Relax while you travel

Regardless of whether you’re on your way to work or to some leisure activity, you can confidently leave your car at home – after all, almost anywhere you want to go in ARBERLAND can easily be reached by public transport all year round. The district of Regen’s backbone of mobility comprises 4 railway lines, 47 bus lines and 18 dial-a-ride bus lines.

You will find that travelling on the “Waldbahn” Bavarian Forest Railway is a great way to relax. The Gotteszell-Viechtach section is said to be one of Germany’s most scenic train journeys. From Teisnach, it runs along the valley of the “Black Regen” wilderness river. Our tip: choose a window seat facing towards Viechtach from where you can catch a spectacular view of the river landscape known as “Bavarian Canada” among canoeists.

In addition to using the regular urban and inter-urban bus routes, you can also enjoy the beauty of the national park by taking a ride on the Igelbus, literally “hedgehog bus”. Another alternative is to pre-book a ride on one of the fixed-route dial-a-bus lines. These services pick up at stops off the main routes 7 days a week at the same fares as regular buses. The Bayerwald day ticket gives you great value travel across the entire network. Children (and grandchildren) up to the age of 14 can even travel free. Vacationers in the 25 GUTi municipalities can use their GUTi guest card as a Bayerwald ticket. This lets you travel free of charge across the entire Bayerwald network from the day you arrive to the day you leave.

The Bavarian Forest is well connected to the wider world: in Plattling the Waldbahn's flagship railway line, WBA1, allows travellers to connect with the hourly Danube-Isar-Express line to Munich and Passau, the agilis line to Regensburg and Neumarkt and the IC or ICE lines to Frankfurt and Vienna.

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SCHEDULES

On the “ARBERLAND Transport” web page of the district of Regen, you will find all the bus and train schedules, plus the Deutsche Bahn journey planner.

Waldbahn

The Waldbahn is the Bavarian Forest railway. Its 4 lines connect the Bavarian Forest National Park and the Arber region with the towns of Deggendorf and Plattling. The Länderbahn rail services website has all the information on timetables, ticket prices and sales, along with tips on things to do when traveling on the Waldbahn.

DIAL-A-BUS

Call – wait – and off you go: The dial-a-bus service has been available in the district of Regen since 2016. You can book online or by phone and be picked up at an agreed time from any of the dial-a-bus stops. The “ARBERLAND-Verkehr-Rufbus” website has all the information on booking, how to contact the dial-a-bus office and the bus stops.

IGELBUS

The Igelbus, literally “hedgehog bus”, will take you to the most attractive destinations and other important places in the national park area in a comfortable and eco-friendly way. Click here for the latest bus schedules and fares.

BAYERWALD TICKET

The Bayerwald ticket offers locals and day trippers a great value day ticket for travel in the Bavarian Forest for €9 per person per day. It is valid for travel from 8:00 am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and holidays. You can buy the ticket on the bus or train. You will find all the details, such as the tariff zone and tickets for connecting services, on the Bayerwald ticket website.

GUTI: GUEST SERVICE ECO TICKET

People staying in the area can use their GUTi guest ticket to travel free of charge within the tariff zone of the Bayerwald ticket. The ticket is valid for travel from 8:00 am Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and holidays. Guests of all the municipalities participating in the scheme receive it when they arrive.

“WOHIN DU WILLST” JOURNEY PLANNER APP

The “Wohin du willst” free app is a journey planner for rural areas. It will help you find the best train or bus route for your journey or arrange carpooling. It also lets you set reminders for upcoming trips, create your own travel itinerary and a whole lot more. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

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