Navigating the public transit system in a new country can be overwhelming. I mean, where do you buy a ticket? What kind of ticket do I buy? Am I going the right direction?! Well, I’m here to help you navigate through the tricky public transit system in Berlin.
One-Way Ticket vs. Short Distance – Which is the best one for you?
However, if you are only traveling in ONE zone and you will only be traveling 3 stops or less, get the Short Distance Ticket. This ticket is valid for 3 stops with S- and U-Bahn traings. Changing trains is allowed. For buses and trams, this ticket is also valid for up to 6 stops only but you cannot change vehicles, meaning that you must take the same bus or tram the entire way. You cannot use the same ticket and use two different busses.
For children up to the age of 5 can travel without charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Children from 6 to 14 years can use the reduced tariff.
Where To Buy Tickets
You can purchase tickets on multilingual ticket machines on the platforms of S- and U-bahn stations.
Please pay the fare to the bus driver.
Use the machines inside the trains.
PRO TIP #1: CASH ONLY! The machine does take credit card but only if it’s a German one.
Fares and Ticket Options
Here is a table that summarizes the various ticket options:
|Ticket Type||Cost||What It's Good For||Duration of Validation|
|One-Way Ticket||Zone A and B OR Zone B and C -|
Regular: 2.80 euros
Reduced: 1.70 euros
Zone A, B, and C –
Regular: 3.40 euros
Reduced: 2.50 euros
|Traveling between zones, A and B OR zones B and C|
Traveling between zones A, B, and C
|Short Distance||Regular: 1.70 euros|
Reduced: 1.30 euros
|Valid for up to 3 stops on S- and U-bahn trains (can change trains)|
Valid for up to 6 stops on busses and trams (cannot change vehicles)
|Based on number of stops, not time|
|1-Day Ticket||Zone A and B or Zone B and C -|
Regular: 7 euros
Reduced: 4.70 euros
Zone A, B, and C –
Regular: 7.70 euros
Reduced: 5.30 euros
|Unlimited travel on all public transportation||For an entire day starting from the ticket's day of validation until 3am the following day|
|7-Day Ticket||30 euros||Unlimited travel on all public transportation||Seven (7) consecutive days from the day of the ticket's validation and ends on the 7th day at midnight.|
|Small-Group Day Ticket||19.90 euros||Good for up to 5 people to use on all public transportation for tariff zone AB||For an entire day starting from the ticket's day of validation until 3am the following day|
PRO TIP #2: Validate your ticket before boarding the train. There will be yellow or red boxes on the platform, in buses or trams that allows you to do this. If you fail to do this and get caught by the officer, you will be fined 60 euros. Totally not worth it!
Getting to and from the Airport
Using the train will the cheapest way to get you to and from Berlin Schönefeld Airport. Using taxi will cost at least 50 euros depending on traffic. Uber is a cheaper option choose you wish to take private transportation.
There are a few different line options but the S9 train is the most common line to take you straight to city centre or to the airport. This will take approximately 40 minutes. You will need to purchase a Tariff ABC ticket costing 3,40 euros.
Please note that this is valid for a one-way, 2-hour journey which means that if you wish to take the train back to the airport after the end of your time in Berlin, you will need to purchase another Tariff ABC ticket.