The public transit
system in Frankfurt
consists of several carriers who all utilise the same fare system. Therefore, one ticket
is valid for a journey which may include several modes of transit run by different operators.The fares are paid in advance of travel at a ticket vending machine or on board a bus
. There are no turnstiles
or other controlling barriers - passengers therefore have responsibility
for ensuring they have a ticket. Plain-clothes ticket inspectors are employed and carry out checks to ensure passengers have paid. If found to be travelling without a ticket, then they are required to pay an increased fare of €
40.A trip within Frankfurt costs between €1.50 and €2.40, and a journey to the suburbs outside Frankfurt costs between €3.60 and €6.75 approx.
Frankfurt itself is the central city of the so called Rhein-Main Region
, and therefore the service caters the large number of commuters who travel to and from the suburbs each day.The suburban rail
service is provided by rapid transit trains (S-Bahn
). All but one of the lines run together in a single underground section through the city centre, and then go their separate ways at either end. In the suburban sections they are generally double-tracked or share mainline tracks with other regional, long distance passenger and cargo trains.
The trains can be up to 200 m (600 ft) long and have a maximum speed of approximately 140 km/h (90 mph). Electricity supply is provided by overhead wires
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