I Ever more people prefer long-distance buses instead of rail travel. The most important argument of the passengers: the price. Because it is not possible to travel from Berlin to Hamburg for nine euros. But what about the long-distance bus stations?
The ADAC test shows that Germany's long-distance bus stations cannot keep up with the rising regular traffic. The Allgemeine Deutsche Automobil-Club examined a total of ten heavily used bus stations in Germany, of which only four received the grade “good”. The ADAC also awarded the grades “poor” and “very poor”.
Bus station infrastructure can be greatly expanded
According to ADAC managing director Alexander Möller, the long-distance bus market has grown in recent years developed faster than the associated infrastructure. According to this, the ideal bus station does not yet exist, as the offers of the cities cannot meet the mobility needs and wishes of the passengers.
The ADAC carried out the test last year in June and July under the following criteria: equipment, Accessibility, security, information and comfort. The bus stations that the ADAC had on the test included the main stations of: Bremen, Dortmund, Göttingen, Hanover, Munich, Rostock, the bus port ZOB Hamburg, the bus station Mannheim, Stuttgart (SAB) and Berlin (Südkreuz). The ZOB Berlin was under renovation at the time of the test. That is why it fell out of the test program.
Stuttgart is test winner
Stuttgart is the test winner because the station is completely covered. It also provides information with multilingual electronic advertisements, announcements and its own website. Other plus points are the central ticket and information desk, the good shopping facilities, washing, shower and baby changing areas, a continuous guidance system for the visually impaired and the ample parking available. However, there was a deduction for the location, which is located at the airport, and thus far away from the main destinations of the long-distance buses.
The ZOB Göttingen took last place with a 'very poor' rating. But the long-distance bus station in Bremen did not get a good rating either. The reason for this is the lack of information, the bus platforms that are not protected from the weather, the lack of service facilities and the lack of accessibility.
According to the testers, most electronic information offers for passengers at the stations tested are inadequate. Only in Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart are passengers informed via display boards. However, the announcements about arrival and departure or delays of the buses are missing here as well. There were also deductions for the lack of roofing at many train stations. In addition, very few of them cannot be reached protected from the weather - with the exception of Hamburg, Mannheim and Stuttgart.