Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Travellling around Berlin

Tickets and Fares

An extensive S-Bahn (urban railway), U-Bahn (underground), bus and streetcar network spanning the entire city gets you quickly, safely and inexpensively to all the attractions.

A system of night buses and trains keeps you mobile into the wee hours of the night.Berlin has three fare zones: zone A is delineated by the S-Bahn ring and encompasses the city centre, zone B ends at the city limits. Zone C includes Berlin's immediate surroundings (e.g. Potsdam, Oranienburg).

Tickets can be purchased with the zone combinations AB, BC or ABC. Standard fares apply to adults, reduced fares to children aged 6-13; children under 6 ride free. Tickets can be purchased at any of the many BVG and S-Bahn Berlin ticket counters and at ticket machines located in the stations. The machines are equipped with convenient on-screen menu navigation and are available 24 hours a day in 6 languages (German, English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Polish).

Most frequently used tickets (fare zone AB):
Single journey ticket
€ 2,10
Short distance
€ 1,20
Day ticket
€ 6,10
7-Days ticket
€ 25,40
Group ticket (max. 5 persons)
€ 15,40
Berlin WelcomeCard 2008 (fare zone AB)
€ 16,50 / € 21,50 (48 / 72 hours)
Berlin WelcomeCard 2008 (fare zone ABC)
€ 18,00 / € 24,50 (48 / 72 hours)
Bus lines 100 and 200Central Berlin is quite expansive and difficult to scout out on foot. It is worth covering certain itineraries with public transport. A trip on bus 100 or 200 is tantamount to a city tour, taking passengers past the many sights between Zoologischer Garten and Alexanderplatz. .

S-Bahn (urban railway)From the elevated S-Bahn you can catch a first glimpse of several of the city's tourist magnets. The route from Zoologischer Garten to Alexanderplatz passes Tiergarten and the Victory Column, the Reichstag and the government quarter and cruises between the structures gracing Museum Island.The Ringbahn (S-Bahn Circle) line loops around the city centre in an hour, offering passengers a number of outstanding impressions.

Panorama S-Bahn - A city tour extraordinaireA junket on this train featuring snug swivel chairs, a bar, air conditioning, a wheelchair accessible toilet and expansive panorama windows is an experience in itself. Enjoy a stunning view of Berlin while sipping a glass of bubbly.

Beside the well developed net of bus and train lines there are also nearly 7000 taxis to transport the Berliners and their guests. You can order a taxi easily.

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