Travel Information

Flight Connections

You can fly to Berlin from 167 airports in 53 countries. Aircrafts operated by over 67 different airlines land in Berlin. If charter flights are included, that figure rises to 99. The largest of Berlin's three airports are Tegel and Schönefeld. Tegel continues to function as the gateway to western Europe. Most of the flights to eastern Europe and Asia are handled by Schönefeld.

Airport Tegel (TXL)

Tegel is situated in north-west berlin, approximately 8 km from the city-centre. The airport is located conveniently within Berlin , in ca. 15 minutes the western city centre can be reached.

Apart from the buses 109 and 128 the bus X9 which leaves from the train station Zoologischer Garten connects the airport to the city centre, this bus stops only at the main subway stations, therefore the ride doesn't take long. There is also the JetExpressBus TXL which links the avenue Unter den Linden, in the eastern city centre, with the airport.

  • Bus 109, 128, X9, TXL
Airport Schönefeld (SXF)

Schönefeld is situated in the southeast of Berlin, approximately 18 km from the city centre. The airport is connected with the city centre by the S-Bahn (suburban train) lines S49 and S9 as well as with several AirportExpress trains that run from/to Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof every half an hour. S45 and S9 need about 45 minutes for the trip to the centre, the trains take 15 min (from/to Ostbahnhof) to 30 min (from/to Zoologischer Garten). All trains and the S-Bahn stop at the station "Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld". A free bus shuttle circulates between this station and the airport terminal every 10 minutes.

  • S9, S45
  • 162, 163, 171, 736, N46, N60

Train Connections

You can reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast InterCityExpress-, InterCity-, EuroCity- and InterRegio Trains.

The new central station Berlin Hauptbahnhof was opened on May, 28 2006. A new railway concept with new stations was also installed. All train-stations are well connected to the public transport.

Berlin by Car

All motorways to Berlin lead to the Berliner Ring (A10). From there you can get to the inner city on various access roads.

If your destination is situated in the western city, you should use the A115. The A113 takes you to to the south-east quarters. For access to the north of the city, make use of the A114 for Pankow/Weissensee, for Reinickendorf the A111.

Berlin has two city centres: city west and city east. Please notice, that the direction sign "Mitte" leads to the district "Mitte", that means city east. The western city is situdated around the Kurfürstendamm, driving time from "Mitte" appr. 15 minutes.

from Hannover, Frankfurt und München:

After reaching Berlin city limits leave the highway immediately choosing gateway Zehlendorf and drive along Potsdamer Chaussee/Straße and Clayallee to Garystraße.

from Hamburg:

Ride along highway Hamburg – Berlin up to gateway Berlin-Heiligensee, drive on in the direction of Heiligensee resp. Tegel Airport using the inner city highway up to the gateway of Hohenzollerndamm, then drive along Hohenzollerndamm, Clayallee to Garystraße

Environmental Zone

An environmental zone came into force in Berlin on 1 January 2008, which covers the area within the so-called S-Bahn ring, the suburban railway line encircling central Berlin. Vehicles may only enter this area if they are marked with a valid windscreen sticker showing that their emissions do not exceed a specified level of fine particulates. Special traffic signs have been erected on the roads, clearly showing where the environmental zone begins. Although the southern part of the city motorway is located within the suburban railway ring, it is not classified as part of the environmental zone because it is also used as a way of bypassing the restricted area. Stickers are issued by the vehicle registration authority and by exhaust gas test organisations such as TÜV and DEKRA.

To drive a vehicle inside the environmental zone without the appropriate sticker is an offence, which can result in a fine and a penalty point on the driving licence.

Additional details can be found here.


By Taxi

  • Tegel Airport, approx. 30 minutes
    cost: approx. 15.00 €
  • Schönefeld Airport, approx. 45 minutes
    cost: approx. 33.00 €
  • Berlin Central Station, approx.15 minutes
    cost: approx. 11.00 €

Taxi ranks are situated at all major traffic junctions.

The “Winktarif“ is recommended for short distances. This is a special rate (for max 2 kilometres) – if you flag down a taxi and ask for a short lift, the ride will cost only 3.50 €. You must tell the driver you’d like the “Winktarif” upon entering the cab. The fare is only valid for cabs hailed on the street, not for ordered taxis or those waiting at taxi stands.

Phone numbers of taxi companies


+49 30 210202

Funk-Taxi Berlin

+49 30 261026

Funk-Taxi Berlin

+49 8 00 261026 (toll free)

Travel around Berlin

Berlin is well-organized with fast and efficient forms of public transportation including a subway system (U-Bahn) and above ground trains (S-Bahn), and an extensive bus and trolley car network.

Check this link for more information:

Public Transport

When travelling by bus, underground or S-Bahn within Berlin, please use the ticket for zone AB.

by bus:

Take bus 111 until Henry Ford Bau (bus stop right in front of Henry Ford Bau).

by underground (U-Bahn):

Take line U1, get off at Thielplatz (10 min. walking distance to Henry Ford Bau).

Kindly note that parking possibilities in the near surroundings of the Henry Ford Bau are limited.

Access to venue from airport
Tegel: Catch bus X9 or bus 109 (direction of Hertzallee/Zoologischer Garten), get off at Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, get on underground line U7 (direction of Rudow); change train at Fehrbelliner Platz getting on line U1 (direction of Krumme Lanke), get off at Thielplatz (approx. 35 min. ride time)

Access to venue from train stations
Bahnhof Wannsee: Bus 118, get off at U station Oskar-Helene-Heim (approx. 25 min. ride time)

Bahnhof Zoo: Catch underground line U9 (direction of Rathaus Steglitz), change train at Spichernstraße getting on line U1 (direction of Krumme Lanke), get off at Thielplatz (approx. 25 min. ride time);

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