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Usually I check Google Maps, but it doesn't have routing or train times for Berlin. Is there an official trip planner? Bonus points for suggesting mobile applications as well.

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You want bvg.de. It has English and German versions, and if you visit the site on a mobile device it'll offer a mobile optimised version. They have an excellent trip planner, covering regional trains, S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Bus, Tram and walking. You can also download various network maps for offline use.

In addition to the website, there are a number of apps available for mobile which work with their data. I quite like the DB Navigator for the iPad, which covers all of the Berlin BVG transport too, but I've seen lots of others in use too!

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There's also a pretty nice trip planner at VBB ("the public transport authority covering the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg – the capital area of Germany"). I wonder what the difference between that and the BVG planner is... –  Jonik Sep 17 '12 at 18:30
    
In theory I'd guess that the VBB one would do everything that the BVG one does, and Brandenburg too. However, BVG seems happy to give me directions into Brandenburg, so I wonder if they now just run off the same dataset and the distinction has gone? –  Gagravarr Sep 18 '12 at 10:10

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