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Basic information

  • Area: 891.82 km² (344.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 3,431,700
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Berlin – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

There are two airports servicing Berlin, Tegel Airport is located 8km to the north-west of the city centre. Bus numbers 109 and 128 as well as the faster express bus JetExpressBus TXL transfer passengers between the airport and the main train station Hauptbahnhof. Schönefield Airport can be found 18km south-east of the city centre and is serviced by trains rather than buses. The S-Bahn links the airport into the public transport network and passengers can travel to one of five main S-Bahn stations every half an hour. Tickets for all the above services cost no more than €3 each.

Airport Transfers

Berlin WelcomeCard

The Berlin WelcomeCard provides holders with up to 50% off over 150 of the top tourist attractions in the city; it also allows the user free public transport within the city centre (travel zones AB including Tegel Airport) or for the Berlin and Potsdam areas (travel zones ABC including Tegel and Schönefield Airports). The card can be bought for up to €35 and is valid for either 48 or 72 hours or five days.


Berlin has an extremely comprehensive bus network and the routes cover most of the city. Although not the fastest form of transport around the large city, bus travel provides the best views of Berlin. Bus numbers 100 and 200 are the most well used by visitors as their routes take travellers past many of the most famous city sights.


With nearly 7000 taxis in Berlin it is easy to get around. There are a number of different companies that can be called to pre-book, however it is possible to hail taxis in the street or find one at one of several taxi ranks around the city.



The integrated public transport system only uses one ticketing method and tickets bought are valid on all forms of transport. Berlin is split into three travel zones with zones A and B encompassing the city up to the city limits. Tickets can be purchased from any sales centre or machines at U- and S-Bahn stations and are valid for a specific length of time, or number of journeys.


Berlin’s S-Bahn network of overland trains is very efficient with services running up to every 10 minutes on most lines. Like the buses, the S-Bahn is a good way to see the city whilst travelling as the raised lines allow passengers to view the beautiful architecture.



A modern and extensive transport system, Berlin’s U-Bahn is the most widely used method of public transport in the city. BVG, the company that provides the underground services are customer focussed and there are many different ways to plan your journey; ask at one of the BVG counters in the stations, check the online journey planner, or call a designated telephone line available in 6 languages. With 173 U-Bahn stations and trains running every 15 minutes, throughout the day, it is the most convenient mode of transport in the sprawling city.