Airport Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER)


The international airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) will not be opened before 2016. With its opening former airports Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) and Berlin Tegel (TXL) will be closed.

The new airport (when it eventually goes into operation) will have a train station in its lowest level, with tracks for the Berlin S-Bahn and connections to the regional and national rail grid. The present airports Tegel and Schoenefeld will be shut down with BER going into operation.

 

Schoenefeld Airport (SXF)


The airport is situated 18 km from the city centre, to the south-east of the city. It is mostly used by charter and low cost airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, UP and Norwegian Air Shuttle. But also major carrier Aeroflot and TAP Portugal go there.

From Schoenefeld, the fastest way to get to the city centre (stations Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstrasse, Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten or Charlottenburg) is, taking the Airport Express.The Airport Express is a regional train service of lines RE 7 (bound for Dessau) or RB 14 (bound for Nauen), operated by Deutsche Bahn (DB). Trains leave every 30 minutes from Flughafen Berlin-Schoenefeld station which is in walking distance from the airport terminal.

Alternatively, if your destination is near stations Potsdamer Platz, Hauptbahnhof or Gesundbrunnen regional train RB 19 (bound for Gesundbrunnen) may be a faster alternative. The train leaves on weekdays on an hourly schedule from Schoenefeld station. See the regional train's schedule under RB 19 for details.

There are also two S-Bahn (urban rail) lines which terminate at Schoenefeld station. It will usually take you longer to get into the city since these trains make quite a few en-route stops. S-Bahn operates all night on Friday and Saturday nights.

There is a timetable for weekdays, timetable for the weekend & holidays and U-Bahn and S-Bahn map available for download.

  • S45 trains (bound for Bundesplatz ) connect to S41/ S42 which are city-circle trains.
  • S9 trains (bound for Pankow ) run via Ostkreuz and Prenzlauer Alee. If you are travelling to or from Mitte, you will have to change for S5, S7 or S75 at Ostkreuz.

In order to connect to Berlin's underground lines take bus X7, bus 171 (both bound for U Rudow ) and change at Rudow station for underground line U7.

At night night bus N7 operates between Schoenefeld Airport and U Rudow. From there you can connect to underground line U7 (Friday and Saturday night only) or underground replacement night bus service (N7 continued from Sunday to Thursday night).

A single ticket from Schoenefeld Airport to Berlin city centre costs 3,20 Euro (zones ABC) and covers Airport Express trains, S-Bahn, underground, buses and trams. You may make as many stops or transfers as you like during the two-hour period of validity, however, the ticket is not valid for return or round trips. Make sure you validate your ticket! Multi-lingual ticket machines are to be found in the arrivals area of Terminal A, outside Terminal A next to the bus bays and in the airport station

You will find a map with the location of  ticket machines within the terminals on the website of Schoenefeld airport. For all options please read the FAQ -> Where can I buy tickets. There are also ticket machines in front of Terminals A and B and on the platforms. VBB and BVG ticket machines accept Maestro debit cards, DB ticket machines also take Visa and Mastercards. If paying in the bus, only cash will be accepted by the driver.

A taxi journey from the airport to Mitte (Alexanderplatz) or Charlottenburg (Kurfürstendamm) costs around 45 Euro. The taxi rank is situated in front of Terminal A. If you would like to have an estimate of the Taxi fare you can use TaxiFareFinder to calculate. All taxis are metered and they are clearly marked with a yellow/ black illuminated (if vacant) "TAXI"-sign on top of the roof. The colour of the vehicle is pale yellow/ beige. You'll find more information about phone numbers, fares, surcharges, your rights and duties on the internet portal of the city of Berlin.

For executive car service options look at the following paragraph "All airports".


Tegel Airport (TXL)


Tegel airport is much closer to the city centre than Schoenefeld. It is used by major airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France/ KLM, British Airways, Iberia, Quatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Continental Airlines and Hainan Airlines. Airberlin uses Tegel airport as its Oneworld alliance hub.

Getting from TXL to the centre is easy and fast. The best way is to take one of the Airport Express buses  – going either to Zoo station (Charlottenburg), Hauptbahnhof (MItte) or Alexanderplatz (Mitte).

Buses leave roughly every 10 minutes. Tickets can be purchased either directly from the driver, ticket machines outside the terminal building or at the ticket counter located at the exit of Terminal A/ B for 2,60 €/ person (zones AB, valid for two hours in one direction).

VBB and BVG ticket machines accept Maestro debit cards, DB ticket machines also take Visa and Mastercards. If paying in the bus, only cash will be accepted by the driver.

Transfer options by bus from Tegel airport are:

TXL  From Tegel Airport  Connection to

via

 Beusselstraße

 S-Bahn lines S41, S42 (city-circle lines)

   Hauptbahnhof  S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground line U55, regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld) , IC, EC, ICE
   Unter den Linden  Underground line U6 (Französische Strasse), busses 100, 200
   Spandauer Straße/ Marienkirche  Tram lines M4, M5, M6, within walking distance of S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt
   Alexanderplatz  S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground lines U2, U5, U8 and regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld)
to  Mollstraße/ Otto-Braun-Straße  Tram lines M4, M5, M6, M8
     
X9  From Tegel Airport  Connection to
via  Jakob-Kaiser-Platz  Underground line U7
   Tegeler Weg/ Jungfernheide  S-Bahn lines S41, S42 (city-circle lines), underground line U7, bus 109 and regional trains
to  Zoologischer Garten  S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground lines U2, U9 and regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld)
     
109  From Tegel Airport  Connection to
via  Jakob-Kaiser-Platz  Underground line U7
   Charlottenburg  S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), regional trains

 Adenauer Platz
 Underground line U7
   Kurfuerstendamm  Underground lines U1, U9
to  Zoologischer Garten  S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground lines U2, U9 and regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld)
     
128  From Tegel Airport  Connection to
via  Kurt-Schumacher-Platz  Underground line U6
to  Osloer Straße  Underground lines U8, U9
     
    S-Bahn = urban rail, IC = Intercity rail, EC = EuroCity express trains, ICE = Intercity-Express highspeed trains

 

A Taxi journey from Tegel airport to Mitte (Alexanderplatz) costs around 25 Euro. If you would like to have an estimate of the Taxi fare you can use TaxiFareFinder to calculate. All taxis are metered and they are clearly marked with a yellow/ black illuminated (if vacant) "TAXI"-sign on top of the roof. The colour of the vehicle is pale yellow/ beige. You'll find more information about phone numbers, fares, surcharges, your rights and duties on the internet portal of the City of Berlin.

Airline Airberlin offers a free transfer service to and from Tegel airport for flights to, from and via Abu Dhabi for its business class customers. The service has to be prebooked, details are to be found on their website.

For executive car service options look at the following paragraph "All airports".

 

All airports (TXL and SXF)


To keep you informed about arrivals and departures you could use the link to the airport’s website above. There are also apps available for mobile devices:

Apps

You will find the apps by clicking on the mobile device’s platform or operating system.

Apple/ iTunes

Android/ Google Play

Executive car services

Executive car services can be booked in advance.

If you have a smartphone or another mobile device with online connectivity, myDriver app/ website offers a chauffeured car and limo transfer into the city centre for a flat fee. MyDriver is operated by major car rental agency Sixt which is well reputed.

Another tool for planning an airport transfer by limousine is the online booking platform Talixo, which is operated by the company Public in Motion GmbH. It allows you to directly compare prices between taxi and various limousine services, provides a standardized booking process and even offers budget airport transfers costing less than metered taxi fares.

Railway connections

Railway connection to Intercity (IC) trains, EuroCity (EC) express trains and Intercity-Express (ICE) highspeed trains are possible at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin Ostbahnhof or Berlin Spandau.

Berlin is well served by a variety of trains from all over Europe that arrive at the main railway station Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Most will also call at Berlin Spandau and/or Berlin Ostbahnhof. These serve the west and east of the city respectively. You can connect with S-Bahn services at all of these stations. Berlin Hauptbahnhof is served by east- and westbound S-Bahn services and underground line U55 (to Brandenburg Gate). Visit the German Railway (Bahn) website for lots of information about trains and schedules.

 

Berlin Hauptbahnhof


Berlin is well served by a variety of trains from all over Europe that arrive at the main railway station Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Most will also call at Berlin Spandau and/ or Berlin Ostbahnhof. These serve the west and east of the city respectively. You can connect with S-Bahn services at all of these stations. Berlin Hauptbahnhof is served by east- and westbound S-Bahn services and underground line U55 (to Brandenburg Gate). Visit the German Railway (Bahn) website for lots of information about trains and schedules.

 

Arriving and departing by train

Platforms

Platforms in Berlin’s central station are located on two levels.

The Airport Express trains RE 7 and RB 14 stop at platforms 11 to 14 on the upper level (level 2). Other regional and long-distance trains either stop at platforms 11 to 14 on the upper level or at platforms 1 to 8 on the lower level (level –2).

See schedules in the station for details.

Platforms 15 and 16 on the upper level are used for the S-Bahn service (east- and westbound commuter trains) only. S-Bahn lines at Hauptbahnhof are:

S5 (Spandau to Strausberg Nord or vice versa)

S7 (Wannsee to Ahrensfelde or vice versa)

S75 (Wannsee to Wartenberg or vice versa)

Service Centers/ Customer Care

DB and S-Bahn service centers are located on the north-west side of the station building close to the entrance hall (exit Europaplatz) on level 1. Information points are located on both sides of the entrance hall on level 0.

Underground line U 55

You will have a connection to underground line U 55 on level -1. Unfortunately U 55 is not yet connected to the rest of Berlin’s underground network, but you can change for north and south bound S-Bahn lines and buses TXL and 100 at station Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), which currently is the terminus of U 55.

At the moment U 55 is operated as a single-track shuttle service and only has three stations. Construction of a 2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi) connection to underground line U 5 at Alexanderplatz is expected to be completed in 2017.

Rental Cars

You will find the following rental car companies at Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Please check their websites for operation hours.

Europcar: Office on level –1, above platforms 7 and 8

Hertz: Office on level -1, above platforms 7 and 8

Sixt: Office on level -1, above platforms 7 and 8

Avis: Office in Doeberitzer Str. 1, 10557 Berlin (650 meters/ 700 yards walk from exit Europaplatz)

 

Route Planners and Apps


BVG journey planner

After you have read through all the general information you could check out the BVG journey planner.

This tool provides you with a detailed itinerary for transfers between any two points within the city of Berlin (e.g. bus/ tram stop, S-Bahn/ underground/ regional train station or even any address within the city).

For travelling in Berlin use the BVG journey planner.

As origin ("From") enter the address or station you want to start from, e.g. “BER” for Berlin Brandenburg airport.

As destination ("To") enter the address of the place you want to go (e.g. your hotel) like this : Street, street number, five digit postcode.

If you do not already have the complete address of the hotel you are staying, check back with the hotel or search the reviews here on Tripadvisor. Most hotels are listed with address there.

Here is an example:

Transfer from Schoenefeld airport to Arcotel Velvet (address: Oranienburger Straße 52, 10117 Berlin) should look like this:

From: SXF

To: Oranienburger Straße 52, 10117 Berlin

VBB Fahrinfo

Another tool is VBB Fahrinfo

If you want to travel within the state of Brandenburg VBB Fahrinfo will help you to find a way, e.g. if you want to visit Frankfurt/ Oder, Cottbus or the city of Brandenburg.

Apps

BVG/ VBB also offer a Fahrinfo mobil app for mobile devices.

You will find the app by clicking on the mobile device’s platform or operating system:

Android Market

Apple/ iTunes

Blackberry

Palm

Java

 

Tickets


For more details on ticket options check Berlin Public Transport here on Tripadvisor.