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

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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Robert Miha
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Drive through the History of Postdam

We learned so much about the past and present of this amazing city with Miha. He gave us a glimpse of what living in Berlin has to offer for people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds, varying ages and sexual preferences. He is modern, down to earth but with both a deep appreciation of history and enthusiasm for a greener future. Bravo Miha. You have two new American friends.

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Mike Martin
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The Best of Hidden Berlin

This was my third tour with Martin and he never fails to impress. This time we did a mostly customized tour which began in Potsdamer Platz and ended with a well-earned beer just past Christopher Isherwood's house. During the tour visited lots of historically and politically relevant sites. But the highlight (believe it or not) was likely when Martin charmed his way past the gatekeeper of the world's most decadent powder room and allowed us to stand mouths agape in wonder for several minutes. It was a place that really needs to be seen to be believed. Martin always knows where to find magic in this city.

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Andrew Alexander
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Berlin Like a Local: Drinking Experience

All 7 in our group enjoyed the "Beer Tour" experience with Alexander. He met us when and where he said he would. After the first quick stop, we walked the streets with a beer in our hands "like a local Berliner". The next stop was a delightful beer garden where my wife had "the best beer she has ever had" and a pretzel. The craft beer stop added yet a different view of Berlin beers. We ended at a restaurant for a light supper and with yet a different Berlin beer experience. Alex was friendly, talkative, and added the personal touch making the tour well worth it!