Map of Berlin Subway

Berlin is a large city, but if you understand its superb subway (or "U-Bahn") system, getting around town is simple. The following tips will help you make the most of your visit to this vibrant German capital.

Pick up a free subway map, or print a copy before leaving. This will include the subway lines (U-Bahn), above-ground trains running through the city (S-Bahn) and the bus and tramway lines that make travel through Berlin so convenient.

If you arrive by plane to one of Berlin's two airports (Tegel or Schonefeld), you can easily use public transportation to get to the city center.From Berlin Tegel Airport, the TXL bus is an easy way to get downtown, making frequent stops including Unter den Linten and Alexanderplatz. Single tickets cost 2.10 euro and can be purchased at the counter inside.

Berlin Subway Map

From Berlin Schoenefeld Airport, follow the signs to the S-Bahn station into the city. The S9 toward Alexanderplatz and the S45 toward Schoeneberg come very frequently, with a faster Airport Express train running every half hour.

A single fare ticket is valid for 2 hours, including unlimited transfers between U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines. If you will use public transportation often during your stay, consider buying an all-day pass (Tageskarte) or a Welcome Card.Buy a Berlin Welcome Card if you will be using the subway frequently during your two- to five-day trip and are interested in the affiliated museums. This card offers a flat-rate fare on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tramways and bus lines within Berlin, as well as discounts and promotions at many of Berlin's museums. If you only want the unlimited transport, however, an all-day or week-long pass might be cheaper.

If you will spend your trip within Berlin's city limits, buy tickets for zones A and B only. For the Welcome Card, unlimited travel within these zones costs 16.50 euro for 48 hours, 21.50 for 72 hours, or 29.50 for 5 days. Do not forget to validate your tickets. The Welcome Card must be validated when first used, but if you use single-ride tickets instead, be sure to validate these before boarding. If you forget to do so, you could be fined.