Berlin Transportation

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    Berlin Underground

    by slothtraveller Written Oct 18, 2012

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    Berlin's Underground Subway system (U-Bahn) is an efficient and reliable way of moving around the city. I tended to buy day tickets (Tageskarte) which allowed travel on the whole underground network as well as the tram network (S-Bahn) until 3am the following morning. These were about 6 or 7 Euro for the AB zone where most of the sights of interest are situated. I never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a train to arrive, however, at peak times the trains did get very busy so watch your wallet and hang on tight!
    There are 10 lines in Berlin's underground network. I mainly used the U2 as my hotel was very close to one of the stops. The U2 line is very convenient for sightseeing as it runs between Potsdamer Platz to the West and Alexanderplatz to the East. I also used the U8 line to explore the North of the city.

    Waiting for a train at Alexanderplatz
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    Hauptbahnhof (Main station)

    by darkjedi Updated Oct 13, 2012

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    Opening in May 2006, the central station is now the main station in Berlin and is Europe's largest two level rail station. The upper level of the station has six tracks (two of which used for the Berlin S-Bahn) and eight on the lower level (two more are reserved for the U55). There is no rail connection between the upper and lower level track in the station area (or anywhere else nearby). 1,800 trains call at the station per day and the daily number of passengers is estimated to be at 350,000.

    There are a few hotels just one minute from the doors and this makes it a great place to stay especially if your travelling onward.

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    Metro

    by Pomocub Written Oct 3, 2012

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    Berlin has a very reliable metro station with many stations that are conviniently located near the many tourist attractions around the city. The underground stations have shops and small cafe's and fast food outlets where you can grab something quick and the underground seems to be well maintained and easy to navigate around.

    Berlin offer the "Berlin Welcome Card" where you can get unlimited travel by for 48, 72 hours or 5 days. It also will give you some discounts at certain attractions and museums. Prices range from 17.90 Euros to 35.90 Euros.

    See website below for more information.

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    Berlin Welcome Ticket

    by MikeBird Updated Aug 21, 2012

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    I am so glad I bought this ticket. It will have saved us huge amounts of money and time.

    As we were staying for 3 nights 4 days I decided to buy the 72hour Welcome card ticket in advance from their website. It cost 36Euros each but it meant we had entry to the MuseumInsel sites and complete coverage of the rail network in Berlin. In addition we had discounted entry fees at all of the different sites we visited including the Neues Museum, the DDR Museum, the Naturkunde Museum, the Photographic Museum and the reduced rates on the city bus tour and the bus from the airport. The saving in time and convenience was well worth it. You just have to remember to validate the ticket by getting it stamped in the machine the first time you use it.

    I ordered it online and the package arrived in the post just less than a week later. We received a helpful booklet that detailed all of the different discounted places and a map of the rail network, though I must say it was impossible to read the map.

    If there is just one thing you should do in Berlin it is to buy the Welcome Card if you intend to travel around on the train and visit the tourist locations.

    Validated Berlin Welcome Card
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  • Train station staff unhelpful

    by irishjim1 Written Aug 10, 2012

    Berlin has the best public transport system in Europe and it is easy and fairly inexpensive to get around this huge city. However on a more negative point we found the staff working in the train stations we visited to be extremely bad mannered and unhelpful. I think they should make a special effort to help tourists who may not speak German find the correct train to get to where they need to go as it is easy to get lost. Lots of times we boarded the wrong train which wasted a lot of time and when we did ask the station staff most of them were bad mannered.

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    Why I LOVE easyJet

    by johngayton Written Jul 22, 2012

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    Although Schoenefeld is supposed to be being replaced by the new Brandenburg airport this has been postponed to March 17th 2013 and so my easyJet flight last time round was rescheduled back to Schoenefeld which has become one of my favourite airports.

    Unfortunately on my last trip I missed my flight by minutes - I'd gotten confused by the new layout at Ostkreuz S-bahn station :-( When I got to the easyJet terminal my flight was showing as "Boarding" and so I went to the front of the queue and asked if I could be fast-tracked. This was no problem and I got straight to security and to the front of that queue too.

    I raced for my gate but when I got there the woman in charge apologetically informed me that they had closed the aircraft door. Such is life - it's not the first time I've missed a flight.

    Having gone back through security I found the easyJet desk and asked if there was another London flight later that day. The woman at the desk informed me that there was a Gatwick flight that evening and that it would cost 180 Euros. I said OK and mentioned that I'd just missed my flight.

    "Oh that's no problems, sir. I can change your ticket for 60 Euros."

    This sounded a bit better than 180.

    When she saw that my ticket was for Luton she did a quick search on her computer and found that there was one seat left on their Luton flight that afternoon. Which was a doubleplusgood bonus as my train ticket back to Devon was valid from there.

    I still had to hang at the airport for most of the day but found a socket to plug my laptop in at the cafe and bought a relatively cheap WiFi package and so that was me sorted - beer and VT (and FB).

    I just hope that easyJet have got a dedicated terminal when Brandenburg finally opens.

    :-XOXO
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    Tickets in Berlin

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Berlin has a very good transportation network. Of course, there are some negative sides, like the old S-bahn trains that must be completely replaced until 2018. There are buses, trams, S-bahns (suburban trains) and subway (U-bahn) in Berlin; you can also ride a bike in the whole city, there are good conditions for that.
    You can buy tickets from some ticket-desk or from a special ticket-machines that are located almost everywhere. For using the machines you'll need coins or banknotes by 5 euro (it is impossible to put inside bigger banknotes). It is quite easy to buy a ticket, just choose your language first and after that follow the instructions. If you buy a daily card, do not forget to validate it. The validating machines are on the buses and trams, as well as on the rail stations and U-bahn stations. You need to validate it only once. It is the same with the other tickets: they must be validated upon the first departure.
    A tip: if you buy a ticket on the bus/tram, you don't need to validate it, because it has the date and the hour stamped on it.
    For tourist that want to travel around Berlin all day long I suggest buying a daily card, it is only 6.80 euro for ABC zone (a single ticket is 3 euro).

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    Berlin Hauptbahnhof Europlatz

    by Mikebb Written Jul 7, 2012

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    The ultra modern main train station was refurbished and reopened during 2006. It looks fantastic and stands out on the skyline.

    A hub for international and local trains including the U-Bahn and S-Bahn.

    Hauptbahnhof Europlatz, Berlin
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    visit berlin

    by bodo8 Written May 20, 2012

    The best way to see Berlin is probably by organized city tour busses. Within 3 hours you can see all the most important attractions of Berlin, a city that offers really many famous and very beautiful buildings and parks. The cost was about 20 euro, you can leave the bus whenever you want and board the next one in order to continue the tour.
    We went to Berlin by car, and I still recommend it, if you don't live too far away (by the way German highways are really confortable and permit high speed); even if it is a big city, the traffic is not the same as in other places and it is quite easy (with a navigator system) to travel to/from/in the city.

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    HOHO Bus

    by Maryimelda Written May 17, 2012

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    If you arrive in Berlin by train, the Hop On Hop Off bus is easy to find. Just turn right when you come out of the main door fo the staion and you will find the boarding spot and little office selling tickets about 100 meters away.

    Tours depart regularly and have narrations in several different languages.

    This is an excellent way to get your bearings in any major city. You can choose what sights are worth returning to later or you can decide to get off and see them now before boarding another HOHO to take you to the next place you want to visit.

    Pick up point at Tiergarten
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    Public Transport to and from the Airports

    by Kakapo2 Updated May 17, 2012

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    (Updated in May 2012 due to the fact that there are further delays in opening the new airport)

    The new airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), now named after the former Chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt, seems to be one of the biggest and most shameful planning failures in the history of public building projects in Germany. Obviously it is a systemic failure, caused by sleepiness and lack of control which is in the hands of the local authorities and the central government.

    Scheduled to be opened on 30 October 2011 an then in June 2012, the grand opening has now been re-scheduled to no earlier than 17 March 2013. The major cause are ongoing problems with the fire safety system. The chief planning engineer has been fired - but according to the German media the real culprits are the politicians who are part of the board of directors.

    Tegel airport is too small to cope with the huge number of flights going in and out of Berlin.



    Until Willy-Brandt-Flughafen starts operating, you depend on buses and taxis to get to and from the the city from and to Tegel airport. (And of course also after that date if you arrive on flights landing in Tegel.)

    No subway or light railway line (S-Bahn) goes to this airport and the other major airport, Schönefeld, they mostly require a five minute walk to the terminal from the bus, S- and U-Bahn stations. The future airport will be conntected to the city and the rest of Germany by S-Bahn, regional and international trains.

    Tegel is 8 km from the city centre(s) and Schönefeld 18 km. (I speak of city centres in plural as Berlin has no real centre, having been divided for such a long time.)

    Bus transportation is straight forward. You can already get a day or multi-day pass at a BVG ticket counter at the airport. (BVG is Berlin’s public transportation system.)

    You get to the airports as follows:

    Tegel Airport

    Buses only:
    JetExpressBus TXL, X9 Flughafen Tegel
    Bus 109, 128 Flughafen Tegel

    Schönefeld Airport

    Regional trains:
    RE7, RB14, RB22 Berlin-Flughafen Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
    S-Bahn:
    S45, S9 Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
    Buses:
    163 S Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
    Directly to the terminal: JetExpressBus X7, 162, 171, 734, 736, N60, N71 Flughafen Schönefeld (Terminal)

    On this website you can check out which connection leads to the airport from the bus or train stop next to your accommodation. Click at the desired airport in the right hand corner, and then type in your station.

    The BVG website with all the networks, timetables and research is www.bvg.de
    To check connections go to
    Fahrplanauskunft
    Fahrinfo online

    You can even type in street names and do not necessarily have to know the station you want to go to.



    Tempelhof Airport - has been closed on 31 Oct 2008 -

    U-Bahn (subway):
    U6 Platz der Luftbrücke, followed by a five minute walk
    Buses:
    104, 248, N6 (weekdays only), N42 U Platz der Luftbrücke, followed by a five minute walk
    104, 248 Flughafen Tempelhof, followed by a five minute walk

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    Zoologischer Garten Banhof

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 11, 2012

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    Zoologischer Garten Banhof, colloquialy called Banhof Zoo, was the central transport facility in West Berlin during the division of the city. It is originally Stadtbahn Station, openned in 1882. Following the launching of the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof in 2006, Banhof Zoo dramatically lost its importance.
    Thanks to the local football fans it wasnt so boring and orderly.

    Zoo Banhof Shalke football fans

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  • Public Transport from AP Tegel

    by Nobinho Written Feb 2, 2012

    Check out the BVG homepage (public transport) 20 minutes from the AP but you need to cahnge:

    Flughafen Tegel (Airport) (Berlin) ab: 19:04
    Bus X9 Bus X9 Richtung: S+U Zoologischer Garten [1]
    U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (Berlin) an: 19:08 Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
    U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (Berlin) ab: 19:13 Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
    U7 U7 Richtung: U Rudow (Berlin) Verkehrsmeldung [1] [2]
    U Wilmersdorfer Str. (Berlin) an: 19:20 Aufzug Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
    U Wilmersdorfer Str. (Berlin) Aufzug Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
    Fußweg Fußweg Fußweg
    (4 Min.)
    S Charlottenburg (Berlin) an: 19:24
    A

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    Schoenefeld - My Sorta Airport!

    by johngayton Written Feb 1, 2012

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    I've only flown once out of Schoenefeld but it's the sort of airport I love. It's small but has pretty much everything you could require, whether arriving or departing. The couple of cafe/bars are reasonably priced and friendly, there's ticket machines for public transport (both local and national) and a tourist information point.

    I was flying out with EasyJet and was particularly impressed with the dedicated EasyJet terminal which has its own passport control and security which made getting through to airside almost a pleasure.

    Yep - excellent little airport.

    Main Terminal EasyJet Dedicated Terminal Tourist Info Point Local Transport Ticket Machine Train Ticket Machine
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    Getting To Schoenefeld By Public Transport

    by johngayton Written Feb 1, 2012

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    If flying in or out of Berlin via Schoenefeld there are several public transport options including an Airport Express service from the Hbf via Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof. The Airport Express runs every thirty minutes with a journey time of about the same.

    If travelling from the south of the city the best option is to either pick up the U7 to Rudow and then the bus onwards from there or the S9 from Ostkreuz. Journey times will obviously depend on your start station.

    You should note that Schoenefeld is in zone C and so you will require an extra ticket if you only have an AB pass.

    The airport website has the basic information and links to the VBB journey planner.

    When you get to the Schoenefeld public transport terminus there's a well-signed covered walkway to the airport itself.

    Saying Bye To Stacy At Ostkreuz Schoenefeld S-bahn Station Walkway To Airport Terminal
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