Traveling by Berlin public transit with a pet dog
Reader Simone’s reference, in a recent post, to taking Spock, her Cavalier, on Berlin’s subway and buses reminded me that Dog Jaunt has a collection of posts about public transit pet policies, and Berlin needs to be on it.
Berlin’s public transit menu includes rapid transit and commuter trains (U-Bahn and S-Bahn), regional trains (Deutsche Bahn’s Regionalbahn and Regional-Express), trams, buses, and ferries.
The BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) operates the U-Bahn, the city’s trams and buses, and much of the ferry system. Small dogs in carriers travel free of charge; larger dogs are free with a Day Ticket (and please note that you can travel with more than one dog, for the price of a reduced fare ticket). Here’s the link to BVG’s Travelling with Dogs page (translated into English), so you can see the exact language.
That leaves the regional trains, operated by Deutsche Bahn, and the S-Bahn, operated by a Deutsche Bahn subsidiary. On the regional trains, again, small dogs in carriers travel for free, while larger dogs will cost half fare. Please note that dogs not contained in a carrier will have to be muzzled. Pet dogs are allowed in overnight compartments, but only if you book the entire compartment (there is a 30 € pet fee). Here is the link to Deutsche Bahn’s “Hinweise für die Mitnahme von Hunden” page, with the details. The rules for the S-Bahn look identical to those for the U-Bahn — here’s the link (I used Google Translate to work my way through — strangely, I could not find a pet policy page in the English version of the site).
Please note that there are a number of small ferries in Berlin that are not under the BVG umbrella, and they’ll have rules of their own. The ferry to Die Pfaueninsel is one example — pet dogs are not allowed on the island, so that’s a ride you won’t be taking together.
For other posts about traveling with dogs on public transit, take a look at Dog Jaunt’s handy guide!