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Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Berlin’s ZOB bus station is a hub that can take you to other German cities and beyond for a very economical price. But just how cheap? I recently traveled from Berlin to Bremen and back again for just €1 each way. That’s not a misprint: €1 for about a five-hour journey. Within Berlin’s public transportation network, » Read more

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

In a previous post, we described the conditions, rules, and customs of public transportation in Berlin. This time, we’ll focus on the best ways for travelers to save using the day and tourist tickets on offer, and help break down each option, so you can save your Euros for an extra bier or two. Tips » Read more

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Visitors to Berlin quickly realize that the city offers a wide range of efficient and reliable public transportation options. The system works well, and with just a bit of preparation, is quite easy to use. In this, the first of two articles covering Berlin’s public transportation, we’ll be looking at ticket options. Which ticket type? » Read more

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

You may have heard it said before: in northern climes, there are two seasons – winter and construction. Unfortunately for summertime visitors to Germany’s capital city, Berlin is no different. Streets, tram, and even train lines are repeatedly slimmed down or rerouted completely as crews take advantage of the warmer weather and decreased traffic to » Read more

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

The American love affair with Berlin seems to be growing stronger, as US travelers continue to visit the German capital in record numbers. Despite a sluggish global economy and a strong euro, Berlin is thriving as a tourist destination, attracting big crowds in 2011 and 2012. Last year the city attracted nearly 10 million visitors » Read more

Berlin: Cheapest getaways by bus and train

Berlin: Cheapest getaways by bus and train

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 » Read more

Bad news for BERlin: Airport Edition

Bad news for BERlin: Airport Edition

While meeting an arriving friend at Berlin’s Tegel Airport last week, we both heaved an internal sigh over what would be our last trip to that airport. Tegel’s no more special than any other airport really (although its design *is* unique, if entirely impracticable in the current airport security climate), unless you count all the » Read more

Berlin: Cheapo events calendar for February – June 2012

Berlin: Cheapo events calendar for February – June 2012

We’re always ready to head to Berlin. However, a number of Cheapo-friendly events taking place over the next several months has us ready to jam, dance, put on a wig and check out some art. (In other words, we’re ready for Berlin.) Here’s a quick run-down of free or cheapish events to attend in Berlin » Read more

Berlin in the Summer: Five ways to cool down

Berlin in the Summer: Five ways to cool down

By C H Kwak— Summer in Berlin is glorious, but the heat can really get to you. Air conditioning is virtually unheard of (including in hotels in Berlin), and the subways and buses start feeling more like saunas. When the thermometer starts rising, try these popular ways to cool down, local style. 1. Bathing: Au » Read more

Berlin Transportation: See the sights by public train, ferry or bus

Berlin Transportation: See the sights by public train, ferry or bus

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Why shell out €12 for a “self-guided” bus tour of Berlin, when you can see the same historic sights (and more) on public transportation—and for a fraction of the cost? BVG, Berlin’s public transit authority, runs an efficient network of trains, buses, trams and ferries all over town. Use » Read more

Berlin: How to rent a bike, Cheapo-style

Berlin: How to rent a bike, Cheapo-style

Raeder (bikes) and Berlin go together like sausage and beer. Surveys reveal there are more than 400 bikes per 1,000 Berlin residents, meaning that almost half of the city’s residents own a bike. Luckily, visitors don’t have to feel left out of the biking fun: Bike rentals are cheap and easy to find. And tooling » Read more

Mayday Reflections: In Berlin and beyond

Mayday Reflections: In Berlin and beyond

May 1, the day when comrades used to march in solidarity in Europe’s streets, has come and gone. And in many European cities this past weekend, visitors were possibly surprised to find just how seriously local folk still take their demonstrations. From Paris to Athens, from Moscow to Milan, the streets were thronged with protesters » Read more

Berlin: Transport Basics

Berlin: Transport Basics

Berlin’s public transportation system covers a lot of ground across a very spread-out city. Cheapos need never pay full price to use the system, as there are a number of discounts available. For visitors, there is the WelcomeCard, which offers unlimited travel in Berlin, plus a book of coupons for discounts to museums, tours, bike » Read more

Berlin: Hotels in Kreuzberg

Berlin: Hotels in Kreuzberg

This month’s Travel and Leisure has a perfectly serviceable (har) round-up of Berlin, with one hotel recommendation stand-out in particular. The Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten takes up space in an unassuming 19th century building in a leafy part of Kreuzberg. Rooms are airy, with big windows overlooking the street, and there’s even a (very tiny) parking » Read more

A Hostel “Talent Campus” for the Berlinale

A Hostel “Talent Campus” for the Berlinale

baxpax lobby Filmmakers and hipsters heading to the Berlinale in Berlin, take note. One of our favorite factory-cum-hostel chains in Berlin, the baxpax, will be hosting a special “Talent Campus” during this year’s Berlinale film festival, from February 10-14, 2007. What, exactly, is a “Talent Campus”? Why, thanks for asking. It’s apparently what happens when » Read more