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I use Öffi, the interface is less cluttered than the BVG app, and uses the same data source. It starts quickly and does the job very well. Also works in other areas in Germany/Europe, but you have to switch manually.
"Öffi" for Android supports these regional network plans: • Berlin & Brandenburg (BVG, VBB)
• Frankfurt & Rhein-Main (RMV)
• München (MVV, MVG)
• Augsburg (AVV)
• Schwerin & Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (VMV)
• Rostock (RSAG)
• Kiel, Lübeck & Schleswig-Holstein (nah.sh)
• Hannover & Niedersachsen (GVH)
• Göttingen & Südniedersachsen (VSN)
• Braunschweig (BSVAG)
• Bremen (BSAG)
• Bremerhaven & Oldenburg (VBN)
• Leipzig & Sachsen-Anhalt (NASA)
• Dresden (DVB, VVO)
• Chemnitz & Mittelsachsen (VMS)
• Essen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf & Rhein-Ruhr (VRR)
• Köln, Bonn (KVB, VRS)
• Lüdenscheid & Märkischer Kreis (MVG)
• Paderborn & Höxter (nph)
• Mannheim & Rhein-Neckar (VRN)
• Stuttgart (VVS)
• Reutlingen & Neckar-Alb-Donau (NALDO)
• Ulm (DING)
• Karlsruhe (KVV)
• Trier (VRT)
• Nürnberg, Fürth & Erlangen (VGN)
• Würzburg & Regensburg (VVM)
• Straßburg & Freiburg
• Baden-Württemberg (NVBW)
• Plauen & Vogtland (VVV)
• Wien, Niederösterreich & Burgenland
• Oberösterreich (OÖVV)
• Linz (Linz AG)
• Innsbruck (IVB)
• Graz & Steiermark (STV)
• Bregenz & Vorarlberg
• Basel (BVB)
• Luzern (VBL)
• Zürich (ZVV)
• Brüssel (STIB, MIVB)
• Kopenhagen (Metro)
• Stockholm (SL)
• London (TfL)
• Warschau (ZTM)
I usually use the "scotty" app.
Edit: [link] also works fine, but is not live afaik and doesn't really do routing. More of a timetable helper.
If you have an Android phone check out the Öffi app .
It pretty much works with all public transport in Germany and has many useful features :)
My favorite app is Öffi. You can search from point to point and the visual representation of the possible routes is the best of all apps I know.
The best one I've found is Offi - Journey Planner. The Directions feature lets you put in start/end locations and times, and will tell you whatever combo of public transport you'll use for the whole trip -train, tram, bus etc. It's not a beautiful app but it's the most fully featured I've found.
If you want something just for trains, Melbourne Train Trapper is a pretty simple app that can do similar journey planning on the train network.
Falls du die von der Bahn nicht magst gibt es noch Öffi: [link]
Hatte ich jetzt schon in einigen Städten benutzt. Hat ein netteres UI, ist kleiner und braucht nicht so viele Rechte wie die der Bahn. Aus irgendwelchen Gründen hat die in Frankfurt manchmal schneller die S-Bahn Verspätungen als die Bahn App.
Yes, the App is a great idea. I highly recommend Öffi for Android - don't know what's popular for iPhone currently.
All the apps use the official info from the BVG anyway, so you'll know when something is going on there.
Can't speak for ios, but the android version qando isn't actually half bad and has become decently stable and accurate in the recent past.
But: Öffi currently is the better alternative again, since he switched to WL as the data source. (Yeah, ironic, I know. But WL at least still offer an open API, unlike the wonderful VOR/VAO...)
sadly there is a data sharing problem between wiener linien and google. WL does have an API that a couple of 3rd party apps use to display routes, but google apparently can't.
as a result, only medium-long distance trains are part of the google public transport tool. to get access to all the data, use an app or the official website:
my favorite app: Öffi
the official website
Yes, like Öffi (Android), which has a widget that shows you the next departures of the nearest of your chosen stations.
They had some Windows apps but I cannot find them on their site and I don't remember if they were real time or just a better timetable app.
From central station to central station it takes 9 minutes from Wolfenbüttel to Braunschweig via train.
In general the public transport system is very good and you don't need a car necessarily, I would recommend a bike, though. To find connections download the "Öffi App": [link]
PM me when you're in Braunschweig, I may have time to show you the city.
Öffi - Fahrplanauskunft
Damit hab ich österreichweit und in ganz Europa eine Anlaufstelle für öffentliche Verkehrsmittel und muss mir nicht etliche einschlägige Apps von OeBB, Postbus und Co. installieren.
If you're using an Android phone, I can recommend an app called "Öffi" (colloquial for public transport in German) - it supports many major cities and regions across Europe and has the best interface for among all the apps I've tried.
Ja, ist schon ein wenig lästig, das stimmt. Das tolle an Öffi ist, dass man für jede Stadt auf die Öffis zugreifen kann, und das nicht nur in Deutschland: [link]
For public transport, you need Öffi, and the official DB app for trains.
Yeah, in other words, an umlaut :)
I live in Australia...annoying how often I have to explain to people how to pronounce things like Öffi.
It's not app-related, but if you have something that can add events to your calendar, you'll get pins.
3 creative calendar+timeline examples:
If you're traveling via plane, most sites, such as Kayak, TripIt, etc., will let you add your itinerary to your calendar. Once you have it in your calendar, the details will show up on your watch — without the need for a specific app.
There's a transit app called Offi for Android that doesn't have Pebble integration, but does allow you to tap an icon to add an entry in your calendar. Then you can tap the future button on your Pebble and see the transit info immediately, as a quick reference to see your next bus/tram/train without having to get your phone out.
I've written a bit of Ruby that uses the icalendar gem to generate an .ics file for one of my favorite local restaurants, as every week, it happens to post its menu of the day for each weekday ahead of time. The script fetches the web page, parses it, and outputs an .ics. I've made the file publicly available at a URL and subscribed to it with Google Calendar. Now each day's item shows up on my watch, and I can decide if I want to eat there just by glancing at my timeline. (Alternatively, I was thinking about upadating a calendar over webdav with cadaver or gcalcli, but settled for the ease of subsribing to an .ics.) You don't necessarily need to write software to do this kind of thing, either, as a lot of time-based software can output to .ics too.
TL;DR: You can get creative with calendars.
Something that may be helpful too is the offi app. It let's you plan out trips with public transport in many regions including Frankfurt. Might be more convenient than using the website, as you can also save connections via calendar.
I've seen many complaints from iOS devs that the review process takes to long.
Remember, not only new apps, but also each update has to be reviewed. Otherwise shady devs would simply publish a harmless app first and update it later with malware/whatever. This also means, that critical updates are delayed until they are approved, which can lead to many negative reviews because of a bad bug
Edit: There is an public transit app, called Öffi that gets updated several times a week to fix sever incompatibilities with the many supported transport providers. Imagine each update takes 4-6 days to be approved (like on iOS, as I heard). This means you might not be able to use the app for this time until the fix finally gets approved.
I'm using [link], works in most European metropole areas.
The official app for Copenhagen (DOT) has been totally butchered with the latest update: [link]
Google maps works just fine as well though. I'm using Öffi more as a habit, and to keep maps less cluttered.
Offi - [link]
Does multimode transit well (eg walk>bus>walk>train>tram>walk) and can be used in many parts of the world.
My preferred app is [link] by the way (has access to a huge variety of transport networks in all of Germany and surrounding countries). Only available on Android though, no idea what iOS alternative people prefer...
EDIT: Just realized it offers some destinations in the US and Australia as well, so no longer a purely European solution.
If you are on Android, I can only recommend Öffi. It's great for finding the fastest connection and accounts for delays as long as they are publicly available. Also, it supports ridiculous amounts of networks all over the world.
Gibt es einen Grund, warum eine der wohl populärsten Fahrgastinformationsapps im deutschen Raum, der Öffi, fehlt? 5mio+ Downloads auf Google Play, benutze ich zb. primär seit sicher 7 Jahren.
Was meinst du denn konkret? Zugriff auf Verspätungen etc. oder jetzt konkret Tickets kaufen? Für die aktuellen Zugdaten welche einem alle Verbindungen und auch Verpätungsdaten anzeigen gibt es schon eine Frei Zugängliche Schnittstelle, welche einige andere Apps nutzen (siehe bspw. Öffi).
Beim Ticket kauf sehe ich jetzt keinen Vorteil durch andere Anbieter, da diese am Ende sowieso die Leistungen auch bei der Bahn einkaufen müssen. Durch solche Reseller erhöht sich insgesamt der Preis nur, da es noch jemand gibt der mitverdienen will. Deinen Perso kannst du ja bspw. auch nur im Bürgeramt beantragen und nicht bei einem Reseller, obwohl der Staat damit ein Monopol hat.
If you got an Android you can use öffi, it's simple to use and you got all available Bus-,Subway- and trainlines in Germany
Quick update, it won't work at local transit ticket machines (DB, mvv). You will have to use cash there. Install Oeffi or the mvv app to check prices and connections. [link] [link]
> Don't use the scotty app, it is $@#%# instead use Oeffi app [link] one app to rule them all!
From what I see it's bus but from what you say it's trains too?
Öffi ist the best public transport app for Germany, Austria and Swiss.
I just cannot live without the much superior time layout of the app. For very long distances it sometimes does omit some connections though. For all usual connections it works perfectly.
Works perfectly with the old API
Not sure why google maps still doesn't have public transport options, but its beyond a joke now.
Is it a "estágio", separate from the degree in Portugal, or something along the lines of a an Erasmus exchange? Regardless, if she has a link to the University here, either a contract or a temporary registration she might might be able to get a discount for public transportation (semester ticket or a job ticket, which costs about 35€/month). Either way, she should ask for help in her department/supervisor/colleagues. She might even be able to get a bicycle on the cheap and bike everywhere. The winter here is reasonably mild, a bit colder than Portugal, but not crazy minus temperatures, and rainy (a bit like Aveiro minus the crazy winds).
Areas to live in:
I thoroughly recommend against staying outside Mainz. It will probably not be cheaper, the commute will take too long, and she might end up in a Industrial or Residential area bored out of her skull. A lot of post-grad students choose Neustadt/Alstadt (shops, pubs, bars, central), but places like Gonsenheim, Hartenberg/Munchfeld, Bretzheim, Oberstadt, are either nice areas or relatively close to Uni, sometimes in walking distance.
To check out transport connections, she can install the öffi app. This will let her test the connection available to Uni (main stop is "Universität") from any point in town. And it is in English :)
Not only for Berlin, but öffi is absolutely awesome!
Hab's zwar noch nicht in Köln ausprobiert, aber 'Öffi' hat mich bis jetzt noch nicht enttäuscht.
Öffi used to be wonderful for Melbourne until PTV disabled the compatible data feed. It displayed your journey options like this.
Vielleicht hatte er eine der Fake-Apps?
Das ist die Richtige.
by Öffi he means this btw: [link]
Mein persönlicher Favorit seit Jahren ist Öffi
You can survive speaking only English, but you can't depend on random people you'd want to interact with to be able to communicate (e.g., asking the bus driver something about an upcoming stop, or the lady in the bakery whether a cake contains something you're allergic to). Signs, food packaging etc. obviously are in German, so make sure to quickly get a data plan for your phone so you can look stuff up. And btw. "bus driver", this app will be useful. Getting a cheap bike (and a not-so-cheap lock for it) is a good idea as well.
How well your BF will be doing depends on how good his German is. :)
Obviously it will be a great opportunity for him to become properly fluent, but he might have to tell people he interacts with regularly to use German with him, at least when you're not around. We don't have many opportunities to use our second language with native speakers, either, and frankly, sometimes it's just more efficient to use English if the other person isn't fluent in German yet.
It might even be possible that your professional credentials would translate in principle, but even if you could get accredited in time (which I very much doubt), you wouldn't be here long enough to set up a practice and your patients'/clients' needs would be unlikely to align with your stay. With related unprotected professions (e.g., "life coach") you'd probably have the same issues with only being here for a limited short time.
For academic work four months probably isn't enough, either, but you're much more qualified to judge that than I am. Anyway, the local uni has a psychology department and a group for clinical psychology and psychotherapy.
Perhaps another possibility would be to work with refugees. Same issues with credentials for actual therapy, but it's possible that a charity is looking for someone for "general support" and would be happy to get a trained therapist for such a role. Refugees are much more likely to speak English than German when they arrive, and you can imagine that there's a shortage of counseling. I have no idea, though, I'm just guessing.
Still, your best bet is probably to try and find some freelance writing work to take with you, and then use your time here to get the ball rolling to eventually have your credentials recognized if you plan to seek a more permanent refuge here.
The autonomous Left has its stronghold in Connewitz in the South of the city. You can find "radical kids" there, but be advised that "radical" in this context can translate to "militant" and I don't know if all of the various flavors of left-wing extremist ideologies you can find there even exist in the US. Some of them are quite strange, but obviously you'll find a large moderate subculture as well.
Plagwitz and Lindenau in the West are home to an alternative scene, too, and it's where you'll find the most artists. There's an overlap between those two scenes, so your BF will probably meet people who can introduce you quickly. As a bonus, it's not far from the part (edit: I meant "park") (to the South-West of the center), which is good when it's summer and you've got nothing to do (or have a good laptop battery).
Cheap everyday beers are no problem. Sterni is cheap, but others cost only little more and are better. Lidl and Aldi's own brands are crap, IMHO. Lidl has cheap drinkable vodka ("Putinoff") for €5/0.5L and surprisingly decent gin ("Hampstead") for €7/0.5L. Aldi has Cuban rum ("Mulata") that is quite good for €9/0.7L. There are cheaper options (vodka with Russian-sounding-name in bottles that remind you of the Kremlin for €5/0.7L or less), but I wouldn't do that to myself.
Cheapest food you can survive on is probably rice with lentils. For all that can be criticized about animal welfare standards that we have here, they're quite a bit higher than in the US, so meat and dairy products are relatively more expensive. But apart from that, basic ingredients are cheap if you cook them yourself and look at the prices. Learn to love bread -- not this ridiculous white sponge that comes sliced, but proper bread. Invest in a bread knife (and learn how to use it), it stays fresh longer if you buy it whole.
As for your last question, the name of the site /u/narcat talked about sounds familiar, and from the stories I've heard it seems to be very... efficient.
Long-distance (ideally the ICE high speed train, it's a bit more expensive but worth it) from Frankfurt Airport to Stuttgart main station ("Hauptbahnhof"), then the suburban train ("S-Bahn", route network PDF) to Sindelfingen:
If you have an Android device and a data plan where mobile internet in Germany won't reduce you to poverty, you might want to get the "Öffi" app from the Google Play store to help you getting around with public transport. Additionally or alternatively you can get the "VVS" app (Google Play, probably available for iOS devices as well), I don't like it's interface as well as the Öffi one but it lets you buy tickets from your mobile device. Safe travels!
DB & RMV. Points you to the nearest stop and its times, too.
Just use this app if you're on android [link]
Try Öffis for android
~~I don't know if there is an ios version.~~ Just looked it up, no support for ios.
Öffi (Link zum Play Store)
Here’s a list of available solutions for you:
If you have android use this: [link]
I use it every day.
Offi is a really nice and convenient public transport app for almost all of Europe.
There is a better app on Android, öffi use the "öffi Verbindungen" shortcut tu search for connections.
I strongly suggest "Offi": [link]
that's the best app for public transport connections I've ever seen.
try "öffi": [link]
As an app I like [link]
[link] Öffi is just way better than quando!
For public transport use the app Öffi
Try "Offi - Journey Planner" from the play store! [link]
Don't use the scotty app, it is $@#%# instead use Oeffi app [link] one app to rule them all!
Also take a look at [link] the austrian craigslist.