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Berlin had three major airports: Tegel,
in October 2008, all
operations at Templehof Airport was closed due to its unprofitability.
Flights from the United States and other European countries land at
Tegel Airport which is approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) northwest
of the city. By bus -- the cheapest way into town -- travel time is
about half an hour to the city center. Airport buses leave at 10-minute
intervals. You can reach the western city centre from the airport
conveniently within 15 minutes.
Tegel Airport Facilities
include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, business centres
and baby rooms. There are several shops, including duty-free. Disabled
facilities are good; travellers with
special needs should contact their airline in advance. Overall a good
standard of customer service inspite of its projected closure in
from Tegel Airport To Central / Downtown Berlin
are x9, 128 and 109 which operate several times an hour and go to
Bahnhof Zoo West Berlin. Apart from these, the JetExpressBus TXL
connects the airport to the main train station Hauptbahnhof. The
Expressbus X9 leaves from the train station Zoologischer Garten. The
Expressbuses stop only at the main bus stops and are therefore a quick
connection.The bus or undergound ticket costs € 2.10 (fair
zone AB), or € 2.80 for trips to the surrounding.
plentiful, though expensive at about five times the cost of a bus trip
- The former East Berlin airport southeast of the city center is the
base for most low-cost airlines and charter flights in addition to
traffic from Eastern Europe. The airport is served by the S-Bahn and
regional trains. The S-bahn line (S-9) will take you conveniently to
(and through) the city centre via major stations as S Ostbahnhof, S+U
Alexanderplatz, S Hauptbahnhof and S+U Zoologischer Garten. In S-Bahn
and regional trains between the airport (zone C) and the city (zone
A,B), the public transport ticket (zones A,B,C for 2,80 EUR) can be
used. There are numerous direct flight connections between Berlin and
major German and European cities.
from Schoenefeld Airport to Central / Downtown Berlin
- There are metered taxis available outside each of the terminals.
Taxis wait outside terminal A. To the city centre €30-35/25-40
mins. To Tempelhof airport €25-30/20-30 mins.
- There is a bus service that operates from outside each of the
terminals to downtown Berlin, and there are two lines that serve the
centre of Berlin from the airport. Tickets are valid for 2 hours, and
for a trip from Schoenefeld Airport to Berlin city you need zones A, B
& C. Using the ticket machines in the airport, first select
English, then 'Local Traffic' then Berlin ABC. Cost is €2.80.
Tickets must be validated in a special machine before use, and then are
valid for 2 hours on buses & trains throughout the city.
- The train station is not actually in the terminal, but a short (less
than 5 mins/300m) walk away along a covered pathway. There is a free
shuttle bus that runs to the station every 10 mins 0600-2200, but it is
quicker to walk.
Facilities There are baby
changing facilities in Terminals
A and B. There is a children's playground with toys and video films
that is always open and free of charge in Terminal A.
There is also a first aid station available in building C 007 and a
post office located on the ground floor of terminal A.
are a wide range of shopping
oportunites available at the airport in the shopping centre located on
the ground floor of both Terminal A and B. The shops
offer sweets; photo-goods; pharmaceutical products;
toys; and sunglasses.
Berlin uses a zone system, but you are unlikely to need to go beyond
zone A & B, except on trips to Potsdam or to the
Schönefeld Airport (SXF). This is a very large area. The
public transport system (U, S-Bahn, bus, tram) uses a common ticket.
Standard tickets (€ 2.10 for A & B) are valid for any
travel within two hours of validation, in a single direction, within
the appropriate fare zones. There is no limit to transfers. For a
single journey you can buy a cheap Kurzstrecke for €1.30, but
this is only valid for 3 stops on the U-Bahn or S-Bahn (six stops by
bus or tram); no transfers are permitted.
Berlin has an amazingly efficient S-Bahn, trains run roughly every 10
minutes during daytime, every 5 minutes during rush-hour and every 20
minutes during the night and on weekends. Most S-Bahn lines run on an
east-west route between Ostkreuz and Westkreuz via the stops Warschauer
Straße, Ostbahnhof, Jannowitzbrücke, Alexanderplatz,
Hackescher Markt, Friedrichstraße, Hauptbahnhof, Bellevue,
Tiergarten, Zoologischer Garten, Savignyplatz and Charlottenburg. Other
lines run along a circle track around the city, most notably the S 8
and the S 41, S 42, S 45, S 46 lines.
The Berlin U-Bahn (subway/metro) is something to behold; it is so
charmingly precise! All U-Bahn stations now have electronic signs that
give the time of the next train, and its direction based on sensors
along the lines. Detailed maps can be found in every U-Bahn station and
on the trains Together with the S-Bahn, the U-Bahn provides a
transportation network throughout greater Berlin that is extremely
efficient and fast. During the week there is no U-Bahn or S-Bahn
service from appr. 1AM to 4:30AM, but metro trams/buses and special
Night Buses (parallel to the U-Bahn line) run every half an hour from
12:30AM to 4:30AM.
The most famous bus line, especially for tourists, is bus route 100,
which leaves from Zoo Station ("Berlin Zoologischer Garten") or - if
you want to go the other way round - Alexanderplatz. For the price of a
city bus ticket or daily pass, it's possible to see many of the
landmarks of Berlin from one of the yellow double-decker buses. Sit up
top as it's easier to see the Reichstag, as well as the many historic
buildings on Unter den Linden.
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