Flying to Berlin is often not only the fastest, but also the cheapest way to travel. Both Tegel Airport and Schönefeld Airport can be easily and quickly reached from the city centre, and are optimally integrated into the airlines' national and international route network.
The three largest airlines that service Berlin's airports are airberlin, easyJet and Deutsche Lufthansa.
Berlin has two airports that are both easily accessible via public transport: Schönefeld (SXF) und Tegel (TXL).
Schönefeld Airport is situated in the southeast of Berlin, approximately 18 km from the city centre. The airport is connected with the city centre via S-Bahn (suburban train) lines S45 and S9, as well as several Airport Express trains that run to/from Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof every half an hour. Zoologischer Garten is the station closest to the Sofitel. The journey to/from the city centre on the S-Bahn takes about 45 minutes, while the Airport Express train takes around 35 minutes to/from Zoologischer Garten station. All these lines stop at the station "Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld".
Tegel Airport is situated in the northwest of Berlin, approximately 8 km from the city centre. You can reach the western city centre from the airport conveniently within 15 minutes. As well as city bus connections with the 109 and 128 the JetExpressBus TXL connects the airport to the main train station Hauptbahnhof, and the express bus X9 leaves from the train station Zoologischer Garten. The express buses stop only at the main bus stops and therefore provide a quick connection.
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There are taxi ranks at both airports. You can actually choose from most of the taxis waiting there – you don’t necessarily have to take the taxi at the front of the queue!
Tip: At the Berlin airports, you should pay particular attention and only take a taxi from one of the taxi ranks indicated to avoid the possibility of getting tricked by a false taxi driver.
Genuine taxis can also be recognised by their Berlin number plates plus the concession number located on the rear window. A word of warning here: concession numbers higher than 8,000 do not exist in Berlin!
Waiting in traffic should not have any effect on the taxi fare, as the taximeter only calculates the time-based charge on the basis of a 2-minute delay. The basis fare is €3.90, while the kilometre fare is €2.00 per kilometre for the first 7 kilometre, and €1.50 for each kilometre above that. This information should allow you to work out the full fare quite accurately before you set off.
Extra charges are applicable in large taxi cabs or if you have bulky luggage with you.
Whenever possible when travelling by taxi, you should always have small denomination banknotes on you, because taxi drivers are not obligated to drive around with large amounts of change.
As of June 2015, all taxis should accept payment by credit or EC card.