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Public Transport in Berlin and Other Warnings and Dangers


Warnings and Dangers in Berlin Public Transport

Visitors to Berlin should be aware of warnings and dangers when using public transportation.

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If you don’t speak German, it can be very difficult to report an emergency or communicate with station agents when buying tickets.

Validating Tickets

At each station, there are machines where you must validate tickets after you buy them.


You have to print German rail e-tickets before you get to the station.

Jumping the Train

Most stations aren’t staffed so it can be tempting to get on the train without buying a ticket. If caught, you’ll be fined. If you don’t have the money, you’re taken to an ATM or the police are called. If you forget your ticket, you’ll have to make an appointment at the main office to show it and they’ll reduce the fine. On S-bahns, U-bahns, and trams, “train police” check to make sure passengers have tickets. They’re dressed in plainclothes so you won’t recognize them.

If you try to use a one-way ticket for a round-trip, you’ll be fined.


Give yourself enough time in the evenings to reach your destination. If you don’t get there before transit service stops for the night, you’ll have to disembark wherever you are.

Be Cautious

Pickpockets can steal items and exit the train without being caught. Be wary of people trying to sell magazines. At night, women should travel in groups and avoid taking the train alone. If you’re in an unfamiliar or unsafe area, take a taxi or look for a business where you can ask directions. Above all, use common sense.

Editor’s Note:  The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about public transport warnings or dangers in Berlin.

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