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How to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Airport

There is nowhere quite like Berlin: A fascinating city with fantastic food, rich in culture and history and admittedly, a place of stark contrasts. On the one hand, reminders of its turbulent past are practically everywhere. On the other hand, it is also a modern metropolis, filled with sophisticated museums, hipster cafes, cutting-edge architecture and unparalleled nightlife.

If you are trying to get from Berlin Hbf to Berlin Brandenburg airport, you have two transportation options; you can either hop on a taxi or take the Airport Express train. Choosing a Berlin taxi for your transportation is by far the fastest way to reach Berlin Brandenburg Airport. With Welcome Pickups, travellers benefit from competitive prices, English-speaking drivers, 5-star customer support and a fully personalised experience. The Airport Express train (otherwise named FEX – Flughafen Express) provides an equally convenient option from Berlin Hbf to Brandenburg airport. Trains run twice per hour and take around 30 minutes to cover the distance. Tickets are also relatively cheap.

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How to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Airport by taxi

Getting a taxi is the fastest way to get from Berlin Hbf to Berlin Brandenburg airport. With a shorter time duration compared to its alternative, the train, not only will you arrive sooner at your destination but will also do so more conveniently. Hopping on a cab is also recommended if you are a first-time visitor and would rather avoid waiting in line for a ticket or drugging your luggage around the train station. Now if an unforgettable experience is what you are looking for, you can also book a Berlin taxi in advance with Welcome and relax in one of our vehicles, as you bid adieu to the city of Berlin.

Taxi fare from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin-Brandenburg Airport

Taxis from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg airport calculate your fare using a taximetre. A one-way trip to the airport costs around €50, however, this price is further affected by the time of day, traffic conditions, and tolls. The tariff also increases if you are travelling with more than four passengers. With a total distance of 20 km, you can expect to arrive at your destination in approximately half an hour.



Trip Duration

28 min

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside Berlin Hauptbahnhof station.

Where do I get the taxi from?

Ranks are located on the northern side of Hauptbahnhof (exit Europaplatz). Taxis in Berlin are yellow and black and are readily available 24/7.


Taxis will drop you off at your desired location, saving you time and effort and taking the stress out of your transportation. That way, you can follow your vacation plans to a T without compromising your budget. Forget about waiting in the rain or under the hot sun and picture yourself in a clean, well-maintained vehicle. Taking a taxi is also very convenient when travelling with older people or young children.

Editor’s Note

Our comfortable sedans are perfect for up to 4 people. For larger groups of up to 8, one of our roomy minivans will do nicely.

Useful Tips

Tipping your taxi driver at the end of your journey is common practice in Germany. Acceptable tipping rates would be 10-15% of the total cost.
Most taxi drivers speak fluent English, however, learning a few phrases in German such as "Danke" or "Auf Wiedersehen" is wholeheartedly recommended.

How to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin-Brandenburg Airport by train

A good budget-friendly alternative to taking a taxi is hopping on the Airport Express Train (otherwise called FEX – Flughafen Express). There are two trains leaving every hour and tickets range from €3.80 to €26.50 (the first being the standard fee, the latter the group price). The FEX train runs from the city centre via the northern and easternmost points of Berlin’s S-Bahn circle line directly to BER Airport. Lines RE7, RB14, RB22 also carry passengers from Berlin HBF to Brandenburg airport. The journey lasts a little more than half an hour.

Train fares from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Ticket prices are generally budget-friendly whether you are travelling solo or with a small group of passengers. The standard fee for one person starts from €3.80 for a single-trip ticket and goes up to €10 for an all-day ticket. A day ticket for small groups costs around €26.50. If you have a “Zeitkarte” for the Berlin AB Zone, you just have to buy a connecting ticket for the Berlin Zone C (€1.80). Should you opt for the train, make sure you arrive at least half an hour before departure.



Trip Duration

32 min

*Rates are fixed, but make sure to book in advance to ensure availability.

Value for Money

Two trains run every hour.

Where do I get the train from?

These trains depart from Berlin Hauptbahnhof and head directly to Berlin Brandenburg airport. They also pass through Berlin Gesundbrunnen, Berlin Ostkreuz and BER Terminal 1–2 stations.


Trains make for a pretty convenient and value-for-money alternative, however, you still need to factor in the waiting time at the station and the potential risk of something happening to your luggage. Trains can also be very crowded places, so make sure you maintain health protocols and keep social distance at all times.


Editor’s Note

Make sure to check the FEX website for departure and arrival times. It's likely that public holidays may affect the usual timetable.

Useful Tips

Try to arrive at least half an hour before your train departs.
Keep in mind that operating hours for the FEX train are 2:58 AM-11:27 PM. If your flight is outside those times you’ll have to find an alternate transportation method.

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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 can I get from Berlin Hbf to Berlin Brandenburg airport?

There are currently two transfer options from Berlin Hbf to Berlin Brandenburg airport. Depending on your preferences, you can either book a taxi in advance or hop on the Airport Express Train. Both these modes of transportation have their respective merits; however, unlike taxis, trains do not run on a 24/7 basis and are not nearly as comfortable or convenient. For the best transfer experience in more than 84 destinations worldwide, book your taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg airport?

The cost of a taxi from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Brandenburg airport is around €50. Prices of course can vary depending on the time of the day, traffic conditions and tolls. Taxi drivers usually use a taximeter to determine the final price of your journey. You can also book your ride with Welcome for no surge pricing or hidden costs.

What’s the Berlin Brandenburg Airport to Berlin Hauptbahnhof distance?

The distance between Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and Berlin Hauptbahnhof is 20 km and the ride lasts approximately 30 minutes. Choosing a Berlin taxi for your transportation is by far the fastest way to reach Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

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