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Taxi Service for Nuremburg to Rothenburg odT

May I know if there is any taxi/private car service which could be booked online for the transfer from Nuremburg to Rothenburg o.d.T?

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Sindy, If you have a large travel budget, I suppose using a Taxi or private car service is an option. The most cost effective way is to travel by train, which is what the majority of travellers do. Have a look at the bahn.de website for details on rail trips between the two points you mentioned. One of the quickest trips will be a departure from Nuremburg at 08:33, arriving Rothenburg at 09:49 (time 1H:16M, 2 changes in Ansbach and Steinach). Each leg of that trip is fairly short so it's easy, although one of the changes is only 4 minutes so you'll have to be quick. Happy travels!

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You usually find a large fleet of taxis waiting outside of large rail stations in Germany. No need to book in advanced. However... as Ken mentioned, the ride from the Nürnberg Hbf to Rothenburg odT will quickly drain your wallet. Is there a specific reason you can't or don't want to take the train? By train, it takes only little more than an hour, and costs less than €20. There's probably even a regional or group pass available that would make the price per person even cheaper. I doubt you could reach Rothenburg by auto much faster.

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Thank you for your suggestion. My concern is that I have a backbone and leg problem and may not be able to move very fast to catch up the 2 connections in between in just 4 min. On the other hand, when I search from the bahn.de web site, there is only 1 route provided with fares for purchase online. In case I could not catch up the connections, I will be a bit panic and don't know what to do. As I don't know how to speak German, there may be communication problem to explain the situation. Therefore, I see if there's other option first.

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Do you have anyone you are traveling with? Are you aware that you can simply "miss" your connection and wait 1 hour for the next train? The result would be that you would arrive in Rothenburg 2 hours later. These are regional trains and run exactly on an hourly schedule. Just bring a good book and relax. I think that would be certainly preferable to paying a fortune for a taxi. As long as you are traveling by day and not in the dead of winter, it would not be a problem.

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Regional trains at smaller stations (like Ansbach and Steinach, where you would change) usually wait for each other to arrive and depart. It's a matter of stepping off one train and walking 10 feet across the platform and boarding the connecting train. As long as the conductors see people still trying to board the train, they won't close the doors. And as noted by the others, worse case scenario, you ride the next train 30 minutes to an hour later. German rail must comply with accessability laws as well, so you'll be neither the first nor last person with mobility problems to ride these trains. PS- And if you actually do run into a problem (unlikely), almost all Deutsche Bahn employees speak English. Or, the Nürnberg and Ansbach areas have a long-standing US military presence. Just listen and you will almost certainly hear American-accented voices.

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There is an even better solution. When you look at the Deutsche Bahn website to look at the schedule to Rothenburg, simply adjust the transfer time in the indicated box to 10 minutes. You will see a different itinerary, not as direct, but with comfortable connections. 2 hours and 10 minutes rather than the 1 hour 16 minutes of the most direct connection. Where there is a will, there is a way

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It really helps. I look forward for my happy trip in Germany.

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Sindy, That's a fairly simple rail trip, so I probably wouldn't bother buying tickets online. It's just as easy to buy them at the station when you arrive in Nuremburg. Where will you be prior to Nuremburg? As the others have mentioned, most rail staff can speak at least some English. However, to avoid any language issues when you buy tickets it may help to have all the details of the trip you want written on a piece of paper, with departure times, trains no's, etc. That way there won't be any misunderstanding in which trains you want. Regarding the four minute change, as others have mentioned this often just means walking across the platform to the next train. However, in some cases passengers must use a tunnel to change platforms (that's common in many parts of Europe). Some stations have Elevators or Ramps, but that varies. I can't rememeber the layout of the station in Steinach? The DB website shows arrival at Ansbach on Platform 2 and departure on Platform 3. At Steinach arrival is on platform 2 and departure on platform 5. Of course, the platform assignments sometimes change. If you'd like a slightly simpler but longer trip (1H:50M), there's also a departure at 08:33 with only one change in Dombühl. The second leg is via Bus directly to Rothenburg. Details on the DB website. The station in Rothenburg is fairly small, but there may be a Taxi waiting there, should you want to use that for the short ride to your hotel (that's the method I used). Cheers!

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The VGN (Verkehrsverbund Grossraum Nürnberg) is a very large transit district including Rothenburg odT. The website, www.vgn.de, can be displayed in English (British flag). A Tagesticket Plus, for 16,80€, is valid in the entire VGN for two adults, up to six people total, for one day (24H, I think) or an entire weekend. When changing, be ready to get off the train (at the end of your car, with luggage) when the train stops in the station. Follow the herd. The conductor will be waiting on the platform of the connecting train and won't release the train until no one is on the platform trying to board. The transfer in Ansbach is a simple cross-platflorm change. The change at Steinach (1-5) involves use of the tunnel, but it's a very small station and almost everyone is going to the Rothenburg train. Stay with the herd.

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Lee, thanks. It really helps. However, the route info. displayed in the website did not show the platform info. Where can I find it?

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If you are using the Deutsche Bahn website, click on the red arrow to the left of individual itinerary listing. A drop-down will show the details of the times, train number, and platform of each element of the journey. I'm showing on my screen that it departs track 18 at Nuremberg, arrives track 2 at Ansbach, change to track 3 (that's a cross platform connection), arrives Steinach on track 2, change to track 5 (that utilizes a tunnel with stairs down then up, arrives Rothenburg on Track 1 (the only one at this little station).

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"I mean the vgn website" The VGN sebsite is useful for finding fares. Fares for travel on local conveyances within a Verkehrsverbund (metro district, like VGN) are not shown on the Bahn website. However, the VGN website does not seem to show platforms. Not to worry - that info is on the Bahn website.