Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs City Tour Card?
This post compares the various tourist discount attraction passes available to you in Berlin. Berlin visitors have a choice of several city passes to help them navigate the city by public transport and offer discounts for museums, sights, attractions and bars, restaurants or clubs. With several choices, visitors are faced with comparing the Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs the City Tour Card and whether any are appropriate. Well, if you are planning to visit 2 or more museums during your stay and use the public transportation, it is worth considering a city pass. (Note: Prices are as of June 2017) (auf Deutsch) (en Español)
The Berlin Welcome Card actually offers three versions of their cards – Classic, Classic + Museum, and All-Inclusive – all of which are described below. Their goal is to meet the needs of all visitors based on what their interests are, their budgets and the amount of time they have in the city. All three versions include free public transportation, a free city map and a free attractions guide. Each version includes free admission for children under the age of 6 and free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old. Children 5 and younger do not need a ticket.
You could also print the voucher at home and obtain the transport tickets and discount pass at any of a number of tourist offices, including both airports and most major train stations. The WelcomeCard offers a choice of the number of days you want and whether you want to travel within Berlin (public transport Zone AB) or Berlin and the surrounding areas (public transport Zone ABC). This card is well reviewed. Read some of the reviews.
The ticket for public transport includes the U-Bahn (underground or subway), S-Bahn (elevated express trains), buses, night buses, trams and two ferries. You must exchange your voucher for a travel ticket and you must validate your travel ticket before the first use. All 3 versions include free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old (without their own cards). You choose either an AB travel card or an ABC card. The C zone is best for those who would like to visit Royal Potsdam, Sachenhausen concentration camp or are flying in/out of Schönefeld Aiport.
If you are planning on using public transport a lot, then this pass may very well pay for itself in travel savings, especially if you have children 6 to 14. More important than the potential monetary savings is the time and hassle savings. Check out our post on How to navigate Berlin with Public Transport.
NOTE: If you are arriving very late or early, a tourist office may not be there to exchange your voucher. In these incidences, you will need to purchase you own travel ticket for that day until you can make the exchange.
The Classic Welcome Card is the base version, offering discounts of 25% to 50% for up to 200 venues and sightseeing tours (see the full list) and a ticket for public transport included. The museums range from traditional art or history museums to unusual museums, such as the Trabi Museum (the funny little car available in the socialist GDR) and the Currywurst Museum (the iconic Berlin fast food snack). Theaters include opera, ballet, musical theater and comedy. Sightseeing companies are listed as well as restaurants, fast food stands and bars. Many attractions such as the Berlin Zoo or the Legoland Discovery Center are attractive for children. See some of the reviews.
- Berlin Only Includes ticket within fare zones (AB). This includes Tegel Airport, but not Schönefeld Airport!).
- 48 hours for € 19.90
- 72 hours for € 27.90
- 4 days for € 32.50
- 5 days for € 36.50
- 6 days for € 42.00
- More information or to purchase.
- Berlin + Potsdam Includes ticket within fare zones (ABC) including Potsdam, the second Prussian royal residence nearby as well as both Tegel and Schönefeld airports. The ABC tickets allow up to 3 children from 6 to 14 free with the ticket holder.
- 48 hours for € 21.90
- 72 hours for € 29.90
- 4 days for € 35.50
- 5 days for € 41.00
- 6 days for € 46.00
- More information or to purchase.
This is a 72 hour ticket that offers you the same benefits of the above cards (choice of zones) but adds on free admission to the five museums of Museum Island, (the Ancient National Gallery, Ancient Museum, Bodemuseum, New Museum and Pergamon Museum). Note that Special Exhibits are not included in the price. Children under 14 go free. 1 WelcomeCard + Museum Island can be used by a maximum of 3 children for all discounts and free transportation. This version of the card is also well reviewed.
- Zone AB € 44.00
- Zone ABC € 46.00
- For more information or to purchase.
You can purchase the Berlin WelcomeCard online or at the two Berlin Airports Tegel and Schönefeld, at the tourist information, where public transportation tickets are sold (even at the vending machines, but you will have to go to a tourist information or a ticket counter to get the matching guide) and in 400 hotels.
All inclusive: The Berlin Pass
This card is more expensive than the Berlin WelcomeCard or the CityTourCard (detailed below), but you get a lot for your money, if you have time and the interest to see the most famous and most interesting museums, as well as several top attractions and partake in a variety of tours.
The pass includes:
- Free entrance to 45 of Berlin’s best museums including the most expensive – the Pergamon, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Altes Museum, Bode Museum and more
- Free admission to 9 attractions including Madame Tussauds, the Berlin Dungeon, LEGOLAND, the Berliner Dom, AquaDom & Sea Life Berlin and others
- Free tours on an 24 hour open-top bus, a bike tour, walking tour, a segway tour and river cruise
- A free 95 page guidebook (available in English, German & Italian)
- Option to add-on a public transport ticket for Zones ABC for an additional cost
Prices: (as of 2017)
Without transportation card:
- 2-Day Pass: Adult €98; Child €48
- 3-Day Pass: Adult €118; Child €58
With transportation card for zones ABC
- 2-Day Pass: Adult €114; Child €61
If you are not into traditional museums and such, you should opt for the Berlin CityTourCard. It is available for either 48 hours, 72 hours or 4, 5, or 6 days and comes with a ticket for public transport for Berlin only (AB) or Berlin and surroundings (ABC). Extra tickets for dogs and bicycles are needed, the extension ticket to upgrade from zone AB to zone ABC is not valid for the CityTourCard either. More than 50 partners offer discounts from 15% to 50%.
Besides different guided tours, you can visit attractions like the TV tower or sport events like basketball games. Museums included are less traditional such as the Berlin Wall or movies. Another difference between this card and the Berlin WelcomeCard (besides the number of partners) is that the Berlin CityTourCard includes nightclubs like the Matrix and the Sophienclub.
- Berlin only, fare zone AB
- 48 hours for € 16.70
- 72 hours for € 23.70
- 4 days for € 29.70
- 5 days for € 33.70
- 6 days for € 35.70
- Berlin with surroundings, fare zone ABC
- 48 hours € 17.70
- 72 hours € 24.70
- 4 days € 31.70
- 5 days € 37.70
- 6 days € 41.70
You can purchase the CityTourCard at the tourist information at Tegel Airport, some train stations (Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz), at the TV tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Neue Kranzler Eck at Kurfürstendamm. The tickets are also available at the vending machines for the public transport, but you need to get the booklet at one of the sales points. Again, you need to present the ticket and the booklet to be eligible for the discount. And – don’t forget to validate the ticket before you use it for the first time!
For real passionate museum lovers the Museum Pass Berlin offers admission to 50 museums for a period of 3 consecutive days for € 24.00 (reduced price € 12.00) with a brochure to navigate Berlin’s diverse museum scene. Watch out for special admission hours during the winter holidays!
You can buy the Museum Pass Berlin online.
Alte National Galerie
Anne Frank Zentrum
German Museum of Technology
Jewish Museum Berlin
Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts)
Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin
MACHmit! Museum für Kinder
Museen Dahlem (Museum of European Cultures; Museum of Asian Art; Ethnological Museum of Berlin; Museum of Photography)
Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
St. Nicholas’ Church
The get2Card is a 2-for-1 card, as in getting TWO people for the price of ONE! It is sold in increments of 3, 5, or 7 days and a full year (365 days) which is perfect for locals. Note: the get2Card is only available as a mobile app for iOS and Google smartphones. Therefore you must have a smartphone. The exception is if you buy the annual get2Card, in which case you will receive a paper voucher.
If you do have a smartphone, here is what you get with this card: You pay the cost of one person and the second person with you pays nothing! This saves you up to 50% at 500 activities! That is an impressive amount of options. The pass includes sightseeing, theater, opera, cinemas, and restaurants. With your get2Car you will receive a 350-page guide with information on all the included offers. Just some of the attractions that are included are:
- Boat tours in and around Berlin
- Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin
- Madame Tussauds Berlin
- SEALIFE and AquaDom Berlin
- Panoramapunkt viewing platform
- German Symphony Orchestra Berlin
- 3 days for €18.70
- 5 days for € 23.70
- 7 days for € 28.70
- 1 year for €66
To purchase your card, go to their website and choose a date that you want your card to begin. After you complete your booking, you will receive an email with log-in details to access your card. A nice perk is that they offer a full refund for cancellation up to 1 day in advance.
+++Don’t forget to check out our pay-what-you-like walking tours of Berlin!+++