There’s nowhere quite like Berlin. Sensual, gritty, hip and debauched, it’s a colossal city with a tumultuous back-story. It also has a myriad of different faces: the staunch solidity of the Reichstag, the rainbow melee of its multicultural population, the insistent bass-thump of its numberless nightclubs.
Berlin boasts thrilling street art, resident artists of all disciplines, and a strong music scene befitting the one-time home of names such as Lou Reed, David Bowie, Nick Cave and Iggy Pop.
From a tourist perspective, Berlin remains relatively inexpensive – moderate budgets will suffice to eat, drink and sleep well here. The city also offers a kaleidoscope of different culinary cultures, so you can dine on Vietnamese, Japanese and Turkish food as easily as German.
Arrival in Berlin by airplaneBerlin has two airports: Tegel Airport in the northwest of Berlin and Schönefeld Airport on the southern outskirts.
Arrival at Schönefeld AirportBerlin Schönefeld Airport is located on the southern outskirts of Berlin. From the terminal building it is a ten-minute walk to the Schönefeld train station. From there S-Bahn trains as well as regional trains go directly to the center of Berlin. Schönefeld Airport has a link to highway A113 which leads to the city center.
Arrival at Tegel AirportTegel Airport is located in Reinickendorf/Tegel, a district in northwest Berlin. The city center is easy to reach with the TXL Express bus or by car. Tegel Airport has a link to highway A111 (exit Saatwinkler Damm). From the Tegel Airport, the exhibition grounds Messe Berlin is only about six kilometres away.
Public Transportation in BerlinWith a valid ticket, ticket holders have access to all public transport in Berlin: S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, trams and ferries. The fare depends on the tariff zone and the ticket's period of validity.
One Way TicketA single fare ticket (Einzelfahrschein) is valid for one person and a two hour journey through the city. Note: It is not allowed to travel towards the direction of the starting point. For that purpose a new single-ticket must be purchased.
Short Distance TicketA short distance ticket (Kurzstrecke) costs 1.70 Euros, reduced 1.30 Euros and and is valid for three stops with S- and U-Bahn. Changing trains is allowed. The ticket is also valid for six stops in buses and trams, but only if not changing vehicles.
FaresThere are only three fare zones: the S-Bahn ring serves at the border of Zone A, the city centre, which is also the environmental zone; Zone B ends at the borders of the city. Zone C stretches out 10-15 km beyond the city borders into Berlin’s surroundings, with their many woodlands, lakes and rivers.
Tariff AB: 2.80; reduced: 1.70 Euros
Tarif ABC: 3.40; reduced: 2.50 Euros
More information about public transportation here.