The Eurofurence Forum

Eurofurence Community => Travel & Ride Sharing => Topic started by: Schakaline on 20.06.2014, 21:43:29

Title: Travel Update - July
Post by: Schakaline on 20.06.2014, 21:43:29
Yes, yes, I know the May update is one and a half months late. Bear with me, I've been in a slump lately and have had more power tools applied to various parts of my body lately than it takes to set up and break down a whole stage.

Anyhow, travel advisory, June edition.

Hi everybody!

Travel documents

Visitors from outside the Schengen area need to be in possession of a valid form of government ID and, if neccessary, a visa.

Please check the web site of the German Foreign Office (http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html) to find out whether you need a visa for the Schengen area.

Remember that especially in Eastern European embassies, there can be quite a wait involved for an application to Schengen visa. Also, the UK Passport Office currently has a six-figure backlog of passport applications, so, if you're from any of these areas and didn't read and act on our March travel update, well, you're pretty much fucked now.

Roads

There currently are no major roadworks announced on the regional road network.

However, please note that near the A100 / A113 exit AD Grenzallee a diversion is in place (http://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/bauen/strassenbau/a100_16_ba/index.shtml) until Summer 2017 due to the construction of the new A100 tunnel. This may cause traffic jams and longer travel times.



Rail

Since we're changing hotels in 2014, the Maritim discount fare is no longer available.
DB have a new search form that enables you to look for tickets between two specific stations sorted by price in ascending order, you can find it here (http://ps.bahn.de/preissuche/preissuche/psc_start.post).

There's also a number of discount fares available, such as the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket if you restrict yourself to local trains, the Gruppe & Spar offer if you travel in packs (or gaggles, or schools or whatever rows your boat), and even (ugh) buses. Check here (http://www.bahn.de/p/view/angebot/berater.shtml?dbkanal_007=L01_S01_D001_KIN0014_top-navi-berater_LZ01) for details.


Long distance trains are running mostly as scheduled.
There are minor changes on ICE lines 3 and 10, these have been added to the electronic timetable.

There currently is one local advisory:
Until September, Ostkreuz station will not have escalators or lifts on connections from the city centre (S5, S7, S75) to the Ringbahn (S41, S42) platforms and vice versa. Please consider this in regard to heavy luggage.

Air travel
(http://i.imgur.com/3A9m3gM.jpg)
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Suicune on 01.07.2014, 18:26:21
Quote
There currently is one local advisory:
Until September, Ostkreuz station will not have escalators or lifts on connections from the city centre (S5, S7, S75) to the Ringbahn (S41, S42) platforms and vice versa. Please consider this in regard to heavy luggage.

Greeaaat... That's where my friend and me have to change trains. And I will have some luggage because I'm a Fursuiter. -_-
That info comes way to late
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Cheetah on 01.07.2014, 19:26:51
That info comes way to late

We are providing this information as a courtesy. If the update schedule of our free service does not meet your personal requirements, feel free to consult the webpages of the carriers involved in your trip.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: o'wolf on 01.07.2014, 19:46:52
That info comes way to late

It's been on http://www.eurofurence.org/EF20/hotel/travel for months.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Jorinda on 02.07.2014, 10:55:03
Quote
There currently is one local advisory:
Until September, Ostkreuz station will not have escalators or lifts on connections from the city centre (S5, S7, S75) to the Ringbahn (S41, S42) platforms and vice versa. Please consider this in regard to heavy luggage.
Greeaaat... That's where my friend and me have to change trains. And I will have some luggage because I'm a Fursuiter. -_-
That info comes way to late
Usually, when escalators are closed, some employees are around to help disabled people, and people with baby buggies or heavy luggage. If they aren't there, often other passengers will offer help if they see you struggle with heavy luggage. So don't worry too much.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Katara on 03.07.2014, 14:06:42
Are there any informations about parking (places, prizes) yet?
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Suicune on 10.07.2014, 16:31:35
It was on the page? Didn't see that in that wall of text
Well, we will see what happens ^^
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Rusty Fox on 14.07.2014, 22:54:41
well... any advices where to park a car?
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: o'wolf on 14.07.2014, 22:56:59
well... any advices where to park a car?

http://www.eurofurence.org/EF20/hotel/travel#parking
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: BlueBerry on 23.07.2014, 21:02:12
Here are some tips from a guy who lives in Berlin and is regularly traveling by public transport:
1. For those who go by the Berlin-Warszawa-Express, notice: The Berlin-Warszawa-Express will drive via "Ostbahnhof", but ends at "Hauptbahnhof". For those who will arrive at "Ostbahnhof", notice: The most trains that will drive via "Ostbahnhof" will also drive via "Hauptbahnhof". So it is better to change at "Hauptbahnhof", the simplest way is to take the bus line M41 in the direction "Sonnenallee/Baumschulenstrasse" to the station "Ziegrastrasse". (As it is also written here https://www.eurofurence.org/EF20/hotel/travel)
2. If you are traveling by bus, you will arrive with very high probability at the central bus station (ZOB) near by the fairgrounds. From there you walk about 5 minutes to the station "Messe Nord / ICC". From there you just take the S-Bahn S42 to station "Sonnenallee".
3. If you arrive by plane at Tegel Airport (TXL), it's the simplest way to take the bus TXL to the station "Beusselstrasse" and from there take the S-Bahn S42 to station "Sonnenallee".
4. If you arrive by plane at Schönefeld Airport (SXF), it's the simplest way to take the S-Bahn S45 in the direction "Südkreuz" to the station "Köllnische Heide" and from there take the bus line M41 in the direction "S+U Hauptbahnhof" to the station "Ziegrastrasse".

In every bus and at every S-Bahn station you can buy a ticket. The bus drivers sell you the right ticket, if you tell them the driving destination. The busses will be overloaded at many times.

Very important: If it is very warm outside (more than 20°C), then it may be in some busses such as in a sauna. Because in some busses, the air conditioning did not work or only very poorly and in most busses, the windows are locked, so you can not open them. In the S-Bahn, it is also warm, but there you can open the windows. Taking a taxi is a good alternative, because in most taxis the air conditioning works. For those who want to take a taxi and want to know how it will cost can use this: http://www.taxiverband-berlin.de/taxikunden/tarifrechner.php#englisch

If you are unsure, then you can also get driving information from the following websites:
https://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/Fahrinfo/bin/query.bin/en?ld=0.1&
https://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml

You can also use the Smartphone Apps:
For iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/bvg-fahrinfo-plus-berlin/id284971745?mt=8 and https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/db-navigator/id343555245?mt=8
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.eos.uptrade.android.fahrinfo.berlin&hl=en and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.hafas.android.db&hl=en
Sorry, but they are not available on Windows Phone, maybe others.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: KyuubiSaoirse on 25.07.2014, 13:00:05
Taking a taxi is a good alternative, because in most taxis the air conditioning works.

Just so I know; how much does a taxi cost in Germany? Because in Denmark they've gotten RIDICULOUSLY expensive the last couple years, and they were expensive beforehand. Because if the price's fair, I might opt for it when I arrive and depart since I'll be carrying a lot of luggage with me.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: o'wolf on 25.07.2014, 14:40:31
Just so I know; how much does a taxi cost in Germany?

It depends on the city, most cities have regulated fares, these are the official fares for Berlin. (http://www.berlin.de/en/public-transportation/1756978-2913840-taxi-phone-numbers-fares-rules.en.html)
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Schakaline on 25.07.2014, 21:58:12

1. If you [...] Android.

Thank you for proving why we possibly couldn't put _all_ this stuff on the web site.  ;D
But yeah, each of these routes make sense in their own way, there isn't "the" way through Berlin like it was in the past.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: BlueBerry on 26.07.2014, 03:30:43

1. If you [...] Android.

Thank you for proving why we possibly couldn't put _all_ this stuff on the web site.  ;D
But yeah, each of these routes make sense in their own way, there isn't "the" way through Berlin like it was in the past.
I have modified my post. I hope this is better now, otherwise you can delete the post as well.
Title: Re: Travel Update - July
Post by: Schakaline on 26.07.2014, 12:05:35
I have modified my post. I hope this is better now, otherwise you can delete the post as well.
It actually is quite helpful to have - thanks for the summary!  :)