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Bus tour along the East Side Gallery in Berlin
Bus tour along the East Side Gallery in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Lukas Spörl

Arrival by coach

Coaches are a popular form of transport for people visiting Berlin, and not just for school trips, bowling excursions and senior citizen outings. They are affordable, reliable and comfortable. With a number of coach stations all over the city, you can head straight to your desired location. National and international coach services to Berlin arrive and depart at the central bus station in the Charlottenburg district, opposite the ICC International Congress Centre.

Scheduled coach tickets

Here is a selection of long distance buses in Germany:

FlixBus With more than 1,000 connections across Germany, this network of coach (long-distance bus) companies operating under the FlixBus name offers lots of flexibility for travellers. Free wifi, on-board toilets and snacks are as much a part of the experience as the low ticket prices and the opportunity to make a small contribution to climate protection. You can catch the FlixBus in Berlin at the central coach station (known as the “ZOB”) in Charlottenburg and at Südkreuz. Tickets are available online and through travel agencies.

IC Bus The IC Bus is an inexpensive and comfortable way of travelling between Krakow or Copenhagen and the German capital. In addition to free WiFi, the IC Bus also features an entertainment system with a large selection of music and films to help pass the time during your trip. The bus stop in Berlin is centrally-located near Berlin main station, affording travellers simple connections to the long-distance train services of Deutsche Bahn. A trip that includes travel on both an IC Bus and a train can be completed using a single, combined ticket. Tickets are available for purchase at www.bahn.com and at DB Travel Centres.

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. Since January 2012 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.