The city of Berlin is in a near-constant state of change recently, so even if you visited a year or two ago it is worth another look. You may not even recognize it on second look. And if you are a fan of either of Berlin's airports, you will want to visit them both many times before 2011, because after that year both current airports will be no more, and a brand new giant airport will serve the city.
Berlin-Tegel Airport (airport code TXL) was once the primary airport serving West Berlin, and its location right in the city centre makes it an excellent choice for flying into Berlin - getting from the baggage carousel to your hotel is only a matter of minutes! The airlines flying to Tegel from the UK are Air Berlin (from Stansted) and British Airways (from Heathrow), but you can see a list of all the airlines serving this small Berlin airprt here (just look under the column marked TXL at the top).
Tegel Airport is so small and easy to navigate, you should have no need of any guidance to get where you want to go. But just in case, you can always consult the terminal map here. You can browse your dining options here, and your shopping options here. And, as mentioned, getting from Berlin-Tegel to Berlin city centre is extremely easy. You can take a bus or train into the city, or hire a taxi or your own car. No matter which method of transport you choose, you will be checking into your Berlin hostel or hotel quickly. The car hire agencies at the airport are listed here, as are the limousine and chauffeur services (if you are looking to spend a few extra quid!), and the rest of the public transport options are listed here.
Once upon a time, Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport (airport code SXF) was the only airport serving East Berlin. It is now the airport which will become the new single Berlin airport once the expansion and renovation is complete in 2011. It is in Brandenburg, to the south of Berlin, so the new airport will be called Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.
Whereas Berlin-Tegel has the corner on the convenience market, Berlin-Schönefeld is the city's home to a few of Europe's budget carriers. Jet2.com flies to Berlin-Schönefeld from Manchester, Ryanair flies from Stansted and Nottingham, and easyJet flies from Belfast International, Bristol, Glasgow, Gatwick and Luton. A complete list of airlines serving this airport is here (just follow the column marked SXF).
Generally speaking, getting around the airport is no problem. But during the construction and expansion work at Schönefeld, a terminal map like this one will probably come in very handy. Your dining options are listed here, and your shopping options here. Getting from Schönefeld into Berlin city centre is easy with the transport choices available. There is both bus and rail service from the airport, and there is even an AirportExpress rail line which will have you at the Berlin-Hauptbanhof in less then one half hour. The Schönefeld railway station is connected to the terminals via a covered footpath (and a five minute walk) or one of two bus lines which also stop at the railway station. More information about the bus and rail service to Schönefeld is here. If you prefer to hire a car, you can do so from one of the agencies listed here.
Have a fabulous time in Berlin, and if you require any additional information for your city break, be sure to check our Berlin Travel Guide.
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