Tariff and fare categories

Ticket fares are calculated in the VRR transport association area based on the fare zones, hexagonal zones or ‘Waben’, and short distances. A fare zone usually comprises one city or several small cities/municipalities and is made up of one or more hexagonal zones or ‘Waben’. Each connection within the VRR area is assigned a fare category. In addition to the short distances, there are the fare categories A, B, C and D. Children under six years of age always travel free of charge. Reduced ticket fares apply for children from six to 14 years of age.

Fare category A is generally valid for trips within a city:

  • Category A1 in smaller towns and municipalities
  • Category A2 in eleven larger towns or cities with a well-developed public transport network: Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Herne, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Mülheim, Neuss/Kaarst, Oberhausen, Remscheid, Solingen
  • Category A3 in five large cities with very dense and particularly high-quality local transport services. In addition to Düsseldorf, these include Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Wuppertal.

In fare category B, you select a central fare zone from which you can then travel to the directly adjacent fare zones. Keep in mind that the central fare zone can be anywhere, it does not have to be the fare zone where you live.

With fare category C, you can choose between 19 different regions in the Rhine-Ruhr transport network. Example: You can also travel from the central area of Düsseldorf to Oberhausen, Essen or Wuppertal with fare category C – without an additional ticket!

With fare category D, you can travel throughout the VRR transport network.

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