filming in public transportation

Please note:


Since the official language is German, you will need an experienced German speaking production manager for more complex procedures who can fill out the forms and can clarify any questions concerning the filming permits. You will find a list of production and location managers in our database.

Filming at airports


In Berlin and Brandenburg provides two commercial airports, Berlin-Schönfeld and Berlin-Tegel. These are operated by Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB) or its subsidiary Berliner Flughafen Gesellschaft mbH (BFG). FBB is also responsible for the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Please contact corporate location if you are interested in filming in one of the mentioned airports above.

You can send your filming request online to the airport company. The approval form as general information can be foundhere


Film and photographic work can generally be carried out at the airports, with an appropriate lead time.

A distinction must be made between public and security areas, as well as between current reporting and commercial film and photo work. 

The public area  includes the terminal with the inspection offices, the road with right of way and the observation deck.

The  security area includes the apron, departure and waiting areas, passenger boarding bridges and hangar facilities. There, filming or photo shoots are very limited and only possible with a long lead. Security devices, personell or processes may generally not be photographed or filmed.

Please note, that not all motives belong to the responsibility of the FBB. The respective airlines decide whether or not on filming on the plane, the tower is operated by the German air traffic control and the handling of passengers and freight is carried out by handling companies. Filming of customs or the federal police must also be approved by the relevant authorities. If necessary, the FBB takes over the mediation of contacts or helps with coordination.  

See:  general information and application form


In addition to the major commercial airports, the state of Brandenburg also offers a number of sports and business airports, where filming requests often can be realized at short notice.
Please check our database of motifs under airports.

The former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, provides an historical setting which can be interesting for corresponding airport scenes. The location is only suitable to a limited extent, since there is no way to bring planes to the former tarmac and all airport facilities were removed from the buildings. 

Filming at train stations and on long-distance and regional trains as well as in the Berlin S-Bahn


Inquiries about filming permits for film projects, feature films, commercials, documentaries etc. can be sent to filmvorhaben@deutschebahn.com

You will find the contact details of Mr. Volker Emersleben and his team in our address database


Deutsche Bahn also maintains its own image database on the Internet:

The Berlin S-Bahn is also part of the Deutsche Bahn therefore filming must also be requested at Deutsche Bahn.


In addition to Deutsche Bahn, there are also private rail operators such as ODEG. You can contact the local press office for filming permits. 

Productions that require historical trains and / or historical train and train journeys could contact the following providers, such as: 


Note:

Studio Babelsberg provides an original rotating suburban-train-mock-up (Berlin S- and U-Bahn) that  can be rented. Please contact Studio Babelsberg AG.

Filming in the subway and at their stations


Berlin:

Filming permits for subways and their stations (including stairs, crossings and platforms)

are issued by the BVG press office. All filming will be accompanied by BVG specialists. This is done to protect the filming and to protect passengers. The costs for the security personnel has to be carried by the production. For complex projects it will be best to contact the BVG very early. The BVG will also help with historical recordings due to specialist advice and also can arranges contacts with clubs that deal with the history of the underground.

You will find detailed information about the Berlin underground, etc. on the BVG website.

You can find detailed information on the underground and the network on the BVG website.


Brandenburg: 

There is no subway in Brandenburg.

Filming in regular busses


Berlin:

The Berlin bus and coach network is operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). The BVG fleet consists of double-decker buses, single-decker buses, articulated buses and various special models.

A permit must be requested at the BVG press office for filming.

Information on filming permits and the application form can be found under the following link:

Website of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) - information on filming permits

You will find detailed information about buses and the BVG bus route, etc. on the BVG website.

Please note that the normal operation can not be disturbed by filming, The traffic safety of the passengers and the driver has priority. Additional permits may need to be obtained from the responsible authorities for filming on public roads.


Projects that can create a negative image for the BVG are not approved.
Filming during major events in Berlin is generally not permitted due to the high number of expected passengers.


Approval periods:

The approval period for filming is usually 14 days - for news and documentaries in a small team it can be also less.
For historical recordings and very complex recordings, for which professional advice is required, the deadline is extended to 4 to 6 weeks.


Costs:

The costs depends on the project and are calculated on a case-by-case basis.
A bus costs approx. € 50 per hour. In addition, the driver is charged for at least three hours including arrival and departure.
Stops, the establishment of unscheduled stops or, if necessary, the rerouting of bus lines that are affected by filming are calculated according to kilometers.
The applicant will receive a cost estimate from the BVG in advance.


The BVG helps with historical recordings with specialist advice and arranges contacts with clubs that deal with the history of Berlin bus companies.
The respective depot manager decides on a filming permit on the premises of the depots, and the central office of the BVG bus and coach division on public roads.


Brandenburg:

In the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association, 38 public and private transport companies in the region are currently cooperating with one another in order to increase the attractiveness of local transport.

You will receive filming permits from the respective transport company

Transport companies at a glance

The respective press office will always be responsible. 

Here is an overview of the  city ​​and regional line networks  and the PlusBus offer.

The PlusBus offer supplements the rail network with buses in the quality of rail traffic from early to late. The basic ideas behind the PlusBus concept are: direct, fast routing and the connection of regional centers.

Filming in the tram


Berlin: 

The Berlin tram network is operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) - Tram division. It has a total length of 359 km.
Driving scenes and stunts can also be shoot at one of the depots. The BVG also provides  a network control center  with the latest technology for central monitoring of the entire driving.


Contact person for filming permits:

A permit must be requested at the BVG press office for filming.
The BVG will support in regards of historical recordings and technically difficult shoots with specialist advice. They also can arranges contacts to clubs that deal with the history of the Berlin tram.

Information on filming permits and application form can be found here:

You will find detailed information about trams and the tram network of the BVG here:


Please note when filming:

Please note that the normal operation can not be disturbed by filming, The traffic safety of the passengers and the driver has priority.

From 01:00 to 05:00 am, , pictures can be taken in the entire route area. Additional permits may have to be obtained from the responsible authorities for filming on public roads.
The route network is digitized and can be handed over for planning use after consultation.
Filming during major events in Berlin is generally not permitted due to the high number of expected passengers. Projects that can create a negative image for the BVG are not approved.

For projects that cannot be carried out during operation, the BVG is happy to provide its depots and advise on the technical implementation of difficult scenes.

In the tram network control center, scenes can also be realized that have nothing to do with the subject of trams, such as power station or police monitoring centers, etc.


Brandenburg: 

The following cities in the state of Brandenburg have trams in their public transport offer: 

  • Brandenburg on the Havel

Contact: Verkehrsbetriebe Brandenburg an der Havel

A tram museum can be found here 

  • cottbus

Contact: Cottbusverkehr GmbH

The Cottbus route network is currently (as of December 2016) served by four (three at the weekend).

  • Frankfurt / Oder

Contact: Stadtverkehrgesellschaft mbh Frankfurt (Oder)

Three main lines and two reinforcement lines run on a 19.5 km long track network.

  • Potsdam: 

Contact:  Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH

The Potsdam tram is the most important carrier of local public transport in Potsdam. The forerunner was the  horse-drawn tram  since 1880, electric trams have been running since 1907. 

  • Schöneiche near Berlin

Contact: Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer Straßenbahn GmbH

The route oft he Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer tram is 14.1 kilometers long and is served by line 88, which runs from the S-Bahn station Berlin-Friedrichshagen via Schöneiche bei Berlin to Rüdersdorf bei Berlin. 

  • Strausberg: 

Contact:  Strausberger Eisenbahn GmbH

  • Woltersdorf: 

Contact:  Woltersdorfer Straßenbahn GmbH

The Woltersdorf tram connects Berlin-Rahnsdorf with the Brandenburg municipality of Woltersdorf in the Oder-Spree district. 

Filming on depots of the tram - Berlin


Many scenes that can not be be realized during normal service, can be shot at the BVG depots. In the Marzahn depot, you can turn on a braking track or shoot an emergency braking. Driving shots with actors as train drivers and stunts will be also possible. A storyboard must be submitted for the latter.
Technical equipment and vehicles can be rented. Modifications of vehicles are possible when the costs are borne.

contact: bbfc

Film location Berlin Brandenburg 2020