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Street course Friedrichstraße
Friedrichstraße with the station © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Arrival by car

It is very easy to travel to Berlin by car. The city is very well connected to various motorways, and many major avenues lead into the city centre. Please note that a vignette is required to drive in the green zone of Berlin's city centre.

Berlin’s Environmental Zone

Please note that you need an environmental badge for you car because the centre of Berlin is a environmental zone. Berlin’s city centre has had a designated environmental zone in which only vehicles that meet certain emission standards are allowed to be driven. Vehicles that are used in the environmental zone must have a sticker that identifies its pollutant group.

Travelling by car through the Eurotunnel

The quickest way to reach Berlin by car from England is through the Eurotunnel. The railway tunnel under the English Channel connects France and England and is easy to reach by motorway. You will drive into Berlin via the A2/E30 motorways and the A10. Take exit 19-Potsdam in the direction of Berlin-Zentrum and continue on the A10 until you reach the Nuthetal motorway junction. Take exit 16 here and then take the A115 towards Berlin-Zentrum, Berlin-Zehlendorf. If you want to go to the trade fair or Kurfürstendamm, continue on the A100 towards Hamburg/Wedding at the Funkturm motorway junction. You should allow at least 13 to 14 hours for the entire journey.

Car-sharing and rental car!

Car sharing: woman in Berlin uses app on her smartphone
Car sharing: woman in Berlin uses app on her smartphone © Getty Images, Foto: Halfpoint Images

If you’re not bringing your own car with you, Berlin has a good network of car-sharing operators - your choice for excursions around the city. Providers such as Miles, Weshare, Share Now, Cambio or Sixt can be found at all major train stations and airports as well as online or via app. This is interesting for both private individuals and business people and often cheaper than taking a cab to the city center. Find the most important car sharing providers in comparison: Overview of prices, area and vehicle fleet.

For long term stays, choose your rental car here - easy, fast and on good terms. In cooperation with you can compare different agencies and prices and reserve your desired car directly online.

Tip: You can park the vehicles of most car-sharing providers easily and for free at the airport. They are therefore ideal for transfers from the airport to the city centre. Once you arrive in Berlin, you can easily get around the city centre by public transport. Leave your car at home and use the well-developed public transport network. Find more tips for your sustainable Berlin visit here.

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Special Permission for Coaches in the Environmental Zone

The new rule for the second stage of Berlin’s environmental zone includes a driving ban within Berlin’s S-Bahn ring for vehicles with yellow stickers. German coaches need a green sticker to be allowed in Berlin's city centre. Foreign coaches are not affected by this rule and can continue to drive with a yellow sticker in the city centre.

Car parks

There are plenty of multi-storey car parks available in all of Berlin’s districts, where you can park cheaply and quickly get to your sightseeing destination.

Parking zones

In the city centre are many parking zones where you have to buy a ticket. There are numerous parking zones in Berlin's city centre where you have to pay to park. If you don't always want to search for small change in your wallet, it's best to use one of the convenient mobile phone parking systems. Simply download the app of the respective provider onto your smartphone, register and save time and money the next time you park. In Berlin you can choose between the following providers: Easypark, Park now, Travipay and Trafficpass. This way you only pay for the parking time you actually use and don't have to worry about the next parking ticket.