10 reasons to get a driving license in Germany

10 reasons to get a driving license in Germany

German roads are superb, and driving on them is a wonderful experience. Although the public transport system in Germany is pretty good (with a network of trains, buses, trams, and metros), nothing can replace the flexibility and freedom that a car offers. Here are some reasons why you should get a driving license in Germany:

1. Low frequency of public transport on weekends:

Although the public transport system is excellent and buses and trams regularly ply on weekdays, on weekends, the frequency reduces. If you wish to travel anywhere using public transport on the weekend, your plans would depend heavily on the bus/tram schedule. 

2. Last mile problem:

Although public transport covers many important places, they will likely not drop you at your exact destination. This would mean walking /renting a bike or scooter to cover the rest of your path. This may become a problem if you are with small kids or are carrying heavy baggage.

3. Inconvenience due to weather:

During winter, the days are shorter, it is cold, and it rains and snows. Standing at the stop waiting for the next bus can be inconvenient at such times. In winter, there is no better way to travel than by car.

4. Public transport can be crowded:

During peak hours, public transport can get very crowded. Besides the inconvenience it causes, we all saw how unsafe traveling in crowds became during Corona times. We all can hope that Corona never returns, and even if it doesn’t, we cannot rule out the discomfort caused by many people packed next to each other. 

5. Public transport can be dirty:

I don’t see this as much of a problem in small cities, but I have personally experienced in big cities like Berlin and Stuttgart that buses are dirty. It is common to encounter drunk people with soiled clothes on public transport. It is a sight you might want to avoid.

6. Public transport and cabs are expensive:

Unless you have a job or student ticket, where the money is not spent from your pocket, you should consider this point. If you are a frequent traveler and use public transport regularly, in the long term, a car is cheaper than public transport. Cabs are expensive too, and when used regularly, can cost you a lot of money.

7. Public transport is not always reliable:

This I speak from my personal experience. The unreliability of the Deutsche Bahn is well-known in Germany. People have missed flights/ reached late for meetings, and have had to change holiday plans because of unexpected train delays and cancellations. Strikes by drivers or transport staff, though not frequent, are another reason for having a car option as a backup, even if you don’t use it regularly.

8. You can reach your destination faster by car:

This is mostly true when traveling out of the city or to relatively far-off places. Within the cities, there are dedicated lines for public transport, which helps buses and trams to run as per their schedule, but when you are traveling out of the city, the low frequency combined with the roundabout path that buses typically take ( because they try to cover many stops in between), can cost you extra time. 

9. Car gives you flexibility and comfort:

In situations like -a family member is admitted to the hospital and you need to travel between home and hospital frequently, OR the child gets sick, and you need to rush to the school to pick them up, OR worst still, if the child gets sick on a school trip and you need to get them back OR there is a bus strike, but you cannot forego your appointment..and the situations are many. Nothing can beat the comfort of the feeling that, if need be, you can travel at a moment’s notice. Only a car can offer this.

10. Flexibility of driving to other countries during your holidays:

If you have a german driving license, you can drive in all of the EU ( European Union) countries and EEA ( European Economic Area), i.e., Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. Germany is located at the heart of Europe, so you can travel to other countries very conveniently. If you are on holiday and reach the destination by car, you don’t have to bother with public transport in that country. This can save you time and money and give you the flexibility that no public transport can offer.

Driving a car is not as expensive in Germany as one may think. Getting a driving license doesn’t necessarily mean you must make another big expenditure and purchase a car. If you don’t want to buy a car, you can even use the book and drive options available in almost all the cities of Germany. These cars can be rented for the duration of your choice and returned after usage. That way, you get all the advantages of a car and don’t have to bother with insurance, fuelling, car maintenance, parking, etc. If you have a driver’s license, all you need to do is get your id validated, and you are good to go.

If you are convinced about getting a driver’s license, read my article to understand how to go about it.

2 responses to “10 reasons to get a driving license in Germany”

  1. Padma Priya avatar
    Padma Priya

    Very informative. Thanks

    1. Padmini avatar

      You are welcome:)

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2 responses to “10 reasons to get a driving license in Germany”

  1. Very informative. Thanks

    1. You are welcome:)

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