Is Berlin WelcomeCard Worth Buying?

1 Posted by - April 6, 2015 - Blog, Cities & Culture, Germany, Travel Tips

There are many advises you will get before going to Berlin and one of them is to get the Berlin WelcomeCard. Depending on which pass you choose, you can get unlimited rides on the public transportation during 48h, 72h or five days or you can also buy a Berlin-Potsdam combination pass.

Besides the free transportation, the pass also includes some great insider tips and reductions for up to 50% off many sightseeing tours and attractions.

In this post I’ll review the 72h pass that I’ve used during my recent trip to Berlin but before that here’s the full offer;

Berlin WelcomeCard Tickets Berlin Berlin + Potsdam
48 h 19,50 EUR 21,50 EUR
72 h 26,70 EUR 28,70 EUR
72 h + Museum Island 40,50 EUR 42,50 EUR
5 days 34,50 EUR 39,50 EUR

How to use the BerlinWelcome Card?

To be able to use it for the free public transportation you need to validate the pass by stamping it at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams  or simply show the guide before buying admission tickets.

You’ll also get the guide which includes several suggested itineraries and that’s particularly helpful for the first time visitors.

Is Berlin WelcomeCard worth buying?

A day ticket for the public transportation costs 6.90 euros which means you’d spend 20.7 EUR for 72h and the price of the card is 26,7 EUR. However, if you are a first time visitor to Berlin, you will surely visit some of the attractions that are listed in the guide which in overall will save you money. The card is also useful when shopping for souvenirs as it also offers significant discounts. Of course not everyone will be interested in majority of available deals but the pass may save you a little money or a great deal of it, especially if you are interested in culture and you plan to visit museums or theaters. The only exception are tourists who prefer to discover the city by bike. If that’s the case and you plan to visit many museums better alternative is Berlin Museum Pass.

Discounts

As previously mentioned the card offers many discounts for sightseeing tours, theaters, restaurants and more. Here I’ll list the most interesting ones. If you want to see the full list head to the official website.

Sightseeing tours

25% off each

  • Berlin City Circle Sightseeing

  • Comedy Tour Berlin

  • TrabiWorld mit Trabi-Safari

  • Video Bustour

Guided tours

25% off each tour

To mention some:

  • Insider Tour Berlin

  • art:berlin

  • Mike’s SightRunning Berlin

Bicycle tours

25% off each tour

  • Berlin on bike

  • Fat Tire Bike Tours

Boat tours

  • Reederei Bruno Winkler – 25% off

  • Stern und Kreisschiffahrt – 25%

Attractions

  • Berlin Dungeon – 30%

  • Legoland – 30%

  • Olympiastadion Berlin – 28%

  • The Berlin TV Tower – 25%

Museums

  • DDR Museum – 25%

  • Berlinische Galerie – 37,5%

  • Deutsches Currywurst Museum Berlin – 25%

  • Anne Frank Zentrum – 25%

  • Schwules Museum – 34%

Have any other tips to share? Feel free to comment below.

 

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4 Comments

  • Mei Wong March 5, 2016 - 6:18 pm Reply

    Hi,
    I will be visiting the following places in Berlin:
    1) Reichstag
    2) Brandenburg Gate
    3) Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
    4) Berlin Cathedral
    5) Charlottenburg Palace
    6) Museum Island
    7) The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre
    8) Berlin Wall Museum
    9) Checkpoint Charlie
    10) Berlin Story Museum
    11) DDR (or GDR) museum
    12) East Side Gallery
    13) Potsdamer Platz
    14) Gedenkstätte Sachsenhausen – Sachsenhausen Memorial Site

    I know many of the museums are covered with the Berlin welcome card but I’m not sure how much public transportation I would need to visit these places. Overall, would you know if it’s still worth to get the Berlin welcome card?

    Would appreciate your kind advice.

    Tks.

    • Zorica March 7, 2016 - 3:29 pm Reply

      Hi Mei,
      I think the Berlin WelcomeCard will bring you significant savings if you plan to go to all these places. As for public transportation I think you’ll definitely need it but 2 or 3-day pass should be enough. Some places are close to each other but some are not and considering that you will spend few hours in every museum I guess you’ll want to move to another one as quickly as possible if your aim is to save more time.

  • kirti kumari February 23, 2017 - 2:50 pm Reply

    hi, i would like to know if Berlin welcome card is a better choice than the Berlin pass. I would be happy to know the difference between both of them. As I want to visit similar places as written by Mr. Mei Wong, please suggest.

    • Zorica February 24, 2017 - 7:50 pm Reply

      I haven’t used the Berlin Pass so I can’t advise.

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