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Berlin Brandenburg International (BER)

After years of delays, the new Berlin Brandenburg International airport terminal opened across the runway from the old terminal building in Schönefeld in 2020.

As can be seen on the map, Schönefeld is on the southeastern edge of the city. The Olympic Stadium, meanwhile, is way over to the west in the district of Charlottenburg. It can therefore take over an hour to get from the airport to the stadium on public transport. The simplest way, requiring no changes, is to take the S9 heading for Spandau. It will take you straight to the stadium in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

To get into the centre of the city takes around half an hour. 

You can plan your journey from the airport via the Berlin local public transport website and plan journeys and buy tickets from your phone via their app. The trains and metro (S-Bahn) services depart from the station platforms directly beneath the terminal.

Note: Nearly everywhere you'll go in Berlin lies within zones A and B of the VBB public transport network. However, the airport is in zone C. When travelling to or from the airport, be careful therefore not to get caught by ticket inspectors without a ticket valid for that zone!. If you have a rail pass like Interrail (valid for trains and S-Bahn) or the Deutschlandticket, you'll be covered. If not, a Berlin WelcomeCard is not a bad idea, as it gives you unlimited use of public transport, including in zone C (if you buy the right version), and discounts on many places to see and things to do.

If you're planning on picking up a hire car at the airport, the best-known rental firms operating there are Avis, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and Enterprise. Their desks are on level E0 of Terminal 1. You can see which offer the best prices here at Rentalcars.co.uk.

Hotels close to the airport

Within 5 minutes of the terminal

Steigenberger Airport Hotel Berlin
Integrated within the terminal building complex. Business-class hotel with bar, 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi.

Moxy Berlin Airport
A 6-minute bus ride to the terminal building from a stop just outside the hotel. 3-star hotel. 24-hour front desk. Bar. Free Wi-Fi.

Premier Inn Berlin Airport 
Just down the road from the old terminal building (now called Terminal 5) and less than 5 minutes from the new one (called Terminal 1 & 2). A familiar UK brand, now operating in Germany too.

 

Gallery

You can see photos of the airport in this BER Airport gallery.

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