Berlin Brandenburg Airport Terminal 5 (previously Flughafen Schönefeld SXF) is closed but some buses and trains still stop at the nearby transportation hubs. All passengers departing and arriving at Berlin Airport (BER) use Terminal 1 or 2. Walking to these terminals from Terminal 5 is NOT an option — use the bus or S-Bahn trains: Transportation to Berlin Airport Terminal 1 + 2.
NOTE: Berlin Airport Terminal 5 is no longer in use for passengers arriving or departing from Berlin Airport.
The public transportation options below are mostly how to recover when arriving at Berlin Airport Terminal 5 by mistake — any passengers departing from Berlin Airport should use the information for Terminal 1-2. From Terminal 5, use either S-Bahn trains S9 and S45 or bus X7 and X71 to transfer to Terminal 1-2. The ticket price for both options is a Kurzstrecke, if not using an ABC ticket already when arriving, or planning to continue travel to central Berlin.
Regional Trains to Berlin Airport Terminal 5 Station
Two regional trains stop at Terminal 5 but not at Terminal 1–2 — however, note that for many passengers it would be more sensible to change trains at Berlin Ostkreuz or Lichtenberg than traveling to Terminal 5 first:
- RB24: Eberswalde Hauptbahnhof – Melchow – Biesenthal – Rüdnitz – Bernau – Berlin-Hohenschöhnhausen – Berlin (Lichtenberg – Ostkreuz – Schöneweide) – BER T5 (Transfer to BER T1-2 via S-Bahn or bus).
- RB32: Oranienburg – Berlin (Hohenschönhausen – Lichtenberg – Ostkreuz – Schöneweide) – BER T5 (Transfer to BER T1-2 via S-Bahn or bus).
Check train timetables at Deutsche Bahn’s English website – (Berlin to BER-T5 / BER-T5 to Berlin). Online tickets are not available for short journeys inside cities such as the journey from Schönefeld to downtown Berlin but station vending machines work in English and are easy enough to use.
Public Transportation from Berlin Airport Terminal 5 to Terminal 1–2
Except for the two regional trains mentioned above, all other buses and trains stopping at Terminal 5 also stop at Terminal 1–2. Walking between Terminal 5 and Terminal 1-2 is not an option — use either the S-Bahn trains or public bus:
S-Bahn Trains at Berlin Airport BER Terminal 5 (Schönefeld)
The S-Banh train is usually the simplest and fastest way to connect between Berlin Airport Terminal 5 and Terminal 1-2 if arriving by regional train. Both S9 and S45 connect terminal 5 and terminal 1–2 frequently. Note that the S.Bahn station Waßmannsdorf is between the two terminal stations and not linked to the airport at all.
In the direction of Berlin, S45 is handy to reach Berlin-Südkreuz, where many intercity trains stop as an alternative to traveling all the way to the Hauptbahnhof. S9 follows the traditional route through Berlin via amongst others Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstraße, Zoologischer Garten, and Charlottenburg.
Buses to Berlin Airport BER Terminal 5 (Schönefeld SXF)
JetExpressBus X7 and X71 connect Berlin Airport Terminal 5 and U-Bahn station Rudow (U-Bahn line U7) in 7 minutes (and in the opposite direction Terminal 5 and Terminal 1-2 in five minutes). Night bus N7 and bus 171 do the same route but continue to amongst others U-Bahn station Hermannplatz with more bus connections at night.
These buses are an option to connect between the airport terminals but are mostly used to reach Rudow U-Bahn station, which is a good option when traveling to many parts of Berlin with easy U-Bahn (metro) station access.
Berlin Brandenburg International Willy Brandt Airport (BER / BBI) replaced Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) airports as the only airport serving the capital of Germany. The name of Schönefeld Airport terminal (SXF) changed to Berlin Airport Terminal 5 (BER T5) but the terminal was permanently closed in 2022 and will not be reopened. All flights to Berlin Airport arrive and depart from Terminal 1-2.
Berlin Public Transportation Bus and Trains Ticket Prices
Berlin public transportation prices in mid-2023 are as follows:
|Prices in €||AB Tickets||ABC Tickets|
|Single (From 2024: €3.50 & €4.40, other fares to increase too!)||3.20||4.00|
|24-Hours (Group of 5)||29.00||31.00|
|Berlin Welcome Card 72h||35.00||40.00|
|7-Days (VBB Umweltkarte)||39.00||46.00|
|Deutschland Ticket Monthly Subscription||49.00||49.00|
Note. Single tickets are valid for 120 minutes, transfers are allowed but no return or circular journeys. A Kurzstrecke (€2.20) is valid for 3 train or 6 bus stops — no transfers or journey interruptions. AB includes central Berlin, ABC the larger Berlin area including travel to the Airport, Potsdam, and Oranienburg.
Transportation to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)
Public transportation from Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) to Berlin generally requires an ABC ticket — €4.00 in 2023. Many further deals and passes are available to travelers.
- Public Transportation Options to Berlin Airport
- By Train to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Airport Express / S-Bahn)
- By Bus and U-Bahn Trains to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
- By Train or Bus from Potsdam to Berlin Brandenburg Airport
- Prebook Berlin Airport Private Shuttle Transportation at Suntransfers
- Check train schedules at German Railways / Deutsche Bahn or BVG
Public Transportation to Berlin Airport BER Terminal 5 (previously Schönefeld SXF)— Terminal 5 closed permanently.
For more on Berlin Transportation Passes see also:
- Top Cheap Berlin Public Transportation Tickets
- Tips on Public Transportation Tickets in Berlin
- Save with the Berlin Welcome or City Tour Card
- Cheap Public Transportation Bus Tours in Berlin
- Deutschland Ticket — €49 for a month of travel in Germany on a subscription ticket (read fine print!)
- Welcome give online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
- Transportation to Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER).