Smoking ban and non-smoker protection in public transport and private vehicles

Smoking is banned on all enclosed public and private transport  (including, for example, on trains, trams, local buses, tour/intercity buses, overground rail services (S-Bahn), taxis, hire cars, etc.). Open-top carriages, convertible cars, rickshaws, wagons and other similar conveyances are not covered by the ban.

It is illegal to set up smoking areas or smoking compartments on the modes of transport covered by the ban.

Enclosed waiting rooms are covered by smoking bans in "other premises within public spaces".

The statutory smoking ban does not apply to  open spaces  (e.g. uncovered railway platforms, or shelters for public transport that are of open construction.

Smoking is also banned in enclosed private vehicles if anyone in the vehicle is under the age of 18.

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Last update: 6 September 2021

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