The Berlin public transport system is efficient, if expensive, and the combination of buses, trams, ferries, the U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (commuter rail) covers every part of the sprawling city and its surrounds. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn are the best ways of getting around. Buses reach the parts of the city that cannot be reached by train, and East Berlin has a network of modernised pre-war trams. One type of ticket is valid on all forms of transport and fares are divided into three colour-coded tariff zones. Driving in Berlin is easier than in most big cities but still not recommended. Traffic is heavy and parking difficult to find and expensive. Taxis and ride-sharing apps are both plentiful, while cycling is a fun and cheap way to get around. There is an extensive network of bike paths around the city, and bikes can be taken onto most forms of public transport, provided a bike ticket is purchased.
The airport is situated five miles (8km) northwest of the centre of Berlin.
Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL)
LocationThe airport is situated five miles (8km) northwest of the centre of Berlin.
Getting to the city
The most convenient and cost effective way to get to and from the airport is by bus. Buses connect with the subway and overground train stations. Taxis are readily available outside the airport terminals on both levels.
TimeGMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Vehicle hire companies represented at the airport include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, National and Sixt.
Taxis are readily available outside airport terminals A, C, and E. Avoid touts and unlicensed taxis. Private hotel shuttle services to and from Berlin-Tegel Airport are also available.
Transfer between terminals
The airport terminals are all connected by walkways.
Facilities include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, business centres and baby rooms. There are several shops, including duty-free, and a selection of restaurants. Disabled facilities are good; travellers with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
There are a number of parking lots at Berlin-Tegel Airport, all within easy walking distance of the terminal building.