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Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)
Information on the airport’s connections and its surrounding area.
Terminal 5 closed
Terminal 5 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been closed since 23 February 2021. All flights are handled in Terminals 1 + 2.
Please note that the associated stop "Flughafen BER – Terminal 5" continues to be serviced by S-Bahn trains.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) - Willy Brandt
Tourist information hubs are located inside Terminal 1, level E0 – arrival area 1, as well as inside Terminal 5 (formerly: Schönefeld Airport, currently closed), area L in the main hall on the ground floor.
SXF and TXL become BER!
At 35.65 million passengers in 2019, Berlin is Germany’s third busiest airport location. For a long time, the city had two active airports, Berlin-Tegel Airport to the north-west of the city centre and Berlin-Schönefeld Airport in south-east Berlin.
What has changed
Tegel Airport has been closed since 8 November 2020, on 31 October 2020, all air traffic moved to Schönefeld. To accommodate the change, a new airport was built: Berlin Brandenburg or BER. Besides several newly constructed terminals, BER also incorporates the former Schönefeld Airport, which has been renamed “Flughafen BER – Terminal 5”. However, Terminal 5 has been permanentlyclosed since 23 February 2021, with all air transport being handled in Terminals 1 and 2 since then. Terminal 2 started operations on 24 March 2022.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport connections
BER consists of three terminals
T1 and T2 are centrally located between the airstrips, while T5 (formerly: Schönefeld Airport, currently closed) can be found in the airport’s northern zone. All terminals are connected to the city centre and surrounding region by bus and rail: T1 and T2 via the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2" stop found right underneath T1; T5 via the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 5" stop just 10 minutes’ walk from T5 (see Terminal 5 map).
The Airport-Express is now FEX
The airport express (short: FEX, formerly Airport-Express) connects the airport and Berlin’s city centre. On this regional train, the standard VBB fare (Berlin ABC) applies and the whole trip, from the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2" stop to Berlin’s central station, takes approx. half an hour. Please note: FEX does not stop a the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 5" station.
Excellent rail connections to the city centre and surroundings
During peak times, 6 S-Bahn trains per hour (lines S45 or S9) stop at BER, reaching the new airport approx. every 10 minutes. These trains arrive from Südkreuz or Spandau station via the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 5" stop and the new Waßmannsdorf stop to the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2" station.
The FEX leaves Berlin Central Station twice every hour, while regional services (RE7, RB22 and RB14) stop at the airport 7 times per hour. Further connections include the long-distance IC17 from Warnemünde via Berlin Central Station and Südkreuz resp. the service from the opposite direction (Dresden) every two hours.
Since 28 June 2020, regular VBB tickets have been valid for travel between Berlin Central Station and Elsterwerda on the Warnemünde-Dresden IC17 train.
Reach the airport by bus
Supplementing several city and regional buses, the X7 and X71 express buses connect the Rudow U-Bahn stop (last stop on the U7 line) with both terminals. Travel time to Terminal 1-2 is approx. 20 minutes with buses leaving every 10 minutes.
A luxury coach express connection expands your airport travel choices. The BER2 AirportShuttle from Potsdam Hbf via Terminal 5 to Terminal 1-2 and back adds 16 connections per day. Travel time from Potsdam is a little under an hour and an express charge of 6 euros in addition to the standard fare Berlin BC applies. All AirportShuttle tickets are available from the driver.
Transfer between terminals
Travellers scheduled to leave from Terminal 5 who take a regional or long-distance train to the "Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2" stop are advised to change here and take an S-Bahn to "Flughafen BER – Terminal 5" (two stops). S-Bahn trains connecting the two stations leave every ten minutes. Alternatively, you can take an X7 or X71 express bus. Please note that transfer between both terminals, including walks, will take you at least 20 minutes!
Please note that a valid VBB ticket is required for travel between terminals.
Clever: A special button on airport ticket machines takes you straight to the right fare for terminal transfers.
All connections at a glance
Getting the right ticket
Berlin’s transport network is divided into different fare zones. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is located in fare zone C.
- If you are traveling to the city centre, you will need a ticket for the fare zone combination ABC.
- If your trip doesn’t leave the outskirts, purchase a ticket for fare zone BC.
- If you are planning to take several public transport journeys on the same day, you might be better off with a day ticket, a 4-trip ticket, or a tourist ticket (see below for options).
Please remember to validate your ticket before use.
Buy your tickets here
Please be aware that all tickets need to be purchased before the start of travel. You cannot buy tickets on S-Bahn or regional trains.
BER Terminal 1-2:
- Ticket machines are available inside T1, level E0, near the baggage claim area; inside T1, level E0, near the bus stop; inside T1, level U1, near the stairs and access to the trains; and inside T1, level U2, on platforms 1 +2, 3 + 4, and 5 + 6.
- Ticket counters are located inside T1, level E0, and inside T1, level U1 (DB Travel Centre, 7 am – 10 pm).
- Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, bus tickets are currently not available from the bus drive
BER Terminal 5:
- Ticket machines are available inside T5, area M arrivals (currently closed), at the S-Bahn station “Flughafen BER Terminal 5“, and inside the tunnel.
- Ticket counters are located inside T5, area M arrivals, and inside T5, area L (both currently closed).
- Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, bus tickets are currently not available from the bus driver.
Even easier by app:
- Download the DB Navigator app (iOs / Android) to your smartphone.
- Buy the desired ticket from the integrated ticket shop.
- Get notified of delays or train cancellations via push messages.
Airport button: the right ticket in just two clicks!
All ticket machines in Berlin’s city centre now feature a special airport button with an easy-to-spot airport icon. This helps visitors identify the right ticket for their trip to the airport. Depending on the machine’s location, the machine will automatically display the correct fare.
Special deals for tourists
Special tourist tickets facilitate easy, convenient, and affordable access to the city’s main tourist attractions. These tickets are valid for all public transport within the chosen fare zone and period.