Berlin’s public transport: At your destination in 30 minutes
Subway, commuter trains, tram, bus, taxi – Berlin’s public transport is more developed than any other transport network in Germany. No matter where you want to go, you never need more than half an hour to get to work. Moreover, Berlin is a bicycle-friendly city – a large part of the city is equipped with bike lanes and traffic lights. Berliners are avid users of alternative transportation such as car and scooter-sharing, not to mention “Rent a Bike” services.
Berlin is the capital of electromobility. By 2020, there will already be 100,000 electric cars on its streets. A lot of Berlin-based companies and institutions of higher education are currently working on new solutions. As the hub of Europe, Berlin’s advantages include two airports and three long-distance train stations that provide travelers with ongoing connections in every imaginable direction.
Public transport: From A to C
Ten subways lines, 22 tram lines, 15 commuter train lines, six ferry lines and 1,300 busses – BVG and S-Bahn Berlin GmbH are sure to take you safely and quickly to your destination. Both companies – along with more than 40 other Berlin and Brandenburg transport companies – are members of the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Network (VBB, Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg).
The city of Berlin and the surrounding region are divided into three fare sections: section A comprises the city center within the Berlin S-Bahn ring, section B extends to the outskirts of Berlin, and section C extends about 15 kilometers into the surrounding region, including the city of Potsdam. Tickets are available for combinations of sections (AB, BC and ABC) as needed.
The subway, commuter train, tram and bus lines are very simply sorted using numbers and colors. Information on the fastest connections and fares is also available in the app or on the BVG website. All you have to do is enter your starting and end locations plus your desired arrival or departure time.
Trendy: Car and bicycle sharing
Berlin’s car sharing giants are called Car2Go, DriveNow, Multicity and Flinkster. Car sharing allows you to use an app to locate a car near you, reserve it and then use it. You have to register once per service in order to use it. Your travel time is then billed per minute used. Gasoline, motor vehicle insurance and parking fees are included.
Bicycles can be temporarily rented in Berlin. Established stores offer immediate rental services in the city center districts. The rates vary and are usually calculated per day. However, it is also possible to rent a bike via app or text message. Call a Bike, the bicycle rental service from Deutsche Bahn, is one such service.
Rail and flight: Business trips made easy
Berlin has three long-distance stations (Hauptbahnhof, Südkreuz and Gesundbrunnen) as well as six regional stations (Potsdamer Platz, Lichterfelde Ost, Jungfernheide, Alexanderplatz, Zoologischer Garten and Friedrichstrasse). Travel density in the capital is very high: 300,000 travelers pass through the Berlin Hauptbahnhof every day and every 90 seconds a train sets out in one of the many directions.
Berlin’s airports are European hubs. Tegel Airport currently welcomes more than 18 million passengers per year. With a total area of 4,660,000 square meters, it is Berlin’s biggest airport. Schönefeld Airport is located on the outskirts and ranks behind Tegel with 7.1 million passengers per year. Both airports will soon be merged to form Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BBI). Several bus lines and airport shuttles make the journey between the city and the airports every 20 minutes.