Buy tickets from machines in the station, and be sure to validate them in the posts next to the ticket machines. Single tickets cost € 2.80; or save by paying €9 for four single-trip tickets, 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 €1.70. Day tickets cost € 7 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 €19.90. For those staying longer, a pass valid for seven days may be a better value at € 30.
The underground system is extensive. Most lines run every five minutes (less frequently outside working hours), 4am–12:30am (replaced by night buses outside of these times). The entire 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 hop on one of the six public ferry lines. Most beautiful is the trip from Wannsee to lakeside Kladow village; ferries leave every hour and take about 20 minutes.
Deutsche Bahn is the railway company that manages the Regional Bahn (RB) and Regional Express (RE) trains, operating around greater Berlin and Potsdam. The Intercity (IC) and European City (EC) trains travel further afield. www.bahn.de. Toll number: 0180.6996633.
Rent A Bike
Explore Berlin by bike. 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