In Berlin, three public transport areas are used: A, B and C. The A corresponds to the city center and the mitte neighborhood. Around it a large ring corresponds to zone B and, further away around it, C. In ticket vending machines you will have to choose between zones AB, BC or ABC depending on where you are going to move. The most common thing when traveling through Berlin is that you choose the AB zones (€ 2.80.), Although if you go to more distant places like the Shönefeld airport or the Sachsenhausen concentration camp you will need the tickets (ABC € 3.40 ).
Always remember to validate your ticket before starting your trip, if you do not do it, it is the same as not having a ticket and you can have a bad time when the control officer passes (which happens quite often).
Short trip ticket
If your trip is of short duration there is a special ticket which serves three stops or less by subway or train. This adult ticket costs € 1.70.
If you are going to move a lot on your day of visit in Berlin, it will be convenient for you to directly buy a pass that you walk taking out an individual ticket after another. The Daily Pass For example, it allows you to get on all public transports in the same day from the time you validate it until 03:00 in the morning. (AB and costs € 7).
If you travel with a group of 3 to 5 people, you also have the option of group passes. This ticket works the same as the individual day pass but it is cheaper in this way. (Price for zone AB: € 19.90)
For longer visits there is the 7-day Pass: This serves for seven consecutive days since you activate it and costs about € 30 for AB areas.
The Untergrundbahn in Berlin is one of the oldest underground lines in the world. It was inaugurated in 1902, and currently has about 173 stations, which circulate around ten lines. Although called unter, this metra system also circulates through open air viaducts over the streets, which allows us to observe the city from a different perspective.
In Berlin, commuter trains bring together a total of 15 lines, which truffle the city from end to end, although there are not many intermediate stations. Its schedule is the same as the subway: during the week from 04:30 to 00:30 and on weekends also at night. Using German punctuality these trains have a frequency every 10 minutes during the day, every 5 minutes during the rush hour and every 20 minutes during the night and on weekends.
The city’s extensive tram network is an inheritance of the former communist Berlin, which is why most are in the east of Berlin, since in the west the tram lines were removed to facilitate the traffic of more vehicles. If you want to get on one, you can use the tickets purchased at the metro stations or buy one on board.
Buses are an essential part of the urban transport system in Berlin and there are currently about 150 daytime and 54 night bus lines running through its streets. Its schedule is the same as for the rest of public transport means: from 04:30 to 00:30 hours. Although with the plus of the night services which circulate from 00:30 to 04:30 in the morning. Unlike during the day, during the night it is mandatory to get on the bus through the driver’s door showing the ticket.
If you don’t believe it in Berlin, there is also a network of public ferries, which connect the two banks of the rivers through which they circulate. In total there are about six lines: F10, F11, F12, F21, F23 and F24. They all have a 60-minute pass frequency and work with the same AB zone ticket.
Berlin is undoubtedly a city to live by pedaling, not only because it is practically flat, but also because it has a very extensive network of bicicarriles, which separate us from vehicular traffic in after all of its avenues and important streets. So you know, do not miss the opportunity to tour this beautiful city by bike and explore its unique places on two wheels!
In the city there are several systems of shared bicycles, as well as several companies that can rent us a bicycle for as long as we need it, without much difficulty.
Berlin has two international airports, which connect the city with the rest of Germany, Europe and the main countries of the world. Both air terminals are integrated into the public transport network so it is relatively easy to reach them from the city center.
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL):
This is the largest of the Berlin airports, it is located 8 kilometers northwest of the city. The journey from the center to the airport is approximately 20 minutes.
Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF):
On the other side, is Schönefeld, the former airport of the East Berlin and when the extension works are finished it will become the only airport in Berlin. It is located about 20 kilometers from the center of Berlin and it takes us approximately 45 minutes to get there by train.