Only 8 kilometers from the city center, Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is the main airport in the German capital; however, it is expected to close in 2018. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is currently under construction and will completely replace Tegel Airport.
One of the main reasons why the airport is closing is its closeness to the city center, as the aircraft noise is unbearable for the neighboring houses.
Getting to the city center from Tegel Airport
Airport transfer service
Booking an airport transfer service is the easiest and most comfortable way of getting to Berlin’s city center. The professional chauffeur will be waiting for you at the arrival terminal with a sign with your name on it and will take you to your hotel in the shortest possible time (approximately 20 minutes). You’ll also avoid any language barriers.
The transfer service costs € 55 (US$ 66.70) per vehicle.
The TXL Express Bus is the cheapest option to get to the city center.
The bus departs every 10 or 20 minutes from 4:50 am to 11 pm. A single-journey costs € 2.80 (US$ 3.40) and takes between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.
There are also other urban buses that travel between Tegel Airport and various parts of the city, including lines 128, 109 and X9.
If you’re tired from a long journey, you might prefer to take a cab to the city center. The journey by taxi takes around 20 minutes and usually costs between € 25 (US$ 30.30) and € 35 (US$ 42.50).