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Public Transport in Berlin

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Public Transport in Berlin

We (2 of us) will be in Berlin for 5 full days & hope to cover as much of the sights that Berlin has to offer. Is there a multiple day public transport pass that we can purchase which allows us to travel & visit the major tourist sites? We will arrive by train(from Basel) & depart by train (to Munich) & will most likely stay in the Alexanderplatz area. Any advice is much appreciated - this is our first visit to Berlin & we are keen to explore & see as much as possible.

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1. Re: Public Transport in Berlin

Yes there several types and since you are there 5 days I would recommend the 5 day Welcome Card which can give you discounts on certain things.

http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/17179/name/Berlin+WelcomeCard.html

Berlin WelcomeCard (5 days)

Berlin AB 32,50

Berlin ABC 37,50

The ABC is good if you plan to go out to Potsdam or Oranienburg or if you plan to use Schönefeld Airport at all.

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Hey Scorpion

from an Aussie perspective the best advice I can offer is to remember that you get on the 'opposite' platform, tram/train direction etc from what you would automatically do. We ended up heading in the wrong direction more than once.

The station at Alexanderplatz is a bit of a maze but once or twice through it and you'll have no trouble at all - if you can navigate Winyard and or Town Hall you'll be in with a good shot!

The Berlin transport maps are great - grab one and then remember what the terminating station is on the line and direction you want to go - that name will be on the front of the train you need to catch.

We investigated the various passes before visiting in Dec/Jan 12/13 and in the end decided that we were better off just buying group day tickets - you'd have to do the maths - some of the discounts were things we were not interested in seeing. Don't forget that if you buy day tickets (or single journey tickets) you need to validate them on the little machine beside the larger red ticket machines. These ticket machines are easy to use and can be changed to english bottom left of the touch screen. Day tickets are good for train and tram.

The 100 or 200 buses are fantastic - and way better value than the HOHO 'tourist bus' -

HIghly recommend you do a walking tour on your first afternoon - great way to orientate youself and get some history at the same time- we did the one with Sandmans and were more than happy with it (we did the Munich walking tour with the same company) - others will suggest other tours - its up to you - the sandmans ones advertise as 'free' but in reality you are expected to 'pay what you think it is worth' and we paid 10 euro each (this is about what some of the other tours cost) Our guide in Berlin was actually a guy from the Riverina - go figure.

And stay off the bike lanes on the footpath - they are usually paved in a different colour though it is so easy to stray if you are just wandering along .. if you hear a bell behind you - jump ... quickly ...out of the way, bikes have right of way!

enjoy Berlin (and Munich) .. both so different, to each other and to everything here in Oz.

cheers

helen

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Totally agree with thmoore. We just spent five days there in January and and the public transport is excellent - so easy to get around, unlike Melbourne.

We worked out that it was best for us to buy the 3 day welcome card with Museum Island as we wanted to visit the Museums there. We then just bought individual public transport tickets on the other days.

We used Alexanderplatz a lot as we stayed at Rosenthaler Strasse just two stops away. As thmoore said, it is very easy to work out. We also used the 100 and 200 buses.

We also caught the train to Berlin - it was terrific. Just make sure you purchase your tickets early so you get the cheaper fares.

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Just returned from Berlin and found the public transport to be fantastic. Day tickets cost 6.80 euro which you can use on the s-bann, u-bann trams and bussed. We never waited more than 3 mins for a train!!! fantastic

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Group Day tickets (Kleingruppenkarten) are great value if there are 5 of you and good value even if 3 of you but for just two as in the OP's case no use at all as 2 day tickets cost less than a Kleingruppenkarte. So it's still a question of deciding whether the Welcome Card is worth it or not.

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Thanks very much for all the advice - I think the 3 day card welcome card sounds great and will definitely do the walking tour on our 1st day to orientate ourselves. Much appreciated!

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Hi djh1

We are planning to take the train from Basel to Berlin - you mentioned that you took the train as well - please advise which website you used to book and how to avail ourselves to any discounts? Also - is 2nd class comfortable and is there any difference between 2nd & 1st that warrants the price difference? Also do you recommend paying extra to reserve seats?

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