Currently Berlin has two international airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF). That will change however
by 2011, when the expansion of Schoenefeld is scheduled to be completed. Then Tegel will be closed and the
Schoenefeld's new incarnation - the mighty Berlin Brandenburg International Airport - will handle all flights to and from
the capital.Tegel, in Reinickendorf, is the current official international airport of Berlin. It is also the busiest and every
year more than 11 million passengers travel through it (technically more than its actual legal capacity!).
Tegel is easily
accessible via public transport; just take buses X9, 109, 128 or TXL.Schoenefeld is situated south east of Berlin
in Brandenburg and serves principally charter flights and low-cost carriers (like EasyJet, Germanwings and Ryanair).
can get to Schoenefeld by train (RE7, RB22, RB14), the airport express, the overground S45 and S9 and the buses
162, 163, 171, 734, N60 and N71. By car you can take the A100 or the A113. More info on Berlin airports is available
As of 2006, Berlin is the proud owner of a spanking new main train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof. It was worth the wait!
The realization of the Hauptbahnhof project was a dream come true for the German capital which can now boast the
biggest train station in Europe, and probably the best looking too. It's vast latticed glass roof is a tourist attraction in
itself and sure to impress any visitor arriving by rail. All major services start from one of Hauptbahnhof's fourteen
platforms before heading on via some of Berlin's other prominent stations.
If you're travelling north to the likes of Gdansk, Riga or Vilnius expect to go via Berlin-Gesundbrunnen. Services to
Vienna, Ljubljana and Bucharest meanwhile pass through SĆ¼dkreuz. Services to Hamburg and Amsterdam via
Berlin-Spandau, and services to East European cities such as Prague, Cracow or Moscow go via Ostbahnhof.
Berlin's Central Bus Station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin, or ZOB) is found on Messedamm in Charlottenburg just
opposite the radio tower (Funkturm) and the International Congress Centre. From here you can travel to all major
destinations in Europe and Germany.
To get into central Berlin from the ZOB take the U2 (U-Bahn, line 2) at
Kaiserdamm, the S4, S45 or S46 (S-Bahn, lines 4, 45 and 46) at Witzleben, or the buses X34, X49, 104, 139 or
149 at Messedamm. There are waiting halls, luggage lockers, toilets, parking, taxi stands, restaurants and car rental
at the ZOB.
Whatever direction you are coming from you will enter Berlin via the Berliner Ring, the Autobahn (A10), that circles
The western part of the inner city is half circled by another Autobahn, the Berliner Stadtring (A100). From
the A100 you can get to the A10 on one of the following Autobahns: A111 to Hamburg and Rostock, A113 to Dresden
and Cottbus and A115 to Hannover and Leipzig (also called AVUS). In the north of Berlin there is the A114 that leads
to Szczecin (Poland).
Watch your speed as even on Autobahns the limit is sometimes as low as 80 km/h!