Destination BerlinDestination Berlin

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Practical informationPractical information

Airport

You will have no difficulty finding your way from Berlin’s international Tegel airport to the city. From Tegel, the JetExpressBus TXL drives to the Mitte area. From the Charlottenburg area, take bus X9 or 109.

Public transport

The metro system in Berlin is simple and works well. The U-Bahn is the normal underground and the S-Bahn is a sort of city railway system that runs in a ring around the city, but there are also a number of intersecting S-Bahn lines. During the week, trains run until 24h00 and until much later at the weekend. You can buy tickets on the platform (don’t forget to stamp them; it’s swarming with ticket inspectors). If you have time and would like to see more, travel by tram. Tickets can be bought in the tram.

Taxi

Taxis are reasonably cheap in Berlin. There is a basic price and a price per kilometre. If you only want to travel a very short distance by taxi (up to 2 km) and you stop one on the street, make sure you ask for a “Kurzstrecke” (fixed rate).

Postal service

You can buy stamps in the post office and sometimes in tobacco shops too. The post office at Joachimstraße 7 (S-Bahn/U-Bahn Zoologischer Garten) is open every day from 08h00-24h00 and on Sundays from 09h00-24h00.

Telephone

country number +49; area code for Berlin: 30.

Electricity

230 V/50 Hz

Opening times

Opening times vary. Generally, shops that open early shut early as well, and those that open late shut late. Department stores are open from 10h00 to 20h00. Many shops are open until 19h00 during the week and until 16h00 on Saturdays.

Emergency numbers: police: 110, ambulance and fire brigade: 112.

Tourist information office

BTM (Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH) Tourist Office Brandenburger Gate Address: Pariser Platz, Südflügel S-Bahn: Unter den Linden Bus: 100, 200 There are also BTM offices on the Alexanderplatz and in the Europacenter.

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