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13 - 17 April 2017

Travel to/from Berlin

Berlin, the capital of Germany since 1990, is a major air, rail and road transport hub in the heart of Europe.

Visa requirements

If a you come from a country outside the European Union (EU), you may need a Schengen Visa to visit Berlin. If you are in this situation, be sure to contact us if you need any assistance, as we will more than likely be able to help you!

By air

Berlin currently has 2 international airports named Flughafen Tegel (TXL) and Flughafen Schönefeld (SXF).

Operating from Schönefeld airport, EasyJet is a reasonably comfortable budget airline (in our opinion substantially more comfortable than a certain airline with a yellow/blue harp-shaped logo...) with direct routes from many cities all over Europe. If you are flying from Turkey or the Middle East, Pegasus is also a nice and affordable option.

From Tegel Airport, Air Berlin offers relatively good deals, and they connect to more destinations even that EasyJet. They also have daily direct flights from and to North America.

By train

Deutsche Bahn operate many direct daytime passenger trains from every major city in Germany, as well as many direct connections from nearby European countries. All services are operated on modern Intercity (IC) or Intercity Express (ICE) equipment, with bar/restaurant cars and often with Wifi service. Reservations can be made from many European cities directly over DB's website. Book early to get good deals ("Europa-Spezial" or "Sparpreis").

At the time of writing, there are direct IC or ICE connections to Berlin from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Locations in France and Belgium can be reached with a single change at either Köln or Frankfurt. These trips can all be booked on DB's website.

By road

For European intercity bus travel, Eurolines has a very extensive network at competitive prices. From Poland, there is also PolskiBus. Many long-distance buses arrive and depart at Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof located in the west of the city. Some also serve Berlin's main railway station "Hauptbahnhof", and some Alexanderplatz.

Germany has a well-established tradition of carpooling, and several websites such as Mitfahrgelegenheit offer a way to connect with drivers for this purpose.

Travel around Berlin

Public city transport

The Berlin WelcomeCard is a combination public transport and tourist ticket, offering various levels of discounts at museums, restaurants and other places. It comes with a free city guide and map, and you can book it directly online!

Berlin has an excellent round-the-clock public transport infratructure run jointly by BVG and the S-Bahn. You can download the various route maps directly.

From Thursday evening 13 April until Monday midnight 17 April, the complete S- und U-Bahn network will be operational 24 hours, as these are all public holidays in Berlin. In addition, any bus or tram routes beginning with "M" operate for 24 hours 7 days a week.

The network is divided into zones with A and B representing the city of Berlin, and zone C the outlying area. You will more than likely need tickets for zones A and B only (all festival locations are within this area), unless you are traveling to or from Schönefeld airport, which lies in zone C. Tickets can be bought for 2 hours or for 24 hours. You can buy both at any S- or U-Bahn station, or on board trams and buses. Take care to stamp your tickets or you could be fined! There are red or yellow machines for this in S- and U-Bahn stations, and on board trams and buses.

On Thursday 13 April, the closest station to the Opening Milonga's location is Schlesisches Tor (U1).

The closest station to the festival location on Friday 14 April, Saturday 15 April and Sunday 16 April, is Alt-Tegel (U6, S25).

The closest station to Nou Mitte, where the Farewell Tango Café takes place on Monday 17 April, is Naturkundemuseum (U6).

Cycling

Berlin is a very bike-friendly city. All major roads have bicycle lanes, drivers are generally careful of cyclists, and there are ample places to park and attach bicycles everywhere.

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