How to get into town
You've just arrived in Berlin! Welcome, but what you really need to know if how to get into town. This page is here to help!
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Arrival by Plane
US C-54 Landing at Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin Airlift (Image courtesy of US Air Force*)
Very centrally located and boasting truly iconic architecture, it's really easy to get from Tegel airport into Berlin's city centre. Simply take the X9 bus to Zoo Station (Zoologischer Garten) or take the handy TXL airport bus which stops in several locations, including Alexanderplatz where you can easily change to the S-Bahn, or the U2, U5, or U8 subway lines. Expect travel times of 20-30 minutes from the airport to the city centre.
What ticket do I need? From Tegel you will need an AB zone ticket. The S-Bahn, U-Bahn and buses in Berlin use the same tickets. Just remember to stamp the ticket when you use it! (only stamp each ticket once)
Did you know? Tegel is the old West Berlin airport, and was first created to provide valuable extra runway capacity during the Berlin Airlift (1948-49).
Schönefeld is located to the South-East of Berlin. It is easily accesible by multiple trains and buses, and of course taxis.
The easiest way to get into town is to use the airport express trains, the RE7 or RB14. Both trains stop at Alexanderplatz, Hauptbahnhof, and Zoologischer Garten stations. Alternatively you can take the S9 S-Bahn train.
It is also possible to take the X7 or the 171 Bus lines to Rudow where you can change to the U7 underground train.
What ticket do I need? From Schönefeld you will need an ABC zone ticket. The S-Bahn, U-Bahn and buses in Berlin use the same tickets. Just remember to stamp the ticket when you use it! (only stamp each ticket once)
Did you know? On the 30th of August 1978 a plane due to land at Schönefeld was hijacked by a pair of East Germans and forced to land in West Berlin instead. The hijackers were prosecuted, but allowed to remain in the West. Of the 50 other East German passengers, 6 ultimately decided to use this bizarre turn of events to leave the East behind and become Westerners.
Arrival by Train
If you arrive on an international train, you will usually be expected to disembark at the main train station, Hauptbahnhof (HBF.) From here you can change to the S-Bahn on platforms 15 and 16 to more easily get around town.
If you would rather take a taxi then you will easily be able to find one outside of the Europaplatz and Washingtonplatz entrances to the station.
Good to know: most shops in Germany are required by law to close on Sundays, but this doesn't apply to major train stations. Need to buy medicine, painkillers, or use a supermarket? HBF is even more useful than normal!
*By USAF - United States Air Force Historical Research Agency via Cees Steijger (1991), "A History of USAFE", Voyageur, ISBN: 1853100757; USAF photo 070119-F-0000R-101 , Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4559179
**By calflier001 - FLUGHAFEN SCHONEFELD BERLIN GERMANY JUNE 2013Uploaded by MainFrame, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28883571