Berlin currently has two different airports, Tegel is the more central, while Schönfeld is a little further out. It takes about 30 minutes by car from Schoenefeld to Berlin's city centre, while you can reach the centre from Tegel Airport in just under 20 minutes. Both airports are well connected to Berlin's infrastructure and can be reached by public transport. You can also choose a more comfortable mode of transport, such as a taxi, shuttle or limousine service.
Arrival by public transport
Tegel Airport can only be reached by bus, but there are four different routes. The buses arrive on time and very often.
The TXL bus runs via the S-Bahn station Beusselstraße (circle line) and Berlin Central Station to Robert-Koch-Platz. This bus will take you to Berlin Central Station in 15 minutes. (Please note: the TXL bus is no longer running until Alexanderplatz)
Bus X9 is an express bus that runs between the Zoological Garden and the airport. The total journey time on this route is 16 minutes.
Line 128 does not take you directly to the city centre, but you can change to the underground lines U6, U8 or U9 on the line.
Finally bus 109: It will take you through Charlottenburg, where you can change to the U7, U1 and U9.
Please note: the TXL bus is no longer running until Alexanderplatz!
Schoenefeld Airport is also well connected to public transport, with six local bus lines. However, it is quicker and easier to get to the city centre by S-Bahn. With the S9 you reach the airport from the Zoologischer Garten after 50 minutes, from Friedrichstraße it takes about 40 minutes. The S9 line also passes other major train stations in the city centre, so you can easily get to the airport without changing trains.
The S45 takes you to Treptower Park, where you can change to the Ringbahn, with which you are also well connected.
Another possibility is the regional train, which also runs to the surrounding area of Berlin. You can reach Schoenefeld Airport by regional train 14 from Alexanderplatz after 27 minutes. The regional train 22 takes you comfortably to Charlottenburg and the regional train 7 even to Potsdam.
If you decide to travel to or from the airport by public transport, please remember that you will also need to buy a ticket for your luggage. A single ticket for the AB area is enough to get to Tegel. Schoenefeld is already in the C range, so you need an ABC ticket. A reduced ticket can be validated for children up to and including 14 years of age.
Arriving by taxi
The easiest way to get to the city centre is by taxi. Driving a taxi in Berlin is safe, but a little more expensive than in other cities.
After your arrival you will certainly see many taxis at the airport. You can usually assume that they are serious, but it is not wrong to ask how much the journey to your desired destination will cost. You can calculate the approximate price for your route in advance at Taxirechner.de, so make sure that the driver will give you a reasonable price.
For your orientation: The trip from Schoenefeld Airport to Berlin Central Station would cost about 42 Euros, to the Zoological Garden about 40 Euros. Of course, prices may vary slightly.
You would pay around 26 euros for the Tegel-Zoologischer Garten airport route and just under 19 euros to the main station.
Here you will find taxi numbers and further information about taxis in Berlin.
Do you want to treat yourself to something very special? How about a chauffeur service? This should always be booked in advance.
Normally you can choose the standard of your car when booking. At the airport, your driver will be waiting for you with a name tag, which will carry your luggage and take you comfortably to your desired destination. Some vehicles even have free WLAN and a selection of soft drinks. This, however, as well as the method of payment, depends on the transport company.
The price from Schoenefeld Airport to Kurfürstendamm at Sixtmydriver is at least 60 euros and would increase according to your choice of vehicle. From Tegel Airport you can get the chauffeur service for as little as 35 euros.
Other chauffeur service providers:
If you only need to change trains in Berlin and get to the other airport, you should plan at least an hour's journey by public transport. The transport in the car takes about 25 minutes.