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Berlin: Cheapest getaways by bus and train

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Escape Berlin for Dresden by bus for as little as €9. Photo: Rol1000
Escape Berlin for Dresden by bus for as little as €9. Photo: Rol1000

When you’ve had enough of the German capital and just need a day on the beach of the Baltic coast, a visit to neighboring Poland, or perhaps a visit to another historical city, we’ve got your back!

Below you’ll find a list of the cheapest and easiest regularly available and publicly offered day trips and getaways from Berlin.

Bus getaways

Berlin Linien Bus to Hamburg — select buses €9 o/w if booked at least 7 days in advance (full price €22)

Berlin Linien Bus to Dresden — select buses €9 o/w if booked at least 7 days in advance (full price €15)

Train getaways

Deutsche Bahn VBB ticket to Stettin — €10 o/w

Interconnex train to Leipzig — online Super Sparpreis €14 o/w (full price €19)

Interconnex train to Rostock/Warnemuende — online Super Sparpreis €14 o/w (full price €19)

Regional train tickets

Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket — €28 for up to 5 people (€5.60/pp) for one day anywhere in Berlin/Brandenburg by regional train service.

Schoenes Wochenende Ticket — €40 for up to 5 people (€8/pp) for one weekend day for travel across the country by regional train service.

Quer-durchs-Land Ticket — €42 for the first person, additional €6 each for up to 4 accompanying passengers (€13.20/pp) for one weekday day for travel across the country by regional train service.

Your favorite Berlin getaways?

Do you have a cheapo escape from Berlin to add to our list? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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Hilary Bown

An academic by training, a writer by day, and a Cheapo by heritage, Hilary Bown's meagre means and insatiable travel appetite have helped her sharpen her "no-budget travel" skills across the European continent over the past decade. At home in Berlin or on an adventure abroad, you'll find her in sandals, riding the bus, reading novels while walking, drinking the local wine, writing out postcards with a felt-tip pen, and browsing the shelves of the supermarket and hardware store. Find her unique blend of travel adventure and tested advice at Less Than a Shoestring.

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  1. Train Getaways
    Szczecin, surely. Not Stettin. At least not for the last 67 years. And the €10 ticket to Szczecin (or even Stettin) is surely not a Deutsche Bahn fare. The DB one-way fare from Berlin to Szczecin is €28.40 (or €36.40 using the EC / IC train and changing at Pasewalk). The point is that the €10 bargain fare is a VBB tariff fare, not a DB fare. The Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket can also be used to Szczecin, thus allow five people to travel there and back for just €28. That’s less than €6 per person for an international return journey. Great European bargains, thanks to VBB and the Berlin local government’s policy of subsidised fares, though perhaps bargains that Deutsche Bahn would perhaps not to see too heavily promoted among overseas visitors.

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