Directions

A student with her bike at the entrance of the IES Abroad center.

Location

IES Abroad Berlin is located on the ground floor of a modern red brick building which houses the IES Abroad center and other businesses.

IES Abroad Berlin
Johannisstrasse 6
10117 Berlin - Mitte
Public Transportation: S-Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse, S-Bahnhof Oranienburger Strasse, U6 Oranienburger Tor

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Map: See map of IES surroundings
 

Directions to IES from Various Points of Arrival

Tegel Airport

If you fly into Berlin, you will most likely arrive at Tegel Airport (TXL). If you would like more information on the airport, including maps of terminals, visit the Berlin Airports internet site (English and German).

The easiest way to get to IES from Tegel Airport is to take bus 128 to the subway station Kurt-Schumacher-Platz (leaves every 10 min.). From there, take the U6 (towards Alt-Mariendorf) and get out at Oranienburger Tor. Once you exit the station, you will see the theater Friedrichstadtpalast. The little street that starts next to Friedrichstadtpalast is Johannisstraße. From there you'll have to walk two blocks, past a white building named Kalkscheune, to a red brick building on the right side.

Buy a one-way ticket (Einzelfahrschein AB, Normaltarif). See instructions under Tickets.

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Schönefeld Airport

If you would like more information on the airport, including maps of terminals, visit the Berlin Airports internet site (English and German).

To get to IES, take a shuttle bus or walk along the covered walkway to the nearby S-Bahn (elevated train) station, where you should board a train (S9) in the direction of Friedrichstraße. From there, take the U6 (towards Alt-Mariendorf) and get out at Oranienburger Tor. Once you exit the station, you will see the theater Friedrichstadtpalast. The little street that starts next to Friedrichstadtpalast is Johannisstraße. From there you'll have to walk two blocks, past a white building named Kalkscheune, to a red brick building on the right side.

Buy a one-way ticket (Einzelfahrschein ABC, Normaltarif). See instructions under Tickets.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof take every eastward bound S-Bahn one stop to S-Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse. From there, take the U6 (towards Alt-Mariendorf) and get out at Oranienburger Tor. Once you exit the station, you will see the theater Friedrichstadtpalast. The little street that starts next to Friedrichstadtpalast is Johannisstraße. From there you'll have to walk two blocks, past a white building named Kalkscheune, to a red brick building on the right side.

Buy a one-way ticket (Einzelfahrschein AB, Normaltarif). See instructions under Tickets.

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Lichtenberg/Ostbahnhof Train Stations

If you arrive by train from a central/eastern European city, like Warsaw, Prague or Budapest, you may arrive either at Lichtenberg or Ostbahnhof. To get to IES from there, take the S-Bahn to Friedrichstraße station. From there, take the U6 (towards Alt-Mariendorf) and get out at Oranienburger Tor. Once you exit the station, you will see the theater Friedrichstadtpalast. The little street that starts next to Friedrichstadtpalast is Johannisstraße. From there you'll have to walk two blocks, past a white building named Kalkscheune, to a red brick building on the right side.

Buy a one-way ticket (Einzelfahrschein ABC, Normaltarif). See instructions under Tickets.

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Useful Tips

Tickets/ Public Transportation

If you get lost, ask someone for directions to Friedrichstadtpalast or Kalkscheune, which are located near IES.

Tickets (Fahrkarten)
Berlin and the surrounding area is divided into three tariff zones (A, B and C). When traveling within the borders of Berlin, please use the ticket for zone AB.

Einzelfahrkarte (one-way ticket): This ticket is valid 2 hours after validation and can be used on trams (Straßenbahn, busses, subway (U-Bahn), S-Bahn, and regional trains. You can transfer, but the ticket cannot be used for return or round-trip.

Current fares (August 2014): 2,60 Euro (AB); 3,20 Euro (ABC).

For more information visit the BVG's website (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe). Information is also available in English here.
 
Please note:
All tickets are only valid when stamped (validated) at the beginning of the trip. Validating machines (yellow or red boxes) can be found on the train platforms (subway and S-Bahn) as well as on buses and trams.

Be aware that you have to pay a 40 Euro  fine if you are caught without a valid public transportation ticket. Controllers are usually dressed as civilians.

Semester and Full Year Students in the Language & Area Studies Program: Your student ID from Humboldt University grants you free use of all types of public transportation in the ABC zone during the German university semester.  Your student IDs are not issued until one month after arrival, which means you will have to buy a monthly public transit card for the month of September or March, respectively.  However, through IES we have arranged a deal for a reduced fare ticket during those months, so even if you come a few days early, it may be best to wait until the IES program starts before you buy your monthly transit pass.

Students in all other IES Abroad Berlin programs: You must purchase tickets for the regular fare.  Your international student ID does not entitle you to get a student discount on tickets.

Taxi

If you want to take a cab from Tegel Airport to the IES Berlin Center, it takes about 30-40 minutes and costs around 20 Euros. It would be about 40-50 Euros to take a cab from Schönefeld Airport to IES.

A useful website to calculate costs for cab rides is: http://www.taxi-calculator.com/

Many street names are duplicated in different districts of Berlin. Please tell the taxi-driver that Johannisstrasse is located in the district (Bezirk) Mitte, near Friedrichstrasse. Otherwise you might end up in a district on the other side of the city.

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City of Berlin

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