Germany’s capital and largest city has experienced one of the most turbulent recent histories of any European city but has emerged a vibrant city and one of Europe’s most popular budget travel destinations. This unique city has an exhuberant ambience unlike any other German city and it also boasts great nightlife and an alternative cultural scene.
Berlin’s transport network is made up of buses, ferries, S-Bahn suburban trains and U-Bahn underground trains.
Berlin is well served by over 1,300 buses and its yellow double-decker buses are almost a Berlin institution. After the reunification of Berlin, bus route 100 was the first bus route to connect East and West Berlin and this bus route is one of the best for exploring the city as it passes many tourist attractions and it makes a good low-cost alternative to a costly hop-on hop-off tourist bus.
Berlin has six ferry lines including three that only operate between Easter and the beginning of October.
Berlin is home to the world’s third-largest (and Germany’s largest) tram network, which is comprised of 28 daytime lines and five nighttime tram lines. Trams are a good way to get to places not served by the U-Bahn or S-Bahn.
Berlin’s U-Bahn is Germany’s largest metro system with 170 stations on nine lines. This is one of the best ways to get around the city.
Berlin’s S-Bahn is a mostly above-ground subruban rail network that is closely integrated with the U-Bahn. S-Bahn stations are conveniently located in central Berlin, where services are more frequent than in the suburbs, which makes Berlin’s S-Bahn network a practical transport option when compared with suburban rail networks in many other cities.
Fares & travel passes
Berlin has an integrated transport system with the same tickets working on all modes of public transport.
The city is split into three fare zones with everything within the main S-Bahn ring line falling within the central zone A. Zone B extends from outside the S-Bahn ring line to the city limits and zone C includes suburban areas inside Brandenberg including Potsdam and Berlin-Schönefeld airport. Tickets can be purchased for travel in zones AB, BC and ABC, but not for travel within a single zone.
A standard single journey ticket in zones AB costs €2.70 and a short distance ticket is €1.60.
A day ticket is better value if you make three or more trips in a day. A day ticket for zones AB costs €6.90. A seven day ticket for zones AB is €29.50.
Berlin Welcome Card
The Berlin Welcome Card is a public transport pass and museum discount card rolled into one. It gives you unlimited transport for two, three or five days plus discounts at over 140 tourist attractions in and around Berlin.