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Airports in Germany

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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Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

Overview

The enormous Frankfurt International Airport serves about 53 million passengers per year and is one of Europe's busiest airports. Acting as a continental hub for several major airlines, the airport offers flights to destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Frankfurt International's modern terminal offers plenty of services and amenities for passengers, including a casino, shower facilities, and family areas. The Shopping Plaza offers many restaurants and luxury shops as well.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of the centre of Frankfurt.

Getting to the city

Frankfurt Airport has trains from two railway stations; the long-distance railway station is at the AIRail Terminal, and there is a local railway station for S-Bahn, regional and local trains at Terminal 1, Level 1. Both railway stations are linked to Terminal 2 via buses and the Sky Line. Buses leave regularly for Frankfurt and other destinations from outside Terminals 1 and 2, tickets can be bought from the bus driver. Airline shuttles, including Lufthansa Airport Shuttle and Hahn Airport shuttle, depart from Terminal 1 outside Arrival Hall B. Taxis are available outside both terminals, the journey to central Frankfurt takes 20-30 minutes. Car hire companies are represented in both terminals.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +49 (0)69 6900-66634.

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Hamburg Airport (HAM)

Overview

Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport is located just over five miles (8.5km) north of central Hamburg. One of Germany's busiest airports, the facility offers flights to more than 120 destinations worldwide.

Processing roughly 13 million passengers each year, Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport is a modern facility. The Plaza offers a number of shops and restaurants, as well as lounges and other services; and the friendly staff is always on hand to assist. Real airport enthusiasts can even get a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the airport.

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) from Hamburg.

Getting to the city

Hamburg Airport is accessible by S-Bahn which is a 25-minute journey from central station at a normal fare. Buses service the city centre and other suburban areas. Taxis are readily available outside all terminals; they take around 30 minutes to the city centre.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +49 (0)40 5075-0.

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Munich International Airport (MUC)

Overview

Munich International Airport, officially known as Franz Josef Strauß International Airport, is the second-busiest hub in Germany, processing nearly 35 million passengers each year. Located about 17 miles (28km) northeast of central Munich, the facility is connected to the city by efficient public transport links, making it a convenient gateway to one of Germany's most interesting cities.

The airport is made up of two terminals, connected by a tent-style structure that contains shops, restaurants and other business and recreation facilities. The airport is clean and modern, with efficient service and friendly staff. In fact, Munich International Airport won Best European Airport six times between 2005 and 2011 according to research company Skytrax.

Location

The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) northeast of the centre of Munich.

Getting to the city

Frequent commuter trains run by day and most of the night to various Munich stations, including the main stations for connections to major European cities. Taxis are available, as are buses to many regional destinations and the main train station. It takes about 20 minutes by train and about 45 minutes by road to reach the city centre.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +49 (0)89 975 00. Flight Information: +49 (0)89 975 213 13.

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Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS)

Overview

The third-largest airport in Germany, Düsseldorf International Airport is located just over four miles (7km) north of central Düsseldorf. The airport is a major hub for Lufthansa and Air Berlin, who together offer the bulk of the flights in and out of the facility; however, more than 70 airlines make use of Düsseldorf Airport, meaning there are usually some good deals to be had on flights to the airport.

Serving roughly 19 million passengers each year, Düsseldorf International Airport is a busy facility that's still growing: by 2016 construction is scheduled to be complete on Düsseldorf Airport City, which will house hotels, shops, restaurants and movie theatres. At present, there is already a good selection of shops and restaurants in the airport, which is compact and easy to navigate. The terminals are connected by a central spine, making them feel more like concourses and ensuring transfer times are minimal.

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) north of Dusseldorf.

Getting to the city

There are plenty of transport options available at the airport, including taxis (which will cost around €20 to the city centre), limousines, local buses, a Skytrain Shuttle Bus, and the fast and efficient S-Bahn.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Contacts

Tel: +49 211 4210.

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Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN)

Overview

Cologne-Bonn Airport is conveniently located halfway between Cologne and Bonn. The sixth-largest airport in Germany, the facility serves nearly 10 million passengers each year, mostly on low-cost airlines.

A convenient gateway to West Germany, the airport is quieter than the mammoth facilities in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin. Its facilities are fairly basic, but offer a good selection of restaurants and shops.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (12km) southeast of Cologne and 10 miles (16km) north of Bonn.

Getting to the city

There are several transport options available, including taxis (which cost around €30 to Cologne and around €40 to Bonn), the local bus service, and the S-bahn.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from March to October).

Contacts

Tel: +49 (0)22 0340 4000.

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Stuttgart International Airport (STR)

Overview

Stuttgart Airport is one of the top ten busiest airports in Germany and serves more than nine million passengers each year. It is just outside of Stuttgart, in Southern Germany, and is well-connected to the town via public transport networks.

The airport itself features four terminals linked to each other via a linear corridor. There are plenty of parking options at Stuttgart Airport as well as loads of restaurants and retail outlets to keep passengers entertained while waiting for flights.

Location

The airport is located 8 miles (13km) south of Stuttgart city centre.

Getting to the city

The airport is connected to central Stuttgart by commuter trains, both serving Stuttgart central station. There are several direct bus links to destinations in and around Stuttgart, as well as a 24-hour taxi service, both departing from outside Terminal 1.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

+49 (0)1805 948-4444.

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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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Dresden International Airport (DRS)

Overview

A small airport located just six miles (10km) from downtown Dresden, Dresden International Airport is an unremarkable facility that runs quietly and efficiently, processing close to two million passengers each year.

The terminal, built in a former aircraft hangar, is very child-friendly and has several play areas. A few good stores and restaurants offer convenient amenities like plug points and dedicated smoking areas.

Flights to Dresden International Airport are available from a number of destinations in Europe and the Middle East.

Location

6 miles (10km) from downtown Dresden

Time

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

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Frankfurt Hahn Airport (HHN)

Overview

A small commercial airport, located 75 miles (120km) from Frankfurt and Luxembourg, Frankfurt Hahn Airport is less convenient for flights to Frankfurt than those travelling to Mainz, Heidelburg or Koblenz (although there is convenient public transport into Frankfurt as well). For passengers looking to save a bit on airfare, however, Frankfurt Hahn Airport is often a good option as the airport offers cheap flights operated by several low-cost carriers.

Frankfurt Hahn Airport is the epitome of a 'budget' airport, with only a few shops, restaurants and services. Catering to a small niche of travellers, the airport serves just under four million passengers each year.

Location

75 miles (120km) from Frankfurt

Time

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

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Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (HAJ)

Overview

The ninth-largest airport in Germany, Hannover-Langenhagen Airport serves roughly five million passengers each year on flights to numerous destinations.

Located seven miles (11km) north of the city, the airport serves the north of Saxony and the greater Hannover area. The facility is laid out in a semi-circle made up of three terminals, minimising walking distance between gates, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants, and the airport's shopping area is even open to the general public on Sundays.

For a unique flight experience, head to the airport's World of Aviation to take a ride in an interactive flight simulator.

Location

The airport is located seven miles (11km) north of Hannover.

Getting to the city

The S5 Hannover Airport Line runs to Hannover Central Station every 30 minutes between 3:35am and 1am. It takes about 15 minutes and costs €3.10 for a one-way trip. The 470 bus departs several times per hour for the Langenhagen Zentrum station from the stop between the Maritim Airport Hotel and Car Park 3; one-way tickets are €2. Several shuttle services are also available.

Time

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

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Nuremburg Airport (NUE)

Overview

Known to many as Nuremburg Airport, Nürnberg Airport is located just over three miles (5.3km) from Nuremburg. The 10th busiest airport in Germany, Nürnberg Airport is a hub for Air Berlin and processes more than four million passengers each year.

The airport is small and efficient, with a good-quality selection of shops and restaurants and convenient public transport links into Nuremburg. Processing times are generally quick, but long queues can appear at peak holiday traffic times.

Location

Nuremburg Airport is located 3.1 miles (5.3km) from Nuremburg.

Getting to the city

The U2 subway line runs to central Nuremburg in about 12 minutes. A bus stop is located in front of the Departures Terminal, and one-way tickets cost €2.50. Intercity buses run to Munich, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Dortmund four times per day.

Time

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

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Bremen Airport (BRE)

Location

Bremen Airport is located 2.2 miles (3.5km) south of Bremen, Germany.

Getting to the city

The No. 6 tram is a convenient way to get into Bremen as it connects the airport to the main railway and bus stations; trams operate every ten minutes during rush hour. Buses are available to Groningen via Oldenburg, and operate several times per day. Fares to Groningen are €21, while Oldenburg is €16.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

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

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