Travel tips for Erasmus in Berlin

Airport – City Center

The airport express trains (FEX, RE7 and RB14) are the fastest way to reach Berlin city centre from the Flughafen BER station, which is directly below Terminal 1 in level U2. The trains run every 30 minutes between around 4am to 11pm and cost €3.30 each way. 

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Berlin Brandenburg Airport has a train station in each terminal, which provides quick and efficient connections to the center of the German capital and the surrounding areas. From Terminal 5, the station is a 10-minute walk away. S-Bahn trains and the regional train to and from Potsdam stop here, but not the Airport Express, which only arrives at Terminals 1-2.

From Berlin Brandenburg Airport there are express buses without intermediate stops to the nearby subway station Rudow and other buses that instead connect the airport to other stops making stops at other stations. The express buses X7 and X71 connect both terminals of Berlin Airport with the subway station Rudow. There are buses that connect the airport to the city of Berlin with intermediate stops. The buses depart and arrive exclusively at Terminal 5 every 20 minutes.

If your flight lands late in the evening or leaves early in the morning, you can use the two night lines N7 and N7X to travel between the airport and Berlin and vice versa.

At Berlin Airport there are taxi waiting for you in front of each terminal.

Public transport system

Metro, Bus, Tram and City Trains are great allies for anyone who chooses to live in Berlin.

Berlin has an intricate but understandable public transportation network that consists of U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (city trains), Straßenbahn (streetcar), Bus and Regional Trains (RE).

The city is divided into three fare zones called A, B and C, and Berlin Airport is located in zone C. Tickets for public transport in Berlin can be purchased at any S-Bahn or U-Bahn station. It is also possible to buy tickets on the streetcars and buses directly from the driver. To travel in all three zones, the price of a single S-Bahn ticket is 3.60 euros, the single ticket is valid for two hours, and allows unlimited transfers. The day pass, at a cost of 7.70 euros, allows unlimited travel from the current day until 3 a.m. the next day. Berlin’s night-time public transport network U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains run from Sunday to Thursday until approximately 00:30. Night buses and streetcars run from midnight until approximately 4:30 am. Night buses are marked with an N and the line number. On Friday, Saturday nights and during the Holidays, U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains run all night except for a few lines. There is also the possibility of renting bikes


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Emergencies, ambulance, fire tel. +49 30 112

Emergency doctor service tel. +49 30 31 00 31

Police tel. +49 30 110

Non-urgent police matters tel. +49 30 46 64 46 64