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Source: Australia Safe Travel Advisories

Nationwide and local strikes occur, affecting transport systems, including trains and airline traffic. Monitor the media and contact your travel provider for the latest details.

Euro 2024 Football Tournament

Germany will host the Euro 2024 Football Tournament from 14 June – 14 July. Expect possible travel disruptions during this time.

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Euro 2024 Football Tournament

Oktoberfest

During Oktoberfest and other major cultural and sporting events, there’ll be an increased demand for accommodation and transport facilities. Expect delays and plan your travel accordingly.

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Driving permit

You must be at least 18 years old to drive in Germany.

Always have your driver’s licence, insurance and vehicle documents in the vehicle while you’re driving.

You can only use your Australian driver’s licence in some cases. Check with the Embassy of Germany.

If you plan to drive, get an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you travel.

Road travel

Road conditions are similar to those in Australia, but some basic rules differ.

Parts of the autobahn (highway) network don’t have set speed limits. Be prepared for very fast traffic.

Bicycles have the right of way over vehicles turning into side streets.

Vehicles must be fitted with specific tyres (mud and snow) if there’s snow, ice or frost on the road.

You’ll usually need winter tyres between October and Easter. However, there’s no set period, and it varies regionally.

Check for appropriate tyres before accepting a rental vehicle. If the wrong tyres are fitted, you could get a fine, and your insurance company may reject any claim.

Get to know the local road rules before you drive or ride a vehicle.

Pedestrians and bicycles:

  • bicycles are common
  • many roads have bicycle pathways, usually coloured red, between the pedestrian footpath and the roadway, as well as bicycle traffic lights
  • don’t walk on these pathways. Cyclists travel fast and have the right of way
  • accidents and injuries resulting from collisions between cyclists and pedestrians are common

E-Scooters are common in larger cities:

  • You don’t need a driver’s licence to ride them, but you must be over 14 years of age.
  • They must be insured and not driven on pedestrian footpaths
  • You can’t take passengers on E-Scooters

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Motorcycles

Ensure your travel insurance covers you when riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.

Always wear a helmet.

Taxis

Taxi drivers who look for business in public places such as the airport may charge you more.

Metered taxis are available from official taxi ranks.

Rideshare services are legal.

Public transport

Germany has a well-developed bus and rail transport system. However, petty crime still happens.

Take care of your personal belongings, particularly on trains and in major transport hubs. Don’t leave bags unattended on trains, even briefly. 

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Sea travel

Some international cruise lines stopover in Germany. There are also cruises on major rivers.

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Air travel

Flight disruptions can happen. Reconfirm your travel leading up to your departure and consider what you would do should your flight be rescheduled at the last minute.

DFAT doesn’t provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check Germany’s air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.

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