Berliner Flughafen-Gesellschaft mbH
General Information telephone: 49 (0)180 500 0186
Berlin has a fantastically efficient and comprehensive public transport infrastructure with trains coming into the city from all over Germany as well as from Europe and beyond. The airport website includes a download of the city’s public transport by bus and train as well as a convenient online form via which you can plan your journey into or away from the airport easily and quickly.
The airport links with the country’s superb, extensive local and national bus / coach public transport system. The airport website also lets you plan your bus and coach journeys via an online form which returns the best travel options, prices and timetable information. Plus it is easy to get hold of additional information about public transport, for instance the best station to choose for local, national and international connections.
Berlin-Tegel Airport lies about five miles or so North West of Berlin city centre, served by the Berlin city motorway plus the A111 and the A100. If you’re heading out into the city hit the A111 / E26 to head for Hamburg, Reinickendorf, Wedding and Tiergarten. Take exit 8 and follow signs for Kaiserdamm Süd, which will deliver you to Berlin centre. Access to Tegel by car is easy and, as you’d expect, the whole place is superbly well signposted. Whichever direction you approach from, Germany’s marvellous autobahn system will deliver you there with the minimum stress!
Airport car parks are efficient, clean, secure and easy to find. As you’d expect, the signposting here is superb and you’ll find it hard to get lost! Head for any of the airport’s four terminals and you’ll be directed to the relevant car park. Every terminal has special disabled parking facilities, conveniently placed and easy to access.
There are several car parking facilities at every terminal. There’s short term parking at terminals A and C. You’ll find special parking facilities for disabled travellers and visitors at terminals A, B, C and D. There’s a useful parking information point in Terminal D, just next to the car rental stands, where you’ll be able to get help and advice if you need it.
Pay by cash at the car rental centre in front of Car Park 2 in Terminal D or pay with your credit card at any of the many payment machines. Parking is reasonable value considering this is such a major hub. Prices vary depending on which car park you use, in which terminal. In Car Park 2 wheelchair users pay a maximum of one day’s fee – very generous – provided they can show the attendant their Disabled Person’s card.
The airport is smart, modern and marvellously well equipped with – at the last count – fifteen restaurants and cafes to choose from. Everything from Starbucks and Burger King to Beck’s Bar at Terminal A and Cindy’s Diner at Terminal C. There’s also a great choice of duty free and in-terminal shopping, featuring household name outlets such as Esprit, Marc O’Polo for men and women and Boss as well as local offerings like Lufthansa World Shop.
Berlin-Tegel airport is hot on VIP service, provided by Globeground Berlin and A.S Advanced Services, both local firms. You can find more details of VIP services on the airport’s website. In case you get lost, they’ve placed several really convenient designated meeting points which helps enormously as the place is massive! Maps inside the complex show these meeting points clearly. Business travellers will find a choice of airport WIFI access options handy, found in the check-in building. Note that you’ll have to pay; Berlin Tegel’s WIFI access isn’t free. Berlin Tegel Airport also has a strong disability policy and their facilities for disabled people are excellent.
Berlin Tegel encourages plane spotters and there are some fantastic designated places from which to watch aircraft taking off and landing. Open between 10am and 6pm, they’ll charge you two Euros per adult and a Euro each for the kids… a cheap way to entertain yourselves for an hour or so while you wait for you flight. But bear in mind that they won’t let you take any animals (!) or luggage into the plane spotting areas with you.