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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Word of the Day: Kurzstrecke

You'll meet this word a lot when using public transport: Kurzstrecke literally means "short stretch" or "short distance" and is used to indicate a special fare for especially short journey. In Berlin a Kurzstrecke-ticket (Kurzstreckenfahrschein) for the public transport system is available at about half the price of the standard 2-hour ticket, but only entitles you to travel three stops by U-Bahn or S-Bahn, or six stops by bus or tram (here with no changing allowed). Taxis also have a Kurzstreckentarif - a €3.50 flat fare for trips of up to 2km (but only if you flag the taxi down on the street, not from a taxi rank).

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