Airports

Berlin has three international airports. One of the most important hubs is Schönefeld International Airport located about 11 miles from Berlin city centre. There is a shuttle bus service which runs between this airport and the city centre, or alternatively there is an AirportExpress train which operates an efficient service connecting the airport and the city in just 30 minutes.

Tegel International Airport is the second airport in Berlin which is around five miles from the city centre and is well connected by the bus service. The third airport in Berlin is the Tempelhof Airport which is smaller than the other two airports and is about four miles from the city centre. It mainly operates national flights and one international flight to Brussels.

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can travel to Berlin by train. Long distance trains stop in Berlin Hauptbahnhof which was opened in May 2006. Hauptbahnhof is the largest crossing station in Europe covering a surface area of 70,000 square metres, with five floors, restaurants and lots shops. This station is renowned for its size, service and glass dome which provides its shelter. The trains which arrive in Berlin are operated by Deutsche Bahn.

Travelling to Berlin by car or coach is simple as Germany has great roads and there are no tolls for using the motorways.

Public transport in Berlin

Berlin has a very efficient urban transport network which includes the metro, tramway, suburban trains (S-Bahn) and ferry.

The city bus service runs a tourist route on buses 100 and 200, which stop at the main tourist attractions in the city. Apart from these routes, there are more than 1,300 buses in Berlin which operate 150 routes by day and 54 by night.

The metro in Berlin is renowned as one of the most efficient, user-friendly systems in Europe and together with the suburban train network, it connects the whole city. The metro has nine efficient lines which stop at 170 stations and transport 400 million passengers each year.

The most cost-effective way of using the public transport is to buy a day ticket or likewise a weekly or monthly pass depending on how long and how often you wish to travel. To make the most of your stay in Berlin you can purchase the Welcome Card which enables you to use any type of public transport for three days and it also offers discount for some museums. 

If you fancy a bit of exercise you can visit Berlin by bicycle. Berlin has great cycle paths and there are many shops where you can hire a bicycle or tandem.

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