The A2 and A7 motorways are amongst the most important road connections in Central Europe and the ICE rail network also provides direct links to all German conurbation areas. There are direct flights from Hannover Airport to more than 100 destinations, and the Mittelland Canal, the longest manmade waterway in Germany, connects Hannover with the major seaports and inland ports on the Continent.
Environment friendly regional transport: GVH, the transport association which serves the Greater Hannover Area, carries around 190 million passengers on its local public transport services every year. These services offer maximum comfort and convenience: in 2010, Hannover was awarded first place in the Local Public Transport category in a nationwide survey conducted amongst the 15 largest cities in Germany. üstra, which is responsible for the bus and light rail network, is the main mobility services provider within the GVH and was the first German transport company to satisfy the standards of the EC Eco Audit Environmental Management Regulation. Since mid-2011, its fleet has included hybrid buses which satisfy the most stringent EU environmental standard.