Berlin airport transfer

How to get from Berlin Airport BER to City Centre

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Welcome to Berlin. Now that you made it to the airport the next question is how to get from the airport BER to Berlin city centre.

With our help you will pick the quickest and cheapest route not only to city centre, which is Berlin Hauptbahnhof (train station), but also to other destinations in Berlin.

Because depending on where you are staying in Berlin it might be better to chose a different mode of transport.

All international travelers are now landing either in the main terminal at the BER or the Terminal 5 (which in the past was the main airport terminal of Berlin Schönefeld airport).

Your quickest and cheapest option from BER to the city will always be by train.

Insider Tip

BER to city centre options

  1. Cheapest and quickest option to get to the city centre is by train. See below for all options.
  2. Another option is taking the bus to Berlin city centre
  3. Take a cab (no Uber are allowed to stop at the airport as of now)
  4. Use carsharing

BER airport to city centre by train

Between BER airport and the central train station Hauptbahnhof there is an express train service Flughafen-Express (FEX) every half hour.

The trip between the airport BER and the central train station takes only 30 minutes and costs just 3,30€. All you need is an ABC ticket, which you can get on the BVG app or buy at one of the many ticket vending machines.

Additionally to the FEX there are other train services connecting Berlin city centre.

RB14 runs between BER airport and Nauen in the North-West of Berlin. On the way there are several stops which include Ostkreuz, Alexanderplatz, Hauptbahnhof or Spandau. This train takes a bit longer than the Airport-Express but is very convenient if you are staying closer to Alexanderplatz.

RE7 follows a similar route through Berlin as the RB14 but after Charlottenburg turns South and connects Babelsberg and some other cities in Brandenburg with the airport. Similar to the RB14 this train is very convenient if you are staying close to Alexanderplatz.

Both RB14 and RE7 run once every hour, so this way you should not be waiting for a train to Hauptbahnhof for more than 15min maximum at the BER airport.

And if that is not enough already the S-Bahn also connects the BER airport with the city centre.

S9 and S45 are connecting BER airport with Berlin city centre every 20 minutes.

BER airport to city centre by bus

Taking the bus from BER airport to city centre is not recommended as you would need to switch transportation on the way.

However, as sometimes trains might be delayed or there might be constructions, this is an option you should always keep in mind as a backup.

Also, if you happen to stay in Neukölln, Rudow, Alt-Mariendorf or other areas more to the South these buses are your quickest mode of transport.

Tickets can also be purchased using the BVG app and cost 3,30€ for the ABC ticket.

The bus connections include Expressbus X7 (which connects you with the U-Bahn system at U-Bahnhof Rudow U7), X71, 163, 164, 171, 743 and 744.

On top of this there will be 2 Express bus lines that cost some extra and are called “Airport Shuttle”. These Airport Shuttles BER1 and BER2 will connect Rathaus Steglitz and Potsdamer Hauptbahnhof with BER airport.

BER airport to city centre by cab

Taxi Service Berlin

Your next option, and by far the most convenient but also most expensive one, is taking a cab from the airport to city centre.

Once you follow the directions to the taxi stop you will not be able to miss all the taxis waiting outside the terminal in an orderly line (very German, we know).

Taxis all are running with a Taxometer and they are to be trusted that they take the fastest route to town.

A trip to city centre should be around 40-50€ and not take more than 45mins (depending on the traffic of course).

BER airport to city centre by carsharing

Car2go Smart in Berlin

In case you have downloaded the carsharing apps for ShareNow, SixtShare or Miles you will also find some options to rent a carsharing car to drive yourself from the airport BER directly to your final destination.

ShareNow and SixtShare are adding an additional 5-7€ on top of the cost of your travel to cover the cost of parking directly at the airport.

The advantage of carsharing in Berlin is that you can basically park anywhere you like within the Ring (and also a few areas outside the ring) for no additional cost.

Just drive to your destination, park the car and enjoy your time in Berlin.

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