Is it Worth Investing In A Berlin Welcome Card?

28 February, 2019
As you may or may not know, I'm a frequent traveller to Germany's capital city: Berlin. It's no secret that I adore the vibrant city that oozes an infectious atmosphere as its bursting with culture, trailblazing architecture, extensive vegan food options, flamboyant street art, weekend-long parties and its evident history. I tend to frequent the city at least twice a year and in that time I've got quite familiar with it and I've used the Berlin Welcome Card during most of my trips, but is it worth the investment?
What Is The Berlin Welcome Card?
As with most major cities nowadays, Berlin's tourist board offers a city card to all budget-conscious travellers that visit the city. Prices for the standard Welcome Card card range between 20€ – 100€ dependent on the length of time and area radius; the card can span from 2 – 6 days and cover different area radiuses dependent on how far you plan on travelling. 
Find the pricing for the different cards below:
Length of time
1 adult
+ 3 children (6-14 years)
Berlin City Centre AB
incl. Airport Tegel (TXL)
Berlin + Potsdam ABC
incl. Airport Schönefeld (SXF)
48h20,00 €23,00 €
72h29,00 €32,00 €
72h + Museum Island46,00 €48,00 €
4 Days34,00 €37,00 €
5 Days38,00 €42,00 €
6 Days43,00 €47,00 €
72h + All Inclusive105,00 €

What It Covers:
Public Transport Around The City
With the Berlin Welcome Card you'll benefit from access to public transport throughout the city; this includes the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses. There are two different Berlin Welcome Cards available that covers transport across different areas of the city: The AB and the ABC. The AB includes travel within the city centre, whilst the ABC includes trains to and from Schönefeld airport, to the city of Potsdam and the Sachsenhausen memorial. If you're flying into or from Schönefeld airport or you're planning to explore a little outside of central Berlin then it's definitely worth investing in the ABC card.
Travel tip: Purchase your Berlin Welcome Card here before you travel and pick your card up at the airport when you land – you can find the tourist information kiosks located in the arrivals lounge where you'll be able to pick up your pre-purchased card. Also, if you plan on taking the train into the city centre from the airport, be sure to stamp your Welcome Card ticket by inserting it into the yellow ticket machine box located on the train platform otherwise your ticket will be deemed invalid and you could face a pretty pricey fine!
Free entry to & discounts on over 200 attractions across Berlin
The Berlin Welcome Card: All Inclusive is an upgrade from the standard Welcome Card and includes free entry to thirty different tourist attractions across the city. Some highlights are The Wall Museum, Jewish Museum Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof, DDR museum, the TV tower and many more! Plus, it also includes free access to activity based tours such as a Berlin bike tour and one day on the sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus! Prices for the all inclusive card start from 79 € and can be booked here.
However, if you're not certain that you'll benefit from paying the extra for the all inclusive then your best bet is to opt for the standard Welcome Card, which still entitles you to 200 offers across the city and saves you up to 50% on standard prices. This includes a range of attractions from museums to city tours to castles, and even restaurants – pretty neat, huh? 

Is it worth investing in?

If it's your first time visiting Berlin then I'd absolutely recommend purchasing a Welcome Card as it's a city that is filled to the brim with museums, galleries and attractions that you'll be itching to explore. If you're planning on spending your time wandering around the museums then absolutely do opt for the All Inclusive option as the price of the museum entry can mount up considerably. What's most appealing about the Berlin Welcome Card is the fact that you can turn up to the city without plan or agenda, have a mosey through the hefty, informative booklet provided and spontaneously decide where to head next!
Another notable benefit of the Welcome Card for Berlin first-timers is the inclusion of the public transport ticket; when getting to know the city for the first time, it's more convenient to not have to worry about purchasing the right ticket every time you check in and out of the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram or bus.
However, if it's not necessarily your first time in the city or you're not planning a weekend of cultured activities (e.g. you're there to basically gonna try your luck in Berghain and party the weekend away) then the Welcome Card may not necessarily benefit you and you may be better weighing up what the cost of your transport would be without the card.
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Disclaimer: We were gifted Berlin Welcome Cards by Visit Berlin but all words are honest and my own.

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