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How to get from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre of Berlin

Many refer to Berlin as the ideal place for a city break, due to its delicious local food, historical architecture and green spaces. The city welcomes millions of visitors each year and Berlin’s new airport is set to make their experience even better by introducing a new era of air travel to Berlin. Brandenburg airport (BER) is very well-connected to the city centre and offers a wide range of transportation options to get there. A reliable network of trains and buses are available, but Brandenburg airport taxis are the most convenient option. Your journey will range from 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the transportation method you choose. 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

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €49 40min 24/7
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Bus €6.80 30min 05:34–01:14
Train €6.80 30min 04:30–23:30

How to get from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre by taxi

Brandenburg airport taxis are easy to spot. When you leave the airport, keep an eye out for the cream/beige coloured cars with illuminated yellow/black roof signs. They’re available throughout the day at ranks located by the exits, but it’s worth noting that you may need to wait 5 to 15 minutes for an available taxi. However, taking a taxi from Brandenburg airport to the centre of Berlin is definitely considered to be the quickest and easiest option.

Taxi fare from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre

Under standard conditions, you can expect to pay €49 for your ride to the city centre. The journey will take around 40 minutes. The €49 fare should cover luggage costs, travel time, the initial tariff and the distance to your destination. If you’re travelling with a group of more than 4, extra charges may apply for a larger vehicle.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM BER - TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€49
€54
40 min
FROM BER - TO CITY CENTRE
€49
€54
40 min
FROM BER - TO TEGEL TXL
€58
€58
32 min
FROM BER - TO BERLIN WALL
€49
€49
38 min

Convenience

Opting for a taxi to the city centre offers a safer, more comfortable alternative to public transport. Travelling in a private vehicle also comes with more personal space than a bus or train. However, it’s important to note that you could wait a while for an available taxi, due to the high footfall at the airport. Crowded roads in the city centre can also cause traffic, which could delay your journey.

Editor’s Note

It’s customary to tip 10-20% in Berlin, particularly to hotel staff, tour guides and taxi drivers, as it’s considered a token of your appreciation.

Useful Tips

Taxis can be booked in advance online to many popular locations for a flat-rate fee.
Booking in advance will also allow you to skip the queues for a taxi at the airport.
Most Brandenburg airport taxis should accept credit cards or cash cards as a payment method.

How to get from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre by bus

As Berlin’s main airport, Brandenburg (BER) has a sophisticated network of buses running day and night to the city centre. X7 is the fastest option and provides a connection to Rudow U-Bahn metro station in around 9-12 minutes. The bus runs every 10 minutes and is available from 05:30am to 01:15am. The 163 and 171 take between 45-55 minutes, as there are lots of stops along the way. These buses also stop running 1-2 hours earlier than the X7. For travellers who are arriving at night, the N7 and N60 night buses take around 30 minutes to reach Rudow U-Bahn or Adlershof S-Bahn.

How much is a bus from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre?

You can purchase your bus ticket from the machines inside the airport or the main terminal ticket office. The cost for an adult is €3.40, while the cost for a child aged 6 to 14 is €2.50.

Cost

€3.40

Trip Duration

30 Min.

Waiting time is 10 minutes

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Express X7/163/171 are available every 10 to 30 minutes between 05:34am and 01:14am. N60/N7 are available every 30 minutes between 04:12am and 05:42am.

Where can I get the bus from?

When you exit terminals A and B at the airport, you should spot the bus stations outside. If you’re unsure which bus to get, airport staff will be able to help you.

Convenience

With frequent stops and shared seating, taking a bus from Brandenburg airport to the centre of Berlin is not the most comfortable choice. While the cost may be cheaper than a taxi, the trip won’t be as safe or reliable. There are also faster railway options for the same price as a bus ticket.

Editor’s Note

Along with the machines inside the airport and the ticket office, you can also buy your bus ticket when you get on the bus. You’ll need cash to do this and unlike pre-paid tickets, you won’t need to validate it when you get on.

Useful Tips

Bus tickets should be slightly cheaper in the centre of Berlin. Brandenburg Airport is located in zone C (the outer zone of Berlin), which is why the tickets are a little more expensive.
In addition to single tickets, you can also purchase a day ticket or a 7-day ticket, depending on how long you plan to stay.

How to get from Brandenburg Airport to the city centre by train

Like many other major cities in Europe, Berlin boasts an efficient railway system with stations located across the city. For travellers at Brandenburg airport, the station is accessible through an enclosed walkway and takes around 5 minutes to get to. The Express trains RB14 and RE7 are the quickest, with a journey time of around 30 minutes. However, these regional trains only run twice an hour. The S9 on the S-Bahn local railway route runs every 5-20 minutes, so it passes more often than the Express trains. However, the journey time is slightly longer at 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Brandenburg Airport to city centre cost?

As Brandenburg airport is located in the outer most zone of Berlin (zone C), make sure you purchase a valid ticket for zones ABC. This will cost €3.40 for adults and €2.50 for children aged 6 to 14.

Cost

€3.40

Trip Duration

30 Min.

Waiting time is around 10 minutes for the S9 and 30 minutes for RE7 and RB14.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The S9 is available between 04:30am and 01:30am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. The RE7 and RB14 are available from 04:30am to 11:30 pm.

Where can I get the train from?

The train station is a five-minute walk from Brandenburg airport. Look out for the signs as you leave the arrivals hall. Once you reach the station, head to the S-Bahn platform to catch the S9 or the Express trains RB14/RE7.

Convenience

As a result of Berlin’s efficient railway system, travelling by train is a great option. While a private taxi would be safer and more comfortable, there’s no possibility of traffic delays when using the train and with a journey time of 30 minutes, the Express trains RB14/RE7 are particularly convenient.

Editor’s Note

The U-Bahn is the underground line, while the S-Bahn is the overground line. This means the S-Bahn makes for a more scenic route, however the U-Bahn makes more frequent stops in the city, so it’s better connected and more reliable.

Useful Tips

If you’re landing late on Saturday or Sunday, the S9 train is available 24 hours a day on weekends.
A day ticket is a great option if you want to explore Berlin, as you’ll be able to make as many trips as you like for €7.70 (or €5.30 for children aged 6 to 14).
Trains can get busy during rush hour and pickpockets take this opportunity to strike, so keep an eye on your personal belongings.

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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Prices

DAYTIME
€49
NIGHTTIME
€54
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

How long would a taxi take from Brandenburg airport to the centre of Berlin?

The city centre is 22.7km from Brandenburg airport, so the journey should take around 40 minutes.

How much would a taxi from Brandenburg airport to the city centre cost?

Your taxi ride from Brandenburg airport to the city centre will cost €49.

How long does the bus take from Brandenburg airport to the city of Berlin?

Your bus ride from Brandenburg airport to the city centre will take around 30 minutes.

How much would the train cost from Brandenburg airport to the city centre?

Tickets can be purchased for €3.40 or €2.50 for children aged 6 to 14. Keep an eye out for ticket machines at the airport or on the train station platforms.

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