Berlin Airports

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Tegel: Berlin’s main airport

Tegal is the main international airport in Berlin. Its origins were in the cold war — during the Berlin airlift — when blockaded by the Soviets, the West flew supplies in to support the enclave of West Berlin. Over 200,000 flights were made in one year and Tegel was constructed to help achieve this. Today the airport consists of 5 small terminals and is a hub for most major airlines.

Schönefeld: the airport of East Berlin

Schönefeld Airport is a smaller international airport in the south of Berlin. The new Brandenburg Airport is being constructed alongside it. It was the former airport of East Berlin and today is used predominantly by smaller budget airlines.

Coming soon: Berlin Brandenburg airport

Berlin will in the future have a one new airport: Berlin Brandenburg Airport, but a number of issues have consistently delayed its opening. The new airport is planned to replace both current Berlin airports: Berlin Tegel Airport and Berlin Schönefeld Airport. When it does open Berlin Brandenburg Airport will have a capacity for around 27 million passengers per year. It will have over 20,000 employees and its own train station.

Top Things to do once you get to Berlin

WWII Past & Present Tour

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Urban Jungle: The Alternative Side

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Car Tour through East & West Berlin with a Local

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You have many options to get to and from Berlin airports:

  • Shuttle services run to selected hotels. Some shuttle companies have desks in the terminals but it’s best to book online in advance.
  • If you decide to pick a private driver as your Withlocals host, he can bring you to the city easily
  • There are taxi stands outside — taxis in Berlin are reliable and efficient (but can be pricey).
  • To and from Berlin Airports via bus is also effortlessly simple — there are bus stops outside the main terminals and ticket machines available nearby — or you can simply buy a ticket direct from the bus driver.
  • For Tegel Airport the X9 Bus is the one to look for — departing every five to ten minutes in the direction of Zoo Station. It’ll take you about twenty minutes to get there, and once you are — any destination in the city can be accessed from the Zoo Station through the S-Bahn or U-Bahn train networks.
  • Schönefeld Airport is served by S-Bahn train station only a 5 minute walk from the terminal. Trains depart from the airport to the city center every 10 minutes.
  • Rental cars are available — with main rental companies represented at the terminals of Airports in Berlin. It’s always best to book online first for convenience — plus you’ll likely save money.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Mike Martin
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Berlin Metro Tour

Martin’s subway tour was a real highlight of my trip to Berlin. I’d taken his Alternative Berlin on my last trip and jumped at the chance to hear more of his stories. 2 friends of mine joined along and we had a great time. Martin has a treasure trove of stories and insight into life in this amazing city. A trip here wouldn’t be the same without having him show me around. There are so many layers in Berlin. He does a fantastic job of providing historical and cultural context. Ask him about the byob wine garden! It’s a must see/do. Thanks!!

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Cynthia Sizwe
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Berlin History Tour With A Local

Our walking tour with Sizwe was superb...really a great way to get a comprehensive overview of the main historical sites from WWII. We saw so much in such a short period of time. Sizwe has a knack for how he delivers his overview while walking you through the sites.....without revealing too much before you get there...which adds to the impact. He was quick to respond via text before as we were coordinating the tour and he met us at our hotel on time. He took time to chat with us to gauge our level of knowledge and interests before we left for the tour. He then took us to our nearest train station, helped us buy our day passes, and then we travelled to the start of our tour. On top of the tour he gave us good general advice on where to go on our own (eg Museum Island and east side gallery). Plus he is a super nice and interesting guy. Would definitely recommend him. Sizwe we will see you in Porto some day! Cynthia & Minna

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Nicole Sizwe
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Berlin History Tour With A Local

Sizwe was personable and knowledgeable. He was flexible and adapted the tour to our interests. Great way to learn about Berlin.