Public Transport Ticket Prices

Berlin Public Transport Ticket Prices

Berlin public transport: ticket vending machine located at S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt - Photo: T.Bortels/nuBerlin.com

“Einzelfahrschein” reduced / kids fee for the zones AB –> €2,80
“Einzelfahrschein” reduced / kids fee for the zones AB –> €2,80

Every few months new prices for public transport tickets are introduced by the Berlin transport operator BVG. I’ll try to keep track of the current ticket prices – but it’s an ongoing thing. So please don’t take the priceslisted below for granted – instead I’m basically just offering an overview over the most popular, most important tickets, what they are good for – and how much you will probably have to pay.

The Zones:

The first thing you should probably know is, that the public transport net is devided into three zones: A, B and C. A ticket is usually valid for zwo of these zones: either Zone A and B, or B and C. There is of course also tickets valid for Zones A and B and C, but those you probably won’t really need in every day traveling.

Zone A: every station inside the S-Bahn ring, including the stations of the S-Bahn ring itself
Zone B: every station outside the S-Bahn ring, but within the Berlin city area
Zone C: every station outside Berlin, max. radius 15km, including Potsdam and Schönefeld

So traveling mostly around the city center of Berlin, an A-B-Ticket will most likely bring you there. A trip to Potsdam or to the Airport Schönefeld or to one of the many lakes around Berlin will require an A-B-C-ticket.

There are also Tickets available that are only valid in the B-C-Zones. I doubt that these tickets are of any use for the regular Berlin traveler – so I didn’t list them below. One word of advise: try not to by a B-C-Ticket by accident. Inside the A-Zone these tickets are not valid and you may get fined for traveling without a valid ticket.

Sort Trip vs. Long Trip

For a quick ride you might not need a regular ticket. A regular ticket is valid for two hours, as long as you travel an a definable direction (going forth and back between two stations is not permitted). So for a regular trip you want to have one of those regular tickets with you.

Tickets for Short Trips however are way cheaper. So if you only travel for a couple of stations, buying a ticket for a “Kurzstrecke” will save you about half of the fee. But changing rides / trains is not permitted on Short Trips. In Detail: a Short Trip Ticket is valid for

  • up to three U-Bahn- or S-Bahn-stations, changing from U to U or from S to S is allowed.
  • up to six Tram- or Bus-stations, changing is not allowed.

Tickets for Short Trips are marked “Kurzstrecke” and since 1st of August 2013 you can also buy a value pack of four.

Short Trip Ticket “Kurzstrecke”

regular fee “Kurzstrecke” (adults) -> €1,70
reduced / kids fee “Kurzstrecke Ermäßigungstarif”(age 6 – 14) -> €1,30
four pack regular fee (adults) -> €5,60 (you save 10 cents per ride)
four pack reduced / kids fee -> €4,40 (you save 10 cents per ride)

Regular Ticket “Einzelfahrschein”

“Einzelfahrschein” for the zones AB –> €2,80
“Einzelfahrschein” for all three zones ABC –> €3,40
“Einzelfahrschein” reduced / kids fee for the zones AB –> €1,70
“Einzelfahrschein” reduced / kids fee for all three zones ABC –> €2,50
four pack regular fee (adults) for the zones AB -> €9,00 (you save 55 cents per ride)
four pack reduced fee (kids) for the zones AB -> €5,60 (you save 30 cents per ride)

Day Pass “Tageskarte”

“Tageskarte” for the zones AB –> €7,00
“Tageskarte” for all three zones ABC –> €7,70
“Tageskarte” reduced / kids fee for the zones AB –> €4,70
“Tageskarte” reduced / kids fee for all three zones ABC –> €5,30

see also: Berlin Public Transport


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