Schönefeld Airport is served by the S-Bahn and the Regionalbahn, with the latter taking you direct to the central city. A standard ABC train ticket will suffice, €3.40. The best way from Tegel Airport is the TXL Bus; an AB single pass costs €2.80.
No Euros in your wallet? No problem. Both Tegel Airport (TXL) and Schoenefeld Airport (SFX) have currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs.
Transport tickets can be used on the bus, train (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Regionalbahn), and tram. Single tickets from €2.80 (AB) or day passes from €7.00. If you’re traveling in a group of three to five people, try a small group ticket. At €19.90 for the day they’re great value!
You must validate your ticket - look for the little machine on the train platform or in the tram/bus.
Berlin is generally a safe city but petty crime is still present. The key is to be streetsmart. Keep your valuables in a safe place and watch out for pickpockets that masqueraded as deaf or mute by asking you to sign a donation-sheet.
Tipping in Berlin is not obligatory but very much welcomed. Serving staff in Berlin don’t earn as much as other cities but do earn a living wage. Nevertheless, it is very common to leave a tip if you enjoyed your meal and service. 10% of the bill is a common amount for a gratuity.
In such a multicultural city, you will do fine with just English. But, as with most places, it always goes a long way if you say something in the local language. German is the official language but you will also find people speaking with a "Berliner" accent.
Hallo, Guten Tag - Hello, good day
Bitte - Please / you’re welcome
Danke - Thank you
Entschuldigung - Sorry
Entschuldigen Sie bitte - Excuse me
Ich spreche kein Deutsch - I don’t speak German
Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
Ich habe mich verlaufen - I am lost
Wie viel kostet das? - How much is it?