Finding a place
The Berlin fare zone is divided into three sub-zones: A, B and C.
• Zone A: The Berlin city center, up to and including the urban rail (S-Bahn) Ring Line
• Zone B: From the urban rail (S-Bahn) Ring Line to the city borders
• Zone C: A belt surrounding Berlin that includes the city of Potsdam.
You can use buses, subways (U-Bahn), tram (Straßenbahn), and the S-Bahn with the same ticket. It is also valid in regional trains. This is of interest if you want to travel to Airport Schönefeld or to Potsdam. Within the Berlin city borders, an AB ticket is always enough. For a trip to Potsdam use an ABC ticket (single or day-ticket).
If you plan to travel around and are using the BVG more than twice in one day, it is worth buying a Day Ticket (AB) for 5.80 EUR from a bus driver or a machine in the U- or S-Bahn stations.
Single tickets (AB) cost 2.10 EUR. Please note that after you buy your ticket from a machine you need to validate it by putting it into the red or yellow machines usually found near the ticket machine (tickets bought from a bus driver are validated already).
Single tickets are valid for two hours on the buses, trams, urban rail and subway trains, regional and regional express trains, as well as ferries of all participating transport companies. The ticket is not valid for return or round trips.
For short stretches you should take advantage of short-trip tickets, 1.20 EUR, allowing you to travel a maximum of 3 urban rail (S-Bahn) or subway (U-Bahn) stations, or 6 bus or tram stops.
For those of you who would like to see some of Berlin's tourist highlights without necessarily doing much walking, we recommend taking the doubledecker bus 100. It leaves every few minutes from Bahnhof Zoo and drives by the new diplomatic quarter, Bellevue Palace, the Reichstag, onwards to Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße and Alexanderplatz and back, offering various options to leave the bus at sights and catch the next one to continue the journey (Day- or Week-ticket needed).
Alternatively, there are many guided tours on foot or by bike, for instance:
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof (Contemporary art)
Neue Nationalgalerie/Kulturforum (20th century modern art from Cubism to art of the 1970s)
Gemäldegalerie/Kulturforum (European paintings from the 14th to 19th century)
Altes Museum/Museumsinsel (Egyptian collection)
Alte Nationalgalerie/Museumsinsel (19th century German art)
Pergamon Museum (with the Pergamon Altar)/Museumsinsel
Bode-Museum/Museumsinsel (Sculptures and Byzantine art)
Museum of Communication
Museum in the Gropius Building
There are two city magazines in Berlin, TIP and Zitty , listing all events biweekly .
Deutsches Theater und Kammerspiele
Hebbel am Ufer (HAU)
Maxim Gorki Theater
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Bar jeder Vernunft
Berlin Symphonic Orchestra
Komische Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Other useful links
Berlin in the WorldWideWeb
Berlin airports (Tegel, Tempelhof, Schönefeld)
Berlin in brief (history; politics and constitution; culture, education, and science; business and finance)
Local public offices
Official forms of Berlin administration
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