You can click on the pictures to enlarge. So you can easier read the instructions.
Subject you arrived at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) or at the parking in the Northern Part at the city limits in Berlin
by train but you have a full flexible ticket (no day passes like Länderticket Brandenburg-Berlin or Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket)
then you need a ticket for the public transport if you want to follow my suggestions as few "less interesting" sections of my tour I am using public transport to by-pass these sections.
But 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Communist area in Europe. So my 2009 tour will take you also to the Berlin Wall Memorial for which you should have a pass for public transport as it is a little to far away to walk.
The machines at Central Station are all in the terminal buildingg and look like this:
Scroll down for machines at Borsigwerke.
1. Step: touch the screen.
2. Click to the flags at the bottom of the screen.
3. Click the Union Jack (British Flag) for English.
4. Touch the yellow section of the screen to get local tickets.
5. You will move only in the AB Zones of Berlin. So click on Berlin AB.
6a) You are travelling alone or as a party of two: Click to All day ticket Regeltarif (for adults - reduced fare for children (age 6-14 incl.)) - each is 6.10 EUR (reduced fare 4.40 EUR).
6b) You are travelling as a party of 3, 4 or 5: buy a Kleingruppenkarte which as a mini-group ticket @ 15.90 EUR.
6c) Variation for those who rented a bike: 4.40 EUR per bike as well for a day pass.
It's very important: Tickets are open for any day. So you need to punch, validate, stamp, cancel (or however your expression is...) the ticket in the box before your first ride.
If you use buses or trams: the box are yellow in the car.
If you use subway: the box is somewhere between ticket machine and platform.
Subject you came by car and left your car in the garage of the shopping mall Hallen am Borsigturm: you buy your ticket at yellow machines of BVG in the subway station.
Press to the right on the flags to change the language and change to English on the menu:
If you are travelling alone or with one more person:
Each of you need an AB Day ticket.
Adults need standard fare.
If you are travelling alone insert 6.10 EUR and take the ticket. Do not forget to stamp/cancel/validate/punch..
If you are travelling at a party of two: press on "several tickets".
Then "two" and "Buy now".
It's 12.20 EUR for both of you.
If you are three, four or five you should use a mini-group ticket:
Select "other Tickets" (bottom left)
Then choose "Small Group (upto 5)" and then "Berlin AB".
Insert 15.90 EUR...
and do not forget to stamp/cancel/validate/punch here in the yellow box (only once before first ride with the ticket).
All others with
Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket (Happy Weekend Ticket)
Länderticket Berlin-Brandenburg (Day Pass for the States of Brandenburg and Berlin)
may ignore this part as your ticket is valid in Berlin for all public transports.