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When I lived in Germany, previously, I used a taxi sometimes. This was never a problem as a single gal. Well now...with an almost 5 year old...how do I use a taxi? Do I bring the car seat along? If that is the case then public transportation will most likely be easier.
 

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When ordering a taxi, state that you have a child and need a car seat (state the age of the child...). Then you will get someone who either has integrated car seats in their taxi, or a seat inside. At the airports most likely some of the taxis will have this option.<br>
I don't know if you have to pay extra for this though. I think not.
 

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at least it's much cheaper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">When ordering a taxi, state that you have a child and need a car seat (state the age of the child...). Then you will get someone who either has integrated car seats in their taxi, or a seat inside.</div>
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that's right, there's no extra charge for this service.
 

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no extra charge, but be SURE that you state the age of the child. And be aware that the taxis--unless you insist otherwise--will use a "booster seat" integrated style (i.e. with the seatbelt as a restraint) from basically 2 years old on. Now, at 4.5 for our DS, it's no problem. But earlier it made me quite nervous. I also have not found any taxi to have a real car seat (i.e. for a baby out of the bucket, but not in a booster).<br><br>
Public transport is much easier, but there is no way I've found (maybe others have) to install a car seat in the bus.<br><br>
Good luck, where are you moving to?
 

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Be careful about public transport when you're lugging suitcases around. If you're flying into Frankfurt, be aware that Frankfurt's Main train station is not close to the airport.<br>
You'll need to catch the train or S-Bahn to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and then catch a train to where you want to go.<br>
There are not direct trains everywhere, and you might have to change 2-3 times. Not an easy feat with a child and suitcases to lug around.<br>
Would renting a car be an option for you? You can also rent a child's car seat (costs extra, but not too much).
 

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Hi Holly!<br><br>
I will be picked up at Frankfurt...so thank goodness I do not have to worry about taking trains etc. That would be so difficult just myself and the little guy!! I am already worried enough thinking of a ten hour flight and then a two hour drive! UGH!!!
 

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Okay, if you're talking about public transportation in general, it's pretty good in most small, medium and large-sized cities.<br>
If the city you'll be living in doesn't have trams/U-Bahns/S-Bahns then it's likely they have a bus system.<br>
In more rural areas Germans tend to use their cars...even to go 10 meters. We don't live in a rural area, but in Stuttgart where the auto industry is king. We live in a village just on the outskirts of the city, which is very well connected with bus, U-Bahn and even S-Bahn. But most people I know don't take public transportation. They then complain about the quality of air <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I take it all the time and am very happy. If you're in a hurry then it's probably okay to use a taxi service but they can be a bit pricey.<br>
If you're living/working on a military establishment they have good public transport within but sometimes getting there is a pain. I have to take the car every time I visit my friend on the military base here. Unfortunately.
 
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