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Getting Around

Travelling at Night

No matter what time it is, there's always a way to get around Berlin.

  • U-Bahn lines run every 15 minutes all night long on Friday, Saturday and public holidays (all but the U4 and U55).
  • From Sunday to Thursday, night buses (N1, N2 etc) run along the U-Bahn routes between 12.30am and 4am at 30-minute intervals.
  • MetroBuses (designated M11, M19 etc) and MetroTrams (M1, M2 etc) run nightly every 30 minutes between 12.30am and 4.30am.

Feature: Berlin's Transport System

  • Berlin’s comprehensive public transport system is administered by BVG and consists of the U-Bahn (subway, underground), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. U-Bahn and S-Bahn are the most efficient methods of transport.
  • For full information and a handy journey planner, go to www.bvg.de (also in English).
  • Network maps are posted in stations (usually on platforms), on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, and on trams.
  • Tickets are available from vending machines at U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations and on trams, from bus drivers and from BVG sales offices.
  • Tickets must be validated (stamped) before boarding the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Those bought from bus drivers and on the tram are prevalidated.
  • Vending machines in U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations accept cash and EC Cards but not credit cards. Bus and tram tickets must be paid for in cash. Tram vending machines only take coins; sometimes exact change is required. Bus drivers carry only a small amount of change.
  • For most rides you need an AB ticket; if taking more than two trips per day, get a Tageskarte (day pass).
  • To determine the right direction, use the map to identify the final stop of the line, which is also posted on electronic displays on station platforms.

Tickets & Passes

  • One ticket is valid for all forms of public transport.
  • The network comprises fare zones A, B and C with tickets available for zones AB, BC or ABC.
  • AB tickets, valid for two hours, cover most city trips (interruptions and transfers allowed, but round-trips are not). Exceptions: Potsdam and Schönefeld Airport (ABC tariff).
  • Children aged six to 14 qualify for reduced (ermässigt) rates; kids under six travel free.
  • Buy tickets from bus drivers, vending machines at U- or S-Bahn stations, and aboard trams, station offices and news kiosks sporting the yellow BVG logo. Some vending machines accept debit cards. Bus drivers and tram vending machines only take cash.
  • Single tickets, except those bought from bus drivers and in trams, must be validated at station platform entrances.
  • On-the-spot fine for travelling without a valid ticket: €60.
  • A range of travel passes offer better value than single tickets.

Travel Tickets & Passes

  • If you’re taking more than two trips in a day, a Tageskarte (day pass) will save you money. It’s valid for unlimited rides on all forms of public transport until 3am the following day. The Kleingruppen-Tageskarte (group day pass) is valid for up to five people travelling together.
  • For short trips, buy the Kurzstreckenticket, which is good for three stops on the U-Bahn or S-Bahn, or six stops on any bus or tram; no changes allowed.
  • For longer stays, consider the Wochenkarte (seven-day pass), which is transferable and lets you take along another adult and up to three children aged six to 14 for free after 8pm Monday to Friday and all day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Monthly passes are also available.

Ticket TypeAB (€)BC (€)ABC (€)

Einzelfahrschein (single)


Ermässigt (reduced single)


Tageskarte (day pass)


Kleingruppen-Tageskarte (group day pass)


Wochenkarte (7-day pass)



Walking around Berlin's neighbourhoods (Kieze in local parlance) is a joy but to travel between them you want to make use of the excellent public transport system.

More Information

Berlin's extensive and efficient public transport system is operated by BVG and consists of the U-Bahn (underground, or subway), the S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. For trip planning and general information, call the 24-hour hotline or check the website.

The U-Bahn is usually the most efficient way of getting around town. The S-Bahn comes in handy for covering longer distances, while buses, trams and bicycles are useful for shorter journeys.