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Germany is known for the efficiency, speed, and reliability of its transport systems, and Frankfurt is no exception. Navigating the metro, tram and bus lines that make up the Rhine-Main Transport Association (RMV) transportation network is straightforward and likely faster than a car (a luxury most locals do not have). Touch-screen ticket machines in stations usually have an English option. One ticket will gain you access to metro, tram and bus lines, and as the tickets are time-stamped, they doesn’t need to be validated. While there are no turnstiles, plainclothes controllers may check your ticket at any time–getting caught schwarzfahren (“riding black”) or even with the incorrect ticket means a 60-euro dent to your wallet. Don’t expect sympathy for being an out-of-towner—the penalty is strictly enforced. For a day trip, the country’s state-run rail network Deutsche Bahn is well-connected to Frankfurt via several long-distance rail stations, in addition to its main station, Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (more familiarly known as Frankfurt HBF).
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