German Word of the Day: Schwarzfahren

German Word of the Day: Schwarzfahren
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The next time you hop on a tram without buying a ticket, you could be found guilty of fare-dodging, or 'riding black'.

Schwarzfahren is a compound noun literally meaning 'black-riding', but translates as 'fare dodging'. You can get accused of Schwarzfahren either if you use public transport without a valid ticket or drive a car without a valid driver's license.

In Germany, unlike most other European countries, public transport does not have barriers or turnstiles so it is easy to get on the U-Bahn without a ticket. However, if you decide to fare dodge, you run the risk of being caught by ticket inspectors, and the fines are hefty. 

Always remember to validate your ticket before you get on a train or tram, because fines for first-time offenders in Germany are normally around €60.

Berlin U-Bahn, U5 line. Photo: DPA

 

 


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