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Tariff zones, regions & fare categories

Tariff zones, cells and short journeys form the basis for calculating prices in the network area. A tariff zone generally comprises a city or several small towns / districts and is constituted of one of more cells. Each connection within the VRR area is allocated a price category. In addition to short journeys there are the price categories A, B, C and D. Children under the age of seven generally travel for free. Discounted ticket prices are available for children from the ages of seven to 14.

The interconnected space

Graphic: VRR composite area mapVRR tariff is only valid on certain linesand only in transition.Interconnected areas: 57 Arnhem, 87 Zevenaar, 59 Millingen a. d. Rijn, 07 's-Heerenberg, 69 Venlo, 70 WegbergVRR fare is valid on all lines only in thetransition. CombiTickets are not valid.Interconnected areas: 57440 Isselburg, 57670 Bocholt, 57650 Borken, 57590 Heiden, 57580 Reken, 57660 Rhede, 57690 Raesfeld, 42190 Lünen, 42400 Bergkamen, 42390 Kamen, 42490 Unna, 42150 Schwerte, 42480 HolzwickedeVRR tariff is valid on all lines only in thetransition.Interconnected areas: 55520 Dülmen, 55080 Olfen9292ov (Netherlands)More info at www.9292ov.nlAachenerVerkehrsverbund (AVV)More info at www.avv.deRhine-Sieg Transport Authority (VRS)More info at www.vrs.deWestfalenTarif (WT)More info at www.westfalentarif.de70Wegberg42190Lünen42400Bergkamen42390Kamen42490Unna42150Schwerte55080Olfen42480Holzwickede60Nijmegen/Groesbeek57Arnhem87Zevenaar59Millingen a. d. Rijn07's-Heeren-berg57440 Isselburg57670Bocholt57650Borken57590Heiden57580Reken55520Dülmen57690Raesfeld69Venlo06Haltern34Mülheim/Ruhr45EssenSouth46Hattingen/Sprockhövel30Schwalmtal/Niederkrüchten31Viersen41Willich50Mönchengladbach51Korschen-broich52Neuss/Kaarst61Greven-broich63Rommers-kirchen62Dormagen73Langenfeld/Monheim53DüsseldorfSouth72Jüchen42Meerbusch43Düsseldorf Centre/North44Ratingen/ Heiligenhaus55Velbert67Schwelm/Ennepetal/Gevelsberg/Breckerfeld66WuppertalEast65WuppertalWest54Mettmann/Wülfrath64Erkrath/Haan/Hilden74Solingen75Remscheid26Gelsen-kirchen35Essen Centre/North36Bochum47Witten/Weather/Herdecke58Hagen27Herne37DortmundCentre/West38DortmundEast17Recklinghausen/Herten28Castrop-Rauxel15Marl18Oer-Erken- schwick/Datteln29Waltrop03Wesel16Alps84Sons-beck85Kevelaer77Uedem83Xanten88Hamminkeln79Rees78Kalkar 82Bedburg-Hau86Goch/Weeze81Crane- burg71Emmerich80Kleve04Geldern/Issum22Moers01Kerken/Wachtendonk10Straelen02Kamp-Lintfort12Rheinberg14Schermbeck/Hünxe13Dinslaken/Voerde05Dorsten25Bottrop/Gladbeck24Upperhausen23DuisburgNorth33DuisburgCentre/South32Krefeld21Kempen/Grefrath/Tönisvorst20Nettetal/Brüggen11Neukirchen-Vluyn/Rheurdt57660Rhede

Here you can find an overview of the price levels

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With a short-distance ticket, you can usually travel three stops or 1.5 kilometres from your boarding stop. It is valid for 20 minutes from the time of validation, exclusively for direct journeys. You can only use short-distance tickets on buses, trams and underground trains, but not on regional express trains, regional trains or suburban trains.

Price level A usually applies to journeys within a city.

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

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

With price level C, you cover the medium travel distances. You can choose between 19 different regions in the interconnected area.

With tickets at price level D, you can travel throughout the entire network area.

Beyond the VRR borders

Graphic tariff zones, regions and price levelsVRR - Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, Westfalentarif - Westphalia, VRS - Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg, AVV - Aachener VerkehrsverbundVhe VerkehrsverbundRhine-RuhrAachenerVerkehrsverbundVerkehrsverbundRhine-SiegWestphalia

For journeys that go beyond the VRR, regulations that deviate from the VRR tariff apply. Here, VRR has set up transitional arrangements with neighbouring partners in the form of Kragentarifs:

  • Aachen Transport Association (AVV)
  • Rhine-Sieg Transport Association (VRS)
  • WestfalenTarif

The Kragentarifs do not generally cover the entire interconnected areas, but are tailored according to relevant traffic flows. Some principles apply to all Kragentarifs:

  • For journeys that remain within a tariff zone, only the tariff of the corresponding association or transport community applies.
  • In both adjacent tariff zones, tickets are sold through the existing distribution channels.

With the EinfachWeiterTicket NRW you can travel simply and easily throughout NRW (VRR, AVV, VRS, WT), provided you have a season ticket or a network-wide KombiTicket from VRR, AVV, VRS or WT or a season ticket from the NRW tariff. You can find more information on the EinfachWeiterTicket NRW here.