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Sunday May 17th, 2015

Transport Guide to Berlin

Getting Around Berlin

Not sure about whether to see Berlin by train, tram, or bus? Read Citystay’s essential transport guide!

S/U-BAHN

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Image “Berlin U-Bahn Train A3L71″ by Jcornelius via Wikimedia Commons

The most effective and preferred means of public transport are the S/U Bahns which operate from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and run 24 hours on weekends and holidays. The S-Bahn (light rail), often called the schnell (fast) train by locals have fewer stops and is great for longer trips. While the U-Bahn (underground) runs more frequently and have more locations throughout the city. Most of the carriages are clean and well-maintained and have digital diplays announcing the next station, as well as the final stop. An average ticket costs 2.10 Euros while a short trip (3 stops or less) is 1.40 Euros, make sure to validate your ticket at the station as undercover inspectors frequent the train and once caught, will result in a hefty, no excuses, on-the-spot fine of 40 Euros.

BUS/TRAMS

Mk_Berlin_Tram_6Image by Magadan (Own work German Wikipedia) via Wikimedia Commons

Although Berlin’s double-decker buses are a tad slow and often late, its a cheap way to do some sightseeing. Forego the expensive bus tours and hop on either the 100 or 200 bus lines, which passes through all the major city sights. Its a great deal for 2.10 Euros (single ticket) which is good for two hours in one direction. You can also buy a Day Pass (Tageskarte), which is 5.80 Euros.

If you get left behind by the S/U Bahn, the night buses are available from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. and work on 30 minute intervals. The N2, N5, N6, N8 and N9 follow similar routes of the U2, U5, U6, U8 and U9.

Trams also operate all day and all night, however they are only available in the eastern areas of Berlin.