To ride the public transportation, you need a valid ticket, which must always be shown during a ticket inspection. Please make sure that your ticket is validated before entering the trains. Information on ticket validation.
If you are caught riding without a valid ticket, you must pay a minimum increased fare charge of 60 euros within 14 days.
Each inspector must be able to identify himself as a legitimate employee of the VBB. If you have a feeling the person checking your tickets could be a fraud, you have the right to ask for a proof of identification.
If you are caught without a valid ticket at the time of the ticket control, the inspectors will provide you with a confirmation receipt containing all the essential information, including a transaction number to pay the increased fare charge.
If you are not able to pay the 60 euros at once, it is possible to make installment payments of 10 euros until the full amount of the increased fare is paid off. Once you’ve wholly or partially paid the increased fare charge, you will receive a receipt that will allow you to continue your journey within the selected fare zone. If you are not able to pay the ticket onsite, you will need to purchase a new ticket to continue your journey.
The receipt that you receive from the ticket inspectors is an increased fare charge, which must be paid within 14 days. The amount stated on the ticket is to be paid to the collection company that is responsible for the S-Bahn account.
From the timetable change on 15 December 2019, customers who are unable to present a valid ticket or none at all during checks can only pay the increased transport charge of 60 euros on the train or platform by Girocard (formally known as EC card) or credit card.
The increased fare charge without a valid ticket is not a penalty or a fine, but a civil claim. Claims of whether someone used the public transportation without a valid ticket, deliberately or by mistake, will not be determined when issued.
You are, therefore under the conditions of transportation (common fare of the VBB Berlin-Brandenburg transportation companies, VBB tariff, Part A, §9) obliged to pay an increased fare according to the conditions.
Please understand that the control staff may and cannot differentiate whether a passenger has intentionally or erroneously traveled without a validated ticket.