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How to get from Schönefeld airport into Berlin

If you’re visiting Berlin and want to know how to get from Schönefeld airport, into the heart of Berlin, it’s quick and easy by train. The train station is only 5-10 minutes walk from the Arrivals terminal and from there, you’re straight on the train into the city in around 45 minutes.

As you come from the baggage pick-up, into the arrivals hall, you can turn to your right to find a tourist information counter, where they can help you with train and city maps and sell you train travel cards too. There are a few different ticket options to consider. You can buy a ticket for a single journey with different price bands depending on how many different fare zones you cross. It will cost around €2.60 for a single ticket into the city. But it’s far better value if you’re in Berlin for a few days to buy a railcard. We bought the Berlin Welcome card, which is a travel card that also gives you discounted entrance to a wide range of Berlin sites. You can use the Berlin Welcome card on trains, buses and trams, so it takes any hastle out of getting around the city. When we visited in April 09 the prices were as follows;

Single Person Berlin Welcome Card (A & B fare zones)
48 hrs €16.50
72 hrs €22
5 days €9.50

Group Ticket for 1 adult & up to 3 children up to age 14 (ABC fare zones)
48 hrs €8.50
72 hrs €25
5 days €34.50

Once you come out of the arrivals hall, you turn left and see a walkway which leads to the train station. There’s a shuttle bus, but it’s pretty painless to follow the walkway directly to the station. Before you go onto the platforms, you need to buy your ticket at one of the machines if you haven’t already bought a travel card in the airport – they take credit cards. Once you have your ticket, you need to validate it in the machine at the entrance to the platform.

Head for the S-Bahn platform which has a White “S” on a green background. Take any S-Bahn in the direction “Spandau” which will take you through the station at “Alexanderplatz”, in the heart of Berlin. Check the train map and you can make a change to any other part of the city you need to go. You’ll probably find good directions on the website of your hotel or hostel.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    girona airport
    September 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    quite good information but how to get to the train station when someone has some luggage with oneself.is it better to get a taxi or some bus service is also available or its just adjacent

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    Heather Cowper
    September 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Girona airport

    If your luggage has wheels I would still walk as there is a flat covered walkway and ramps down to the station. If you are not so mobile, I believe there is also a shuttle bus – can’t remember if there were trollies available.

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    girona airport
    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your guidance.I really appreciate it.i think the wheel option is good for me.I will see to it that i can use wheels there or not and check about trolly too.Will let you know.
    regards

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    blue topaz earrings
    March 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I am planning a trip to Berlin this year. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free.

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    duncan edwards
    August 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    thanks for info, i am going with a group of 20 have you any ideas on what cabs would cost to friedrichshain at all , thankyou for your assistance

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    Heather Cowper
    August 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    @ Duncan So sorry but I don’t have any idea about the cabs but the public transport via s-bahn was so efficient and I expect would be fine for a big group.

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    SUE
    September 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Can you buy the Welcome Card on a debit card or with cash…what if you don’t have a Credit Card?

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    Heather Cowper
    September 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    @ Sue We bought the Welcome card from the tourist information desk at the airport and as I remember we paid by debit card but of course cash would be fine and there would be currency exchange points in the airport

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    Nack
    June 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Hei if i go to berlin with myboyfried shall i buy 1 welcomecard or 2 welcomecard? thx u so much^^

  • Reply
    pavlin
    September 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Our company specializes in private car service in Berlin. Having passed trough customs and
    the baggage claim area, passengers will be welcomed by the driver holding a sign with their
    name on it. All vehicles are brand new and air-conditioned.
    The luggage is always inside the car, never on racks mounted on top.

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    bettie
    April 9, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I’ll arriving the new airport at Berlin around 10:30PM. What is the best way to go to the city? Is the transportaion 24 hours service?

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    Daniel Zuckerhaus
    May 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    The best way to get into the city centre is with a airportcap for 20€. Or with the TXL Bus for 3€. The disadvantage with the bus is, that you have to carry your bags and get around by yourself with the public transport. But I would recommend that.
    Daniel

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    bayoumy
    May 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    hi, i am travelling me, my wife and my three kids , 3,5 and less than 1 year old, i want to know what’s the best way to reach berlin from schonefeld airport to kuffurstendamm street in central berlin, thanks alot.

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      Heather Cowper
      May 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      @Bayoumy I think the best thing is if you search for your route on the S-Bahn website http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/ – It’s just a short walk from the airport arrivals hall to the station and there is an information desk in the arrivals hall to help you. I’d recommend that you look into buying a travel card at the airport, as I remember it was a very good value for a family and covered travel on all the trains, trams and buses. The German transport system is very easy and efficient. You could also check on the website of your hotel or accommodation for more information on the train connections.

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    antalya cnc
    January 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

    If you are not so mobile, I believe there is also a shuttle bus – can’t remember if there were trollies available.

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    antalya rafting
    January 13, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I will see to it that i can use wheels there or not and check about trolly too.Will let you know.

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    antalya transfer
    January 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I’d recommend that you look into buying a travel card at the airport, as I remember it was a very good value for a family and covered travel on all the trains, trams and buses.
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    transferim
    January 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Thank you so much for your guidance.I really appreciate it.i think the wheel option is good for me.

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    alanya transfer
    January 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    i am going with a group of 20 have you any ideas on what cabs would cost to friedrichshain at all , thankyou for your assistance
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