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Getting from Berlin Tegel Airport to Central Train Station

The two travel options from Berlin airport to central train station, officially called Hauptbahnhof Station, are either by taxi or bus. A Berlin Tegel airport taxi ride is the faster of the two and will take approximately 14 minutes to reach the station. Under normal traffic conditions the travel cost should not exceed 32€. On the other hand, besides the inconvenience of personal space the TXL express is a practical alternative to the taxi. The bus ride takes around 20 minutes to the station and the ticket costs 2.80€. 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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Comparison of the options

Taxi €32 14min 24/7
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Bus €5.60 20min 03:30–00:30

How to get from Berlin Tegel airport to Central Train Station by taxi

When arriving at Tegel airport there should always be available taxis in queue lines, ready to take travelers to any place within the district of Berlin. Although any taxi can be selected from the available ranks, it is preferred to take the first in line since it has been waiting at the station the longest. Also, it is suggested to avoid unclassified vehicles that do not clearly display their taxi licence in order to avoid fraud. A taxi from Tegel airport to Hauptbahnhof Station usually takes 14 minutes and costs around 32€.

Taxi fare from Berlin airport to Central Train Station

Under regular conditions the total cost of a taxi ride to Hauptbahnhof Station should not exceed 32€. However there are multiple variables that can affect the total price of the trip, such as the amount and size of luggage - 1€/luggage, the number of people on XL vehicles - 5€/person for groups of 4+, and lastly there is an extra charge of 1.50€ for non-cash payments.

*It is advised to pre-book your Berlin Tegel airport transfer in order to make sure that you get the best service available.


Taxis are definitely the fastest and safest way to travel from Berlin Tegel Airport to Hauptbahnhof Station. However, the ride comes at a pricey fare.

Editor’s Note

In front of the taxi ranks you can find the taxi service staff who can guide you to available taxis or summon special taxis at your request, such as XL vehicles or taxis =equipped with wheelchair ramps.

Useful Tips

Avoid unmarked vehicles that do not display their licence clearly because you are risking getting scammed.
Taxi drivers at the airport are obliged by law to accept any passenger and their requested destination within the state of Berlin.
Since 2007 it is strictly prohibited to smoke inside any taxi vehicle.

How to get from Berlin Tegel airport to Central Train Station by bus

The only available bus from Berlin airport to Hauptbahnhof Station is the TXL express, which conveniently does not make other stops throughout trip, is available every 6 minutes during most of the day and every 20 minutes after 7pm. Tickets for the bus within the district of Berlin cost 2.80€ Under regular circumstances the total travel time will take approximately 20 minutes.

How much is the bus from Berlin airport to Central Train Station?

All bus tickets within the district of Berlin cost 2.80€ for adults and 1.70€ for children aging 14 or less. Tickets are available at machines inside the airport, as well as at the ticket counter in the main terminal.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

Waiting time is 6 minutes.

Value for Money

The TXL express is available from 3:30am to 0:30am.

Where do I get it from?

The bus station for the TXL express is located right outside the main terminal of the airport. The easiest way to find the station is to follow the signs which are found throughout the airport or ask available staff members for direction.


Due to the huge amount of travelers at Berlin airport buses can sometimes be very clustered leaving little space for luggage. Moreover, your personal belongings are exposed for theft. Regardless, the TXL express is a very economical way to reach Hauptbahnhof Station while on average the trip will take just five minutes longer than the taxi.

Editor’s Note

It is preferred to wait for the next bus if the current one is already full in order to avoid having your personal belongings vulnerable to theft.

Useful Tips

Remember to get off the TXL express at Hauptbahnhof Station since it will continue its route to city centre.
When traveling with other people it is sometimes cheaper to buy group tickets. Information is available at the ticket counter.
Bus drivers are more than happy to help you reach your destination and provide tips for your stay in Berlin.

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 Hauptbahnhof Station?

The average taxi fare from Berlin Tegel Airport to Hauptbahnhof Station 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 Hauptbahnhof Station?

The bus tickets 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 Hauptbahnhof Station?

The distance from the airport to Hauptbahnhof Station is around 8.2 km.

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