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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. With its own railroad station below Terminal 1, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is directly connected to the rail network. Change directly to train or S-Bahn. Alternatively, you can use various car-sharing services throughout the city. 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)

Tegel Airport will remain in operation until the end of October 2020. From 31 October, you will be flying together from Berlin's new Berlin Brandenburg BER Airport.

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Flugzeug in Tegel abends
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Schönefeld airport (SXF)

Already with the start of the winter flight schedule on 25 October 2020, Schoenefeld SXF Airport will become Terminal 5 of the new Berlin Brandenburg BER Airport. Until then, the almost 20 airlines will continue to bring visitors and Berliners from all over Europe and overseas to the Spree.

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Berlin central station in the evening
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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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S-Bahn Warschauer Straße Ostbahnhof Sonnenuntergang
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Berlin Ostbahnhof

Berlin’s Ostbahnhof railway station is one of the city’s key contact points: Everyday 100,000 travellers and visitors use the station in Friedrichshain with over 100 long-distance and over 200 local trains stopping here.

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Spandau
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Berlin Spandau Station

In this railway station in the district of Spandau the intercity express from and to Hamburg / Hannover stops. The railway station is towards of the Alstadt Spandau with its attractive pelican crossing.

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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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