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Flugzeug auf Landebahn
Flugzeug auf Landebahn © Frank Peters

Arriving by plane

Welcome to the new airport Berlin Brandenburg BER

The airport Berlin Brandenburg "Willy Brandt" (IATA code BER) has been opened and has replaced the airports Tegel and Schönefeld as central airport. In addition, BER has its own railway station directly below the terminal. So you can change from the airplane directly and comfortably to the rail.

Covid-19 testing facilities at the Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER)

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Covid-19 test areas at the airport

There are tow Covid-19 test areas at terminal 1 of the Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER). Rapid antigen tests (40 Euros) and PCR tests (up to 89 Euros, express 170 Euros) are available.

  • Arrivals areas, Arrival 1, Level E0, opposite of Arrival 1, open daily from 7 am to 11.30 pm.

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  • Test area on departure level E1 (Medicare), In the check-in hall (check-in areas 3-4), antigen rapid test only, open daily from 4 am to 11.30 pm.

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Central test facility in Berlin

  • Hauptbahnhof (main station): You can reach the test center at Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, by foot in sechs minutes.

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  • Berlin Central Coach Station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof | ZOB): There is a Covid-19 test center at Soorstraße, 14057 Berlin, täglich 10 – 18 Uhr

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  • Central PCR test center in the city center: ewerk, Hall C, entrance from Mauerstraße 79 (2nd rear courtyard) or via Wilhelmstraße 43.
    Open Monday to Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday/Sunday 9 am - 6 pm

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What do I need to bring to get Covid-19 tested?

  • You need to bring an Identification document (passport or ID card), and proof of address (applicable for German citizens).
  • Wear an FFP2 mask
  • At some places you need to show your registration, proof on smartphone is sufficient. In some cases, you can also register directly on site via scanning a QR code. At some test sites (see above), registration is no longer necessary.

How do I get from BER to the city centre?

In addition to several regional and suburban trains, a fast connection to the city centre is also ensured by various express buses and airport shuttles. We have compiled an overview of airport transfers for you here.

  • The X71 will start and take its passengers from the underground station Alt-Mariendorf to Terminal 1 of the BER with only 10 stops.
  • With the N7X, BVG offers its first night express line. During the interruption in service of the S-Bahn and U-Bahn, the line will run six times between approx. 2:30 and 3:45 a.m. from the S-Bahn and U-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten to both BER terminals, thus benefiting mainly airport employees and early birds.
  • There will also be some changes in bus services beyond BER, especially in the night traffic in the south of Berlin. Here, for example, the new N64 line will provide a night-time connection from Wuhletal S-Bahn and U-Bahn station to Adlershof S-Bahn station.

Which airlines fly from BER?

Initially, BER will open Terminal 1 with an annual capacity of 27 million passengers. On the airport’s website, you will find a list of all airlines departing from BER from the airport’s opening on 31 October. Lufthansa and Easyjet will be the first airlines to land at BER on 31 October. By 2040, up to 45 million passengers are expected to depart from the airport annually. By then, the other terminals will have been expanded and be ready for take-off.

Terminal 5 remains closed for the time being

The planned Terminal 5 is located on the site of the former Schönefeld Airport, but remains closed for the time being. Terminal 2 is also not yet in operation due to the Corona pandemic. Read all important information about Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) here.

Basic rules for flying under coronavirus conditions

  • Please note that special hygiene rules and precautionary measures are currently in force upon arrival. You should bear these in mind if you arrive by plane: 
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from other airport passengers
  • Wear a nose and mouth covering in the terminal
  • Only one piece of hand luggage per passenger
  • Use online check-in
  • Be at the airport at least two hours before departure
  • Leave the terminal immediately after arrival
  • People waiting to collect you must wait in front of the terminal

What will happen to Tegel Airport?

Flughafen Berlin-Tegel
Flughafen Berlin-Tegel © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

In 1948 the first planes took off from Berlin-Tegel Airport "Otto Lilienthal". For many Berliners, the closure on 8 November 2020 marks the end of an era. Nevertheless, things will continue: Numerous buildings are listed and the area will be extensively developed over the next few years.

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Travel climate conscious to Berlin

Who doesn’t know the situation – should I take the train or the plane for a short trip to Berlin? For most people, train is not an option as it requires too much time or in some cases is not even a possibility. Offsetting has become popular in the recent years. The principle is easy: Some greenhouse gases are difficult to avoid. Through offsetting, you can pay voluntary climate fees, financing emission saving projects that save the same amount of emissions elsewhere. But there are questions concerning offsetting: do the projects really help? What percentage of the money goes to the project? And how can we make sure that offsetting has a positive impact on the environment in the long run?

atmosfair has been established as a spin off from a research project of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, in order to set high standards, making offsetting a trustworthy contribution towards climate protection.

atmosfair invests your climate contribution in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in developing countries. Your contribution for example enables the construction of a small hydro power unit in Honduras, provides Nigerians with efficient fuel wood stoves and people in India with solar lamps. All atmosfair projects undergo the approval procedure of the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations, which requires competent and liable auditors. In addition the projects have to meet the Gold Standard of the international environmental NGOs, such as the WWF. The Gold Standard applies strict criteria to the project technology and requires a benefit for local people and the local environment.

Here you can find more tips for a sustainable Berlin visit.