Getting around in Berlin
It’s fairly easy to get around Berlin since the city has a good public transportation system of metro lines, airports and buses.
Berlin’s transport system covers lots of ground area in a very spread-out city. A visitor need not pay the full price since there are many discounts available for tourists and locals alike.
Availing of Discounts in Berlin’s Transportation System
If you are visiting from another country, you can get the WelcomeCard, which offers unlimited travel in the city as well as a number of discount coupons to various attractions such as museums, tours and bike rentals. You can also avail of the City tour Card Premium, which gives you free entrance to famous museums and tourist attractions and a free trip to the TV tower in Berlin. The City Tour Card also offers visitors a great deal, offering up to 50 percent discounts for various attractions in the city.
If you are traveling with a group, you can also take advantage of small group tickets. This discount opportunity allows for up to 5 guests to travel with the same ticket until a certain time.
The WelcomeCard, Card Premium and City Tour Card are valid for 48 or 72 hours depending on the price you pay. There are many choices on how you can save your money in your trip to Berlin so plan ahead by getting a copy of the list of discount partners from the public transport system of Berlin.
Modes of Transportation in Berlin
The city of Berlin is actually a very easy place to get around. You can travel around the city through bicycles, ferries, taxi cabs, buses and trams. If you want to be driven around, there is a sufficient supply of taxi cabs throughout the city. This transportation mode is very convenient for most tourists. However, Berlin started getting a congested traffic in the past few years and for tourists who lack time, this is not an ideal mode of transportation. In addition, taking a taxi cab to get around Berlin may be quite expensive.
Renting a Car
If you are to rent a car during your stay in Berlin, there are many major car rental agencies including Hertz, Avis and Europcar from whom you can avail of car rental services. Cars can either be rented per week or per day and a third-party insurance is always included in what is charged to you.
Walking is another great way to go around the area. Besides, most of the sights in the city are within walking distance. Some of Berlin’s historic centers are very compact, and thus can easily be traveled around on foot. Also what’s good about this city is that it is pedestrian-friendly. However, Berlin also offers various networks of transportation including bus and local railway networks.
Bus and trams
Berlin has a dependable bus network within the city, and a connection to other European cities through long-distance bus. A convenient transport system of 28 trams is also available in East Berlin. The tickets used in buses and trams can be purchased from drivers or from automated machines situated at stations and shops.