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Getting around in Berlin
Public transport in the Berlin centre is as suitably efficient and comprehensive as you would expect in the German capital. There are buses, an underground network (U-Bahn), and in the former east disctricts, Trams too. All run by the BVG company in it's bright yellow livery - so easy to spot! Overground lines are part of the national network (S-Bahn and Deutsche Bahn) and will take you to the edges of Berlin and beyond, briskly and smoothly. All of which run like clockwork.
For those wishing to enjoy the best Berlin nightlife you’ll be pleased to know that the trains run 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively cabs in Berlin aren’t too expensive either. As a general rule, the areas in the former east are easy to access from Schoenefeld Airport. They are Prenzauler berg and Mitte. The areas in the former west such as Charlottenburg, Schoeneberg, with Kreuzberg as the exception, are easier to access from Tegel Airport. There is not much in it though.
A one day travel card (Tages Karte) costs €6.30 for zones A-B (central Berlin disctricts) and is valid on all public transport until 3am. A single ticket (Einzelfahrt) costs €2.30 for zones A-B and is valid for 2 hours in any one direction so you can break your journey up. It’s also valid on all transport services. Please note that Schoenefeld airport is in zone C though. ABC singles cost €3.00.
'Welcome Cards', a special visitor ticket, great for a Berlin weekend. There is a 48hr and 72 hr version which cost €16.90 and €22.90 (zones A-B). Both include special discounts for tourist attractions. All tickets can be bought at stations or at selected newsagents (kiosk) near to the trains.
Remember to ‘validate’ you ticket by getting it stamped in the yellow posts next to the ticket machines in the station. There are no barriers, only undercover inspector spot checks.
If you land at Schoenefeld airport, a good tip is to buy your ticket in the newsagents, ‘Presse & Buch’ to avoid the queues of people tackling the ticket machines at the station. The airport is in zone C so an ABC single ticket will cost €3.00.
More details and up-to-date information can be found here: Berlin's BVG in English
*Please note: Ticket prices correct as at 15.11.11*