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Of course, public transport is not the only way of getting around in Germany. The two leading forms of private transport are taxis and private automobiles. Most newcomers may find taxi fares somewhat pricey compared to fares back home. But remember that for that extra money you get to travel in a comfortable late-model Mercedes. The standard starting charge for a taxi is 2.80 euros, with an additional charge of 1,75 euros per kilometer.

Taxi stands are found outside all major rail stations, as well as at major business points and, of course, at the airport. Taxis aren't supposed to stop on the street to pick up passengers, though some will. Calling to order a cab is much more effective than trying to hail one. Cabs you order by phone will usually arrive within five or ten minutes.

The basic taxi traffic law of supply-and-demand holds oh so true here in central Germany: taxis are always harder to get during rush hour or in inclement weather. At these times, you should expect to wait longer for your cab. That is why it is important to book a taxi in advance if you have to be somewhere punctually or have an early morning flight.

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