If you arrive in Berlin by train, the Hop On Hop Off bus is easy to find. Just turn right when you come out of the main door fo the staion and you will find the boarding spot and little office selling tickets about 100 meters away.
Tours depart regularly and have narrations in several different languages.
This is an excellent way to get your bearings in any major city. You can choose what sights are worth returning to later or you can decide to get off and see them now before boarding another HOHO to take you to the next place you want to visit.
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Public Transport to and from the Airports
(Updated in May 2012 due to the fact that there are further delays in opening the new airport)
The new airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), now named after the former Chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt, seems to be one of the biggest and most shameful planning failures in the history of public building projects in Germany. Obviously it is a systemic failure, caused by sleepiness and lack of control which is in the hands of the local authorities and the central government.
Scheduled to be opened on 30 October 2011 an then in June 2012, the grand opening has now been re-scheduled to no earlier than 17 March 2013. The major cause are ongoing problems with the fire safety system. The chief planning engineer has been fired - but according to the German media the real culprits are the politicians who are part of the board of directors.
Tegel airport is too small to cope with the huge number of flights going in and out of Berlin.
Until Willy-Brandt-Flughafen starts operating, you depend on buses and taxis to get to and from the the city from and to Tegel airport. (And of course also after that date if you arrive on flights landing in Tegel.)
No subway or light railway line (S-Bahn) goes to this airport and the other major airport, Schönefeld, they mostly require a five minute walk to the terminal from the bus, S- and U-Bahn stations. The future airport will be conntected to the city and the rest of Germany by S-Bahn, regional and international trains.
Tegel is 8 km from the city centre(s) and Schönefeld 18 km. (I speak of city centres in plural as Berlin has no real centre, having been divided for such a long time.)
Bus transportation is straight forward. You can already get a day or multi-day pass at a BVG ticket counter at the airport. (BVG is Berlin’s public transportation system.)
You get to the airports as follows:
JetExpressBus TXL, X9 Flughafen Tegel
Bus 109, 128 Flughafen Tegel
RE7, RB14, RB22 Berlin-Flughafen Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
S45, S9 Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
163 S Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, followed by a five minute walk
Directly to the terminal: JetExpressBus X7, 162, 171, 734, 736, N60, N71 Flughafen Schönefeld (Terminal)
On this website you can check out which connection leads to the airport from the bus or train stop next to your accommodation. Click at the desired airport in the right hand corner, and then type in your station.
The BVG website with all the networks, timetables and research is www.bvg.de
To check connections go to
You can even type in street names and do not necessarily have to know the station you want to go to.
Tempelhof Airport - has been closed on 31 Oct 2008 -
U6 Platz der Luftbrücke, followed by a five minute walk
104, 248, N6 (weekdays only), N42 U Platz der Luftbrücke, followed by a five minute walk
104, 248 Flughafen Tempelhof, followed by a five minute walk
Zoologischer Garten Banhof
Zoologischer Garten Banhof, colloquialy called Banhof Zoo, was the central transport facility in West Berlin during the division of the city. It is originally Stadtbahn Station, openned in 1882. Following the launching of the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof in 2006, Banhof Zoo dramatically lost its importance.
Thanks to the local football fans it wasnt so boring and orderly.
Public Transport from AP Tegel
Check out the BVG homepage (public transport) 20 minutes from the AP but you need to cahnge:
Flughafen Tegel (Airport) (Berlin) ab: 19:04
Bus X9 Bus X9 Richtung: S+U Zoologischer Garten 
U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (Berlin) an: 19:08 Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (Berlin) ab: 19:13 Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
U7 U7 Richtung: U Rudow (Berlin) Verkehrsmeldung  
U Wilmersdorfer Str. (Berlin) an: 19:20 Aufzug Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
U Wilmersdorfer Str. (Berlin) Aufzug Blindenleitstreifen Fahrtreppe
Fußweg Fußweg Fußweg
S Charlottenburg (Berlin) an: 19:24
Schoenefeld - My Sorta Airport!
I've only flown once out of Schoenefeld but it's the sort of airport I love. It's small but has pretty much everything you could require, whether arriving or departing. The couple of cafe/bars are reasonably priced and friendly, there's ticket machines for public transport (both local and national) and a tourist information point.
I was flying out with EasyJet and was particularly impressed with the dedicated EasyJet terminal which has its own passport control and security which made getting through to airside almost a pleasure.
Yep - excellent little airport.
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Getting To Schoenefeld By Public Transport
If flying in or out of Berlin via Schoenefeld there are several public transport options including an Airport Express service from the Hbf via Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof. The Airport Express runs every thirty minutes with a journey time of about the same.
If travelling from the south of the city the best option is to either pick up the U7 to Rudow and then the bus onwards from there or the S9 from Ostkreuz. Journey times will obviously depend on your start station.
You should note that Schoenefeld is in zone C and so you will require an extra ticket if you only have an AB pass.
The airport website has the basic information and links to the VBB journey planner.
When you get to the Schoenefeld public transport terminus there's a well-signed covered walkway to the airport itself.
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Berlin's transportation is a unified system combining the U and S-Bahns of West Berlin with busses and the trams of East Berlin. The U and S-Bahns are the underground (U) system and the suburban trains (S). All of these can be accessed with the same tickets and everything is run by the BVG. You'll mostly be travelling in the AB region, and tickets for that cost two euros for a "einzelfahrausweis", or single ticket, which is valid for two hours after validation. For e5.60 you can also buy a day ticket, which is valid until 3am the next day. If your ticket isn't automatically franked with the date and time, like the ones you buy on the machines in trams, then you will need to validate your ticket in a machine, or else risk a fine. You will see this validating machines as you get on, but just watch what the locals do if you aren't sure. You can also buy weekly and monthly tickets, if you plan on staying a long time.
Be warned that the system can be confusing when it comes to the transition from East to West Berlin.
Berlin by Train
Being the capital city, Berlin is obviously well served by trains from all over the country. It is also the starting point for ventures to the east, with long-distance trains to places as far afield as Moscow and Kiev. Berlin currently has three main stations, with the Zoo and Ostbahnhof dealing with trains to western Europe and Bahnhof Lichtenberg handling those to the east. Berlin's new main station, built on the historic Lehrter Stadtbahnhof, was completed in 2006.
This are my first photos of Berlin, made from the inside of the shuttle on a way from the airport to the city. I landed at the airport of Schonefeld, which is smaller and used to be the East Berlin airport. It takes about 30 minutes by the shuttle to reach the town centre, crossing East Berlin roads which aren't traffic busy. Since it was very cloudy day the first impression about Berlin wasn't positive at all.
The first subway, called U-Bahn, was built and opened in Berlin in 1902, and serves 173 stations spread across the lines. Around 80% of the track length goes underground. Train runs every two to five minutes during peak hours and every ten minutes in the evening. Subway is rapid transit and major part of the public transport system of the city. S-Bahn is actually West Berlin system and was unified with the U-Bahn following the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.
U-Bahn & S-Bahn (metro)
In Berlin you have the U-Bahn & S-Bahn (metro), this is the metro system. The U-Bahn is the underground system and with a day ticket you can go everywhere, also valid for the city busses. The S-Bahn is an above ground train system for Berlin and suburbs.
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Bus 100 will bring you to all main touristic and historical places. It is much cheaper than the tourist tour busses and brings you to the seem sights. It starts at Axelander Platz and ends at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche.
It rides the circle round all day long. You can get on the bus with you metro (U-bahn ticket).
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Berlin's public system
Berlin's public system is in fact very comfortable and frequent. Under regular circumstances there's no need for using vehicle. Pls check out or download BVG's map with all their routes and mobility helper indications (showing wheelchair-accessible lifts and ramps) provided. Also among
alancollins' Berlin page are great transportation tips, detailled & helpful all of'em!
Concerning U.S. travelers
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin offers a full range of services for American citizens in the states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Saxony, Thueringen, Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg.
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Berlin's public transportation
Berlin has an extensive network system of underground lines (U-Bahn), urban railway lines (S-Bahn), buses and tramways (Tram), allowing you to reach every location and sight in town in a safe and convenient way.
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