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Statue of Roland in historic Bremen
 

Practical info Bremen, Germany

Getting around the city

The best way to explore the city centre is on foot; however, Bremen also has a well-maintained public transportation network made up of trams and buses, which run regularly and service the city and most of the outlying suburbs. At the weekends, buses are available through the night. Metered taxis are available 24 hours a day, although they can be expensive for longer journeys. Travellers also have the option of hiring a car, although it generally won't be necessary unless one plans on travelling farther afield. Bremen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Germany and there are opportunities to hire a bike for the day. Cycling is one of the fastest and most pleasant ways in which to explore Bremen.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220-230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.

Communication

The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

City Airport Bremen

www.airport-bremen.de

Getting to the city

The No. 6 tram is a convenient way to get into Bremen as it connects the airport to the main railway and bus stations; trams operate regularly during rush hour. Buses are available to Groningen and Oldenburg, and operate several times per day.

Car rental

Several car hire agencies operate from the airport including Enterprise, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available at the airport, and a fare to Bremen is around €10. Recommended companies include Roland Taxi and Tours Bremen.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are all within walking distance.

Facilities

The main terminal building features several shops and restaurants, and other facilities such as banks and ATMs, a hair salon, spa, and taxi desk.

Parking

There is a multilevel car park opposite Terminals 1-3. Section P1 offers short-term parking starting at €2.80 for the first hour, and there are a limited number of spaces for drop-offs and collections in front of each terminal for €1, with a maximum stay of 20 minutes. Long-term parking is available in section P1 starting at €45 for two days and €79 for one week; long-term rates in P2 are slightly lower. There are dedicated women's parking spaces on each level.

Internet

Wifi is available through some restaurants.