Getting around Berlin by metro, tram, bus, boat. Info and tickets

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Berlin's public transport has always been synonymous with efficiency and punctuality. It is characterized by an excellent integrated system on iron and rubber that covers almost every area; from the center to the suburbs.


Berlin U-bahn und S-bahn

Photo, 2016 Mahogany115

The metro is definitely the recommended and preferable method to move around Berlin. It is undoubtedly one of the best transport systems in the whole of Germany; not by chance, it was ranked in fifth place overall among the largest in Europe.

La Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the Deutsche Bahn (DB) the two Metropolitan lines exist. DB manages the 15 S-Bahn metro lines, while BVG operates the 9 underground U-Bahn lines.
The metro runs daily from the 04 at midnight, and at the weekend it is also open at night.


In Berlin there are about 150 lines to which are added the nocturnal 54. The buses are yellow and it is often possible to find even two floors. It is an extremely efficient network and perfectly integrated into the iron system with which it shares numerous stops.

The service is operated by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and from Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg, the same ones operating on the 22 tram lines. The latter, always yellow, are numbered from 12 to 68 and often, inside, are equipped with automatic machines to buy tickets.


The 15% of people use the bike to move around Berlin. This growing figure gives a good idea of ​​how much Berliners take to their cycle paths; all the great city streets have one!

You can pedal between the cars only if a cycle path is missing on the road; otherwise, you are obliged to stay on the two-wheel circuit. Pay attention, if you are walking, never to invade the cyclists' lane: they don't look anyone in the face!


In Berlin there are two rivers and a dense network of secondary canals, which make, unsuspiciously, the city suitable for boat trips. Not many, in fact, know that here there are more bridges than in Venice! We highly recommend a day on the boats. In this way, you will see Berlin and all its wonders from another perspective.
Prices for an excursion of around 1 now start € 7,50 per person. The starting station is Schlossbrückenear Charlottenburg.

For all information and updates, consult the official website of integrated transport BVG.


Move to Berlin

U-Bahn and S-Bahn tickets are the same and can also be used for all BVG, bus and tram networks. They can be purchased at all the vending machines inside the stations. Ticket prices vary depending on the type, number of people and areas of Berlin you want to reach.

The Capital, in fact, is divided into three zones identified by the letters A, B and C. Zone A is the most central area of ​​Berlin, where most of Berlin's tourist attractions are present; zone B is the slightly more peripheral part; zone C is the part outside Berlin and includes the city of Potsdam. For a short run, the ticket costs 1.70 €.
The ticket for one single journey Zone AB costs 2.80 €, full rate, and 1.70 € reduced. Also available in the version for 4 people, at the cost of 9.00 €

Rather convenient, however, could be the DAILY TICKET (Tageskarte) for zones A and B, which at the cost of 7.00 € allows you to make unlimited journeys throughout the day. Also this, like the single ticket, is available in the convenient version from 4 people (kleingruppen), at the cost of 19.90 €.

If, on the other hand, you intend to move a lot, we recommend buying a Berlin Welcome Card available in versions from 2, up to 6 days, starting from the validation, with prices from a minimum of 20 to a maximum of 43.00 € per person. It can be purchased in all the main stations, in information centers, and even in many hotels. With the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can travel for free by bus and train in all areas A, B, C including transfer to Schönefelded airport.
Thanks to the Card, you can also get up to 50% discount at about 191 tourist attractions and sites of cultural interest in Berlin and Potsdam; excursions proposals, a city map and a practical tour guide are included. It is ideal for visiting and moving around Berlin.
If your flight lands in Shönefeld, you must buy it! Also ideal for those traveling with children; buying one, 3 children up to 15 years not paid do not pay !!!

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