Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Exact Fare For Berlin Public Transit, Please!

Berlin has an open public transit system: meaning it relies on the honor system. A passenger buys a public transit ticket, and occasionally, an undercover transit controller will ask to see your ticket. If you don't have a valid ticket, you are fined on the spot. Yesterday, I read what seemed to be an almost unbelievable story. Then again, this is Germany.

An Italian tourist, after arriving at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport, purchased a transit ticket for 2,70€. The normal fare 2,30€. She unfortunately overpaid. While traveling into the city, she was stopped by a transit controller; and you guessed it, she was fined 40,00€ for traveling on an incorrectly issued ticket. She unsuccessfully appealed the fine, but rules are rules. Like I said, this is Germany.

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