With a valid ticket, ticket holders have access to all public transport in Berlin: S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, trams and ferries. The fare depends on the tariff zone and the ticket's period of validity.
Berlin is divided into three tariff zones: AB, BC und ABC. Tariff zone AB includes the urban area to the city boundary. Zone ABC additionally includes Berlin's surrounding area and Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.
A single fare ticket (Einzelfahrschein) is valid for one person and a two hour journey through the city. Note: It is not allowed to travel towards the direction of the starting point. For that purpose a new single-ticket must be purchased.
Tariff AB: 2.80; reduced: 1.70 Euros
Tarif ABC: 3.40; reduced: 2.50 Euros
A short distance ticket (Kurzstrecke) costs 1.70 Euros, reduced 1.30 Euros and and is valid for three stops with S- and U-Bahn. Changing trains is allowed. The ticket is also valid for six stops in buses and trams, but only if not changing vehicles.
Small children up to the age of five travel without charge when accompanied. Children from 6 to 14 years can use the reduced tariff, which costs 1.70 Euros for zone AB.
A day ticket (Tageskarte) allows travelling during the whole day for as many trips as desired. Transportation fares for up to three children aged six to fourteen are included in the ticket price. The ticket is valid from its the day of its validation until 3 a.m. the following day and costs 7 Euros in tariff zone AB, reduced 4.70 Euros.
The seven-day-ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from the day of its validation. The ticket costs 30 Euros. Its validity ends on the seventh day at midnight.
Tickets can be purchased at multilingual ticket machines on the platforms of S-and U-Bahn stations. In buses, fares are paid to the bus driver, in trams at machines inside the trains. In larger stations the S-Bahn and BVG provide ticket counters.
Before the journey starts tickets must be validated by stamping them at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams. In case of inspection, a ticket that is not stamped is invalid.
Anyone caught in public transportion without a valid ticket must pay a higher fare of 60 Euros. Even people who forgot to stamp their ticket must pay the fine. Note: Ticket inspectors are dressed in plain clothes and will not make any exceptions for tourists. Those who get caught have to show an ID, otherwise the police will be called.
In marked cars of the S-Bahn, U-Bahn and tram, bicycles can be carried when sufficient space is available. In some circumstances wheelchair users and prams are treated with priority. An entitlement for taking a bicycle does not exist. Travelling with a bike costs 1.90 Euro in addition to the basic fare in tariff zone AB.
In all vehicles of Berlin's public transport dogs have to wear a muzzle and must be leashed. Small dogs up to the size of a house cat are allowed to travel without charge when carried in a pet carrier. Small and large dogs taken on a leash have to pay the reduced fare of 1.70 Euro.