Information about the berlinpass

Residents who have a very low income can use the berlinpass to pay reduced entrance fees for cultural, sports and leisure events. The pass, which is the size of a credit card, gives you access to several events and organisations in the city. In addition, you can use the berlinpass to buy the monthly pass – the Berlin-Ticket S for BVG and the S-Bahn – at a reduced price.

Who can get the berlinpass?

Anybody who is a registered resident of Berlin and receives the benefits listed below can apply for the berlinpass:

  • Unemployment Benefit II (ALG II) or Income Support (Hartz IV) in accordance with Book II of the Social Code (SGB II)
  • Social Welfare
  • Needs-based pension supplement in old age
  • Provisions in the event of reduced earning capacity in accordance with SGB XII
  • Benefits in accordance with the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act
    and members of the community of needs of a beneficiary (family members)

Where can the berlinpass be bought?

The officials at the district office issue the berlinpass. Asylum seekers can receive it at the Central Service Point for asylum seekers (ZLA). More information at:

For how long is my berlinpass valid?

The berlinpass is valid for the period stated on the notice of issuance, i.e. six (under Hartz IV) or twelve months. You can then extend it up to two times by submitting the new notice of issuance. You can then get a new berlinpass.

What documents do you need?

To get the berlinpass, you need the letter from the JobCenter or Social Welfare Office (Sozialamt) confirming your receipt of benefits, and a passport photograph. You also need to present your personal ID card or pass. If you receive benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, you must show your valid residence document.

Berlin-Ticket S of the BVG and S-Bahn Berlin GmbH

With your berlinpass, you can buy the Berlin-Ticket S at any of the sales outlets of BVG and S-Bahn. You can find more information on the validity and cost of the ticket at and

You can get more information on the berlinpass at on the following page:


... JugendKulturService, on behalf of the Senate Department for Health and Social Services, informs you about the berlinpass, and is also responsible for compiling the discounts that you can get using the berlinpass.

Institutions that wish to offer discounts for berlinpass holders can get in touch by writing to us at:

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