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What is the distance from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to the centre of Berlin?
The distance from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to the city centre (Alexanderplatz) is 27 kilometres / 16.8 miles, the journey time by car is 45 minutes.
From BER Airportto Berlin City centreby Taxi
Train and S-Bahn to Berlin
Berlin Brandenburg Airport has its own railway station and is therefore easily accessible by public transport. Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 Bahnhof is located under Terminal 1 at a maximum 5-minute walk from Terminal 1 Arrivals and Terminal 2 Arrivals. From here, trains run to the capital of Germany. The regional trains FEX Flughafenexpresszug, RE8 and RB23 offer the most frequent connection, you have a travel option to and from the airport every 15 minutes. It is also possible to travel to the city centre by Intercity train and S-Bahn S9, however the Intercity runs not as often and S-Bahn S9 takes 15 to 20 minutes more to Alexanderplatz and Berlin Hauptbahnhof. The journey time from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Berlin Hauptbahnhof is 28 to 41 minutes, depending on which train you take. From 2025, the FEX Airport-Express will run to Berlin Hbf via Südkreuz and Potsdamer Platz, reducing travel time to just 20 minutes. The price for a ticket (Einzelfahrausweis Berlin ABC, valid for 120 minutes) is € 4.00 for adults and € 2.90 for children from 6 up to 14 years. Please consult website BVG and website VBB for more information.
FEX Flughafenexpresszug: Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 – Ostkreuz – Gesundbrunnen – Hauptbahnhof (30 minutes) / every 30 minutes
RE8: Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 – Ostkreuz – Ostbahnhof – Alexanderplatz (26 min.) – Friedrichstraße – Hauptbahnhof … / every 60 minutes
RB23: Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 – Ostkreuz – Ostbahnhof – Alexanderplatz (28 min.) – Friedrichstraße – Hauptbahnhof … / every 60 minutes
S-Bahn S9: Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 – Ostbanhhof – Alexanderplatz – Friedrichstraße – Hauptbahnhof – Spandau / every 20 minutes
S-Bahn S45: Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 – 12 intermediate stations including Neukölln – Berlin Südkreuz (40 minutes) / every 20 minutes
SAVING TIPS: You can buy four tickets at once for zones ABC, a ‘4-Fahrten-Karte’ costs € 14.40, i.e. € 3.60 per ticket (120 minutes). If you are travelling in a group, you can get a ’24-Stunden-Karte Kleingruppe’, the price is € 31.00 (maximum 5 people). The card is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase. In Berlin, tickets are available through BVG Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe and VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg, there is no difference in price. A Berlin WelcomeCard including public transport in zones ABC is highly recommended for tourists.
Bus and metro/U-Bahn to Berlin
Next to the train and S-Bahn, you can travel by bus between Berlin Brandenburg Airport and the city of Berlin. The airport bus stops are located in front of Terminal 1 Arrivals. One of the bus services is bus line X7 that connects Terminal 1-2 with metro station Rudow, the journey time is 16 minutes from Terminal 1-2. Metro line 7 (U-Bahn) runs between Rudow in the southeast of Berlin and Rathaus Spandau in the northwest of the city. The metro connects Rudow with the south of Berlin, including Neukölln and Kreuzberg. The journey time from metro station Rudow to U-Bahnhof Möckernbrücke (U1, U3, U7) 1.5 kilometres southeast of Checkpoint Charlie and Jüdisches Museum is only 25 minutes. Both the bus and metro run every 5 minutes. In the future, metro line 7 will be extended to Berlin Brandenburg Airport, so that changes mode of transport is no longer necessary. The price for a ticket (Einzelfahrausweis Berlin ABC, valid for 120 minutes) is € 4.00 for adults and € 2.90 for children aged 6 to 14. You can also use bus line X71 towards Alt-Mariendorf via Rudow, this bus runs every 20 minutes.
Top 5 sights in Berlin
1. Berlin Wall – free to visit!
2. Reichstag, including plenary chamber and glass dome
3. Museuminsel: skip-the-line tickets for Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum and DDR Museum
4. Berliner Fernsehturm Fast View Ticket
5. 1-hour city tour by boat on the Spree past the Reichstag and Berliner Dom
Train to Potsdam
The state capital of Brandenburg is directly accessible from the airport, the regional train RB22 runs between Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 railway station and Potsdam Hauptbahnhof central station. Travel time between the airport and Potsdam is 51 minutes, trains run every hour in both directions. Keep in mind, you have to take the train to Potsdam Griebnitzsee at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, not RB22 in the direction of Königs Wusterhausen. A train ticket costs € 3.80 for adults and € 2.50 for children aged 6 to 14 (Einzelfahrschein, Berlin BC), which can be purchased from the ticket machines at the stations. Please consult website Deutsche Bahn for more information.
Train to Dresden and Rostock
Berlin Brandenburg Airport offers a direct connection to two major cities in eastern Germany: Dresden and Rostock. Both cities have their own airport, but with far fewer connections. A direct Intercity train runs every two hours to Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Dresden in Saxony. Trains depart from Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 railway station. A train journey between the airport and Rostock Hbf takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, travel time from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Dresden Hbf is 1 hour and 35 minutes. You can buy tickets online and at the stations from the ticket machines. Please consult website Deutsche Bahn for more information.
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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket
Discover Berlin’s many points of interest on an open-top double-decker bus. Discover the German capital. See the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz, and much more.
Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket
Offering breathtaking views over the German capital, the TV Tower cuts a striking image against the Berlin skyline. Secure yourself a hassle-free entrance ticket to this famous city attraction and bypass the infamous queues of people lining up outside.
Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)
Explore Berlin with a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-day Berlin WelcomeCard. Ride public transport in the ABC zones, including Berlin Brandenburg Airport, receive discounts of up to 50% with many partners, and benefit from the pocket travel guide.
Berlin: Sights and Highlights Bike Tour
Enjoy an exciting journey through the history of Berlin by bike and discover the most famous sights in the city. On this 3.5-hour bike tour you ride through Prenzlauer Berg, past Museum Island, along the Berlin Wall, and to the Government District.
Berlin: 3.25-Hour Spree & Landwehrkanal Boat Tour
Discover the Berlin skyline on a city cruise and see more than 40 bridges over the Landwehr Canal and river Spree. Admire the diverse architecture of the city, including Museum Island.
Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating
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Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin
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Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour
Enjoy a tour through Berlin's parliament district and visit the chamber and dome of the Reichstag. Learn more about history, architecture, and politics in the heart of political Berlin.
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