Structure & facts

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Our customers benefit from our longstanding experience as Germany’s largest local public transport company. Some 14,600 employees ensure that Berliners and their guests are kept moving. 

BVG users can choose from a wide range of services including underground trains, buses, trams and our ferries. During rush hour, the BVG transports hundreds of thousands of Berlin commuters to work and back again. Tourists can explore the city on our routes, while those out on the town at night can be assured of getting home safely with our 24-hour services. Added together, our combined services cover a distance the equivalent of circumnavigating the earth 16 times every day. In 2017, BVG transported a record 1 064 million passengers – more than 2.9 million passengers per day.

The letters BVG have been synonymous with reliable transport services in the German capital since 1929. Back then, it was the city councillor of the time, Ernst Reuter, who unified the many competing municipal and private public transport companies to form the “Berliner Verkehrs-AG”. Just ten years later, the BVG adopted the name “Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe” and became a public utility in the city. The abbreviation “BVG” was so popular in the vernacular, however, that it has been retained to the present day. 
Following the division of Berlin, a separate BVG administration was formed in the eastern half of the city in 1949, going under the name VEB Kombinat Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) from 1969. In the course of German unification, the BVG (west) and BVB (east) merged in 1992 as the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). The BVG was reconstituted as a public body in 1994. 

Over the years, the BVG has served the many different needs and requirements of the growing city. Berlin owes a great deal of its appeal as one of the most popular city destinations in the world to the contribution made by the BVG. Berlin’s public transport ensures a good quality of life in the city and its surroundings. At the same time, the company is aware of its responsibility to improve air quality, reduce noise and cut emissions.