What are the available means of transport in Berlin? Find out in this article.
Berlin, Germany's capital city, is also known to be the country's biggest city, stretching over some 891.8 km². If you intend to settle there, you shall definitely have to go out, whether to work or to visit the city. You can choose among the various means of transport available throughout the city: trains, subways, trams, buses, taxis, etc. You can also rent a car if you are in possession of a valid driving license.
Berlin's transport network is divided into three zones: zone A which consists of Ringbahn, zone B which is outside of the periphery area and zone C, which includes the Brandenburg region, including Potsdam and Schönefeld.
Trains and subway
Thanks to Berlin's railway network, you will not only be able to make your daily errand but also visit the city's various tourist attractions such as its natural and zoological parks, museums, etc. The Berlin subway will allow you to travel through the city more rapidly. It is ideal for traveling to work and back home safely. Note that subway generally operates as from 4am to 1am the next day on week days. Night trips are also available during the week-end. You can even take your bike on board. Additional fares amounting to some € 1.50 in zones A and B will apply.
Train and subway fares are affordable like in most major German cities. However, these will vary from one zone to another. For more information, visit the Berlin's official website. Tickets can be purchased at train and subway stations.
Good to know:
6-14 years old children are eligible to discounted rates. Moreover, less than 6 years old children do not need a ticket to travel, provided they are accompanied by their parents.
Berlin Welcome Card
If you are on holidays in Berlin, you can purchase the Berlin Welcome Card which will allow you to make an unlimited number of trips through the city. You will also be eligible to up to 50% discounts on several tourist attractions.
Tram is only available in Eastern Berlin, including Hackeschermarkt and Alexanderplatz. The tram network plan is available at BVG kiosks and on its website. Note that trams are regular and rates are very affordable. You can also purchase travel cards applying to the zone. These should cost between € 2.60 and € 3.20.
The Berlin bus network operates on a 24/7 basis. Night buses can easily be spotted thanks to the "N" preceding the line number, meaning Nachtbus. Night rates are similar to those applied during the day. Rapid buses, known as Expressbus whose line numbers are preceded by an "X" are also available on week days.
Note that bus tickets should be purchased in advance at the station counters available as the ticket has to be produced to the driver when you are boarding the bus.
Good to know:
Lines 100 and 200 are known to be tourist routes. By choosing these, you will be able to travel through the entire city till the Alexanderplatz Zoological Park.
The absence of a ticket on board is liable to a fine not exceeding € 40.
Like most German cities, Berlin also has its own taxi network. Berlin's taxis are metered and rates are fixed in advance. But these remain affordable. In general, a 2 km trip can cost around € 5. To date, night rates do not apply in Berlin.
Rent a car
Before renting a car in Berlin, it is best to learn about traffic regulations and inquire on the problems you may face such as lack of parking space and the presence of trams, etc. Avoid overtaking a tram at a stop or on the left.
Moreover, you will have to purchase a green sticker to be allowed to drive through the city. Indeed, Berlin is classified as a green zone since 2008 in order to discourage air pollution.
Rent a bike
Bikes are considered to be an economical and Eco-friendly means of transport in Berlin. These are popular with locals as well as foreigners. You are likely to find bike rental companies almost everywhere across the city. Rates generally start as from 10 € a day.