Berlin’s public transportation system has wide coverage and is very reliable. You can get around by S-Bahn, U-Bahn or buses, which operate from 5:00am till 1:00am on weekdays, and are nonstop during the weekend. The system is divided into three zones (A, B, C), with zones A and B covering most of the city. Please note the Berlin-Schönefeld airport is in zone C.
Tickets can be purchased from a ticket machine or bus driver and should be validated prior to commencing your journey.
Ticket prices (zones A and B):
Short-trip (3 stops): 1,70 €
One way (120 minutes): 2,80 €
Day ticket: 7,00 €
You can plan your journey on the BVG website, which is the official public transport site for Berlin, or using the free Smartphone app, BVG FahrInfo Plus Berlin, which provides itinerary and travel information in German and English.
For convenience, or in order to save time, taxis are a good option for transportation. All taxis can be called from the street, or ordered via phone or app. “Unregistered” taxi companies are not an issue in Berlin, and taking the taxi is generally safe. Rush hours should be taken into account for time management.
The fees are fixed and the fare depends on the distance travelled. There is also a “short-trip” option (German: “Kurzstrecke”), which is a maximum of 2 km for 5 €.
Be prepared to pay in cash, as credit and bank card readers are not widespread in the cars.
Private taxi services, like Uber or Lyft, are illegal by German law.
Taxi Berlin: +49 (0) 30 202020
Funk Taxi Berlin: +49 (0) 30 261026
Würfelfunk: +49 (0) 30 210101