Berlin in Germany is one of those cities where you can't just do it all in one trip. There are so many museums, shows, and activities that it can be a bit overwhelming not just when you're planning, but to your budget too.
Fear not, because if you're someone who likes to visit a bunch of places and not just wander around outdoors (which is fun in summer but way too cold in winter), the Berlin Welcome Card lets you do just that for a fixed price.
The question is: are the Berlin Welcome Card discounts worth it? Do you actually earn your money back? And what about that other option, the EasyCityPass Berlin?
I break it all down for you in this post.
Here's a summary:
The Berlin Welcome Card offers a wider range of discounts, a choice of how many days you get the card for, and free use of public transportation. It's the best choice if you plan to do a lot of different things over the course of several days.
The EasyCityPass Berlin covers less sights and activities but it does offer free public transport. If you're going to Berlin for at least 3 days and plan to use public transport at least twice per day, get the EasyCityPass Berlin.
- The Berlin Welcome Card vs the Easy City Pass Berlin
- What is the Berlin Welcome Card?
- The Berlin Welcome Card benefits: what's included?
- Example itinerary with and without the Berlin Welcome Card
- Who is it for?
- How to choose the best Berlin Welcome Card for you?
- Where to buy the Berlin Welcome Card?
- Practical tips for getting the most out of your Berlin Welcome Card
- Alternative: the Easy City Pass Berlin
- What is the Easy City Pass Berlin?
- EasyCityPass Berlin benefits: what's included?
- Why purchase the Easy City Pass Berlin?
- Is the Easy City Pass Berlin worth it for you?
- Where to buy the Easy City Pass Berlin?
- Practical tips for getting the most out of your Easy City Pass Berlin
- Berlin Welcome Card vs Easy City Pass Berlin: which one to choose?
- Don't forget travel insurance
The Berlin Welcome Card vs the Easy City Pass Berlin
What is the Berlin Welcome Card?
The Berlin Welcome Card offers you a budget-friendly way to enjoy an action-packed trip to Berlin. If you’re the kind of person who loves to cram as many activities and as much sightseeing as possible into their trip, the Berlin Card will be a godsend to your bank account. It's essentially a Berlin city tour card.
There are three different kinds of Berlin Welcome Card. The first is the standard Berlin Welcome Card, which offers free public transport within a certain zone and up to 50% discount at a range of venues. This includes famous attractions, restaurants, souvenir stores, museums, tours, bike rental, and more. You will also get a city map and guidebook thrown in for good measure.
The second kind of card is the Berlin Welcome Card All-Inclusive. This includes everything that you get with a standard card plus some extra goodies. In addition to discounts at over 200 sites, you will also get free admission into over 30 of the cities top attractions.
The third type of Welcome Card is the Museum Island Berlin Welcome Card, which includes all the benefits of the standard welcome card plus free entry to one museum on Museum Island per day. These museums are: Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamon Museum.
If you plan your days meticulously and can fit plenty of attractions in each day, the all-inclusive card could save you over 100€ in admission fees.
The Berlin Welcome Card benefits: what's included?
Has this Berlin discount card piqued your interest? Let’s have a closer look at exactly what is included with the Berlin city card. I have included regular prices alongside so you can compare and calculate your savings as you go.
For the purposes of brevity, I will focus on the all-inclusive card as it includes everything that the standard card includes, plus a bit extra. If you plan on buying the standard card, just ignore the first section about free entry to attractions.
Free Entry to the Following Famous Berlin Attractions
- Alte Nationalgalerie – 10 EUR
- Altes Museum – 10 EUR
- AquaDom & Sea Life Berlin – 19 EUR (30% off with standard card)
- Asisi Panorama THE WALL – 10 EUR
- Barberini Museum
- Berlin City Circle Sightseeing – 24 EUR
- Berlin Dungeon – 22,50 EUR (30% off with standard card)
- Berlin on Bike – 24 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Bode-Museum – 12 EUR
- C/O Berlin – 10 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- CitySightseeing Potsdam – 17 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Computerspielemuseum – 9 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Dalí – The Exhibition at Potsdamer Platz – 12,50 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- DDR Museum – 9,50 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Gemäldegalerie – 10 EUR
- German History Museum – 8 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- German Spy Museum – 12 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Hamburger Bahnhof – 14 EUR
- Hitler – how could it happen – 12 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- James-Simon-Gallery – 8 EUR
- Little BIG City – 16 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Madame Tussauds Berlin – 25 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Museum Berggruen – 10 EUR
- Museum of Photography – 10 EUR
- Neues Museum – 12 EUR
- Neue Nationalgalerie
- Nextbike bike sharing
- Olympic Stadium Visitor Center – 8 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Original Berlin Walks – 14 EUR
- Pergamon Museum – 19 EUR
- Stasimuseum – 6 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- Stern und Kreisschiffahrt – 23 EUR (25% off with standard card)
- The Wall Museum – 12,50 EUR (25% off with standard card)
Free public transport
Both the standard card and the all-inclusive card offer unlimited travel on Berlin’s fantastic public transport network. You’ll have full access to the buses, trains, and trams in Berlin’s City Center (Zone AB). There is also the option to buy a Welcome Card with a wider scope for travel. For just a few euros extra you can travel freely not just through Berlin’s center, but also Potsdam, the Schönfeld Airport, and the Sachsenhausen Memorial (Zone ABC).
To compare prices, a Berlin travel card day ticket without the Welcome Card costs 7 EUR for Zone AB and 7,70 EUR for Zone ABC. This entitles you to unlimited access to all of Berlin’s public transport within the designated zone.
If you are not planning on entering any of Berlin’s attractions and just want to wander around the city (which is also fun) then it is more economical to buy public transport day tickets. However, once you throw a few museums into the mix, the Welcome Card starts to make a difference.
Take note as well that with the all-inclusive card you also get access to the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, which is a fun and easy way to get an overview of the city.
Berlin Welcome Card discount list
Welcome Card Berlin discounts for restaurants
- BATA Bar & Billiards
- Knutschfleck Berlin
- Aapka – Indian Restaurant
- Berliner Republik
- Brasserie Ganymed
- Brechts Steakhaus
- Curry Wolf – Original Berliner Currywurst
- Das Haus der 100 Biere am Ku’damm
- MacLaren’s Pub
- Restaurant & Café Drachenhaus
- Restaurant Meena Kumari
- Restaurant Weiss
- Ristorante Cinque
- Ritter Sport Colourful ChocoWorld
- Sawade Berlin
- Sir Hanh’s Old Town Hanoi
- Steakhouse Las Malvinas
- Xantener Eck
Berlin Welcome Card list of attractions and venues
With 50% discount
- Berlin Botanical Garden – 50% discount
With 30-40% discount
- Berlinische Galerie – 38% discount
- Biosphäre Potsdam – 30% discount
- BKA Theater – 30% discount
- BlackBox Kalter Krieg – 30% discount
- Body Worlds Berlin – 30% discount
- Church of Nikolai – 40% discount
- Fußfetifisch Berlin – 33% discount
- German Cinematheque – 55% discount
- Märkisches Museum – 40% discount
- Museum of Natural History – 38% discount
- Museum of Technology – 38% discount
- Street Safari – 33% discount
- The Belvedere of the Pfingstberg – 30% discount
- Tretroller.berlin – 30% discount
With 20-29% discount
- 1st GDR Motorcycle Museum in Berlin – 26% discount
- 3D Your Body – 25% discount
- AbenteuerPark Potsdam – 25% discount
- Air Service Berlin Weltballon – 25% discount
- Ampelmann Shops – 25% discount
- Anne Frank Zentrum – 25% discount
- Ansichtssachen – 25% discount
- Art:Berlin – 25% discount
- Audio tours of the City – 25% discount
- Bar Jeder Vernunft – 25% discount
- Base Flying at Alexanderplatz – 25% discount
- Barberini Museum – 25% discount
- Berlin Cathedral – 28% discount
- Berlin Erlbenisse – 25% discount
- Berlin Stores – 25% discount
- Berlin Story Bunker – 25% discount
- Berlin Story Museum – 25% discount
- Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehtum) – 25% discount
- Berliner Ensemble – 25% discount
- Berliner Kriminal Theater – 25% discount
- Berliner Residence Concerts – 25% discount
- Bikegreen.de – 25% discount
- Blue Man Group – 25% discount
- Boat Tours Potsdam – 25% discount
- BR Volleys – 25% discount
- Bröhan Museum – 25% discount
- BWSG Berlin – 25% discount
- Cabaret Theatre – 25% discount
- Canoe Berlin – 25% discount
- Cat in the Bag – 25% discount
- Chamäleon Theater Berlin – 25% discount
- Charlottenburg – 25% discount
- City Segway Tours – 25% discount
- City Sightseeing Potsdam – 25% discount
- Comedy Tour Berlin – 25% discount
- Computer Games Museum – 25% discount
- Cultour Berlin – 25% discount
- Designer Depot – 25% discount
- Deutsche Oper Berlin – 25% discount
- Deutsches Theater Berlin – 25% discount
- Die Stachelschweine – 25% discount
- Distel Cabaret Theatre – 25% discount
- E-bike Tours – 25% discount
- EASTSIDESEEING – 25% discount
- Eat Berlin – 25% discount
- Eisbären Berlin (Ice Hockey) – 25% discount
- Elektro-Trabi-Safari – 25% discount
- Escape Game Berlin – 25% discount
- Exclusiv Yachtcharter – 28% discount
- EXTAVIUM Potsdam – 25% discount
- Fabrik Potsdam – 25% discount
- Fat tire Tours – 25% discount
- Filmmuseum Potsdam – 25% discount
- Filmpark Babelsburg – 25% discount
- Foxtrail – 25% discount
- Frau Tonis Parfum – 25% discount
- Free Berling Bike Tours (not free despite the name) – 27% discount
- Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin – 25% discount
- Gardens of the World – 25% discount
- Game Science Centre – 28% discount
- Haus am Waldsee – 28% discount
- Helicopter Flights – 25% discount
- Hertha BSC – 25% discount
- Historical Mill in Park Sanssouci – 26% discount
- Hitler – how could it happen? – 25% discount
- Hurricane Factory Berlin – 25% discount
- Insider Tour – 28% discount
- Kaiser Tour Potsdam City and Palace Tours – 25% discount
- Kollateralschaden – 25% discount
- Komische Oper Berlin – 25% discount
- Konzerthaus Berlin – 25% discount
- Kulinarische Zeitreise – 25% discount
- Kürfurstendamm Theater and Comedy – 25% discount
- KW Institute for Contemporary Art
- Lindt Boutique – 25% discount
- MACHmit! Museum for Kids – 28% discount
- Mike’s Sightseeing Berlin – 25% discount
- Mindways Segway Tours – 25% discount
- Museum of Decorative Arts – 25% discount
- Museum of European Culture – 25% discount
- Museum Fluxus – 26% discount
- Mustang Safari – 25% discount
- Natural History Museum Potsdam – 25% discount
- NIVEA Haus – 25% discount
- Pfefferberg Theater – 25% discount
- Popkornditorei Knalle – 25% discount
- Potsdam Museum – 25% discount
- Potsdam on Pedals – 25% discount
- Quatsch Comedy Club – 25% discount
- Red City Buses Berlin – 25% discount
- Reederei Bruno Winkler – 25% discount
- Reederei Riedel – 25% discount
- Renaissance Theater – 25% discount
- Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg – 25% discount
- Sandemans Walking Tours – 25% discount
- Sanssouci – 20% discount only with all-inclusive card
- Satire Theater Potsdam – 25% discount
- Schaubühne on Lehniner platz – 25% discount
- Schlosspark Theater – 25% discount
- Schönhausen Palace – 25% discount
- Sennheiser Store Berlin – 25% discount
- Staatsballett Berlin – 25% discount
- Staatsoper Under den Linden – 25% discount
- Stadt und Schlösserrundfahrten Tour – 25% discount
- Stage Theater des Westens – 25% discount
- Stars in Concert – 25% discount
- StattReisen Berlin – 25% discount
- Tempelhof Airport – 25% discount
- Theater an der Parkaue – 25% discount
- Tierpark Berlin – 25% discount
- Tipi am Kanzleramt – 25% discount
- Top Tour Sightseeing – 25% discount
- Tours in Hebrew – 25% discount
- Trabi Safari – 25% discount
- Tranxx – 25% discount
- Urban Bike Tours – 25% discount
- Video Bus Tours – 25% discount
- Villa Schöningen – 25% discount
- Vintage Beetle Tour – 25% discount
- Volksbühne – 25% discount
- Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide – 25% discount
- Wall Museum – 25% discount
- Wintergarten Varieté – 25% discount
- Zeiss Planetarium – 25% discount
- Zitadelle – 25% discount
- Zoo of Berlin – 25% discount
Get Your Berlin Welcome Card here.
Example itinerary with and without the Berlin Welcome Card
So, the above list is exhaustive and looks a bit daunting when it is just sitting there out of context. As you can see there are a lot of discounts on offer and you aren’t going to be able to use all of them in one trip (or in a lifetime unless you live in Berlin or visit every weekend). In this section, I’d like to make the card seem less abstract by pulling it together into a potential itinerary for you.
Your itinerary for a two day trip could look a little something like this:
- Morning – Aquadom & Sealife Berlin
- Afternoon – Berlin on Bike
- Evening – Berlin Television Tower
- Morning – German Spy Museum
- Afternoon – The Wall Museum
- Evening – Komische Opera House
That’s three activities each day, making for a fun-filled but not over-packed weekend break. You will, of course, be able to take public transport between all of the destinations. Now, is the Berlin Card worth it?
Let’s do the maths. If you go all out and buy the all-inclusive Welcome Card your savings will be as follows:
Day one, you will only pay for the TV Tower (20 EUR- 25% which will be 15 EUR) and day two will be free apart from the opera ticket, which will be discounted 25%. Tickets are usually around 50 EUR for the opera so discounted will be around 37,50 EUR. So both days will cost 141,50 EUR (89 for the 48h all-inclusive card, 15 for the TV tower and 37,50 for the discounted opera ticket).
With the standard Welcome Card the price will be: 58,70 EUR for day one, 55,90 EUR for day two and 23 EUR for the Welcome Card. This totals 137,60 EUR for the weekend.
Without either of the cards, the total will be 59,50 EUR for day one, 74,50 EUR for day two, and 14 EUR for a day travel ticket for each day. This comes to 148 EUR for the weekend.
As you can see, you can save around 6 EUR with the all-inclusive card in this situation. Remember, that doesn’t include discounts you can enjoy if you eat in the restaurants mentioned above (I haven’t included them in the itinerary as everyone will spend different amounts on meals so it is hard to judge what kind of saving you could have).
Of course, this is just a sample itinerary. You could save even more if you plan your days carefully and cover four or even five activities in a day. How much you save is ultimately in your hands once you buy the card.
Who is it for?
This entirely depends on what kind of traveler you are. Some people use their vacations to do nothing after working hard all year. In this case the card is not for you. However, there are others that like to pack as much activity into their vacation as possible to combat the monotony of having to go to work every day. If you relate to this then the Welcome Card is definitely for you.
While the card is predominantly aimed at tourists, there is nothing to stop someone living in Berlin from purchasing one. There is something rather charming about being a tourist in your own city for a day or two.
You should also ask yourself if you ever plan on coming back to Berlin. For Europeans, getting to Berlin is easy and the likelihood of a return trip is pretty high. This means you don’t need to cram everything in in one go. If you’re coming from further afield, like the USA or Australia, you might only have one opportunity to experience Berlin. In this case you will probably want to grab yourself a Welcome Card so you can really make the most of your time there.
How to choose the best Berlin Welcome Card for you?
Berlin Welcome Card cost?
For the All-Inclusive Berlin Welcome Card and Berlin Museum Card the prices are as follows:
Adult with public transport Berlin travel pass:
- Berlin Welcome Card 48 hours: 89 EUR
- Berlin Welcome Card 72 hours: 109 EUR
- Berlin Welcome Card 4 days: 129 EUR
- Berlin Welcome Card5 days: 149 EUR
- Berlin Welcome Card 6 days: 169 EUR
Adult without public transport:
- 48h: 69 EUR
- 72h: 89 EUR
- 4 days: 99 EUR
- 5 days: 119 EUR
- 6 days: 139 EUR
- 48h: 55 EUR
- 72h: 59 EUR
- 4 days: 69 EUR
- 5 days: 75 EUR
- 6 days: 79 EUR (note that children’s tickets do not include public transport as up to three children may travel for free with an adult)
For the standard Berlin Welcome Card the prices are as follows:
- 48h: 23 EUR
- 72h: 33 EUR
- 72h + Museum Island Card: 55 EUR
- 4 days: 40 EUR
- 5 days: 46 EUR
- 6 days: 49 EUR
- 48h: 28 EUR
- 72h: 38 EUR
- 72h + Museum Island Card: 59 EUR
- 4 days: 45 EUR
- 5 days: 49 EUR
- 6 days: 52 EUR
How to choose the best Berlin Welcome Card for you
Ultimately, if you want to pack a lot of attractions into your trip, the all-inclusive Welcome Card is the best way to go. If you plan on traveling a lot around the city and seeing a few attractions, then it might be better to opt for the standard Welcome Card.
If you want to get your culture fix but don’t have the budget to splash out on the all-inclusive card, opt for the 72h + Museum Island card. This card allows you to see the city and some of its top attractions without breaking the bank.
Bear in mind that you don’t need to purchase a card for the whole duration of your trip. If you have a week in Berlin, you could purchase the 48h card and spend two days rushing around sightseeing and the rest of your trip chilling and being more leisurely. The choice is yours.
Where to buy the Berlin Welcome Card?
Most people will buy the Berlin Welcome Card online. This is the easiest option and it means you won’t waste vacation time trying to buy one once you arrive in Berlin.
However, if you would prefer to purchase your Welcome Card in person, they are available to buy in all of the information centers, big hotels, and public transport stations throughout the city. You can also purchase them at the airport.
Once you have bought your card, you will be given a plastic discount card and a separate public transport ticket. Simply write the date on the back of the plastic card and hand it over whenever you need to pay for something at any of the places listed above. It couldn’t be simpler.
Practical tips for getting the most out of your Berlin Welcome Card
The most important thing to do if you want to make the most out of your Berlin Welcome Card is to plan your itinerary meticulously. The card is not cheap, but there is a huge number of discounts on offer. If you are clever, you will use this article and the relevant websites to find out how you can get the best savings and the most enjoyment out of each day.
Another important thing to remember is not to overbuy your ticket. In other words, if you are there for 2 and a half days, opt for the 48h option rather than the 72h option. It is better to have less time with the card than pay for time you can’t use.
After your 48 hours runs out, there are still plenty of things to do in Berlin that are free or cheap regardless of whether you have a Welcome card or not.
Alternative: the Easy City Pass Berlin
Just when you thought you had got your head around the Berlin Welcome Card, it’s time to throw something else into the mix. Now it’s time to take a look at the EasyCityPass Berlin, the alternative choice to the Berlin Welcome Card.
We're going to do a run-through now of everything the EasyCityPass Berlin has to offer so you can make up your own mind as to which card best suits your trip.
What is the Easy City Pass Berlin?
The EasyCityPass Berlin is similar to the Welcome Card in that it offers discounted entry to attractions and activities. It also offers completely free public transport ion the S-Bahn, bus, tram and the regional train.
So is the EasyCityPass Berlin worth it?
The discounts are for museums, culture, shopping, nightlife, and gastronomy.
The main difference with the EasyCityPass Berlin is that you can buy it to last up to 6 days. These are your options:
- EasyCityPass 48 Hours Berlin – Zones AB – 21,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 48 Hours Berlin – Zones ABC – 24,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 72 Hours Berlin – Zones AB – 29,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 72 Hours Berlin – Zones ABC – 34,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 4 Days Berlin – Zones AB – 37,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 4 Days Berlin – Zones ABC – 42,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 5 Days Berlin – Zones AB – 42,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 5 Days Berlin – Zones ABC – 46,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 6 Days Berlin – Zones AB – 45,90 EUR
- EasyCityPass 6 Days Berlin – Zones ABC – 49,90 EUR
There is no child price listed as every adult ticket covers up to three children aged 6-14.
EasyCityPass Berlin benefits: what's included?
Unlike the Welcome Card, there is no free entry to attractions, just discounts at popular tourist destinations.
Easy City Pass Berlin discounts
- Alternative Berlin Tours -2 EUR
- Berlin Dungeon -20%
- Madame Tussauds -20%
- Stadt im Ohr -20 %
- Teufelsberg guided tours -20%
- Illuseum Berlin -10%
- Culture and Stage: Friedrichstadt Palace -10%
- Tipi am Kanzeleramt -5.50 EUR
- Wintergarten Varieté -25%
- Berlin Kaffeerösterei 1 free espresso
- Eliza – Café & Lieblingsstücke -10%
- Nocti Vagus Dunkelrestaurant with show stage -10%
- Dockx schwarzlicht Minigolf & Lasertag -1.40 EUR
- Exit The Room (Berlin) -15%
- JetSim flight simulation -10%
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin -20%
- SeaLife Berlin -20%
- Stand Up Paddling -20%
- Segwaytour Berlin -10 EUR
Fun and Action:
Free Public Transport
Public transport is included in the price of your EasyCityPass Berlin. This provides unlimited access to all of the city’s public transport for the duration of your pass in Zone AB or for a little extra – zones ABC. If you buy the zones ABC ticket it even includes transport to and from the Schönefeld Airport.
Note that the pass covers up to 3 children aged 6-14 years for every adult pass purchased.
Get the EasyCityPass Berlin here.
Why purchase the Easy City Pass Berlin?
The list of discounts on attractions for the EasyCityPass Berlin is much shorter than the Berlin Welcome Card which may leave you wondering is the EasyCityPass Berlin worth it?
The main saving benefit when you purchase the EasyCityPass Berlin is the public transport savings, especially if you have children aged 6-14.
A day ticket for public transport costs:
- Zone AB: 8,80 EUR
- Zone ABC: 10 EUR
A 7 day public transport ticket alone costs:
- Zone AB: 36 EUR
- Zone ABC: 43 EUR
So say you were going to take the 6-day EasyCityPass Berlin, for just 5.90 EUR more than you'd pay for a weekly Zone ABC public transport ticket, you'd have access to all the above-mentioned discounts.
Is the Easy City Pass Berlin worth it for you?
The EasyCityPass Berlin, just like the Welcome Card, is for people that want to squeeze as much activity out of the vacation as they possibly can. Three days can allow you to visit loads of Berlin’s attractions if you plan your days carefully and plot an efficient route on the map. Also, you need to decide whether the attractions with discounts on the EasyCityPass Berlin are places you actually want to visit or not. The list is much more limited than for the Berlin Welcome Card.
On the flip side, if your plan is to chill out and meander around the city with a bratwurst in hand, then the EasyCityPass Berlin is a waste of money. Everyone will have a different motivation for visiting Berlin, so have a think about what you want to get out of the city and let that determine whether or not you buy the EasyCityPass Berlin.
Where to buy the Easy City Pass Berlin?
You can buy the EasyCityPass Berlin online and then need to exchange your voucher for the EasyCityPass Berlin at one of the DB Travel centres in the following locations:
- Berlin Central Station 1st floor at the S-Bahn counter (Mon-Sat 7am-10pm, Sun & public holidays 8am-10pm)
- Alexanderplatz in the DB Travel Centre at the S-Bahn counter (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat & Sun & public holidays 9am-6.30pm)
- Friedrichstraße in the customer cerne in the station (Friedrichstraße entrance) (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat & Sun & public holidays 9am – 6.30pm)
- Berlin Ostbahnhof (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat & Sun & public holidays 9am – 6.30pm)
Once you collect your ticket, you need to get it stamped to activate it.
Practical tips for getting the most out of your Easy City Pass Berlin
The trick to getting the most value out of your EasyCityPass Berlin is to plan your days meticulously. Get up early and plan your travel routes so you don’t waste time stressing over Google Maps before you set off. Similarly, pay close attention to opening hours. Some attractions will close as early as 4 whereas others will stay open until 8. Use that to inform your itinerary.
You should also take logistics into account. Berlin is a fairly big city so if there are a few attractions you want to see that are all in the same area then try to cover them all in one go. This will save you time going back and forth.
Berlin Welcome Card vs Easy City Pass Berlin: which one to choose?
Now, for the crux of the entire article. With your Berlin trip looming, it is time to make the decision: which card do you buy, if any at all. Hopefully, my analysis of the two cards above has gone some way towards showing you which card might be for you, but I will do a little summary here to bring all together.
EasyCityPass Berlin vs Welcome Card
The Berlin Welcome Card has a few notable advantages. The first is that it has a much wider range of discounts on offer, in addition to the free entry that comes with the all-inclusive and Berlin Museum island pass. The second is that some of these discounts are available at restaurants, which could take the total price of your trip down significantly as you will most likely eat out two, if not three times each day.
The third benefit of the Welcome Card is that you can choose the duration of the card to fit with the duration of your vacation. Berlin is generally thought of as a weekend, city break type of destination. If this is how you plan to visit the city you will probably only have 48 hours there, meaning the 6-day EasyCityPass Berlin is too long and won’t be worth the money.
However, the EasyCityPass Berlin also has its advantages. While the list of perks is shorter, the pass itself is much cheaper and automatically includes public transport. If you plan to travel all over the city and maximize use of public transport, you will get a lot of use out of the EasyCityPass Berlin.
Neither of the cards is cheap and the amount you will save by purchasing one is entirely dependent on how much you intend to do with it.
If you are going to Berlin for a weekend break or for a longer period (5/6 days) and you think you will do some activities and will use public transport a lot, purchase the standard Berlin Welcome Card.
Alternatively, go for the 72h+ Museum Island Welcome Card. This gives you access to Berlin’s main five museums and public transport, but is still very reasonably priced and doesn’t put you under pressure to visit a million attractions just to get your money’s worth.
If your plan is the same as above but you think you will do loads of activities the purchase the all-inclusive Berlin Welcome Card.
Finally, if all you want to do is sip a beer in the park and walk along the river then don’t bother with either of the cards.
I hope that sums it all up nicely for you. Enjoy your trip!
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