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Travelling with RVF

Travelling across the RVF network is remarkably simple. With the exception of tickets for short journeys of 3 stops or less, our tickets are valid on buses, trams, and suburban and regional trains operated by all 18 local transport companies. This makes changing during your journey problem-free. Read on for all you need to know about our options and rules. Click here for an overview of our tickets.

The RVF network area: on the move in the city and beyond

The RVF network area covers the districts of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald and Emmendingen and the city of Freiburg. Monthly tickets and season tickets are always valid for the whole network area. The last rail stations within the RVF network are Herbolzheim to the north, Auggen to the south, Breisach to the west and Löffingen-Unadingen to the east. From these stations onwards a suitable additional ticket must be purchased, for example a supplementary ticket or badisch24 ticket.

Karte RVF-Verbundgebiet

The RVF fare zones: travel through three zones on a single ticket

The RVF fare zones

In the RVF network area there are only three fare zones for single trips: A, B and C determine the fare when purchasing single tickets, the 2x4 trip ticket and PunkteKarte (points ticket) as well as for the TagesKarte (day ticket).

Tarifzonenplan RVF ohne Übergangsbereiche

Price levels

You are charged for each zone that you travel through, which means that you pay for either one, two or three zones. This is what the price levels are based on. A journey across the whole network (three zones) corresponds to price level 3. Of course, you are only charged once per journey for each fare zone even if you travel through the same zone multiple times. The table shows the relationship between fare zone and price level.

JourneyFare zone includedPrice level
within one fare zonewithin A or B or C1
through 2 fare zonesfrom A to B or B to C2
through 3 fare zonesfrom A to C3

Validity periods

Single tickets and multi-trip tickets (2x4 trip tickets and points tickets) are valid from the time of purchase or validation, and the period of validity increases with the price level. This means that you can change during your journey or interrupt your journey without having to buy a new ticket. The validity period of the ticket only applies to travel in one direction. Return travel and detours are not permitted and require a new ticket. Tickets for short journeys of 3 stops or less are valid for 20 minutes (including changes) and cost the same regardless of the otherwise applicable price level.

Price levelValid
Price level 11 hour
Price level 22 hours
Price level 33 hours

Beeline fare: travel without fare zones

The beeline fare available on the FAIRTIQ app consists of a basic fare per journey plus a kilometre fare (per beeline kilometre or part thereof). You do not need to work out the fare yourself, making this ticket ideal for short journeys made on the spur of the moment as well as journeys across fare zones. More information about the beeline fare

Fare tip

Getting from A to B is easy in the RVF network area: choose the right ticket with the fare calculator

Fare information

The DB City-Ticket and the DB City mobil ticket are valid for the RVF fare zone A within the city of Freiburg.

More information at a glance

  • Children under 6 years can travel free of charge when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. The child fare applies to children aged 6 to 14. From the day of a child’s 15th birthday they must pay adult fares. There is of course no charge for pushchairs and prams.

  • Within the RVF network area, first-class travel is only available on regional and suburban trains. To travel first class, holders of a RegioKarte (regional ticket) for adults must purchase a second RegioKarte for adults. For regulations regarding single tickets, please see the information provided on the tickets or Section 9 of the Fare Regulations.

  • Group tickets are available for groups of 10 people or more and school groups. The TagesKarte (day ticket) is usually the cheaper and easier option. We strongly recommend that groups book their travel in advance.

  • Bicycles are only permitted on trains (including suburban trains) operated by DB and SWEG. Bicycles may not be brought on board trams or buses. Detailed information

  • Small dogs, cats etc. in a secure carrier can travel free of charge. This also applies to guide dogs wearing a harness. Larger dogs can travel with a child fare or with their own RegioKarte (not the ticket or season ticket for schoolchildren) or the children’s WelcomeKarte. The TagesKarte (day ticket) and the RegioKarte can be used to travel with dogs instead of children.

  • The increased fare charged for travel without a valid ticket is 60 euros. Further regulations relating to loss, destruction etc. can be found under Without a ticket

  • All RVF ticket prices include VAT at the reduced rate of 7% pursuant to Section 12, Para. 2, Fig. 10 of the German VAT Act (Umsatzsteuergesetz) from 1967.


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