Berlin boasts one of the cleanest,
cheapest and most efficient public transport systems on the continent,
and you can get around the city swiftly and easily. Travelling
by underground, surface rail, tram or bus, you have a network
which cover the city like a blanket. You are sure to get to where
you want to go on time and in good fashion.
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are 9 U-Bahn (underground train) lines covering central Berlin,
the majority served by escalator or lift. Maps of the network
are displayed on the platforms and inside each carriage. The direction
of the train is shown on a sign suspended above each platform
indicating the terminus it is bound for. Timetables, and ticket
machines with instructions in English are to be found at every
station. The system has cameras and personnel at every station
and is extremely safe.
The S-Bahn (surface rail) network
is nearly as big, and somewhat faster since the distance between
stops is greater. Confusingly some sections of the U-Bahn run
overground and some of the S-Bahns underground, but since the
same tickets are valid for both, you can enjoy the surprise. Both
networks run roughly between 05.00 and 01.00. On Fridays and Saturdays
the U 9 and U1 run all night, and a network of night busses, with
services every half hour, link most parts of the city, seven days
a week. These are designated N100, N113, N167 etc. and timetables
are displayed at each busstop.
The Bus network itself comprises
more than 150 routes with tickets available from the driver. The
timetable is displayed at each bus stop. In addition, in the eastern
part of the city a Tram network operates (timetables at each stop,
ticket machines and maps in each tram).
The same tickets are valid for all parts of the public transport
system - U-Bahn and S-Bahn, Bus and Tram. There are three Zones,
though most destinations can be reached within the first two,
Zone A and Zone B. Should you be planning to visit the city of
Potsdam during your stay, you will need to purchase Zone C.
Ticket prices for one adult are as follows:
|Single trip in Zones AB
Single trip in Zones ABC
|Day-Ticket in Zones AB
Day-Ticket in Zones ABC
|JetXpressBus TXL (Tegel Airport)
(Valid for 2 hours in Zones AB)
All tickets valid for less than
a day must be stamped in machines to be found on the trams and
busses themselves, and in the case of trains, on the platforms.
The ‘Berlin WelcomeCard’ is ideal
for limited stays. It is a three-day voucher for all zones and
includes free admission and up to 50% reductions to several tourist
attractions and activities. The WelcomeCard costs €18.00
is valid for one adult accompanied by up to three children under
the age of 14. For more information or to purchase a WelcomeCard,
please go to our Request
Services section and send us your request.
Berlin is more than generously equipped
with taxis which can be hailed or picked up from a rank. A journey
to an adjoining suburb could cost you € 7-10, across the
city € 15-30. Add 1-2 Euros for a tip.
As a pedestrian you should look carefully before crossing
tramlines since trams can only brake and not swerve! Pay particular
attention to bicycle lanes which are very common in the west of
the city - Berlin cyclists tend to take it for granted that you
have seen them, and there are a lot of them.
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