Berlin transport tickets and fares

Berlin transport tickets and fares

Save money by learning about the various tickets and travel cards available in Berlin’s public transport system (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses and trams) and find out where to buy them.

All the tickets mentioned in this article are valid for the Berlin U-Bahn (subway system), the S-Bahn (railway system), urban buses and trams.

The city of Berlin is divided into various tariff zones: AB (central Berlin), BC and ABC. 

One-way tickets

  • Single ticket zones AB: 3 (US$ 3.20)
  • Single ticket zones BC: 3.50 (US$ 3.80)
  • Single ticket zones ABC: 3.80 (US$ 4.10)

It is mandatory to validate your ticket either at a metro station, once you get on a bus or tram. Once your ticket is active, it will be valid for two hours. 

Travel cards

The following travel cards give you unlimited access to the city’s public transport system during its validity period:

Berlin travel cards
  Zones AB Zones ABC
1 Day Ticket 8.80 (US$ 9.50) 10 (US$ 10.80)
7-Day Ticket 36 (US$ 38.90) 43 (US$ 46.50)

The daily tickets are valid until 3 am the following day.

Other tickets

  • Berlin Welcome Card: various types of Berlin Welcome Card available with different prices and duration.
  • Short distance ticket: valid for three stops (U-Bahn, S-Bahn) and 6 stops in buses and trams. An AB ticket costs 2 (US$ 2.20).
  • 4 single journey tickets (zones AB): 9.40 (US$ 10.20)
  • Group day ticket for 5 people: Zones AB: 25.50 (US$ 27.50), zones BC: 26 (US$ 28.10), zones ABC: 26.50 (US$ 28.60).
  • Extension ticket: If you already have a ticket for zones AB or BC, and want to travel to zone A or C, you should buy an extension ticket. It costs 1.80 (US$ 1.90) extra.

Where to purchase the tickets?

You can buy a ticket or travel card from any of the ticket offices or from the ticket vending machines at the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations.

The bus and tram drivers also sell one-way and one-day tickets, but make sure you have the right change if you want to purchase a ticket on a tram, since the tram drivers only accept coins.