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Public transport in Berlin

Arriving in Berlin

Unsurprisingly, it’s very easy to get to Berlin from just about any corner of the world. Most people will arrive by plane, though trains and cars are also pretty common. Whichever way you choose to arrive, you’ll find your way quickly and safely into the center.

By Plane

The Berlin Brandenburg Airport is approximately 150 years behind schedule, but fortunately there are still two popular airports with excellent transport links to the center. If you’re looking for particularly cheap flights, try Ryanair and EasyJet!

From Schönefeld

You can get either an S-Bahn train or the bus from Schönefeld Airport directly into the city center.

From Texel

You can get the full timetables and services from the Texel website, but there are plenty of buses which will take you straight into town. They are located directly outside each terminal, running several times per hour.

By Train

Situated where it is in the middle of Europe, Berlin is exceptionally well-connected by train to a host of neighboring nations. You can use any of the following major train services to get into the city:

  • InterCityExpress

  • InterCity

  • EuroCity

  • InterRegio

Try to get into Berlin Hauptbahnhof, as this is the central station right in the middle of the city. From here you can get onto the U-Bahn or a bus service, if required, to connect you to the relevant part of the city. Check out the Deutsche Bahn website for all the details on schedule, connections and anything else you may need to know about getting into the city!

By Bus

There are two major bus stations in Berlin, and if you are on an international bus to the city, you’ll arrive at one of them, either the Central Bus Station ZOB or the Ostbahnhof Bus Station. You will need to take a bit of a walk once you arrive if you want to transfer to another mode of transportation, but since you’ll probably have some large bags with you, it may be best to grab a taxi or an Uber instead!

Getting around Berlin

U-Bahn

The underground system in Berlin is pretty big, with 10 lines forming a network nearly 150 km long and featuring over 173 stations. Don’t be alarmed if your carriage surfaces above ground - not all U-Bahn services stay underground the whole time.

S-Bahn

These are local trains, and not to be confused with the metro system, U-Bahn. You can use the S-Bahn to navigate the city and all of its surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on outside of the Berlin city centre, so you’ll probably get to know the S-Bahn pretty well during your stay.

Trams and metrotrams

The trams and so-called "metrotrams" (which run 24-hours a day) crisscross all over the city, and are a super-convenient means of navigating the sprawling areas of Berlin. They run every ten minutes (at least) and so even if you miss one, you won’t be hanging around long for its successor. After midnight the metrotrams run every 30 minutes, so you can still get around easily after a night out.

Buses

There is a comprehensive bus service in the city which visits those areas not covered by the tramways. During the night, special night buses (numbers N1-9) replace the U-Bahn services of the same number, U1-9.

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful in the city, with more than 7,000 of them patrolling the streets. You can flag them down on the road, queue at a taxi stand or call in advance. The fares are regulated and counted using a taximeter.


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