Saartallinien. This state-owned local company provides bus lines and a tramway. Depending on the line, buses run every 15 to 60 minutes.
It is advisable to buy a timetable, sold at the main train station or in bookshops. It is really handy and contains a map of the entire bus network and train schedules.
Saarbahn and bus stations
|Universität Busterminal||the closest station to MPI|
|Universität Mensa||the second nearest station to MPI|
|Universität Campus||center campus, near Service Center|
|Haus der Zukunft||a busy station where a lot of buslines cross|
|Rathaus/Johanneskirche||busy station downtown|
|Hauptbahnhof||station in front of the central railway station|
As a member of MPI, you are entitled to getting a JobTicket which is a 12-month subscription for SaarVV bus transportation services,
at a minimum 10 % discount. The JobTicket discount rates are progressive, so the more MPI members subscribe, the higher the discount is for all of them.
All you have to do is fill in the request form for the JobTicket (webpage of Saartallinien) and give it to the personnel department or your group secretary. You can choose
your starting and ending points individually. They do not have to be within the Saarbruecken city limits.
At the end of the twelve months, the ticket can be cancelled in any month to the end of that month. If you cancel the subscription before the twelfth month,
you will be charged the difference to the regular ticket price. The JobTicket can only be ordered if you have a German bank account and give the bus company
a direct debit mandate. If the employer submits the request form to the JobTicket office before the 10th day of a month, it is valid starting the following month.
If you are planning a move, it might be a good idea to have the ticket mailed to the MPI.
The Deutsche Bahn is responsible for the German train system, its website gives detailed information about train schedules and platforms, trips inside Germany, and prices.
General information on the train system in Germany
Passenger trains are classified according to their speed, the distance they cover, and the type of services they offer. Please have a look at this link.
A Bahncard gives a reduction on fares for all trains inside Germany. The card is only valid for the person it is issued to. (Important: The BahnCard is valid for one year from the date of issue and will be automatically renewed for one year, unless it is cancelled no later than 6 weeks before its renewal date.)
TheDeutsche Bahn'sprice system for long-distance traffic offers special discounts, especially if you are able to book far in advance and commit to the specific train you have chosen.
The rule in Germany is that you buy a ticket before travel begin; otherwise, you will end up paying a higher fare or even a penalty. Bear in mind that ticket checks are routine, as each train usually has a team of staff rather than a single conductor. Tickets for train travel can be purchased from
- Travel centers or booking offices at stations
- Authorized travel agencies (additional handling fee)
- Ticket machines at stations (touch screen)
- Timetable and tickets via the Internet
or if you are travelling on MPI business, please get your online train ticket from the secretary of your department. (Please see her well in advance.)