Rostock in the North of Germany is one of the biggst cities in Eastern Germany. Due to that, the city got a public transportation network consisting of S-Bahn trains, trams and buses. All vehicles are accessible with a disability. Our newest guide gives you an overview about all means of transport in Rostock!
Due to it’s location, Rostock doesn’t have a really important train network. There are several regional trains that connect Rostock with nearby villages. Moreover, there are a few long distance trains to cities like Schwerin, Hamburg or Berlin. As there is no rail connection the Northern Europe at this time, the Rostock train station is more of a terminus than an exchange station.
Rostock has together with neighbouring cities a S-Bahn network that is comparable to a metro system in other cities. There are three lines that are connecting Warnemüde with Güstrow via Rostock. All lines follow the same route, starting at Warnemünde and ending at Rostock Central Station.
While line 1 terminates there, line 2 is going on to Güstrow via Schwaan, while line 3 is going on to Güstrow via Laage. There are several stops in the metropolitan area of Rostock where exchange between buses, trams and S-Bahn trains is possible. The main exchange station is the Rostock Central Station where regional trains also depart.
S-Bahn lines in Rostock:
Transportation in Rostock itself is arranged by buses and trams alike. The latter got a long tradition in Rostock as the lines with horse-drawn carriages were already introduced in the late 19th century. Today, the network compromises of six lines and an additional line for special events.
In total, there are 64 stops in the tram system right now. Some lines are only operating on weekdays or only at special times of the day, so be aware that not all routes are operated on a daily basis. Exchange between the lines is possible at several stations in the city center.
Regular tram lines in Rostock:
In addition, there are 27 bus lines that partly operate on a daily basis. The numbering in Rostock is quite easy: Trams got singe digits, buses got two digits. Some special bus lines also got letters next to numbers. The bus traffic in Rostock mostly operates all the routes that are not served by trams. Exchange to the tram lines and bus lines is mainly possible in the city center.
Most buses as well the tram lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 also have a stop at the Rostock Central Station. Tickets of the RSAG, the operator of trams and buses in Rostock, are valid for all means of public transport including S-Bahn trains, buses and trams. Short distance tickets are available for 1.50 Euro (~ 1.65 US-Dollar), while normal single tickets cost 2 Euro (~ 2.20 US-Dollar).
Even though the public transportation system in Rostock is quite good, there is also a decent number of taxis in the city. As everywhere in Germany, taxis are colored in light yellow and got taxi signs on the roof. All taxis in Rostock are equipped with taximeters and are recently tested to ensure highest standards in safety. The prices for taxis are quite high compared to the prices of the public transportation system. The base fare is 2.70 Euro (~ 2.95 US-Dollar) from 6 am to 10 pm. Further kilometers are charged in a descending order with fares of 2.80 Euro (~ 3.05 US-Dollar) for the first kilometer and 1.40 Euro (~ 1.50 US-Dollar) starting from the fourth kilometer.
Due to it’s location on the waterfront, there is touristic boat traffic in Rostock. There are also some scheduled ferry services to Northern Europe and some little islands.
Moreover, the RSAG introduced a so-called pedelec rental system. Tourists and locals alike may use rental bikes that are available on four different stations in the city for a small fee.