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Price of a cup of coffee

Around € 3.

Tipping

Not required. Still if you decide to tip, it is common to leave 10% of the bill.

Tap water

The tap water in Berlin is drinkable.  

Public transport

The main public transport of Berlin consists of the S-Bahn (Overground) and the U-Bahn (Underground).

Berlin is divided in A, B and C zones. To explore the city you can purchase a single ticket Berlin AB (around € 3), or a day ticket Berlin AB (around € 9). Ticket machines can be found inside the stations. Don't forget to validate your ticket before travelling!

The 'Ringbahn' is the S-Bahn that circles around the inner city. Similar to a clock, every quarter of the circle takes approximately 15 minutes.

The S-Bahn and U-Bahn operate till around 1:00h on weekdays, and 24 hours during the weekend. Einsteigen bitte!

Find more detailed information about public transport in Berlin on the official website.  

From Brandenburg Airport (BER) to Berlin

Berlin Brandenburg Airport has officially opened in 2021. The airport consists of the terminals 1, 2 and 5. In case you need to travel between terminal 1-2 and terminal 5, take the S-Bahn (see below).

Train

The train drives you in 30 minutes from Brandenburg Airport to the centre of Berlin. Trains leave four times an hour from the airport railway station, located directly below terminal 1. In case you arrive at terminal 5, consider taking the S-Bahn to Berlin (see below).

S-Bahn

The S-Bahn (S9 or S45) drives you to the centre of Berlin in only 30 minutes (the S45 provides no direct connection with the heart of the city). S-Bahn trains leave for Berlin every 20 minutes, also calling at terminal 5 (journey time of 8 minutes).

Please note that Brandenburg Airport is situated in zone C, so that you will need to purchase a single ticket Berlin ABC.

Bus

Various buses connect Brandenburg Airport with the metro network of Berlin. The total journey takes about an hour.

Use the official website of public transport in Berlin to make your personal travel plan.

Taxi

A taxi to the city centre costs about € 50. The taxi ranks can be found right in front of the terminals 1 and 5, or use an app like Uber.

See the official website for more details about Berlin Brandenburg Airport and the various ways of getting there.  

Events in Berlin

Karneval der Kulturen

The Carnival of Cultures is a four-day urban festival that celebrates the cultural diversity of Berlin. Every year around Pentecost Sunday (around late May or early June), the district of Kreuzberg turns into a colourful street parade with dancers, musicians and artists. Dress up and enjoy the free and open programme of the festival! See the official website for the latest news.

Berlin Pride

As one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, the Berlin Pride (also called the 'Christopher Street Day') plays an important role in the Berlin culture. Every year in the second half of July, a parade and festival is held to celebrate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and to demonstrate against exclusion and discrimination. See the official website (Ge) for further details.

International Beer Festival

The annual 'Biermeile' is of course not an Oktoberfest, but actually something quite similar. This folk festival is held along a section of the Karl-Marx-Allee, in the first weekend of August. In between the U-Bahn stations of Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor, you'll find a huge platform with about 350 breweries serving around 2,500 different beer specialties. Many German beers of course, but also specialties from around the world. The culinary delights make sure that you can keep going, and get a good taste of Germany!

The entrance to the International Beer Festival is free. See the official website for the latest news.

Festival of Lights

Every year in October, during the Festival of Lights, Berlin looks like a fairy-tale with millions of colourful lights adorning streets, squares and landmarks like the Berlin Cathedral, the Pergamon Museum and the Brandenburg Gate. Hundreds of search lights and tons of fireworks make Berlin into the City of Lights for ten days! See the official website for the latest news.  

Local pages

Berlin Welcome Card

The Berlin Welcome Card can be an economical option for active sightseers. The card gives metro access, and discounts on many attractions in Berlin. Have a look at the official website for all the details.

Nightclubs

Berlin claims to be the European capital of clubs, so make sure to visit one of them! Find an overview of the parties per day at the most popular local page.

Rain Radar

In Berlin you need to be ready for a shower, so keep an eye on the rain radar.

Spree Tour

Reederei Riedel offers several amazing routes to explore Berlin from a boat on the Spree River. Tours take off during the day, as well as in the evening light.

Taxi

Taxi apps like Uber work well in Berlin.

Tourist Office

The official Berlin Tourist Office has plenty of information to offer, in various languages. You can find several offices around the city, like in the Central Station and at Alexanderplatz 7. For further information, check out the official website.



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