Trains generally provide the easiest transportation to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) but for some travelers buses and the U-Bahn trains are also useful.
Getting to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt Flughafen (BER) is usually easiest on the Airport Express and other trains. However, occasionally buses and the U-Bahn train are also attractive, especially when traveling to the southern and western suburbs of Berlin including Rudow, Dahlem, Steglitz, Lichterfelde, and stops on the U-Bahn line U7 such as Neukölln, Hermannplatz and even Spandau.
These transportation routes will only be operational from
October 27, 2013 eventually – the new target date for the opening of BER.
The cost for buses and trains to the airport are the same – usually an ABC ticket is required (€3.00) or a BC ticket (€2.70) if staying to the south of the center of Berlin.
By U-Bahn Train U7 to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Plans to connect Berlin’s new airport with the U-Bahn metro train network were dropped for financial reasons. However, U-Bahn station Rudow on line U7 is a mere 12-minute bus ride from Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) and a very good option for many travelers.
From Berlin Brandenburg Airport, buses X7 and X11 provide a connection to U Rudow every five minutes during most of the day. The bus ride is only around 12 minutes with U-Bahn trains departing every five minutes as well.
U-Bahn line U7 cuts several wide s-cures through Berlin on its way from the south to Spandau at the northwest of the city. Traveling all the way from Berlin airport to Spandau by bus and U7 takes 1h15, only 15 minutes more than the less frequent direct trains.
For many other stops the traveling will be significantly faster using U7. Major stops on U-Bahn U7 line with important transportation connections include amongst others (minutes from Radow) Johannisthaler Chaussee (6), Neukölln (13), Hermannplatz (18), Mehringdamm (23), Yorckstraße (26), Kleistpark (28), Bayerischer Platz (30), Fehrbelliner Platz (34), Adenaurplatz (37), Wilmersdorfer Str (38), Jungfernheide (44), Jakob-Kaiser-Platz (45), and Rathaus Spandau (57).
U-Bahn line U7 operates from around 4 am to midnight.
Taking Bus X11 to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
On weekdays, bus X11 runs every ten minutes from 7 am to 6 pm, and generally every 20 minutes from 4 am and up to 7 pm. The full traveling time from Dahlem-Dorf is an hour.
On weekends and after 7 pm on weekdays, bus X11 runs only from the airport to Unter den Eichen / Drakestr (two stops before Dahlem-Dorf) at a frequency of generally three buses per hour from around 4 am to midnight.
Travel on Bus BER1 from Steglitz Rathaus to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Express bus BER1 (not on the map above) provides a fast and easy option for traveling between Steglitz Rathaus and Berlin Brandenburg Airport. BER1 operates from 5 am to 11 pm with two buses per hour in each direction. Departures are on the hour and on the half hour from the airport and from Steglitz Rathaus (stop in front of Globetrotter) for the 25-minute direct journey.
BER1 is an express bus operated by HARU. The one-way fare is €5.70, bearers of a Berlin public transportation ticket in any form pay a surcharge of €4.
Although the tickets for bus BER1 are around double the standard transportation fare, traveling time is less than half the alternatives and requires no transfers. BER1 buses have three spaces for wheelchair users.
The similar express, or Schnellbus, BER2 connects the airport with Potsdam via Teltow.
Both BER1 and BER2 operate as regular scheduled buses but are not always included in all electronic timetables.
For most travelers, and especially foreign tourists, the Airport Express and regional trains to Berlin Hauptbahnhof and the city center provide the easiest transportation from Berlin Brandenburg Airport.