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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

Options for reaching 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 Südkreuz)   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   N/a
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/asset/download/22385/file/1-1   N/A
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.
On demand taxis 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 Berlin main tourist attractions? Schönefeld 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 Schönefeld Airport, Tegel Airport is also well connected by cheap and fast public transport. The S-Bahn trains run 24/7.
Cost factor The Schönefeld 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 Schönefeld than Tegel.   Car rentals at Schönefeld 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 Schönefeld Airport.   Transfer time to the airport, car rentals, and hotel prices are all comparable to Schönefeld 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 2017 (searched on 05-02-2017). London: €48 Paris: €52 Istanbul: €75 London: €58 Paris: €38 Istanbul: €93
Car hire   Prices taken for the 1-03-2017 to 07-03-2017 period (searched on 05-03-2017. 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
Hotel costs per night from 1-03-2017 to 2-03-2017 (Searched on 05-02-2017) 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  
Airport facilities
Shopping Fotoautomaten, Heinemann Duty Free, Pocket Shop, Quicker´s, Remember Berlin, Relay, Trib´s, 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 Almhütte, Burger King, Cindy´s Diner, Irish Pub, Marché Bakery, Marché Bistro, Witty´s, and Wunderbar. Auf Die Hand, Augustiner Bierbar, Berlin Coffee, Berliner Pilsner Bar, Burger King, Cindy´s Diner, Coffee Fellows, EsS Bahn, Illy Bar, Kamps, Leysieffer Bistro, Marché 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 Schönefeld 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
Car Hire
Operating 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 3% cashback Car hire Schoenefeld Airport 3% cashback Car hire Tegel Airport
Additional information
Tourist Info   Berlin City Sightseeing vs City Circle Sightseeing Vs Tempelhofer Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours Berlin Pass Vs Welcome Card Vs Berlin Museum Pass
Official airport website www.berlin-airport.de www.berlin-airport.de
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