Mitfahrzentrale - Car Pooling

(Photo credit Hochgeladen von FloSch)

When I first heard of the Mitfahrzentrale concept 25 years ago, I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and I used it to travel to places like Budapest and Berlin from Munich. 

Mitfahrzentrale is a simple yet very effective form of car sharing. The concept is simple. You are travelling to Berlin from Munich and you have space in your car for fellow travellers. There are people without a car looking to get to Berlin by car, who are interested to save some money and contribute to the transport costs. Both driver and passenger register on a car-pooling website, then search the the passenger searches the database for a ride which matches his needs. The two are introduced, a pick-up location is agreed, money is paid to the driver, and everyone is happy. The fee includes insurance for the passenger. 

The concept of Mitfahrzentrale has grown enormously in the 25 years since I last lived in Munich, and now there are several websites offering the service, and the routes have a lot more international destinations than previously. Browsing one such website, I came across the following sample prices from Munich.

Berlin - 27 euro

Augsburg - 5 euro

Frankfurt - 30 euro

Prices vary a little, and you can shop around. Drivers often add requests, such as female passengers or non-smokers.

It is an interesting system which works well and has stood the test of time. Check out if there is a ride for you on one of the Mitfahrzentrale websites. Learn more about it in this report on German TV.

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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