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The Price Levels

The basis for the fare calculation in the region covered by the transport association is the tariff zones, tariff cells and short trip tariffs. As a rule a tariff zone comprises a city or several small cities/communities. Every tariff zone is made up of one or more cells (“Waben”). Every connection within the VRR area is allocated to a price level. In addition to the short trip tariff, there are five price levels A, B, C, D and E. Children under the age of six always travel free of charge and must always be accompanied. For children aged between six and under 15 the reduced ticket prices shown in the respective price lists apply.

Short trip

The Short Trip („Kurzstrecke“) is valid for up to three stops after access of tram or bus (exception: bus lines that use motorways). Changing tram or bus is not possible with this ticket, validity time is up to 20 minutes after purchase or devaluation.

Price level A  

Level A applies to trips within a tariff zone. In the cities of Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen and Wuppertal, each of consists of two tariff zones, tickets of price level A are valid for the entire urban area. Moreover, price level A also applies to trips within two neighbouring cells of adjacent tariff zones with a direct transport connection.
Timed tickets (weekly, monthly and annual tickets) are divided into price classes A1, A2 and A3: Price class A1 applies to smaller towns and municipalities. Price class A2 applies to eleven larger towns / cities with well-developed public transportation networks.
Cash tickets are divided into price classes A1/ A2 and A3 for individual tickets. Price class A3 applies to five large cities with very tight-knit, high-quality urban transport services. Public transportation in these cities is distinguished by an extensive number of routes, rapid timing, very good rapid transit and regional connections, as well as numerous overnight express lines. The cities Düsseldorf, Essen, Wuppertal, Dortmund and Bochum have the price level A3.

Price level B

In price level B a distinction is made in the validity area according to the type of ticket: in the case of cash tickets, price level B always applies to trips into the neighbouring tariff zone, and as rule to a tariff zone beyond that. In the case of season tickets of price level B, a freely selectable central tariff zone is to be defined. A predefined validity area is allocated to each central tariff zone.

Price level C

Also in price level C there are differences between cash and season tickets: the cash tickets apply to trips across three to four tariff zones, while in the case of season tickets it is required to define two neighbouring central tariff zones. The tickets of price level C then apply in the central tariff zones – which are also freely selectable, but have to be adjacent to one another – and all neighbouring tariff zones.

Price level D

The tickets of price level D apply in the entire VRR area.



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