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Travelling to Berlin

Everything you need to know

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The best way for you to get to Berlin – by car, by train, by coach: you can get to Berlin easily and comfortably.

Since August 1, 2021, everyone entering the Federal Republic of Germany must be tested. The testing obligation exists regardless of the area of entry takes place. Vaccinated or recovered persons can alternatively present a proof, unless they enter from virus variant areas. In this case, testing is also mandatory for vaccinated and recovered persons.

  • Fully vaccinated and recovered persons: Quarantine and testing obligation do not apply - as long as you do not come from an area with new, contagious virus variants.
  • the obligation of domestic quarantine exists for all travellers, coming from a virus variant area.

What do I have to know when traveling to Berlin from another country?

  • Currently, all travellers from all foreign risk areas nationwide must digitally register their entry in advance and fill out a digital registration form. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons can also deposit vaccination, recovery or test certificates on this portal.
  • You must also be tested before departure. The same applies to entry from foreign risk areas. The test must meet the criteria of the Robert Koch Institute
  • Fully vaccinated and recovered persons can alternatively deposit a proof of vaccination or recovery in the entry portal.
  • On the information pages of the Berlin Senate Chancellery you will find an overview of the current entry regulations on domestic quarantine, as well as reporting and testing obligations.
  • You can check whether you also have to provide negative Corona-test when traveling by bus or train from other European countries on Re-open EU, the official website of the European Union.

What do I need to consider when coming from a high-risk area?

Please observe the travel and safety regulations of the German Foreign Office, as well as the Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany.

Covid-19 test facilities at the main bus and train stations: Book your test online in advance here

Test facility in Berlin

  • Test centre at the airport
  • open daily from 7-21.30, Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER), Melli-Beese-Ring, Schönefeld

Corona Test Center Berlin Airport

  •     Central Test Centre

Book PCR test here

Where can I get a Covid-19 test in Berlin?

  • In Berlin, you now can find numerous larger and smaller testing stations all over the city. All of them are offering rapid tests and, in some cases you can also take a PCR tests, you can now also find test centers near almost all museums, attractions and shopping centers.
  • Please note that for organizational reasons, most of the test stations still require registration, and in some cases also appointment booking via Direkttesten Berlin.
  • Overview of the Berlin Senate Chancellery on Corona test facilities in Berlin.

Do hotel guests have to present a negative test? What about 2G? And what else do I have to consider when visiting Berlin with an overnight stay in a hotel?

  • 2G does not apply to hotels and guest houses.
  • You do have to present a negative test at arrival or show proof ov recovery or vaccination. 
  • For persons who are not fully vaccinated or who have not shown signs of recovery, an intensified testing obligation applies. This is expanded to include attendance at indoor events and indoor and outdoor activities with more than 100 people present at one time.
  • certain hygiene and distance rules apply.
  • Please provide your personal information truthfully for contact tracing in case of infection.
  • You must wear an medical mask or FFP2 mask in all enclosed areas of lodging facilities.

The airports and railway stations also have great connections to your destination. With its own railroad station below Terminal 1, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is directly connected to the rail network. Change directly to train or S-Bahn. Alternatively, you can use various car-sharing services throughout the city. You can also get to the capital quickly and safely from German ports by train or car: everything you need to know about arrival by boat.

Our tip: With the Bahnhit Berlin you can travel to Berlin at a low price: train ride and hotel are included.

Everything you need to know about travelling to Berlin

We've put together everything you need to know about getting to Berlin by train, by car or by coach in a handy little package. Order the city map to get a brief overview. This way, you’ll get your bearings in advance and will arrive in the German capital without any stress. We’ve also compiled all the necessary info for you if you’re the one driving the coach.

If you’re driving a car or a coach, please note: downtown Berlin is an environmental zone. This means you need to get your vehicle a sticker indicating its emissions rating.

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Berlin Central Station

Berlin Central Station is the central hub for all rail traffic in the capital. Here inter-city and regional trains connect with Berlin's local rail, underground, tram and bus network. S-Bahn lines S5, S7 and S75 link the Central Station with the east and west of the city. The U55 U-Bahn line connects the station to the government district and leads directly to the Brandenburg Gate.

The government district and the Reichstag: landmarks around the Central Station

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Berlin by public transportation

You want to get from the airport to the city or discover Berlin's sights by S-Bahn, U-Bahn, streetcar (tram) and bus. No problem. The public transport network is well developed throughout Berlin. Our video shows you how public transport works in Berlin. How to buy the right ticket and find your way around the subway network.

Also find info on fares, timetables and the zones in Berlin's public transport area. By the way: The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER is directly connected to the public transport network. You can take the S9 and S45 trains from Alexanderplatz or Südkreuz to Terminal 1-2 without changing trains. 

And of course we'll tell you the best routes for sightseeing by public transport, something with the new U5 subway line.

Tip: With the Berlin WelcomeCard you can travel for free on public transport and get discounts for Berlin highlights on top of that!

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