Berlin Has “Best Public Transport in the World”
In a survey by TimeOut regarding satisfaction with public transportation, Berlin landed in first place worldwide. Berlin’s efficient public transport system, operated by Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and Deutsche Bahn (German rail), comprises the U-Bahn (underground, or subway), the S-Bahn (‘city’ rail), buses, and in the eastern half of town, trams. With 10 lines and 173 stations, the U-Bahn is often the most efficient way of getting around the inner area, the S-Bahn is handy for covering longer distances, while buses and trams are useful for shorter journeys. TripSavy provides a guide to Berlin’s public transportation system, featuring all the important lines as well as information regarding tickets. Given the BVG’s dense network of lines and their efficiency, not to mention good bike lanes in most parts of the city, most Berliners don't own a car – and most visitors don't need one. TimeOut surveyed over 20,000 inhabitants of more than 50 cities around the world in order to identify the best public transport. So, is it easy to get around Berlin by public transport? Evidently. 97 percent of Berliners praise public transport in Berlin, claiming the city’s transport network is comfortable, safe, and always on time. We tend to agree, though we aren’t too sure about the last part.