A31 (Germany)

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The A31 is a 241 km long motorway in the West of Germany going in North-South direction from Emden to Bottrop in the Ruhr Area.

By many people this motorway is called the Friesenspieß or Emslandautobahn, because it's going straightforward through the Emsland, and especially at night you'll see no cars for miles along the motorway here. This part of the motorway is one of the most emptiest streets in Germany.

You can find one petrol station between Lingen and Wietmarschen. Two petrol stations are in planning (Aschendorf and Hochmoor), but it's not sure when they are finished.

Hitching the A31

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(1) Ramp.png Emden-West
(2) Ramp.png Pewsum
(3) Ramp.png Emden-Mitte
(4) Ramp.png Emden-Wolthusen
Good.png (good) at the beginning of the bypass (5) Ramp.png Emden-Ost
(6) Ramp.png Riepe
(7) Ramp.png Neermoor
(8) Ramp.png Veenhusen
(9) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Leer * connection to the A28
(10) Ramp.png Leer-Nord
Average.png (average) Easy to get a ride to the Netherlands since a lot of Dutch people go shopping in Leer. (11) Ramp.png Leer-West Bad.png (bad) It's very difficult to hitchhike in the direction of Oldenburg since most (if not all) people will take a different on-ramp.
(12) Ramp.png Jemgum
(13) Ramp.png Weener
(14) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Bunde * connection to the A280
(15) Ramp.png Papenburg
(16) Ramp.png Rhede (Ems)
(17) Ramp.png Dörpen
(18) Ramp.png Lathen
(19) Ramp.png Haren (Ems)
(20) Ramp.png Wesuwe
(21) Ramp.png Meppen-Nord
(22) Ramp.png Twist
(23) Ramp.png Geeste
(24) Ramp.png Wietmarschen
Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Ems-Vechte West Autobahn gasstation.png Autobahn Restaurant.png Raststätte Ems-Vechte Ost
(25) Ramp.png Lingen
Bad.png (bad) (26) Ramp.png Emsbüren
Get off here if you want to hitch along the A30. Walk away from this ramp in direction south-west for 1 km and you'll get to the Schüttorf-Nord ramp along the A30. There you can try hitching towards Osnabrück easily, towards the Netherlands it's a bit more difficult because of missing traffic. Hitchhiking the Emsbüren ramp is not the best option, it's quite empty in both directions.
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(27) Autobahn junction.png Kreuz Schüttorf * connection to the A30
(28) Ramp.png Schüttorf-Ost
(29) Ramp.png Ochtrup-Nord
Bad.png (bad) (30) Ramp.png Gronau/Ochtrup
No way to hitch this ramp because it's on the B54. On this ramp cars drive around 100 km/h and it's hard to stop and dangerous for you! If going towards Gronau, Enschede or Münster,
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(31) Ramp.png Heek
(32) Ramp.png Legden/Ahaus
(33) Ramp.png Gescher/Coesfeld
(34) Ramp.png Borken
(35) Ramp.png Reken
(36) Ramp.png Lembeck
(37) Ramp.png Schermbeck
(38) Ramp.png Dorsten-West
(39) Ramp.png Kirchhellen-Nord
(40) Ramp.png Kirchhellen
(41) Ramp.png Gladbeck
(42) Autobahn junction.png Dreieck Bottrop * connection to the A2

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German highways

Major highways: A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9

Minor highways: A10A11A12A13A14A15A17A19A20A21A23A24A25A26A27A28A29A30A31A33A37A38A39A40A42A43A44A45A46A48A49A52A57A59A60A61A62A63A64A65A66A67A70A71A72A73A81A92A93A94A95A96A98A99