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What is the best airport to fly into Berlin?

Berlin Tegel or Schoenefeld

Berlin Berlin Schoenefeld Airport vs Berlin Tegel Airport

Overview of Berlin Airports

There are 2 airports to choose between when flying to or from Berlin - Tegel and Schoenefeld. Whilst Schoenefeld is the best choice for low cost airlines, both airports are a comparable choice.

Tegel is slightly closer to the city, but both have good and cheap 24 hour transport available. This is one city where you really can choose based on flight choice and price!

Berlin Schoenefeld Airport

Berlin Tegel Airport

    Berlin Schoenefeld Airport Berlin Tegel Airports

Options for getting the centre of Berlin from the airport and vice versa

Distance from Berlin centre (Mitte) 23.4 km = 14.5 miles 9 km = 5.6 miles
Public transport general operating hours 24/7 S-Bahn trains 24/7 S-Bahn trains
Berlin underground metro- U-Bahn U-Bahn Alt Tegel station is the nearest metro station

 

Take Bus 128 to reach the airport from the station.
 
S-Bahn Railway (Rapid transit system in and around Berlin) Trains S9 (to Pankow) and S45 (to SÃŒdkreuz)

 

Frequency: 10 minutes

 

Journey Time: 40 minutes

 

Ticket fare: €3.40 for ABC zones

 

S-Bahn map: http://www.berlin-airport.de/de/_dokumente/
reisende/2016-11-u-_s-bahn-berlin.pdf

 

S-Bahn Kurt-Schuhmacher-Platz station is the nearest station

 

Take Bus 128 to reach the airport from the station.

 

To reach the airport from Berlin main station, take train S5 from Berlin Hbf, get down at Berlin Friedrichstraße and take the S25 train.

 

Frequency: 20 minutes

 

Journey time: 21 minutes

 

Ticket fare: €3.40 for ABC zones

 

S-Bahn map: http://www.berlin-airport.de/de/_dokumente/reisende/2016-11-u-_s-bahn-berlin.pdf

 

Regional Railway Trains RE7, RB14 and RB22.

 

Frequency: 2 hours (RE7 and RB14), 1 hour (RB 22)

 

Journey Time: 30 minutes to Berlin central station

 

Ticket fare: €3.40 for ABC zones

 

Train map:
http://www.berlin-airport.de/de/_dokumente/reisende/
2016-11-vbb-liniennetz-regionalverkehr.pdf

 

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Express Bus Service JetExpress bus connects U-Bahn station Rudow.

 

Journey time: 7 minutes

 

Ticket fare: €3.00
TXL JetExpressBus and X9 JetExpressBus connect the Tegel airport from central Berlin.

 

Ticket fare: €2.80
BVG buses (public buses) Bus Number 163 (to S Schöneweide), 164 (to S Kaulsdorf), and 171 (to U Hermannplatz)

 

Ticket fare: €3.40 for ABC zones
Bus Number 128 (to U Osloer Straße) and 171 (to S +U Zoologischer Garten)

 

Ticket fare: €3.40 for ABC zones
Night Buses N7 (to S+U Spandau) and N60 (to S Adlershof)

 

Journey time: 20 minutes

 

N7 bus route:
http://www.bvg.de/index.php/de/binaries/
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Airport Shuttle (hotel pick up and drop off at central Berlin) Operated by FoxTransfer, ShuttleDirect and other services. Fares starting from €40 per person. Operated by FoxTransfer, ShuttleDirect and other services. Fares starting from €33 per person.
Taxi / Cab Services Taxi fares to Berlin centre (Mitte) are around €25-€45.

 

Takes around 45 minutes.
Taxi fares to Berlin centre (Mitte) are around €20-€25.

 

Takes around 20 minutes.
Uber in Berlin Uber on demand; estimated fares to Mitte: from €38 Uber on demand; estimated fares to Mitte: from €25.

Which airport is most suitable for me?

How close to Berlin city center and main tourist attractions? Schoenefeld Airport is located almost 24 km away from the city center. It takes 30-40 minutes to reach the city center. But it is well connected by cheap and fast public transport. The S-Bahn trains run 24/7. Tegel airport is located within the city itself and is very close to the main attractions of Berlin.

 

Depending on the chosen transportation, you can reach the Berlin main station in 20 minutes. Like Schoenefeld Airport, Tegel Airport is also well connected by cheap and fast public transport. The S-Bahn trains run 24/7.
Cost factor The Schoenefeld Airport mostly handles flights from within Europe.

 

It is used by low cost airlines like Ryan Air and Wizz Air. If you travel to Berlin from Europe, you are very likely to pay significantly less for flights to Schoenefeld than Tegel.

 

Car rentals at Schoenefeld Airport are almost similar as that of Tegel Airport, but it is cheaper for some car models. The hotel rates also tend to be similar to the Tegel Airport.
The Tegel Airport is the oldest and most prominent airport of Berlin. It handles both national and international flights.

 

Flight fares are higher than Schoenefeld Airport.

 

Transfer time to the airport, car rentals, and hotel prices are all comparable to Schoenefeld Airport.

 

Since both the airports have comparable costs and delays, you can choose the one which has lower flight fares.
Airport delays Overall, delay index for this airport is low. Usually, the arrival and departure delays don't exceed 10 minutes. Overall, delay index for this airport is low. Usually, the arrival and departure delays don't exceed 10 minutes.

Flight fares Prices taken for 12th April 2018 (searched on 05-02-2018).

  London: €48 Paris: €52 Istanbul: €75 London: €58 Paris: €38 Istanbul: €93

Car Hire Prices taken for the 1-03-2018 to 07-03-2018 period (searched on 05-02-2018.

Budget Cars (Skoda CityGo, Peugeot 107, VW Up, Opel Adam): €111-€190

 

Intermediate Cars (Ford C Max, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, VW Passat): €143-€280

 

Luxury Cars (Mercedes E Class, Bmw 5 Series): €317-€750
Budget Cars (Skoda CityGo, Peugeot 107, VW Up, Opel Adam, Citoren C1): €108-€190

 

Intermediate Cars (Ford C Max, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Avensis, VW Passat): €236-€305

 

Luxury Cars (Mercedes E Class): €317-€799
Car Hire companies Outside terminal A: Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, EuropCar, Alamo, Avis, National, Sixt, Budget, Global Drive Outside terminal E: Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, EuropCar, Alamo, Avis, National, Sixt, Budget, Global Drive
Online car hire Deals Car hire Berlin Schoenefeld Airport Car hire Berlin Tegel Airport

Hotel costs per night from 1-03-2018 to 2-03-2018 (Searched on 05-02-2018)

3-star Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport- €45

 

4-star InterCityHotel Berlin Brandenburg Airport- €67

 

 

3-star Arktur City Hotel- €44

 

4-star Adrema Hotel- €55

 

Check Hotel deals

Airport facilities

Shopping Fotoautomaten, Heinemann Duty Free, Pocket Shop, QuickerÂŽs, Remember Berlin, Relay, TribÂŽs, and Sunglasses by Pfendt Airport Optic. Bon Voyage, Die kleine Gesellschaft, Boss, Capi, Fabriano Boutique, Esprit, Fotoautomaten, Heinemann Duty Free, Hub Convenience, Leysieffer Confiserie, LH Worldshop, Marc O`Polo, Metropolitan Pharmacy, Navyboot, Pocket Shop, Relay, and many more.
Eating & drinking AlmhÃŒtte, Burger King, CindyÂŽs Diner, Irish Pub, Marche Bakery, Marche Bistro, WittyÂŽs, and Wunderbar. Auf Die Hand, Augustiner Bierbar, Berlin Coffee, Berliner Pilsner Bar, Burger King, CindyÂŽs Diner, Coffee Fellows, EsS Bahn, Illy Bar, Kamps, Leysieffer Bistro, Marche Bakery, Brezel Fritz, Nu, Starbucks, and many more.
Lounges Green Wings Lounge and Green Wings VIP Service Air France Lounge, Berlin Airport Club Lounge, British Airways Terraces - Lounge,  Green Wings VIP-Service, Lufthansa Lounge, VIP-Service 4S Ground Logistics GmbH, VIP-Service Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH
Wi-Fi 6o minutes of free Wi-Fi. It can be purchased after that duration. 6o minutes of free Wi-Fi. It can be purchased after that duration.
Terminal information. How many? How to transfer? Minimum connection time. The Schoenefeld Airport has 4 terminals (A, B, C, and D).

 

The terminals are interconnected with each other. The transfer between terminals can be easily done on foot.
The Tegel Airport has 4 terminals (A, B, C, and D+E).

 

Tegel is a relatively small airport and all the terminals are connected by walkways. Transfer between terminals can be done on foot.
Currency exchange & cash points ATMs and cash machines are available throughout all terminals. Currency exchange offices (Travelex Currency Exchange and Eurochange) are located throughout all terminals. Airport banks include Berliner Bank and Deutsche Bank. ATMs and cash machines are available throughout all terminals. Currency exchange offices (Travelex Currency Exchange and Reisebank) are located throughout all terminals. Berliner Bank has a branch in the airport.
Important phone numbers Schoenefeld Airport: +49 180 5000 186 Lost and found: +49 30 34397533 Tegel Airport: +49 180 50 00 186 Lost and found: +49 30 4101-2315
Major airlines and destinations
Major operating airlines Aeroflot, EasyJet, Egypt Air, Israir, Norwegian, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, TunisAir Air France, Australian Airlines, British Airways, Czech Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines.
Major destinations Vienna, Manchester, Budapest, London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Glasgow, Dublin, Copenhagen, Porto, Oslo, Brussels, Barcelona, Istanbul Istanbul, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Barcelona, Bucharest, Madrid, Copenhagen, Athens, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Beijing, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Prague
Official airport website Top Berlin Attractions Guide to Berlin
Official airport website www.berlin-airport.de www.berlin-airport.de

Which Berlin airport is closest to central Berlin?

Berlin is served by two airports, Tegel Airport (TXL) and Schonefeld Airport (SXF). Tegel airport is the closest to central Berlin at a distance of just 5.6 miles (9km) compared with Schonefeld airport which is located 14.5 miles (23.4km) from central Berlin and used primarily by budget airlines.

Distance to Central Berlin:

Tegel Airport: 5.6 miles / 9 km

Schonefeld Airport: 14.5 miles / 23.4 km

Tegel to Central Berlin Journey Times:

By Bus and S-Bahn: 20-30 minutes bus + S-Bahn 6 minutes

By Bus: 37 minutes

By Taxi: 24 minutes

Schonefeld to Central Berlin Journey Times:

By S-Bahn Train: 30-45 minutes

By Bus: 30-55 minutes

By Taxi: 40 minutes

What is the best airport to fly into in Berlin?

Which airport you fly into will great depend on where you are flying in from and with which airline.

Tegel airport is the closest airport to the city center and considered the main airport. It's ideally located for sightseeing all of Berlin's main city sights but is also within easy reach of Spandau Citadel, Charlottenburg Palace, Leopoldplatz state park and other places of natural beauty and historical interest. It's the slightly larger airport of the two which provides more flights, both short haul and long haul with airlines including Air France, British Airways, Australian Airlines, United Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar and many others. Tegel is a good airport for business travellers who are limited on time and need to be close to the city but it's also vital for international tourists coming from the U.S.A, Australia, and other far-flung destinations. Tegel airport does have regular public transport links to the city but there is no on-site railway station meaning passengers must either walk, get a taxi, or take a bus to the nearest train station which can be a hassle when travelling with young kids and a lot of luggage, in this case it's easier to take the express bus the entire way or hop in a taxi.

Schonefeld Airport is further out from the city center and mostly caters to budget airlines including Ryanair, Wizz air, and Easyjet with the majority of flights within Europe. It's a good airport for budget-conscious travellers whether solo travellers or families who are based within Europe, or flying on to other European destinations after Berlin but is lacking when it comes to airport lounges with just 2 currently available, however, since this airport mostly operates short-haul flights airline lounges are rarely required by travellers. Schonefeld airport benefits from having an S-Bahn station within the airport as well as good bus links into central Berlin so it's easy for visitors to reach central Berlin. Equally, if hiring a car and wanting to sightsee the countryside, this is the best airport to fly into.

Is Tegel airport better than Schonefeld?

It depends on your needs. Tegel operates flights with most of the worlds flag carriers such as Lufthasa, Air France, British Airways, Qatar, and many others which provides travellers with the most choice but often at an added cost. Due to the flag carriers flying here there are lots of airport lounges to choose from should you need extra comforts whilst waiting for your flight. The one drawback to Tegel airport is its lack of train station within the airport meaning passengers must take a taxi, walk, or take the shuttle bus from the airport to the train station to get onto the S-Bahn or U-Bahn but it's not far – a 5 minute bus journey or a 10 minute walk. People travelling with kids and lots of luggage might prefer the convenience of not having to change public transport despite the longer journey time from Schonefeld airport.

How much does it cost to travel from Schonefeld and Tegel Airport to Berlin City Center?

From Tegel Airport by:

Train: Shuttle Bus + S-Bahn &euro:1.70 – https://www.berlin.de/en/airports-and-stations/1872399-2932875-airport-berlin-tegel-txl.en.html The X9 shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes and the S-Bahn runs 24/7.

Bus: &euro:2.80 – https://www.berlin.de/en/airports-and-stations/1872399-2932875-airport-berlin-tegel-txl.en.html Buses depart every 6 minutes during peak hours and run from 03.30 until 00.30

Taxi: &euro:32 one way – https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-txl/to-and-from/taxis/index.php Available 24/7

Uber: &euro:29-&euro:39 one way – https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand

From Schonefeld Airport by:

Train: &euro:3.40 – https://www.berlin.de/en/airports-and-stations/1872375-2932875-airport-berlin-Schonefeld-sxf.en.html – S-Bahn trains depart every 5-20 minutes and run between 04.30am and 1.30am during the week and 24/7 on weekends. The Express R trains depart twice per hour running from 04.30 until 23.30.

Bus: &euro:3.40 – https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/to-and-from/buses-and-trains/local-public-transport/index.php X7 Express buses to U-Rudow run every 10 minutes from 5:34am until 1:14am with night buses running every 30 minutes between 4:12am – 5:42am

Taxi: &euro:49 – https://www.berlin-airport.de/en/travellers-sxf/to-and-from/taxis/index.php Available 24/7

Uber: &euro:41-&euro:57 one way – https://www.uber.com/en/gb/ Available on demand

How much are Hotels at Schonefeld Airport and Tegel Airport?

Hotel prices vary greatly depending on where you stay, and at what time of year, but prices for 1 night based on a 3 or 4 star hotel generally average around &euro:50 per room per night.

Tegel Airport Hotels from &euro:44 – &euro:55 per night

Schonefeld Airport Hotels from &euro:45 – &euro:67 per night

Find your airport hotel at http://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html

How much does Car Hire cost at Schonefeld or Tegel Airport?

Hiring a car can give you much more freedom to travel around Berlin and indeed Germany at your leisure. Car hire prices depend on the age of the driver and the type of car but you'll find that prices start at very reasonable daily prices when booking online.

Tegel Car Rental:

Budget Cars (Fiat 500, Kia Picanto, Ford Ka etc) Prices starting at £:36 per day

Intermediate Cars (VW Passat, Toyota RAV 4 etc) Prices starting at £:60 per day

Compare prices here – http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/berlin-tegel-airport.html

Schonefeld Car Rental:

Budget Cars (Fiat 500, Kia Picanto, Ford Ka etc) Prices starting at £:36 per day

Intermediate Cars (VW Passat, Skoda Octavia etc) Prices starting at £:63 per day

Compare prices here – http://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/berlin-schonefeld-airport.html

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