Although most famous for the S-Bahn/U-Bahn scheme, Berlin will help you get around with trams and busses as well. Matching the spirit of the city, Berlin’s public transportation has a life of its own. Here are a few fun facts that will help you make the most of it!
- Ain’t no line like the U8 line
Famous for their street life, bars and clubs, open air cinemas and breathtaking canal banks, Kreuzberg and Neukölln are two must-see neighborhoods for any Berlin visitor! We know it, you know it, U8 knows it! With a stop literally in front of The Circus, all you have to do is take a few steps down and hop on the next one. Curious about the canals? Get off at Schönleinstrasse. Wanna experience Neukölln’s bar scene? Stay on until you reach Hermannplatz. And don’t worry about making it a late one, trains run all through the night, bringing you right back to us as early or late as you choose to make it!
- You will never see a tram South of the Spree
Unless you go to the eastern outskirts of Berlin, you’ll only see these yellow fellows in the neighborhoods of Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Friedrichshain, Pankow, Wedding and Lichtenberg. Sounds like a lot, but if you look on the map, that’s not even half of the city covered! And if you pay attention to tram numbers, you might notice some of them have the letter M before the number. These are your best friends, because the M stands for Metro and it means they run around the clock. How cool is that?
- You can ride the Ringbahn all day and night. Without getting off. Ever.
Acting as a limit to the AB zone of the city, the Ringbahn is probably the most famous train track in Berlin. Built in a circular way, it doesn’t really have a starting point. Or an ending one for that matter. Also known as the bedroom of (usually drunk) party people, you can’t really say you’ve experienced it until you witness at least one person sleeping off their night out. If it’s you, no worries, just keep your valuables close, there’s nothing worse than waking up hungover with empty pockets!
- There’s a bus line that doubles as a city guide
If you’re not into walking and prefer to save the money for hop on hop off, this one’s for you. Go to Alexanderplatz, catch the bus number 100 and let it take you through some of the most important Berlin sights, like Alexanderplatz (to state the obvious), Unter den Linden and Brandenburger Tor. Best part? It’s a double decker, so if you’re lucky enough to snatch the front seat up top, you’ll definitely be in for a ride with a view! If you still need a guide, our hostel manager Jimbo is the man for the job! Download his audio guide here, sit back and absorb…
- Biking is nice. Up to a certain point.
Biking is probably the most exciting way of experiencing Berlin. The flatness of the city makes it easy to cruise effortlessly, bike lanes are plenty and mostly well kept, and merging with the bike traffic will make you feel like a local in no time! Only downside? Berlin is so big you might have trouble finding the energy to bike your way back. This is where public transport comes in. For an additional price of around 2€, you can bring your two-wheeled friend on board any S-bahn, U-bahn or tram. Because Berlin understands its own size, even when you don’t.
And as if that’ not enough, other unmissable tracks include the beautiful Oberbaumbrücke (which you’ll cross on your way to or from S/U Warschauerstrasse), red bricked Hackescher Markt S-Bahn stop – one of two S-bahn stops that kept their original vintage looks, and the curvy track over Mendelssohn Bartholdy Park. In short, Berlin’s underground stations are a true art, and if you don’t believe us, maybe this will convince you.