Getting Around  

Berlin’s public transport system consists of  U-Bahn trains (underground), S-Bahn trains (overground), buses, trams and taxis. 


 

By Public Transport

Getting around Berlin by public transport is a breeze, and dirt cheap to boot.

Berlin’s public transport system consists of  U-Bahn trains (underground), S-Bahn trains (overground), buses, trams and taxis. 
Berlin has 15 overground train lines (S-Bahn), 9 underground train lines (U-Bahn) and 23 tram, 150 bus and 6 ferry lines, the sum total of which is referred to as the BVG.
All services run at least from 4:00am int the morning until 12.30am at night with selected services on weekends running later or even all night long. During peak hour services run every few minutes, so if one train is crowded you can be sure there will be another one coming along soon. Outside of peak times you can still expect not to have to wait longer than 10 minutes for the next service.

Tickets
Tickets are the same across all forms of transport (except taxis) with the city using a zone system consisting of Zones A, B & C.
​Zone A – Covers the city centre including Alexanderplatz, Charottenburg, Zoologischer Garten, Hauptbahnhof and Sudkreuz.
Zone B – This zone forms a ring around the central city area and includes Tegal Airport, Spandau, Wannsee and Karlhorst.

Zone C – This zone forms a ring around zone B and mostly services the outer suburbs of Berlin including Schonefeld Airport.

Despite seeming a trifle confusing at first, the chance to buy one ticket for all methods of transport in the ABC zone (which covers pretty much everything in and around Berlin) makes things a doddle. 

Simply purchase your ticket from the machines on every platform and get it validated in the box next to the ticket machine,before you board your transport.

Ticket Prices
There are a number of different types of tickets you can purchase depending on how much you plan to use public transport and the length of your stay.
Single Ticket Zone A & B - €2.80 Zone A & B, C - €3.40
Tageskarte (Day ticket) Zone A & B - €7.00  
7-Tage-Karte (7 day ticket) Zone A & B - €30.00  
There are also a number of tourist cards that you can purchase which include unlimited public transport for 2, 3 and 5 days and discounts or free entry to over 200 attractions. Prices for these start at €16.90 and go up to €40.50 depending on the number of days, zones and attractions.
These tickets can be purchased at major train stations, visitor information officers and hotels across the city. 

 The S-Bahn is the city’s overground train network and is the quickest way to get around. Services are precise, fast and clean making it the best way to get around the city.
The network is made up of 15 numbered routes that stop at nearly 170 stations across the city. Each route is numbered with an S on the front indicating that it is an S-Bahn route rather then a U-Bahn route. You can find S-Bahn stations by looking for the round green and white “S” signs near the entrance to each station.

 The U-Bahn is the city’s metro system and mostly runs underground, working hand in hand with the S-Bahn to cover the gaps. Like the S-Bahn it is clean, fast and services usually run to a precise timetable.
The network is made up of 10 lines covering around 140 stations and can be identified by the distinctive yellow train carriages. Each route is numbered 1-10 with a U in front, e.g. U1, U2 etc. Station entrances can be identified by the round blue and white “U” signs.

 Buses - While travelling on buses can be slow when there is traffic and lots of people getting on and off, if your not in a hurry it can be a really nice way to see parts of the city you would normally miss if you were travelling underground. This is made especially scenic in Berlin with their signature yellow double decker buses.

 Trams - Most of the tram lines in Berlin can be found in the east of the city. If you do encounter a tram during your visit you will find they are clean and reasonably efficient ways to travel small distances. There are two types of trams, Metrotrams which run more frequently and at night, and ordinary trams which stop more frequently with some running along picturesque parts of the far east of the city.

By Taxi

One thing's for sure, you will never have trouble finding a taxi in Berlin! 

Most main streets have a taxi rank and all taxis are metered so there will be no rip offs over the cost. A ride in a taxi in Berlin is cheaper than most other Central European cities but it can still be expensive. Taxis are generally clean, safe and metered and you will find that most drivers will speak a little English

A vacant taxi is indicated by this yellow light. To hire a taxi you can hail one in the street by looking for the yellow light on the top of the taxi.

If your only planning to travel a short distance of less than 2 km, you can tell the driving before the meter starts running and only pay around €4.00 for the journey.
This only applies to taxis hailed from the street. The standard minimum charge for a taxi is €3.20 with every kilometre changed at €1.65.

 

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