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Located in Berlin’s northern borough of Reinickendorf, just five miles from the city centre, Berlin’s main international air hub offers easy access to city as well as its surrounding area. Local buses and faster shuttle buses operate between the airport and the city centre, as well as to nearby U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations. Yet the most convenient and most comfortable way to reach the city centre is with car hire in Berlin Tegel Airport, with the borough of Mitte less than a 20-minute drive to the southeast.
Who to Book With
Car rental suppliers present at the airport include worldwide firms such as Enterprise, Avis, Europcar and Sixt, as well as German agent Terstappen. All suppliers have desks at the car rental centre adjacent to car park P2, which is in front of Terminal D.
Need to Know Essentials
Drivers will need to provide the following documents at vehicle collection:
- Both parts of your UK driver’s licence
- The credit card that was used to make the reservation
- Confirmation of your ID
- Proof of booking
On-street parking is plentiful, but motorists that park in restricted areas should expect their vehicle to be towed and a fine to retrieve the vehicle. Ticket machines are present near on-street parking spaces, but in some areas discs are used. These discs are usually supplied by car hire agents. A badge is needed to enter a low emission zone (umweltzone). Drivers entering one of these areas without a badge should expect a steep fine. In Germany, it is standard to pay for petrol before you pump. Automatic pumps and serviced stations are present and accept credit cards as payment. It is compulsory for all vehicles to carry a warning triangle.
Arriving passengers can easily self-drive from the airport to the city for quick access. Express buses reach the city centre in around 45 minutes but stop running at 23:07, while local buses take longer but take passengers directly to a nearby U-Bahn station. Taxis are also available but are an expensive way to reach the city centre.
Jakob-Kaiser-Platz station is the closest station to the airport and is accessible via a five-minute bus ride. From here, Berlin U-Bahn line U7 trains run to the city centre before terminating in Rudow. A one-way underground ticket is around £2, while a one-day card (tageskarte) for travel within Berlin is about £5.50.
Taxis depart from in front of gates 8 and 9 of Terminal A, in front of Terminal C and from the lower level of Terminal D.
Berlin Tegel Airport to Berlin city centre is around £15
Local BVG buses leave from in front of Terminal A and operate between the airport and the city centre, as well as to U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations. The JetExpressBus TXL takes passengers from the airport to Alexanderplatz, while the X9 express bus operates to Jakob-Kaiser Platz U-Bahn railway station and terminates at Zoologischer Garten metro station. The slower number 109 takes passengers to the Zoologischer Garten metro station in around 30 minutes, while the number 128 runs to Osloer Strasse U-Bahn station. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines next to the bus stops and cost around £2 for a one-way trip.
The four terminals at the airport are connected by covered walkways. Terminal B, a converted waiting room, is the smallest terminal, while the hexagon-shaped Terminal A is the largest and the airport’s main terminal. Combined, the four terminals cater to over 15 million passengers per year, who arrive from European, Middle Eastern, North American and North African destinations.
There are four car parks at the airport, with one serving terminals A and B, one serving Terminal C, one catering to Terminal D and one long-term car park which is further away. The most expensive car park is the PK lot at Terminal 1, while the long-term P5 lot is the cheapest. Daily parking tariffs run from £20 to £100.
Passengers can access wireless internet in all four terminals. A homepage directs users to a list of internet providers which offer this service for a fee.
There are tourist information desks in terminals A and C.
Call Centre: +49 1805 000186
Passengers with reduced mobility will find wheelchair-friendly facilities on site, such as lifts, restrooms and designated parking spaces. For further assistance, go to an information desk or your airline check-in counter.
Restaurants and Bars
There are a number of places to eat in terminals A and C, as well as in Boulevard Tegel, which is the main area between terminals A, B and D. Red Baron (Boulevard Tegel) serves up German cuisine, while Segafredo (Terminal A) features Italian cuisine. Marché (Terminal D), Illy Bar (Terminal A) and Starbucks (Boulevard Tegel) are great places to relax and enjoy a coffee, while Beck’s Bar (Terminal A) is great for those needing a pre-flight alcoholic beverage.
Air France Salon Lounge
Berlin Airport Club Lounge
British Airways Terraces Lounge
Money and ATMs
ATMs are located in terminals A and C, as well as in Boulevard Tegel. Currency exchange services are available in Terminal A and Boulevard Tegel.
Most shopping facilities are located in Boulevard Tegel, which is accessible from all terminals. Duty-free alcohol, tobacco, cosmetics and perfume can be purchased in terminals A, C and D at Heinemann Duty Free branches, while reading material can be had in terminals C and D, as well as in Boulevard Tegel. Fashionistas can pick up clothing at Marc O´Polo (Boulevard Tegel) and Esprit (Boulevard Tegel), while those looking for last-minute gifts will find items at BerlinBerlin (Boulevard Tegel and Terminal C).