When planning a trip to Germany, it is not uncommon that some doubts arise: will my flight to Berlin land in Tegel or in Schönefeld? Which airport has the best transport connections to the city centre? Does every airline fly to both? Where are they located? In order for you to get a clearer idea of how to organise your journey, we have gathered key information that will help you decide.
Location of Berlin airports
Tegel airport is situated 8 kilometres northwest of downtown Berlin, that is, 20 minutes away by bus or 12 minutes approximately if we choose to take a taxi or hire a private shuttle. It mostly handles operations within Europe, and serves as hub for Eurowings and Germania.
Schönefeld airport in Berlin is located 18 km southeast of the city centre, and it only takes 18 minutes to reach it if we travel by express train, whereas 23 minutes will be needed if we use a car. It is an operational base for Condor, Easyjet and Ryanair, and in the recent years has been increasingly becoming more focused on low-cost international and domestic routes.
Flights to Berlin airports: which airline should you choose?
If you resolve to arrive in Berlin through Tegel airport, the following are the airlines selling flights to TXL: Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Easyjet, Germania, Eurowings, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, Tap Air Portugal, United and Vueling. In the case of making a connection in this airport in Germany, consider booking a hotel near Tegel for your layover. It has four terminals yet it is well-known for its accessibility and effective wayfinding system.
Otherwise, if you are flying with Aeroflot/Rossiya, Condor, Easyjet, Egyptair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Jet2.com, Ryanair or Transavia, your plane will land in Berlin Schönefeld. There are also good accommodation options available when you have a connecting flight in SXF, so if you anticipate that you will have many hours to spare before continuing your journey, make sure you check out the choice of airport hotels near Schönefeld.
Travelling from the airport to central Berlin
Public ground transportation can smoothly take you from the airport to Berlin city centre, regardless of your terminal of arrival in either TXL or SXF.
–Transferring from TXL to Berlin. BVG bus lines depart regularly from Tegel airport and connect it with railway lines of the U Bahn (Berlin subway system) and the S Bahn (middle distance train system) as well. For an even more comfortable and seamless commute, know that the TXL Express Bus runs services from 7:00 to 22:00 every day, linking Tegel with Berlin Central Station, the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and other landmarks in the city.
–Travelling from SXF to downtown Berlin. Schönefeld airport railway station is only a short walk from terminals A and D, and you can take the Regional Express train departing every 30 minutes. It stops at Berlin Ostbahnhof, Berlin Central Station, Friedrichstraße and Alexanderplatz, among other strategic locations. BVG bus lines 162 and 171 may also take you to your accommodation in Berlin. As an additional perk, you won’t need to buy tickets provided that you have already purchased a WelcomeCard or a CityTourCard to get around the city, as these travel cards are included in the integrated fare system and valid in both regional trains and BVG buses.