Local public passenger transport

Berlin has an excellent public transport network. Locals and tourists can reach every location in the city quickly, easily and inexpensively. Altogether, the four public transport options, S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram and bus, cover 2,600 kilometres, which approximately corresponds to the distance between Berlin and Lisbon. There are more than 7.600 stations where passengers can get on, off and interchange.

Public transport services are mainly operated by the transport companies S-Bahn Berlin GmbH (running the S-Bahn) and the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) (running the Underground, buses, trams and certain ferries). Regional trains are run by DB Regio AG, Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG) and Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).

The state of Berlin orders public transport services from the above companies, which are required to ensure equal mobility opportunities for all citizens. Everyone, regardless of age, gender, status and income shall have the opportunity to use public transport in the city and hence, participate in the city´s social life. For this reason the local public passenger transport is an important contribution to the service of general interest.

Within the state of Berlin, the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection is the competent authority for the public transport network (ÖPNV). Berlin's Local Transport Plan is an essential basis for the plannings within the ÖPNV.


Hartmut Reupke
Tel.: +49 30 9025-1042
Fax: +49 30 9025-1004
Oktay Yurdakul
Tel.: +49 30 9025-1542
Fax: +49 30 9025-1670