All hotels in the city centre are within walking distance. To the Youth hostel take Bus Numer 3, direction Wutzelhofen and leave at the station "Wöhrdstraße/Jugendherberge".
When you want to stop the bus you have to push the red button saying stop. Otherwise the bus won't stop.
A one way ticket (Einzelfahrt) is €1,80 (maybe a little bit more if you buy it in the bus). You are allowed to change the bus on the way to you destinantion. You are not allowed to stop somewhere and to drive on later. A one day ticket (called Tagesticke in Germant) is €3,80 (if you buy it at the machine, €5,20 if you buy it in the bus), allows you to use the buses as often as you want after 9am.
Regensburg is a very small city. Everything in the city centre is within walking distance. If you don't want to walk around the whole day you can also rent a bike. But be careful! You are not allowed to go everywhere in the city centre by bike. There are road sign which show you where you can go and where you can't.
You can rent a bike directly at the train station. It is about €6 for one day. Some hotels also offer bikes (e.g. the Courtyard by Marriott, which is not directly in the city centre).
Regensburg does not have an airport. The nearest airports are Munich and Nuremberg.
There are trains from these airports and allmost all larger cities in Germany and even Europe to Regensburg. Mostly you will have to change trains but this is usually not a problem.
A one-way ticket from Munich train station to Regensburg is €22,40. Almost the same from Nuremberg.
There is a way to save money. If you travel after 9am buy a "Bayernticket Single". It is €19 and you can use it the whole day after 9am for all trains (RE, RB, ALX, not ICE and not EC) within Bavaria. It is also a nice way to discover Bavaria. There is also a Ticket called "Bayernticket". It is €27 and valid for 5 persons after 9am everywhere in Bavaria. If you find someone who is also going to Regensburg you can maybe share the ticket and even safe more money.
The autobahns A3 and A93 lead to Regensburg.
There are several parking places and car parks in Regensburg (e.g. Donaumarkt, Altes Eisstadion). Most of them are with costs. The one at "Altes Eissatdion" is for free. "Wöhrdstraße" (number 60) is the street where the parking place "Altes Eisstadion" is (for your route guidance system). It is next to the bridge called Nibelungenbrücke. To the city centre you walk about 10 minutes. It is a nice walk along the Danube.
Most of the sights in the city centre can't be seen by car. Regensburg has a large pedestrian area and many one-way and inaccessible streets.
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