Commuting to work location on public transport, bicycle and walking.
Working as a full-time employee in Berlin, Germany from 2018 until present. I tried three different ways (🚌 public transport, 🚲 bicycle and 🚶 walking) to reach work location.
⭐️ One common thing when using the three different ways of commuting is to keep in mind the duration of the journey from your location to the work location. In case you miss planning to keep extra buffer time of 10 to 15 minutes. It could create problems for you. Thankfully, I did not have a starting time of work. But the mandatory 8 hours per day or 40 hours per 5 days a week schedule.
⚠️ Keep in mind that if you have meetings in the morning that require your attendance, be sure to not miss them.
Experience using 🚌 public transport
Berlin public transport company BVG offers bus, s-bahn, u-bahn and ferry as options for travelling around Berlin. I used mostly the s-bahn, u-bahn and bus to reach work location. Depending on the route, the bus, or the train wagons can be full during peak hours. That might make you to take the train/bus a bit early.
💥The major drawback in public transport is that if you are planning to work from 10:00 am until 06:30 pm (8-hour work day). It could be a bit difficult as the majority of people will be going to office between 08:00 am and 10:00 am and returning between 05:30 pm and 07:00 pm. The bus or train wagons might reach their maximum occupancy capacity, depending on the route you are travelling.
⚡️The minor drawback in public transport is the delay that can be unexpected due to construction work or strike or etc.
Overall, if you are living more than 7 km from your work location, I suggest commuting via public transport as it will be a cheaper option and relatively less stressful.
Experience using 🚲 bicycle
I used the rental sharing bicycle service few times to see if I can commute using bicycle to work. It is sad that most of the bicycle rental companies have closed their operations in Berlin. Few companies have been able to sustain their operations in Berlin. This initial bicycle travel experience has helped me in purchasing a bicycle. I purchased pedelac bicycle which has the Dutch bicycle design. The design name is gent bicycle design; which has two bars in the middle of the frame instead of the usual single bar. Travelling on a bicycle is a bit stressful as you have to wear a bicycle helmet and also secure luggage on the bicycle. The experience is similar to that of travelling on a car as in Berlin as there are bicycle lanes and also traffic lights for the bicycles.
Be prepared to change clothes, as bicycling can cause you to sweat, and it might not be ideal to be at work with sweaty clothes. You will have to pack additional clothes when bicycling to office.
💥The major drawback In bicycling is that you need to secure the bicycle with at least two locks. You have to always find a decent parking space for parking bicycle. You will lose some time in locking and unlocking the bicycle.
⚡️The minor drawback in bicycling is that you have to occasionally spend time to find an appointment and arrange for the bicycle repair service. The costs of the repair can be a bit expensive, but if you plan to use it as the main transport, you could get back the money in terms of money not spent on other transportation.
⚠️ You cannot wear headphones when you are travelling on bicycle in Germany. You will be fined for having headphones by the police.
I would advise bicycling if you have a shower room in the work location and the distance is not more than 6.5 km from your location.
Experience using 🚶walking
Walking is a healthier option, and thus you can explore the landscape of the area. You can also listen to music. But be aware of your surrounding if you are wearing headphones. I walked from my location to my work location. It also helps to clear your thoughts and remain focused during the day. You can also feel a bit tired. I took a small break in my walking commute to drink some water and also stretch my body. I made my journey comfortable by purchasing a pair of shoes which are good for walking and also has ortho-lite foam which is providing a cushion to my feet.
Keep in mind that walking can consume a lot of time. It took me 75 minutes to walk 6.5 km. I was listening to podcasts to keep my journey interesting. At the end of the walking journey, try to relax and sit down for some time.
Be prepared to change clothes as walking can cause you to sweat, and it might not be ideal to be at work with sweaty clothes. You will have to pack additional clothes when walking to office.
I would advise walking if you have a shower room in the work location and the distance is not more than 6.5 km from your location. You also need to carry a bottle of water to pause and take a break whenever necessary.
I hope you enjoy your commute, which of three ways of commute fit your needs.