Berlin’s integrated public transport system (BVG) is the best and fastest (and safe) way to get around in Germany’s capital. This smart interconnected system let you ride anywhere with one ticket only (6.50/all day & night). You can hop from bus to subway (U-Bahn) to city rail (S-Bahn) and tram, even on ferries that will get you across Berlin’s lakes. Berlin’s BVG run on a very timely schedule, how convenient is this! While you’re in town download the free BVG app for Android and iPhone, you’ll never get lost!
There are no ticket barriers in Berlin’s subway. Still, fare-dodging is not worth it. Getting caught (spot-checks are often carried out by civilian clothed transport officials) is an unpleasant and costly experience! English language instruction is provided on ticket vending machines at each station and in announcements in trains and buses.
Very quickly you’ll get the hang of driving by car in Berlin with its wide, long avenues and main roads and very civilized traffic. Right of way is generally to traffic coming from the right unless signs indicate differently.
Taxi’s in Berlin are mostly Mercedes Benz and available at all times in the city. Most Berlin taxi drivers speak English. If you don’t want to hail one, call the Taxi hotline at 030 / 21 02 02 or get your smartphone app at www.taxi-in-berlin.de
If you like cycling, Berlin is a cyclists’ paradise, as it is easy and safe. Cycle lanes are a pleasure to follow, especially around the Tiergarten park area. Berlin has no hills to pedal up to.
The German Autobahn is built for speed with wide lanes, smooth surface, and banked curves. Watch out, German drivers are not used to slowing down! Make sure to use the left lane, which is reserved for fast drivers, only if you feel safe to go this fast (over 200 km/h or 120 mph)!
Over half of the 13,000 km (8,000 miles) German Autobahn is without speed limits, though you’ll find many sections with 130 km/h (80 mph) speed limit to ensure safety around intense traffic, at on-and-off ramps around cities, and at road improvement construction areas. Be aware of German Autobahn speeding radar systems (Blitzer). A tip, go to www.blitzer.de/pages/software, install their app, and have your smartphone warning you before you get trapped.
The German Autobahns was the first high-speed road network in the world, with its first section from Frankfurt am Main to Darmstadt opening in 1935. The world record of 432 km/h (268 mph) was set on this stretch in this year with a Mercedes Benz W125 Grand Prix race car.