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City tour by bus through Berlin
Bus tour at Potsdamer Platz © visitBerlin, Foto: Lukas Spörl

Information for coach drivers

Environmental Sticker for Coaches

Since the beginning of 2010, vehicles driving in the city centre of Berlin must display the green Umweltplakette (Environmental Sticker). Coaches complying with the Euro 3 Emissions Standard (i.e. the yellow sticker), were hitherto exempted. Since the 1st January 2012, however, this exemption is no longer valid, and such coaches now have to comply with the standards demanded by the green sticker (Euro 4) and be accordingly upgraded. Nevertheless, it is still possible to apply to the Berlin Traffic and Road authorities for an exemption in the following cases:

  • Coaches from fleets with a sufficient number of coaches meeting the Euro 4 standard can still drive in the city centre provided that a fee of €710 per 2 years per coach is paid.
  • For coaches that are demonstrably non-upgradeable, a fee of €75 per year per coach must be paid.
  • For coaches, whose upgrading has been delayed through no fault of the coach operators, a fee of €25 per bus must be paid. This, however, is only valid for a period of 12 months.

Coaches registered abroad are excluded from these provisions for the time being and can still drive in the Environmental Zone with a yellow sticker. Further information on Berlin tailored to the travel industry is available