Berlin’s local transport system is very well developed. You can explore the whole city by bus, S-Bahn, U-Bahn or tram. Day tickets or even tourist tickets are not that expensive and if you choose the right route, you can save on expensive bus tours offered by other tour operators.
Bus line 100 is the line in Berlin’s city centre that really has an interesting route. We got on the bus at the Zoologischer Garten terminus and rode to the Alexanderplatz terminus.
The route leads past the Zoological Garden, the Konrad Adenauer House and the Nordic Embassies, the Victory Column, Bellevue Palace, the House of Cultures, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden and all the way to Alexanderplatz.
Try to get on the bus as quickly as possible and get a seat on the upper deck. The front row offers a great view, but you can also see well from the other seats. If the weather is nice, the trip is also worthwhile.
The journey time for the entire route on bus line 100 is 26 minutes in normal traffic, but when does traffic in the centre of Berlin flow normally? If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a good-humoured BVG driver who sometimes gives you little hints about places of interest. But there are usually so many tourists on the bus that you can always pick up where you’re passing if you don’t want to follow the route on a map.
If you like the “hop on hop off” option when visiting a city, you should never buy a single ticket. This may not be used again after getting off the bus. The day ticket is then more suitable. If you want to find out about the current price structure of Berlin’s public transport system, you can use an app or visit the BVG website.
Once you arrive at Alexanderplatz, it’s definitely worth taking a stroll here. From the World Time Clock to the various shopping opportunities or even a visit to the Berlin TV Tower, you can keep yourself busy here for hours.