Trains generally provide the easiest, fastest, and cheapest public 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 31, 2020 – 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 (€3.60) or a BC ticket (€3.30) if staying to the south of the center of Berlin.
Buses stop at both BER Terminal 1-2 and BER Terminal 5. Only get off at Terminal 5 (the old Schönefeld SXF) if that really is the correct terminal.
Long-distance buses, such as Flixbus, provide cheap transportation from Berlin Airport to many destinations in Germany and Poland but not to downtown Berlin itself.
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 X71 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 and longer hours on weekends.
Taking Bus X71 to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Bus X71 is a new service that should provide a useful service to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport for travelers from Lichterfelde, Dahlem, Johannisthaler Chaussee, and Rudow.
Details have not been finalized yet but it is expected that on weekdays, bus X71 will run 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 71 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.
Several further buses will be available from Berlin Brandenburg Airport but these are only of interest to local travelers. Long-distance and intercity buses, Flibus, provide cheap transportation directly from the airport to many destinations in Germany and Poland.
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.