Berlin has two airports, Tegel and Schönefeld, which can be easily and quickly reached from the city’s centre, and are optimally integrated into the airlines’ national and international route network. The largest airlines at Berlin’s airports are easyJet and the Deutsche Lufthansa.
How to get from Schönefeld Airport (SXF) to Berlin city centre
Schönefeld is situated in the southeast of Berlin, approximately 18 km from the city centre.
Schönefeld Airport has a railway station, which provides excellent connections (regional and S-Bahn) to Berlin city centre and the surrounding area. The train station and airport are just a five-minute walk apart via a covered walkway. The trains take 15 min (from/to Ostbahnhof) to 30 min (from/to Hauptbahnhof), 35 min (from/to Zoologischer Garten). All trains and the S-Bahn stop at the station «Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld».
Several bus connections supplement the local public transport services. The airport is located in fare zone C.
Regional railway (Airport Express)
The Airport Express (RE 7 / RB 14) runs twice every hour from Berlin city centre to Schönefeld Airport. The journey time from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main station) is only 30 minutes. A further regional train service (RB 22) provides an hourly connection between Brandenburg’s state capital Potsdam and Schönefeld Airport.
- RE 7 (Dessau Hbf – Bad Belzig – Michendorf – Potsdam Babelsberg – Berlin Wannsee – Berlin Zoologischer Garten – Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Berlin Friedrichstraße – Berlin Alexanderplatz – Berlin Ostbahnhof – Berlin Ostkreuz – Flughafen Schönefeld – Blankenfelde – Zossen – Wünsdorf Waldstadt)
- RB 14 (Nauen – Falkensee – Berlin Spandau – Berlin Zoologischer Garten – Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Berlin Friedrichstraße – Berlin Alexanderplatz – Berlin Ostbahnhof – Berlin Ostkreuz – Flughafen Schönefeld)
- RB 22 (Berlin Friedrichstraße – Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Berlin Zoologischer Garten – Potsdam Hauptbahnhof – Golm – Flughafen Schönefeld – Königs Wusterhausen)
S-Bahn (urban railway) trains run every 10 minutes and serve Berlin city centre (S9) and the southern ring line (S45) to Südkreuz.
- S9 (Spandau – Charlottenburg – Zoologischer Garten – Hauptbahnhof – Friedrichstraße – Alexanderplatz – Ostbahnhof – Schöneweide – Adlershof – Flughafen Schönefeld)
- S45 (Südkreuz – Neukölln – Baumschulenweg – Schöneweide – Adlershof – Flughafen Schönefeld)
Several bus services connect Schönefeld Airport to Berlin and its surrounding areas. The buses stop at Flughafen Schönefeld railway station and/or in front of Terminal A.
- Express bus service: X7 U Rudow – Flughafen Schönefeld
- Further bus connections to Berlin:
- 163 S Schöneweide – S Adlershof – S Grünau – Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
- 164 S Kaulsdorf – S Köpenick – S Adlershof – S Flughafen Schönefeld – Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
- 171 U Hermannplatz – U Rudow – Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
- N7 S+U Spandau – U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz – U Hermannplatz – U Rudow – S Flughafen Schönefeld – Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
- N60 S Adlershof – Flughafen Schönefeld Terminal
How to get from Tegel Airport (TXL) to Berlin city centre
Tegel Airport has no direct link to the S- or U-Bahn. The fastest way to get to the city is by bus.
Two Jet Express Buses – extra-long buses with special space for luggage – run from Tegel Airport halting only at major stops. These express buses are operated by the regular Berlin public transportation authorities and thus require the standard Berlin public transportation tickets or passes. Both stop right outside the terminal.
- JetExpressBus X9 connect Flughafen Tegel with Zoologischer Garten Station (Zoo Station), the heart of former West Berlin, in 20 minutes. Zoo Station is linked to the S-Bahn and U-Bahn network, from Zoo Station any destination in the city can be reached easily. The bus X9 also stops at the underground station Jakob-Kaiser-Platz which is linked to the U-Bahn line U7; station Jungfernheide with connections to the S-Bahn; station Ernst-Reuter-Platz which is linked to the U2. Fare: 2.80 Euros one way. Children at the age of 6 to 14 years pay 1.70 Euros.
- JetExpressBus TXL runs from Flughafen Tegel to Prenzlauer Berg in 40 minutes. En route, it stops amongst others at the Hauptbahnhof (20 minutes), Unter den Linden (30 minutes), and Alexander Platz (35 minutes).
Bus 109 towards City West
Bus 109 travels to Zoo Station as well and tickets cost 2.80 Euros. Because this bus is not an express bus it stops at more halts and the journey from Tegel-Airport to the City West takes approximately 30 minutes.
You can reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast InterCityExpress-, InterCity-, EuroCity- and InterRegio Trains.
The new central station Berlin Hauptbahnhof in the heart of Berlin was opened in 2006 and a new concept for the railways and stations in Berlin was installed. All train stations are well connected to the public transport system.
National and international coach services to Berlin arrive and depart at the central bus station in the Charlottenburg district, opposite the ICC International Congress Centre. Here is a selection of long distance buses in Germany:
FlixBus with more than 1,000 connections across Germany, this network of coach (long-distance bus) companies offers lots of flexibility for travellers. Free wifi, on-board toilets and snacks are as much a part of the experience as the low ticket prices and the opportunity to make a small contribution to climate protection. You can catch the FlixBus in Berlin at the central coach station (known as the “ZOB”) in Charlottenburg and at Südkreuz.
The IC Bus is an inexpensive and comfortable way of travelling between Krakow or Copenhagen and the German capital. In addition to free WiFi, the IC Bus also features an entertainment system with a large selection of music and films to help pass the time during your trip. The bus stop in Berlin is centrally-located near Berlin main station, affording travellers simple connections to the long-distance train services of Deutsche Bahn.
The Maritim Hotel Berlin* occupies a prime, central spot on the city’s Tiergarten park in the quiet diplomatic quarter, close to the Kurfürstendamm and the Potsdamer Platz. Close by are the Kulturforum with the Berlin Philharmonie, the New National Gallery, and various shopping possibilities.
*Please note: there are two Maritim Hotels in Berlin. The conference venue is at the following address:
Maritim Hotel Berlin
- Main railway station: 3 km
- Tegel airport: 8 km
- Schönefeld airport: 23 km
Buses and trams
- From Tegel airport: Bus X9 to «Bahnhof Zoo», from there take bus 200 to stop «Philharmonie» (approx. 30-40 minutes)
- From Schönefeld airport: By rail to stop main station, from there take bus M85 to stop «Kulturforum» (approx. 45-60 minutes)
- From Berlin main station: Bus M85 direction «S Lichterfelde Süd» (Exit»Europaplatz») to stop «Kulturforum».
- From Tegel airport: ca. 21 €
- From Schönefeld airport: ca. 40 €
- From Berlin main station: ca. 9 €
*Please note that prices vary according to the time of day and the number of passengers.