Transport in Berlin

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Berlin it is a truly huge city: it extends over an area equal to 5 times Milan and if the means of transport were inefficient it would be a real chaos.

Fortunately, as you can expect when talking about a city in Germany, things are really well organized: getting around Berlin is simple and relatively cheap, public transport is plentiful and very frequent, and covers the whole city from center in the more distant suburbs, without forgetting their legendary punctuality.

How to get around Berlin

Buses, trains, subways, ferries, taxis and bicycles: these are the means of transport to use in Berlin.

The entire public transport system is managed by the BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe Gesellschaft) with the exception of the S-Bahn, the city's railway line, however integrated into a single tariff system.

Whatever means of transport you choose for getting around in Berlin, during its reconstruction which took place after the Second World War, particular attention was paid to the viability, with roads that are wide and often free of traffic: driving with a rental car or taking a bus will therefore not result in being stuck in traffic, as would expect us in a big city.

Even those who want moving on rail will have a wide choice: the Berlin underground, the U-Bahn, consists of 9 lines active practically all day and very frequent, while the rapid train system, the S-Bahn, has 15 lines. If you add to these regional trains that connect the various stations of the city, we understand that getting around in Berlin is really the least of a tourist's problems.

In Berlin the rush hours to avoid are between 7 and 9 in the morning and between 17 and 19 in the afternoon: the subway and buses in Berlin are very crowded and there is also a lot of traffic on the streets. If you have rented a car it would be best to avoid driving during these hours.

Berlin airports

From the 31 October 2020 Berlin it is served by a single large international airport, that of Berlin-Brandenburg, but up to that date there were two airports in the German capital, Tegel e Schönefeld. The first was definitively closed, while the second incorporated into the new airport, becoming one of its terminals.

In the plans of the municipality of Berlin, the two airports should have been replaced by the new Berlin Brandenburg airport as early as 2006 but due to technical difficulties during construction, the inauguration was continuously postponed until 2020, causing perplexity at international level. The presence of two airports is due to historical and political reasons as during the division of Germany, Schönefeld remained east of the border and consequently the Tegel airport was built to serve West Berlin.

How to get to Berlin from Italy

Berlin it is very well connected with Italy through direct scheduled flights operated both by national airlines such as Alitalia and Lufthansa, and by low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet.

The city can also be reached in train. From Milan there is a daily connection to the German city, it is also a stage dell’Inter-rail; in fact it belongs to zone C.

You can choose instead of get to Berlin by bus , even if given the distances it is not recommended, using one of the numerous companies that make the route from Italy, such as Berlin Linien Bus, Eurolines, Flixbus or Postbus.

Finally, if you wish to include Berlin as part of a longer itinerary in Germany, you may decide to reach Berlin by car. In this case, the recommended route is the one that passes through the Brenner tunnel, crosses Austria via Innsbruck towards Munich and, following the A8 and A9 motorways, reaches Postdam. From there the A100 leads straight to Berlin.

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