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Travelling to Berlin

Everything you need to know

Berlin Hauptbahnhof
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Berlin, Berlin, we’re going to Berlin

The best way for you to get to Berlin – by car, by train, by coach: you can get to Berlin easily and comfortably. The airports and railway stations also have great connections to your destination. We’ve put together some notes on what to keep in mind if you’re driving yourself.

Everything you need to know about travelling to Berlin

We've put together everything you need to know about getting to Berlin by train, by car or by coach in a handy little package. Order the city map to get a brief overview. This way, you’ll get your bearings in advance and will arrive in the German capital without any stress. We’ve also compiled all the necessary info for you if you’re the one driving the coach.
If you’re driving a car or a coach, please note: downtown Berlin is an environmental zone. This means you need to get your vehicle a sticker indicating its emissions rating.

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How to get to Berlin: railway stations and airports

Flugzeug in Tegel abends
Flugzeug in Tegel
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Tegel airport (TXL)

Together with Berlin Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel Airport offers international flights to and from the German capital. Every year more than 20 million passengers pass through this airport in the north west of Berlin. This makes Berlin-Tegel the fourth-largest airport in Germany.

Berlin-Tegel - airlines and flight connections

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Flugzeug in Tegel abends
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Schönefeld airport (SXF)

Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, SXF for short, is located in the south east of Berlin. Together with Tegel Airport it makes up the capital's two international airports. Every year about seven million passengers arrive at and depart from Schönefeld. Around 20 airlines carry visitors and Berliners to the Spree from all over Europe and other continents.

Travelling to Schönefeld Airport

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Berliner Hauptbahnhof am Abend
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Berlin Central Station

Berlin Central Station is the central hub for all rail traffic in the capital. Here inter-city and regional trains connect with Berlin's local rail, underground, tram and bus network. S-Bahn lines S5, S7 and S75 link the Central Station with the east and west of the city. The U55 U-Bahn line connects the station to the government district and leads directly to the Brandenburg Gate.

The government district and the Reichstag: landmarks around the Central Station

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See for yourself: videos about getting around

Our videos will give you a good idea of how public transport works in Berlin and of how you’ll get to the city from the airports. And you’ll know which ticket to buy and how to navigate the U-Bahn network. Are you arriving at Schönefeld airport and want to reach the city centre? Our video shows you how to do this. Continuing on from Tegel airport by bus? This is how you reach the city centre.

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