Here are answers to some of the questions I had while trying to understand how I, as an English, non-German speaker, could best use public transport in Berlin. This article currently focuses on options around the city center.
Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual tickets are quite self-explanatory. When buying, you will need to consider both the duration for which you need the ticket and the zones in which you will be traveling. These are the terms you will frequently come across when selecting a ticket.
Short distance ticket
S/U-Bahn: Maximum three stops, you can change trains (~20 minutes) Bus/Tram: Maximum six stops, no changing allowed
Single trip ticket
Valid for 2 hours
Regular, AB zone: €3.00
Valid for 24 hours
Regular, AB zone: €8.80
Valid for seven consecutive days
Regular, AB zone: €36.00
Monthly flexible pass
Regular, AB zone: €86.00
Subscription available online
Regular, AB zone: €903.00
Day Ticket, 5 people
Valid for 24 hours
Regular, AB zone: €25.50
You can carry a bicycle only on marked cars of a U-Bahn or S-Bahn and it costs an additional €2.00 in AB zone.
More details about the types of tickets at BVG or VBB.
By Mode of Transport
There are no separate or different tickets for buses or U-Bahn/S-Bahn. With a validated ticket, you can access all modes of public transport: S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, and trams.
3. Jelbi – get all features in one app. This is the one I am currently using.
It has a friendly interface. You can choose the language as English.
The first time you add your payment details, the app will make a €1 charge that you will need to approve at your bank or card.
You can check out public transport routes and buy tickets (U, S, Bus, Tram, Ferry). The ticket you buy is validated effective immediately (the 20-minute or 2-hour counter starts right after you buy the ticket).
Using this app, you can even book a car share (license required), scooter share (license required), bike share or book a taxi.