Transport in the Rhein-Ruhr Region 

Coordinated Transport

Tranport in the Rhein-Ruhr region is co-ordinated by the VRR (Verein Rhein-Ruhr). This means that

Introduction to VRR

Fare Levels

The fare levels are as follows in overview

Actual Fares

Current Fares, in full

The actual fares in overview, as of 2008, are as follows


Single Journey

Day Ticket

Short Route











D 10,5023,50

W.r.t. the bottom line in the above table, I am uncertain whether a single journey further afield would be classed as C or D, but you do need a level D day ticket to be able to receive unlimited travel throughout the entire region for a single day.

Very Important - Cancellation

Tramway tickets need to be cancelled (entwertet) before use, otherwise you could be liable for a 40 Euro fine. Some stations have 'entwerters' on the platform, otherwise you will have to cancel your ticket inside the tram itself (where the devices are normally situated by the door).

Trams in Duisburg

Tramways in Duisburg

There are three tramway lines in Duisburg

Two of them operate primarily in Duisburg

Otherwise there is the U79, which operates with larger carriages and whose stations etc. are indicated by the letter U for U-Bahn (underground railway). It receives this designation because it is a part of the Düsseldorf underground system. It does also travel underground in parts of Duisburg, typically from Duisburg-Meiderich, via the city center (where you can transfer to the other tramway lines), before emerging above ground on its way to Düsseldorf, where it goes underground again - as far as Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (main station). You could also hear it referred to as the Rheinbahn, which is actually the name used for the entire public transport system in Dusseldorf.

As part of our evening in the Düsseldorf Altstadt, it will usually be mentioned that you can make your own way home, by the U79 if you want. The stop you need is directly adjacent to the Altstadt, on Heinrich-Heine-Allee (but underground). The Heinrich-Heine-Haus, where he was actually born, is to be found on the Bokkerstrasse, a street on which you might end up eating during your visit.

Tram in Duisburg

The S-Bahn

Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn System

The S-Bahn is run by Deutsche Bahn, the national railway system. Look out for the letter S inside a (green) circle. Trains run every 20 mins weekdays and every 30 mins at weekends (on the lines going through Duisburg anyway). The map above is slightly misleading insofar as although the S-Bahn extends to Köln, the VRR region stops south of Düsseldorf, so travel to Köln will be more expensive.

Nevertheless the map shows the extent of the VRR region. A VRR ticket can take you to Moenchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Hagen, Dortmund, Oberhausen and the region inbetween.

Since you can travel from A to B using any transport system, in some cases you have a choice

The Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn did make extensive use of double-decker carriages from East Germany, although I believe these are to be phased out from 2008.

I believe the first S-Bahn was the Berlin Stadtschnellbahn, known as the SS-Bahn. I can only make the obvious assumption as to what happened to a name like that, and consequently I have always believed that the 'S' in S-Bahn could stand for either Stadt (town or city) or Schnell (quick).