Transportation options for NYE celebrations

Transportation options for NYE celebrations

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, resolutions and for some, a little imbibing. With raucous parties, pulsating dance beats and spectacular fireworks displays, Europe is definitely one of the best places to usher in the new year. If you plan to partake in festivities, also plan ways to get to your destinations safely. Aside from having a designated driver (DD), there is plenty public transportation available on New Year’s Eve.

Take a free ride. In some major cities, public transportation will be free. Watching the fireworks over the Thames? Hop on any tube, bus or train in London between 11:45 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. for free. In Paris, ride buses, RER trains and the metro at no cost from 5 p.m. Dec. 31 until midday Jan. 1. Six lines will have extra services running throughout the night.

Sharing is caring. Ride share apps are great alternatives when public transportation is limited. In Germany, Uber is available in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. Apps such as MyTaxi and Wundercar can also help you get home safely and inexpensively.

AADD as a last resort. You’ve been out celebrating when you discover your DD has also been enjoying the evening. You’ve missed the last train home, there are no taxis to be found, and your sober friends aren’t picking up the phone. Before you reach for the keys, call Armed Forces Against Drunk Driving (AADD). AADD is an all-volunteer program helping servicemembers get home safely. AADD is intended a last-resort when all other plans have fallen through. You can contact AADD at +49 0631-536-2233 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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