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Sitting right at the southern edge of Berlin and 11 miles from the city centre, Berlin’s second airport is the gateway to East and South Berlin, as well as other locations nearby. Local buses run between the airport and the city centre. Urban trains also reach the city centre, taking up to 1 hour, while express trains make the journey in around 30 minutes. The best way to reach the city and surrounding destinations, however, is with car hire in Berlin Schonefeld International Airport, with Berlin’s city centre a 30 to 45-minute drive to the northwest.
Who to Book With
Car rental agents at the airport include reputable companies such as Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Sixt. All suppliers have counters in the car hire pavilion that is located in front of Terminal A, while vehicles are collected from the adjacent car park.
Need to Know Essentials
At vehicle collection, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Your driver’s licence (both parts)
- The credit card that was used to make the booking
- Documentation to confirm your ID
- Verification of booking
There is an abundance of on-street parking in Germany though authorities enforce restrictions and vehicles parking in prohibited areas are towed, with drivers receiving a fine. On-street spaces are paid for at machines or by discs which are supplied by most car hire agents. Some cities are low emission zones (umweltzone) and require a badge to enter. Automatic petrol pumps do not work until a card is inserted, and UK-cards are usually accepted. Pumps with an attendant require drivers to pay first. A warning triangle must be carried in all vehicles.
Upon arriving at the airport, passengers can self-drive to the city for speedy access. Express trains reach the city just as fast but stop running at 23:00, while slower metro trains cease to operate just before midnight. This means that passengers arriving late have the option of taking an expensive taxi.
Schonefeld railway station is a five-minute walk from Terminal A. From here, Airport Express trains run to Berlin Central Station in less than 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machine in front of Terminal A or at the station. Local S-Bahn trains also run from here, but take up to 1 hour to reach the city. A one-way journey on the Airport Express is around £2.50, while S-Bahn fares are cheaper at around £2.
Taxis depart from in front of Terminal A and in front of the Schonefeld railway station.
Berlin Schonefeld International Airport to Alexanderplatz is about £20
Berlin Schonefeld International Airport to Kurfürstendamm is about £25
Local BVG buses depart from in front of Terminal A and connect the airport to Berlin and the S-Bahn and U-Bahn networks. The number 162 takes passengers from the airport to Adlershof urban rail station (S-Bahn), the number 163 serves S Grünau urban rail station (S-Bahn) and number 171 takes passengers to U Hermannplatz metro station (U-Bahn). In addition, the N71 night bus connects the airport to U Rudow station (U-Bahn). Buses operate between 05:00 and 23:00, while night buses runs between 23:00 and 05:00.
The four terminals at Berlin Schonefeld International Airport are connected by covered walkways. Terminal C is the smallest and is only used for sightseeing trips, while Terminal A is the largest and acts as the airport’s main terminal. Terminal B is used solely by low-cost carrier EasyJet. The airport operates flights to designations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Iceland and Tunisia.
There are four car parks on site that are accessible from all terminals. There is also a separate car park for car rentals and coaches. Tariffs are cheapest in the open-air P6 long-term lot and most expensive in the short-term P2 lot that is directly in front of Terminal A. Parking rates run from around £15 to £50 a day though rates drop after one week.
Wireless internet is available in all public areas in terminals A, B and D for a fee. Upon opening your browser, you should select the provider of your choice.
There is a tourist information office on the ground level of Terminal A.
Call Centre: +49 1805 000186
A variety of services are available to assist passengers with reduced mobility, including designated car park spaces, airport lifts and wheelchair-friendly restrooms. Those needing assistance should go to the information office or their airline check-in desk.
Restaurants and Bars
Terminals A, B and D each have a restaurant on site, with branches of Marché Bistro found in terminals A and D, and branches of Cindy’s Diner housed in terminals B and D. Terminal A has a bakery, a Burger King and an Irish-style pub.
Hugo Junkers Lounge
Money and ATMs
ATMs are located in terminals B and D, and on the ground floor of Terminal A. There is also a currency exchange kiosk on the ground level of Terminal A, next to the lost property office.
Shopping is offered in terminals A, B and D, with everything from alcohol to confectionery sold. Duty-free items are available in terminals A (first floor) and D (ground floor) at Heinemann Duty Free. Last-minute souvenirs can be snatched up at Incoming Service - Souvenirs & Reisebedarf (Terminal A, ground floor) and Bon Voyage (Terminal A, Departures area), while reading material is available at k presse + buch (terminals A and D).