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Getting from Berlin Tegel Airport to City Centre

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How to get from Berlin Tegel Airport to City Centre

Berlin Tegel Airport offers two means of transportation to the city centre of Berlin; taxi rides and a reliable system of express buses. The Berlin Tegel airport taxi ride will take approximately 24 minutes, it is the fastest way to get to the city centre and the trip will cost around 32€. On the other hand, the more cost efficient options are the three buses available at all times at the airport. The TXL express heading directly to the city center with a fare of 2.80€ and a duration of 37 minutes and the X9/109 heading to the central Zoologischer Garten Station which is linked to the two main metro networks of Berlin S-Bahn and U-Bahn for 2.80€ and a duration of 20 minutes. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Berlin at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.


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Berlin cathedral, city centre

Comparison of the options

Taxi €32 25min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €32 25min 24/7
A trusted, professional driver will pick you up at the gate right on time. Excellent reviews, flat price, no hidden fees, flexible cancellation.
Bus €5.60 37min 03:30–00:30


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How to get from Berlin Tegel airport to city centre by taxi

The taxi ranks at Tegel Airport offer a wide variety of vehicles to accommodate any group of travellers. The cars are recognized by their cream white colour and a distinctive black and yellow roof sign. Make sure to avoid unlicensed drivers who might approach you at the terminals as you come out, because they will charge you excessively. Lastly, the trip to the city of Berlin should cost around 32€ and ranges from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the traffic conditions.

Taxi fare from Berlin airport to city centre

Although, the price to the city centre may vary depending on the exact destination and traffic, the cost under normal conditions should be around 32€. The official legal fare is 2€/km which is very useful in estimating the approximate cost of your trip if you know the distance. The fares might also change based on the amount and size of your luggage. Holiday seasons and the time of the day have no effect to the taxi fares.

The initial fare is at 3.40€ and the driver is obliged to drive you from the fastest route unless directed otherwise.

*It is recommended to book your Berlin Tegel airport transfer in advance in order to save time and to ensure that there are no communication issues with the drivers.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
€ 32
€ 32
25 min
€ 32
€ 32
25 min
€ 32
€ 32
14 min
€ 32
€ 32
18 min
€ 58
€ 58
32 min
€ 32
€ 32
20 min
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Regardless of day and traffic, the Tegel airport taxi option is most certainly the fastest way to the centre of Berlin. Moreover, you don't have to worry about the safety of your personal belongings.

Editor’s Note

Always ask for receipt when you arrive at your destination since it will have the driver's phone number in case you forget personal items in the car.

Useful Tips

Avoid impostor taxi drivers at the terminals who will certainly charge you excessively.
Credit/debit card payments are always accepted.
Avoid paying with large bank notes because drivers might not have enough change.
It is preferred to ask the taxi service staff to direct you to a taxi.

How to get from Berlin Tegel airport to city centre by bus

The two buses that take you to the central Zoologischer Garten Station are the X9 and 109, each bus should be available at the station every 10 minutes and the ticket price for both is 2.80€. However, the X9 is faster since it makes 6 less stops than the 109. Unfortunately, after reaching the Zoo station you will need to use Berlin's main metro network U-Bahn to reach the downtown area. The official duration for the X9 is 20 minutes and for the 109 is 30 minutes. The third option is the TXL express which goes to the city centre through Hauptbahnhof Station, waiting time is 6 minutes, ticket price is 2.80€ and the official travel duration is 37 minutes.

How much is the bus from Berlin airport to city centre?

All bus tickets cost 2.80€ and 1.70€ for children aging 14 or less.

Tickets can easily be purchased inside the airport from ticket machines at terminal A or at the ticket office in the main terminal.



Trip Duration

37 Min.

Waiting time is 6-10 minutes.

Value for Money

The 109 is available from 4:30am to 0:30am. The X9 and TXL express are both available from 3:30am to 0:30am.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stations are right outside terminal B, to reach the stations follow the signs or ask any service staff for directions.


The bus is a very nice alternative to the taxi since the cost of 2.80€ per person is only a fraction of the taxi fare. Moreover, you have the option to go directly to the city centre in 37 minutes with the TXL express or use X9/109 to reach the main metro station of Berlin in just 20 minutes. The only inconvenience is having your luggage and personal belongings exposed.

Editor’s Note

Always remember to validate your ticket when you get on the bus to avoid getting fined in case of an inspection.

Useful Tips

Always keep an eye on your personal belongings.
When the bus is already full it is recommended to wait for the next one since the luggage space is limited.
A single ticket is valid for two hours and allows you to travel with any number of changes towards your destination.
If you are going to spend your day traveling in the city it is recommend to buy a day pass.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Berlin. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Berlin airport to city centre?

The average taxi fare from Berlin Tegel Airport to the city centre is 32€. Holiday seasons and the time of the day have no effect to the taxi fares.

How much is a bus ticket from Berlin airport to city centre?

The bus tickets, regardless of what bus you take leaving the airport, cost 2.80€ for adults and 1.70€ for children from the age of 6 to 14.

How far is it from Berlin airport to the city centre?

The distance from the airport to the city centre of Berlin is around 11km, depending of the route you take.

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