Getting Around Berlin
Getting around Berlin is pretty easy; Berlin as a metropolitan city has developed a transportation system that provides different modes of urban mobility that include bridges, roads, rail lines, and more.
Public Transport in Berlin
Public transportation in Berlin is a complex network that consists in different integrated systems, including urban rail systems, regional railway services, bus networks and ferry services; these services are controlled by the transport association: The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), which uses a common public transport tariff and provides the service by dividing the city into 3 zones: A, B and C (each one have a slight price difference):
- Zone A Serves the central parts of the city
- Zone B serves outer parts of Berlin City
- And Zone C serves an area beyond the city boundaries.
This service covers the major part of the city (over 170 stations) and is operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe-BVG (the city owned municipal transport operator). This service was designed to alleviate the traffic flowing into and out of central part of the city.
Berlin S-Bahn:It's the rapid transit system and includes 15 lines that feed into one of three core lines (a north-south line, east-west line, circular elevated line). The S-Bahn ahd U-Bahn are integrated and serve the entire city; but each one has a different operator, S-Bahn is operated by S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn.
Regional Trains:There are two kinds of regional trains: Regionalbahn (RB) and the faster Regional-Express (RE) that work in Berlin-Brandeburg suburban area beyond.
Berlin Tram:The Tram network is operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and offer 22 tram lines.
Berlin Buses:Bus transportation in berlin offers 149 daytime bus routes with a fleet of over 1349 buses that are operated by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) with the transport tariff of Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) as most public transportation.
Berlin Welcome Card offers a good package for combined transport and museum entry tickets.
Online route and fare information is available from the BVG
Berlin By Taxi
Time is money, and if you have not plenty of time for visiting all important places in a new country, then you will need a really rapid transport that takes you conveniently to your destination everywhere in Berlin.
If you use a taxi, you'll reach directly and safely your destination. You can recognize taxis in the street by the cream-colored Mercedes most of they use, a short trip will cost €3.50 (2km. or 5 minutes) and you can call a taxi as well (you should say if you want to pay with credit card because not all taxis have card-reading equipment)
Taxi Fares: Start at € 2.50 and € 1.50 per km; Short Ride (Kurzstrecke): a € 3 ride for up to 2 km drive if you hail the taxi from the street.
Berlin By Car
Exploring Berlin by car is one of the most easier and recommended ways to get around the city; you can take yourself to all places you want in Berlin, and enjoy the rich and vibrant cultural scene and ensure you can always find something new to do in Berlin.If you don't have your own car for the trip, you can hire one because there is a wide range of vehicles for rental, from family cars, compact vehicles, vans, whether is the ideal vehicle for your visit
- Remember that cycling routes are common and a cyclist going straight on has precedence at a right hand turn.
- In the East trams have the right of way.
- The ringroad is called the Berliner Ring.
Berlin By Bicycle
Cycling is highly suggested in Berlin, as it is convenient and safe. Cycle lanes are a comfort to follow usually around the Tiergarten park area. If you like cycling, Berlin is a cyclists' heaven so don't miss the occasion to explore Berlin on your bike.
Berliners love cycling all-year round and the city accommodates cyclists by providing splendid cycle paths which isolate cyclists both from cars and from pedestrians.
You are also permitted to take your bicycle on the U- and S-Bahn, just see which train compartment offers the bicycle sign and if anyone happens to be standing there they will generally make way for you and your bike.
Cycle paths are huge in West Berlin but the Eastern half still requires to catch up and the standard of roads lags behind. With the amount of road and building work going on it can be a ambitious ride!
Bikes need an underground ticket, too.