Did you know that diplomats living in Berlin get a discounted monthly rate if they subscribe for 6 months or 1 year? Read on to get more info.
When we first arrived in Berlin, the U-Bahn or underground train was the form of public transport that we found most convenient, because we discovered that Berlin Fahr Info a website where you can plan your trips is also available via Berlin Fahr Info iPhone App. This and the weather app are the two most used apps on our iPhones since we moved here. It can tell you what trains to take, how many minutes it will take, what time you will arrive and where to walk to get to your destination. Even the estimated time for the walk is indicated!
I will admit that the first time we bought a ticket, we had a hard time. Even if we pressed the English flag for the English translation, the machine kept on displaying an error message in German we couldn’t understand. The beautiful thing in Berlin is you can ask help from any person on the street and they are very helpful, if they don’t know the answer to your questions, they are also very straightforward about it. They won’t pretend to know and lead you on the wrong path.
Apparently, the machine we were using wouldn’t accept our international debit card and all we needed to do was transfer to a different machine because we had not changed money at that time yet, and we didn’t have Euro coins and bills.
On the first week, we got the weekly Berlin AB ticket hoping we could get our Diplomatic IDs and buy the monthly ticket at a discount. When there was a delay in getting our Diplo ID, we had to get the monthly rate of €78.
The amount gets deducted from your bank account and you get a non-transferrable monthly ticket that you can use as much as you like.
Did you know that Berliners can also subscribe annually to get cheaper monthly rates.
There are no gates/entryways in the U-Bahn. It’s a trust system. There are people who will surprise check in the trains once everyone is on it.