Berlin Transport Guide

Berlin has an efficient and extensive public transport system that includes bus, U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (rail), tram and metered taxi services plus ferries on the lakes. On Friday to Sunday, services run all day and night on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses.

How to get around Berlin

Berlin is a great city to explore on foot although the massive area means you’ll need to rely on public transport to move beyond the city centre (Mitte). The fastest way to get from A to B is by S-Bahn, especially around the Ringbahn that circles Berlin and to Eastern Berlin and outer areas. The U-Bahn is the city’s most efficient mode of transport, and while slower, the yellow double-decker buses do offer a scenic street view. The trams run mainly in Eastern Berlin with some stopping in the West half as well. Berlin taxis are plentiful and can be flagged on the street or from a cab rank. If you want to get around by bike in summer, Berlin has heaps of bike paths and operates the DB Call-A-Bike system where, if you’ve got a mobile phone and a credit card, you can hire a public bicycle by calling to unlock its code. Cycling is also popular with locals.