Bochum is located in the east of the Ruhr Valley, between Essen and Dortmund. The public transport network of the city of Bochum, known as Bochum Stadtbahn. consists of train, metro, tram and bus.
The Bochum Stadtbahn is a light rail that serves the cities of Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and the surroundings of Herne , Hattingen and Witten. It is operated by BOGESTRA. (Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG), a joint venture between the cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen.
Like the city of Dortmund was included in the overall plan for the Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn in 1970. For the city of Bochum, included three routes that would intersect in Bochum Hauptbahnhof:
(1) a north-south line from Recklinghausen to Bochum and Witten, via Herne
(2) a line from Hattingen, in the southwest to the northeast in Castrop Rauxel, and
(3) a line from Gelsenkirchen in the northwest to the southeast neighborhoods of Bochum.
The Bochum Stadtbahn opened in 1979 and currently has one single line with 15.3 kms in length and 21 stations. In service only the most important stretch of the north-south line.
There is only one line in service of the three originally planned, the U35, which runs underground throughout much of its course by Herne and Bochum. The second line is over just on its way through the center of Bochum but is used by the trams. The third route is finished only in the center of Gelsenkirchen. That is, although there are sections in service, have not finished building.
Bochum Hauptbahnhof is the central station that has to accommodate the three lines running through the city. It has two levels, the upper level platforms for east-west ( for the tram use) and the lower level for the other two, of which currently is only service in the U35.
The U35 line circulates from 04:30 a.m. to 01:00 a.m.
The frequency is 5 minutes from Hustadt to Riemke Markt and every 10 minutes tol Strünkede Schloss. Every 15 minutes after 20:00 hours.
Just like Dortmund or Düsseldorf, Bochum is part of the VRR tariff (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr). The ticket price depends on the number of zones, with Zone A for the city of Bochum and zone B and C for the suburbs. They can be purchased at vending machines and kiosks with symbol "VRR" , BOGESTRA offices and bus drivers. The machines are in front of the platform and trams. The BOGESTRA Sales Office are in front of the central station.
Before boarding the train, tram or subway be sure to have your ticket stamped because the penalties for not doing so are very high. Stamping machines are orange and there on the platform, on trams and on buses.
There are five fare zones:
|Tipo de Ticket||Short Trip||Zone A||Zone B||Zone C||Zone D||Zona E|
|4 Tickets Adult||5.30€||8.70€||17.30€||35.20€||41.40€||53.20€|
|4 Tickets Child||5.30€||5.30€||5.30€||5.30€||5.30€||5.30€|
|1 Day Ticket||-||5.70€||11.30€||23.30€||26.30€||26.30€|
Monthly Pass: called Ticket 1000 . It is a non transferible pass valid for unlimited travel within the validity zone. A maximun of two adults and three children can travel. The price also depends on the hours when it is going to be used. Cheaper after 09.00 a.m.
Transferible Monthly Pass: called Ticket 2000. It is a transferible Monthly Pass and also allows the transport on one bicycle.Valid for unlimited travel within the validity zone and with the same characteristics for the families than with Ticket 1000.
|To use before 09.00 a.m.||To use after 09.00 a.m.|
Note: enter the official website to get the updated information: http://www.vrr.de/imperia/md/content/welocme_prices_at_a_glance.pdf
Children. Children under 6 travel free if accompanied by an adult, age 6 to 15 pay the child fare, and of 15 are charged as adults.
There are three airports serving the city of Bochum, but the closest is Dortmund Airport.
The lines of high speed train ICE, IC, EC and regional RE 1of the Ruhr Basin have regularly stop in Bochum Hauptbahnhof Central Station, and arrive at the airport. A single ticket costs 11.40 € and the journey takes 33 minutes by train ICE, and 35 regional train.
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