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The international airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) is scheduled for opening in late 2017. With its opening former airports Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) and Berlin Tegel (TXL) will be irreversible closed. With a projected annual passenger number of about 34 million Berlin Brandenburg would become one of the fifteen busiest airports in Europe.
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.
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.
A single ticket from Schoenefeld Airport to Berlin city centre costs 3,30 Euro (reduced: 2,40 Euro) for zones ABCand 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! Adultshave to pay the regular fare; children from 6 to 14 can use the tickets with reduced price. Children until they are 6 years old do not need tickets. Multi-lingual ticket machines (The newest machines offer: German, English, French, Turkish and Spanish) 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. Ticket machines can be set to English for ease of use. Make sure you validate your ticket on the platform (little tiny red machine which puts a time stamp on your ticket to validate it) or in the bus (same type of machine, but yellow/ white), if you have not bought it from the bus driver.
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.
To avoid the long queues and save time you can also buy your tickets online on the website of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) or with the official BVG app to buy a mobile ticket.
RE 7 and RB 14 (Airport Express)
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. There is covered walkway to the left upon exiting the building which takes you directly to the station.
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.
Bus and underground
Bus X7 (bound for U Rudow ) and bus 171 (bound for U Hermannplatz with lines U7 and U8) take you to Rudow underground station which is the terminus of underground line U7. Use this connection, if you want to go to Neukoelln or Kreuzberg.
At night night bus N7 operates between Schoenefeld Airport and U Rudow. At the weekend you can connect to underground line U7 there (Friday and Saturday night only). Within the week continue to use this underground replacement night bus service (N7 continued from Sunday to Thursday night).
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 or the fare finder Taxi in Berlin (in German only) 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 and car rental options look at the following paragraph "All airports".
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 Zoologischer Garten (Charlottenburg), Hauptbahnhof (Mitte) or Alexanderplatz (Mitte).
Buses leave roughly every 10 minutes from the bus stop outside Terminal A/ B. 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 2,70 €/ person (zones AB, valid for two hours in one direction). Make sure you validate your ticket in the bus, if you have not bought it from the bus driver (little tiny yellow/ white machine which puts a time stamp on your ticket to validate it).
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||Travel time (min)|
S-Bahn lines S41, S42 (city-circle lines)
|Washingtonplatz/ Hauptbahnhof||S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground line U55, regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld) , IC, EC, ICE|
|to||Invalidenpark||Tram lines M5, M8 and M10|
|X9||From Tegel Airport||Connection to|
|via||U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz||Underground line U7|
|S+U Jungfernheide||S-Bahn lines S41, S42 (city-circle lines), underground line U7, bus 109 and regional trains|
|S+U Zoologischer Garten||S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), underground lines U2, U9 and regional trains (Airport-Express Schoenefeld)||20|
|109||From Tegel Airport||Connection to|
|via||U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz||Underground line U7|
|S Charlottenburg||S-Bahn lines S5, S7, S75 (east-west lines), regional trains|
|U Adenauer Platz||Underground line U7|
|U Kurfuerstendamm||Underground lines U1, U9|
|S+U 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||U Kurt-Schumacher-Platz||Underground line U6|
|U Franz-Neumann-Platz||Underground line U8|
|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 30 Euro. If you would like to have an estimate of the Taxi fare you can use TaxiFareFinder or the fare finder Taxi in Berlin (in German only) 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.
Renting a Car
Hiring a vehicle at Tegel Airport is a quick and easy affair. The car rental centre is located on the lower floor near Terminal E and car park P2. Arriving passengers will find offers and services from various car rental firms there. It is only a short distance from the desks of the car rental agents to the car rental service centre where the hire cars are picked up and returned. On the airport website you can check the services.
For executive car service and specific car rental options look at the following paragraph "All airports".
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:
You will find the apps by clicking on the mobile device’s platform or operating system.
There are many companies offering car rental services at both TXL and SXF airports. Most will have their offices in the arrivals terminal, but some may offer a shuttle service to their office off-airport. Companies with off-airport offices usually offer lower rates, if you are willing to go through the small added hassle of getting to the location via shuttle.
Car rental companies offering services at TXL and SXF:
Executive car services
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.
You can pre-book a Taxi or Black Car at Talixo . It allows you to directly compare prices between taxi and various limousine services, pay online, provides a standardized booking process and even offers budget airport transfers costing less than metered taxi fares.
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 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.
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.
Bus and Tram Connections
Trams M5 to Hohenschoenhausen/ Zingster Straße, M8 to Petersburger Strasse and M10 to Warschauer Strasse depart from Europaplatz in front of the train station. The M5 takes you along Oranienburger Strasse to Hackescher Markt (Spandauer Vorstadt/ Scheunenviertel) and Alexanderplatz and further east to Landsbeger Allee. The M10runs along Danziger Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg to Warschauer Strasse underground and S-Bahn station in Friedrichshain.
Bus TXL has a stop at Washington Platz/ Rahel-Hirsch-Strasse and takes you either west to Tegel Airport or east to Alexanderplatz.
For other buses have a look at the BVG location map of Hauptbahnhof station.
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)
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:
To: Oranienburger Straße 52, 10117 Berlin
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.
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:
For more details on ticket options check Berlin Public Transport here on Tripadvisor.