During my Germany trip, I will be travelling between often VRR and VRS regions and most likely staying at Cologne. Can someone advice on which price level ticket can I buy to travel between 2 regions?

I also heard that VRS ticket will work in VRR region but details are quite confusing, it will be great if someone can advise me on that.

I am looking for something like NRW ticket, but NRW ticket covers all regions while I am looking for just 2 regions which might be a bit cheaper.

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    Where exactly in the VRR do you need to travel? For some cities you can use VRS tickets, but not for all. There is a german brochure which has all the details: vrsinfo.de/fileadmin/Dateien/downloadcenter/…
    – dunni
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 11:00
  • @dunni: I generally like to explore places randomly so having a ticket to travel freely is what i look for. I am aware of city passes but then they don't allow free travel in cities across region. Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 12:01

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Congratulations. You just found out the disadvantage of splitting up the public transportation by regional transportation authorities, namely, that travel between such regions is more complicated.

Thus, without going too much into detail, the answer to your question is a clear: it depends.

Generally, in order to travel between VRR and VRS, you need tickets for both of them or a ticket sold under the state-wide valid NRW Tariff. Now there are few exceptions:

  • For travel between either VRR or VRS and regions that are adjacent to the border between them, a single ticket for one of them may suffice. Details are (only in Germany language) available in information booklets: http://www.vrr.de/blaetterkatalog/VRS-VRR_Flyer_2016/blaetterkatalog/index.html

  • The VRR recently introduced the "EinfachWeiter" ticket, which allows holders of valid-for-the-whole-month tickets to continue their journey into the VRS for a flat fee. As a short-time visitor, that does not exactly help you.

  • There is also the "AnschlussTicket NRW", which allows you to extend the validity of a VRS or VRR ticket to other places in the state of North-rhine Westfalia outside of the where the ticket you start with is valid. These are for individual trips.

So depending on how much you travel, you can either (a) buy individual tickets for your journeys, or (b) buy a day-long valid ticket for the complete regional transportation in the state of NRW whenever you travel, or (c) buy tickets with timed validity (e.g., for one week) for both the parts of the VRR and VRS that you want to travel in. Which is the cheapest option depends heavily on when and how often you plan to travel.

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