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Airports in Berlin

Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL)

Overview

Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is the more popular of Berlin's airports, and is conveniently located only five miles (8km) from the city centre. At the airport, passengers can enjoy a wealth of shopping opportunities and conveniences. The main building is centred around an open square and makes for easy navigation and a short commuting distance between disembarkation and exiting the terminal. Lufthansa uses Berlin Tegel as a focus airport, while Air Berlin and the charter Germania both use the airport as a central hub. Handling about 15 million tourists a year, Tegel is well-equipped, with good facilities for waiting passengers, including a special visitor viewing area, where passengers can watch the airplanes take off and land.

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) northwest of the centre of Berlin.

Getting to the city

The most convenient and cost effective way to get to and from the airport is by bus. They connect with the subway and overground train stations. Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminals on both levels.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).

Contacts

Tel: +49 180 50 00 186.

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Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)

Overview

Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is situated in the area of the city previously designated as East Berlin, and is 11 miles (18km) southeast of the city centre. Berlin Schönefeld Airport is a popular gateway into Berlin and the eastern side of Germany. It is the smaller of Berlin's airports and is mainly used by low-cost carriers offering passengers a cheap and easy option for a weekend break in Berlin. It is a hub for Germanwings and easyJet, which offer connections to a range of cities across Europe and North Africa. It is often cheaper to fly into Berlin's Schönefeld Airport than into Tegel Airport, a fact which should be noted by budget travellers.

Location

The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from Berlin's city centre.

Getting to the city

Train: The airport express train station is a short (400 metre) walk, along a covered footpath, from Terminal A. The Airport Express train takes just half an hour to reach the main railway station in Berlin, known as Hauptbahnhof. The train tickets use the same ticketing system as the buses in Berlin. Passengers need to pick how many zones they will be travelling through and the ticket price is adjusted accordingly. A trip from Schönefeld Airport to central Berlin will cost €2.10. The Airport Express Train is the fastest train from the airport into the city. It runs every 30 minutes, from 5am until 11pm. S-bahn trains are also available from the airport station, but they are slightly slower than the express train.

Taxis: Taxis can be found on both the lower and upper levels, but mainly on the lower level outside Terminal A. The trip into central Berlin takes between 20 and 30 minutes and generally costs about €15.

Bus: Taking a bus from Schönefeld Airport into Berlin is the best way to get into town. Fares are determined according to the number of zones you pass through in order to arrive at your destination. There are two zones (zones A and B) between Schönefeld and central Berlin. Tickets into town cost €2.10 and they can either be bought at the ticket vending machine inside the terminal or on the bus. The express airport buses (BCG) run the most frequently and are generally the best buses to catch between the airport and central Berlin. BCG Jet Express Bus No. X9 as well as BVG Jet Express TXL Bus and BVG buses No. 109 and No. 128 all make the trip from the airport into Berlin. During the week buses tend to run between 4:30am and 12:30am at 30-minute intervals with more buses during the peak hours of the day. On weekends buses run less frequently.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).

Contacts

+49 180 5000 186

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Berlin-Tegel Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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