Travelling to Berlin

Above: Like the circle line, except far more reliable Below: The typically Teutonic Tempelhof terminal

By air

Currently Berlin has two international airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF). That will change however by 2011, when the expansion of Schoenefeld is scheduled to be completed. Then Tegel will be closed and the Schoenefeld's new incarnation - the mighty Berlin Brandenburg International Airport - will handle all flights to and from the capital. Berlin is well served by major international and local airlines. Prices for flights to Berlin are competitive, especially if booked well in advance.

Tegel, in Reinickendorf, is the current official international airport of Berlin. It is also the busiest and every year more than 11 million passengers fly through it (technically more than its actual legal capacity!). Tegel is easily accessible via public transport; just take buses X9, 109, 128 or TXL.

Schoenefeld is situated south east of Berlin in Brandenburg and serves principally charter flights and low-cost carriers (like EasyJet, Germanwings and Ryanair). The cheap airlines in fact account for about 70% of Schonefeld's air traffic. You can get to Schoenefeld by train (RE7, RB22, RB14), the airport express, the overground S45 and S9 and the buses 162, 163, 171, 734, N60 and N71. By car you can take the A100 or the A113. More info on Berlin airports is available at

By train

As of 2006, Berlin is the proud owner of a spanking new main train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof. It was worth the wait! The realisation of the Hauptbahnhof project was a dream come true for the German Capital which can now boast the biggest train station in Europe, and probably the best looking too. It's vast latticed glass roof is a tourist attraction in itself and sure to impress any visitors arriving by rail. All major services start from one of Hauptbahnhof's fourteen platforms before heading on via some of Berlin's other prominent stations. If you're travelling north to the likes of Gdansk, Riga or Vilnius expect to go via Berlin-Gesundbrunnen. Services to Vienna, Ljubljana and Bucharest meanwhile pass through S?dkreuz. Services to Hamburg and Amsterdam via Berlin-Spandau, and services to East European cities such as Prague, Cracow or Moscow go via Ostbahnhof.

By bus

Berlin's Central Bus Station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin, or ZOB) is found on Messedamm in Charlottenburg just opposite the radio tower (Funkturm) and the International Congress Centre. From here you can travel to all major destinations in Europe and Germany. To get into central Berlin from the ZOB take the U2 (U-Bahn, line 2) at Kaiserdamm, the S4, S45 or S46 (S-Bahn, lines 4, 45 and 46) at Witzleben, or the buses X34, X49, 104, 139 or 149 at Messedamm. There are waiting halls, luggage lockers, toilets, parking, taxi stands, restaurants and car rental at the ZOB.

By car

Whatever direction you are coming from you will enter Berlin via the Berliner Ring, the Autobahn (A10), that circles the city. The western part of the inner city is half circled by another Autobahn, the Berliner Stadtring (A100). From the A100 you can get to the A10 on one of the following Autobahns: A111 to Hamburg and Rostock, A113 to Dresden and Cottbus and A115 to Hannover and Leipzig (also called AVUS). In the north of Berlin there is the A114 that leads to Szczecin (Poland). Watch your speed as even on Autobahns the limit is sometimes as low as 80km/h!


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alexander from Malaysia Reply Dec 7th, 2011

Is it safe to arrive at ZOB at 3.35?? and stay alone till morning ??

uc from United States Reply Aug 28th, 2011

Does train ride from the berlin Tegel airport to the centre or to the berlin ost bahnhof? I am planning on driving to frankfurt airport, packing my ride and flying from frankfurt airport to berlin. Since it's my first time flyind to berlin, i would like to be prepared very well to avoid being late on a schedule. It would rather take an hour by flight, 10 hours by ice or train and roughly 6 hours by car but i do not want to do the rough 600km drive. Any help with he airport thing would be appreciated.

WTL from United States Reply Jul 12th, 2011

I need help. Is the Berlin Airport (TXL) safe to spend the night? I am a young (20) female traveling alone from the US.

Ross from United Kingdom Reply Nov 30th, 2010

airport to Berlin center is very cheap. Cant remember exact price but was aprox £5 in Feb 2009.

JOHN from United Kingdom Reply Nov 1st, 2010


Irina Grigorenko from Estonia Reply Jan 26th, 2010

Yess! I LOVE BERLiN !!! There all is wonderful !!! I was in New Year 2010 and soon will turn back again ...yeeeahhh !!!! KUSS! ;)

George from Greece Reply Apr 3rd, 2009

With 26 euro you get a ticket for a week. So you can use it in all transportation any time... many times... Nice to visit this city...

Hans from Germany Reply Mar 19th, 2009

Getting to Berlin by train is very easy from anywhere in Germany - but not cheap! From some places, you're better off flying

Surender Saini from India Reply Dec 19th, 2008


jeanne from United States Reply Jan 21st, 2008

i really could use some help. i am flying from the states and need to know about the three berlin airports. there is one airport code BER and then is the airport code SXF and i am very confused about whether a flight that lists BER as the airport will actually take me to schoenfield. help?

lee from United Kingdom Reply Sep 21st, 2007

hi, how far is schoenefeld airport to mitte kopenickerstrasse please we are planning a trip there and wondered how should we get there from the airport . thanks

gautam from India Reply May 27th, 2007


Debs from United Kingdom Reply Apr 25th, 2007

Thanks guys! This travel information on Berlin should prove pretty handy for our trip around Europe... Can't wait!!!:))))

umayma from New Zealand May 27th, 2016

I'll be in Berlin for 4 days. What is the closest airport to the city?

Martin Sutherland from United Kingdom Reply Jan 14th, 2007

William, not quite sure what you point is about the Euro 26 - as I understand it is a student rail pass? If so, do you recommend it? Think it is too expensive? Think it is great?

WILLIAM F KEENAN JR from United States Reply Jan 11th, 2007