Berlin is easily accessible from continental Europe, the United Kingdom and the east and west coasts of the United States. Tegel Airport is the main international airport of Berlin, and is located about 7.5 miles/12 kilometers from the city center. It serves domestic, continental European, U.K. and international destinations. Almost 50 different airlines fly through Berlin-Tegel Airport, connecting the German capital with destinations all over the world. Every year more than 20 million passengers fly through Tegel Airport in northwest Berlin. This makes Berlin-Tegel the fourth-largest airport in Germany. For more information, visit Tegel Airport.
Tegel Airport is very well integrated in Berlin's local transport network thanks to various buses and express buses operated by Berlin Transport Services (BVG). The airport is in Zone B. Bus stops are located right outside Terminal A and B. The shortest routes from the airport to the underground network are via the 109 and 128 buses to Kurt-Schumacher-Platz (U6) or Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (U7) stations. There is also a bus service to the suburban railway and underground station at Jungfernheide (S41/S42). View a map of the airport.
In addition to the regular bus services, the JetExpressBus TXL offers a fast link to the city center. The bus leaves every five minutes between Tegel Airport and Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). The average ride time is about 20 minutes. The fare is 2.70 euros one way (1.7 euros for children ages 6-14).
The Expressbus X9 is another option, transporting you to the Zoologischer Garten station, stopping at just a few selected stations along the way. The X9 Bus departs every five to ten minutes from Tegel Airport towards Zoo Station, and the journey takes about 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 fare is 2.70 euros one way (1.7 euros for children ages 6-14).
Taxis are also available at Tegel Airport, with an estimated fare of about 20 euros to City-West (train station Zoo), and about 26 euros to City-East (Alexanderplatz). At the Berlin airports, only take a taxi from one of the taxi ranks. Genuine taxis can also be recognized by their Berlin number plates plus the concession number located on the rear window. A word of warning: concession numbers higher than 8,000 do not exist in Berlin. Waiting in traffic should not have any effect on the taxi fare, as the taximeter only calculates the time-based charge on the basis of a two-minute delay. The base fare is 3.90 euros, with an additional 2.00 euros per kilometer for the first 7 kilometers, and 1.50 euros for each kilometer above that.
All methods of transportation from Tegel Airport to Berlin center city are detailed here.
Public Transportation within Berlin
The S-Bahn Berlin includes 15 lines on a 205-mile/330-kilometer-long regional network with almost 170 train stations. In the center of Berlin, the S-Bahn mostly runs above ground. Train stations can be identified by the green and white S symbol. S-Bahn tickets are also valid for buses, the U-Bahn, trams and vice versa. Tickets are available at ticket machines on the platforms or at sales points in the major stations. On weekdays, the S-Bahn starts running around 4.30 a.m. and stops service at 1.30 a.m. Depending on the time of day, the trains run in five- , ten- or 20-minute intervals. On weekends, S-Bahn trains run round the clock. Please see the timetable and all methods of public transportation within the city of Berlin.
You can reach a taxi service using one of the telephone numbers listed below:
- Taxi Berlin: +49 30 – 20 20 20
- Würfelfunk: +49 30 – 21 01 01
- TaxiFunk Berlin: +49 30 – 44 33 22
- Quality Taxi: +49 30 – 26 300 0
- City-Funk Berlin: +49 30 – 21 02 02
- Funk Taxi Berlin: +49 30 – 26 10 26
- Talixo: +49 30 – 346 497 360 or online
When you’re out and about, you can also wave down any free taxi passing by. Free taxis are distinguished by the bright taxi plate on the roof of the vehicle. Taxi ranks, where taxis wait for a fare or a direct phone call via a Rufsäule (dedicated call point), are found all over the city.
Major car rental companies are located at the Tegel Airport.