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Berlin's transport infrastructure is one of the most modern and efficient in Europe. Berlin's transportation system ensures individual mobility and promotes economic development. Infrastructure projects contribute to the sustainable, environmentally friendly development of the individual municipalities and the entire region.

Berlin's transportation network is developed and optimized based on modern transportation concepts. They provide for the increased implementation of telematic systems, the expansion of „park and ride“ facilities and the installation of parking meters.

Public-private-partnerships and cooperation schemes involving the urban logistics stakeholders contribute to reducing congestion in the inner city. Their work is supported by private interest groups, the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection (Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz) and the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Handelskammer Berlin).

In an innovative public-private-partnership, the Traffic Information Center (Verkehrsinformationszentrale - VIZ) provides travelers and transportation providers with real-time traffic data.

State-of-the-art technologies 

The Berlin region has been a trend-setter for the development and application of modern telematic services. It is a proven test field for multimodal and intelligent mobility and looks back on many years of pioneering demonstration projects. Autonomous bus shuttles, free-floating car sharing such as Car2Go and DriveNow, as well as various automated driving schemes (such as DIGINET-PS) are particularly noteworthy in this context.


Road transportation

The Berlin region is where the trans-European road transportation routes intersect. Two-hundred million consumers live within one day's drive by truck. The transportation network is currently being expanded. Numerous autobahns have been upgraded in recent years, and various new access points have been added.

Road transportation in numbers

  • 5,470 km of public roadway;
  • A total of 77 km of federal autobahns run through Berlin;
  • Approximately 1.4 million registered vehicles.

(Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office (Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg), 2018 - Data from 2017)


Rail transportation

Berlin is a hub between East and West.

The regional and long-distance infrastructure is well-developed in the capital region. Large European cities as well as German and European economic centers can be reached quickly and conveniently from Europe's largest and most modern transfer station, the Hauptbahnhof (central station). Cities in Brandenburg are connected to the capital city via numerous regional express lines and several stations distributed throughout the city.

A dense public transit infrastructure complements the long-distance and regional rail. Millions of passengers use the Berlin Transit Authority (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe - BVG) and commuter trains on offer on a daily basis.


Public transit

It is easy to get around in Berlin. Public transit provides easy access to destinations throughout the entire city.

Metropolitan transit system

  • Covering an area of 30,546 km², the Berlin Brandenburg Metropolitan Transit System (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg - VBB) is one of the biggest transport networks in Europe.
  • Furthest East-West connection: 291 km;
  • Furthest North-South connection: 244 km;
  • The rail transit network in the metropolitan region comprises a total of 1,900 km – about the distance between Berlin and Moscow.

S-Bahn

  • Comprehensive rail network of roughly 330 km;
  • 166 stations;
  • 15 lines;
  • 1.3 million passengers daily.

Buses

  • 433 million passengers per year;
  • 152 lines and 62 night lines.

U-Bahn

  • 553 million passengers per year;
  • 10 lines with a total of 173 stations;
  • 146 km rail network;
  • A total of 1,244 vehicles;
  • Average distance between U-Bahn stations: 790 m;
  • BVG ticket prices.

Trams

  • 194 million passengers per year;
  • 22 lines and 9 night lines traversing a total of 300 km;
  • BVG ticket prices.

(Sources: Berlin Transit Authority (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe - BVG) 2017; S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, 2017; Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Transit System (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg - VBB) 2016)