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Transportation in Berlin, Germany

Berlin Tegel "Otto Lilienthal" Airport (TXL)

Berlin’s largest airport is outdated and has been scheduled to close since 2012 when the still under construction Berlin Brandenburg Airport was supposed to replace it. However, cost overruns and corruption have delayed the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport which won’t open before 2020 and possibly later.

Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel, 13405 Berlin, Germany

Berlin Schönefeld Airport

Berlin’s second largest airport with flights to many European cities serviced by low cost carriers.

Flughafen Schönefeld, 12521 Berlin, Germany

Local Transportation

Berlin has an efficient public transportation system so a car is not needed.


Mostly underground rail network services Berlin with 10 lines and 173 stations.


Commuter rail and subway system that services both Berlin and some suburbs with 15 lines and almost 170 stations.


22 tram lines with 377 stops service mostly the eastern part of Berlin with a concentration on areas not well-covered by the U-Bahn.


Berlin’s bus network has 149 routes with 2634 stops. Double decker buses offer great, cheap views of the city.

Taxis and Uber

Taxis are widely available in Berlin. Uber only operates UberX, UberTaxi, and UberTaxiVan. These are all licensed and certified drivers, not self-employed contractors like in the US. The advantage to using the Uber app instead of hailing a taxi is being able to pay through the app and monitoring your ride’s arrival.