Fares Buy tickets from machines in the station, and be sure to validate them in the posts next to the ticket machines. Single tickets cost € 2.70, or 4-trip
tickets for €9, which you can validate as you need. If traveling fewer than three train stations or six bus or tram stops, buy a short-trip ticket for €1.60. Day tickets cost € 6.90 for unlimited travel until 3am the following day, or if you are traveling with others, a small group ticket will get up to five people unlimited travel for €16.90. For those staying longer, a seven- day pass valid for seven consecutive calendar days may be better value at € 29.50.
The underground system is extensive. Most lines run every 5 mins (less frequently outside working hours), 4am–12:30am (replaced by night buses outside of these times). The whole U- Bahn and S- Bahn network runs all night on weekends.
The above- ground system is faster than the U- Bahn but less frequent. Trains run every 10–20 mins. Timing and ticket rules apply as above.
With a regular BVG ticket you can also hop on one of the six public ferry lines. Most beautiful is the trip from Wannsee to the lakeside village of Kladow. It leaves every hour and takes about 20 mins.
Deutsche Bahn is the national railway company, including the Regional Bahn (RB) and Regional Express (RE) trains, which operate around greater Berlin and Potsdam. The Intercity (IC) and European City (EC) trains travel further afield and internationally. www.bahn.de, T: 0180.6996633 (toll number).
Rent A Bike
Explore Berlin’s great sights by bike and choose your own destinations.
Deutsche Bahn Call-a-Bike service: www.callabike.de
Berlin and Bike: www.berlinandbike.de, T: 0163.5120124.
Rent a Car
Avis: www.avis.com, T: 0180 6217702 (toll number)
Europcar: www.europcar.com, T: 040 52018765 Hertz: www.hertz.com, T: 0180 6003690 (toll number)