|This is Berlin's plan
for S-Bahn and U-Bahn. For a better view you can download the thing
You see three parts. The inner white one within the circle line (A),
the light blue one (B) and the outer dark grey section (C). That's
indicating different price levels for the fares. A being the
cheapest one, B normal and C a little extra.
The usual tourist hardly ever leaves section A, so a ticket for A
would do. But to make more millions, BVG does not sell tickets for section
A. You have to buy a ticket for A/B at the price of 2,30 Euro. On
the ticket machines you usually find it on top of all the knobs and it is
called "Einzelfahrkarte A/B" (single ticket).
After you have bought the ticket
you have to put it in a little box to validate it. The box puts a
stamp on your ticket that shows when and where you have started your
trip. To confuse tourists, that's not so, if you buy your ticket in
a tram. There the machine already produces finished tickets. If you
go by bus you are supposed to get in using the front door and show
your ticket to the driver. If you don't have one you can buy it from
him. If you wanna get a rough time, try paying with a 50.- Euro
note. On small ferries the captain is selling the tickets, on the
bigger ones a conductor will come up to you.
With that ticket you can cruise around
Berlin for two hours with everything. You don't have to buy a new
one if you change from U-Bahn to bus or from tram to ferry or
whatever. The only restriction is that your trip goes in roughly
the same direction all the time. For your way back you need a new
This can be tricky if you're using
S41 or S42, the circle lines. Going half a circle is ok but then you
are on your way back and have to get out to buy a new ticket. But
it's hard to get an official statement where exactly half a circle
ends. As nobody seems to know about it, that's open to discussion
and three quarters of a circle might be ok for strangers.
Anyway, it's best to buy a day
ticket for A/B. It costs 6,30 Euro and you can use it until 3 in the
morning the next day. It's called "Tageskarte".
If your trip is limited to 3
stations S- or U-Bahn or 6 stations with bus or tram a ticket
called "Kurzstrecke" (short way) will do. It costs 1,40 Euro .
Children, dogs and bikes pay
roughly half the price for all tickets. It's called "Ermäßigungskarte"
Children under six years travel for free.
Then there are "City Tour
48 hours (Euro 16,90) or 72 hours (Euro 22,90) or 5 days (29,90).
There also are "Welcome Cards" that cost a few Euros more and offer reduced admission for all kinds of
tourist attractions. You get those at any tobacco dealer or newspaper shop.
All fares are from 2012 and sure
will go up. For current prices you best look at:
It is not a good idea to use U-Bahn
or S-Bahn without a ticket. There are lots of checks and you don't
recognize the staff. They come in civilian clothes and often
look like suspects themselves. So don't be alarmed if some hobo
suddenly gets out an official ID and demands to see your ticket. The fine at the moment