Public transportation in Berlin is excellent. The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) is the public local transportation network of the Berlin metropolitan area. Within this local network, you may use any means of public transport: regional trains (RB), regional express trains (RE), city railway (S-Bahn), subway (U-Bahn), streetcars (Straßenbahn), and buses (Bus and Metro-Bus). You just buy one ticket from A to B, irrespective of the means of transportation and regardless of whether and how often you have to change in between (as long as you reach your destination by travelling in one direction).
Berlin and the surrounding areas are divided into three fare zones (A, B and C). Tickets are available for two fare zones (AB or BC) or the entire fare zone (ABC).
Timetables, routes, and maps can be downloaded here (in English).
Berlin is ideal for cycling. Nearly all big streets are featured with a bicycle lane. There are also lots of nice bicycle paths along the many waterways in the city and on the outskirts. But caution is needed especially on streets without bicycle lanes and in the dark. Bike lights and reflectors are legally required, and helmets are recommended. Generally, it is possible to take your bike with you in the subway and the regional trains. Please note that you have to buy an extra ticket for your bike, unless you have the student ID that also counts as your public transportation ticket.
The German bicycle club in Berlin provides information about cycling, travel guides and route descriptions, maps, tours, and equipment. You can find a wide selection of maps and travel guides at Berlin's many bookstores.
Taxi cabs have a pale yellow color. You can stop one on the street if the light on the cab’s roof is lit or go to the nearest taxi stand. A taxi ride is relatively expensive in Germany.
The short distance rate is only available if you stop a taxi on the street. It is not valid when calling a taxi by phone or getting into a taxi at a taxi stand. Furthermore, you have to tell the driver beforehand that you want to use this rate. If the distance exceeds 2 km, the rate will automatically switch to the normal rate.
Unless you bring your own car with you, you should consider whether it is worth incurring the rather high costs involved in buying a car in Germany, particularly if you come alone. For stays of up to six months, bringing your own car causes practically no problems as regards to the validity of your driver’s license or, if you drive a car registered abroad, car documents and German registration regulations, motor vehicle tax, and third-party insurance. If you stay longer, you must deal with time-consuming and expensive bureaucratic hurdles to comply with the regulations concerning driver’s license, car registration, motor vehicle tax, and insurance. More information
This is quite a cheap way to travel in Germany and it is therefore relatively popular among young people. If you own a car and know when you are going to take a certain trip, you can offer a lift to other people going to the same destination and they pay you some money for the gas. On the other hand, you can look for someone going to the same destination and catch a lift with that person. Usually, you pay about € 5 per 100 kilometres.
You either advertise your offer or you search for one on the following websites: