Berlin’s public transportation double-decker buses offer great routes for cheap city tours and sightseeing trips past the Reichstag and along Unter den Linden.
Berlin’s double-decker buses offer great opportunities for very cheap city sightseeing tours. Public bus routes 100 and 200 are very much designed with tourists in mind but several other bus routes offer great views of Berlin landmarks while transporting visitors to the German capital’s top sights. Hop-on hop-off bus services as well as traditional city sightseeing bus tours are also plentiful but few can really beat the convenience and low prices of the Berlin public transportation yellow double-decker buses.
Berlin Public Transportation’s Yellow Double-Decker Buses
Berlin’s public transportation network operates over 1,300 buses, which cover over 300,000 km daily. The front of Berlin’s public buses is always yellow with a black silhouette of the Brandenburg Gate even if the rest of the bus may be covered by advertisements.
Metro buses have M in the route number and run at least every ten minutes (often every five minutes) during the day. Express buses have X in the route number and run usually every five minutes.
All Berlin buses are wheelchair (and stroller) accessible. Drivers will get out of the bus to unfold ramps if necessary but usually Berlin buses kneel down sufficiently for wheelchair users to enter and exit the bus without assistance.
See the Top Sights in Berlin with Bus 100
Bus 100 is the best-known and most useful bus route for most visitors to Berlin. Bus 100 connects Zoologischer Garten train and bus station in the former West Berlin with Alexanderplatz in the heart of the former East Berlin in around half an hour.
En route, bus 100 goes through the Tiergarten park and passes amongst others the Berlin Zoo, Victory Column, Schloss Bellevue, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Museum Island, and the Fernsehturm.
See Top Sights in Berlin from Bus 200
Bus 200 is an equally useful bus route for tourists visiting the top sights in Berlin. Like bus 100, it starts at Zoologischer Garten station but runs along the south side of the Tiergarten park via the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz. It no longer runs along Unter den Linden but rather follow a faster route more south to Alexander Platz. Handy stops en route include U Stadtmitte /Leipziger Straße (near Checkpoint Charlie), Nikolaiviertel and Berliner Rathaus).
Bus 200 continues from Alexanderplatz deeper into the Prenzlauer Berg area of the former East Germany.
Bus 300 to Unter den Linden and East Sight Gallery
Bus 300 is a new route created in mid-2019. It runs from Tiergarten Philharmonie Süd to S+U Warschauer Straße. En route to Alexanderplatz, bus 300 mostly follows the previous route of bus 200 including stops at Potsdamer Platz, Unter den Linden, and Lustgarten (on Museum Island). It stops on the east side of Alexanderplatz from where it runs through via amongst other the Ostbahnhof and handy too for tourists, finally a bus stop right at the East Side Gallery.
Bus 245 from Hauptbahnhof via Unter den Linden to Alexanderplatz
Bus 245 provides a very slow link from Berlin Zoologischer Garten station to Alexanderplatz. It is most useful for sightseeing on the part of the route previously covered by Bus TXL: from the Hauptbahnhof to Alexanderplatz bus 245 runs almost the full length of Unter den Linden including stops at Brandenburger Tor, Staatsoper and Lustgarten on Museum Island.
Bus 109 and X9 from Berlin-Tegel Airport to Zoologischer Garten Station
Jet Express Bus X9 and bus 109 also run from Berlin-Tegel (TXL) Airport but to Zoologischer Garten station across from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche) in West Berlin. Bus X9 completes the journey in less than 20 minutes while bus 109 takes around 10 minutes more. Bus 109 stops more often and takes a longer route that includes much of Kurfürstendamm.
Berlin Bus M29 along Kurfürstendamm and on to Checkpoint Charlie
Bus M29 starts in Grunewald and continues all the way to Hermannplatz. En route, it runs along the full length of the Kurfürstendamm.
The most useful part of the M29 route for tourists is from Europa Platz and Tauentzienstraße to Check Point Charlie – the bus skirts the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz en route.
Metro Buses M41 and M85 from Berlin-Hauptbahnhof to Potsdamer Platz
Metrobus routes M85 and M41 run from Berlin-Hauptbahnhof via Potsdamer Platz to the outskirts of Berlin. Both bus M85 and M41 now use the tunnel under the Tiergarten to Kulturforum and no longer pass by the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust memorial.
No buses, or other motorized transportation, pass through the Brandenburger Tor.
Berlin’s public buses, especially the top deck of the double-decker buses, are great for city sightseeing tours. Furthermore, ticket prices and Berlin discount passes are pleasantly cheap for a German city.