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How to get from Schönefeld airport to Berlin city centre

How to get from Schönefeld airport to Berlin city centre

Schönefeld (or Schoenefeld) is one of the two international airports for Berlin and the one you’re most likely to arrive at if you fly in with any of the low cost airlines like Easyjet, Condor and Ryanair.

Tegel is the other airport in the Northwest of the city, which will close when the new Brandenburg airport opens in around 2018/2019.

Schönefeld airport is located in the southeastern end of Berlin, 18km from the centre. It will be merged with the new Brandenburg airport (located very close by) when it does finally open.

How to get from Schoenefeld airport to Berlin city central map

Map of Berlin’s current (and closed) airpots

There are many ways to reach the city centre from Schönefeld airport.

Following our trip to Berlin, in March 2016, we reviewed all the options for you on how to get from Schoenefeld airport to Berlin city centre:


The airport express train is the fastest way to reach Berlin city centre from Flughaten Berlin-Schoenefeld Station, which is walking distance from the airport terminal.

The train runs every 30 minutes between around 4am to 11pm and costs €3.30 each way. On weekends there’s a night train at 1:44am.

The airport express stops at Karlshort, Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstrasse, Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central station), Zoologischer Garten and finally Charlottenburg.

Airport Express train to get from Schoenefeld airport to Berlin city centre

Our “We missed the last Airport Express Train!” selfie

To avoid queues at the airport (there are only 2 ticket machines at the airport), we recommend you buy a Berlin WelcomeCard, which allows you to travel on the metro up to 6 days in capital’s trains and discounts for a variety of attractions.

TIP: remember to purchase it for zones ABC – ie to include the extra zone C add on, in order to cover Flughaten Berlin-Schoenefeld Station.

Berlin WelcomeCard

Our Berlin WelcomeCard was only for Zones AB. For Schönefeld airport make sure your WelcomeCard covers Zone C as well

2. PRIVATE TRANSFER: Comfortable and no hassle

Arranging a Berlin private transfer is the most convenient and quickest way to reach Berlin city centre from Schönefeld airport, subject to traffic.

We recommend trying Blacklane private transfer, a more upmarket and luxurious alternative to a taxi service with a James Bond style car with seats that give you a massage, heaters and mini dock station to charge your phone. They also have mini TV entertain screens.

The drivers are professional, knowledgeable locals who will text you introducing themselves, telling you when they’ve arrived at the airport and are waiting for you.

How to get from Schönefeld airport to Berlin city centre with Blacklane taxi service

Stefan enjoying some of the luxuries in our Blacklane car en route to Berlin city centre

You can also book your private car on Viator from 52 euros ($61).


The S-Bahn is part of the Berlin metro system and runs all the way to the airport. It’s not as convenient as the airport express and costs the same.

But the advantage is that the S-Bahn runs non-stop during weekends so if your plane lands late or during the night, this is a good option to reach the city centre.

S9 and S45 are ideal if you’re looking to reach West or East Berlin. However to go to the city centre, you will need to change.

How to get from Schoenefeld airport to Berlin city centre with U-Bahn

Sebastien bonding with the Berlin metro system


Buses X7, 171, and night bus N7 depart from Schoenefeld airport to go to Rudow U-Bahn station (first stop on the blue line U7). Then you can jump on the U7 line to go to Kreuzberg or Neukoelln.

This is the best option for late evening arrivals on weekdays when you’ve missed the last airport transfer, there’s no S-Bahn and you don’t want to book a private transfer.

Bus X7, N7, 171 from Shonefeld airport to Berlin city centre

Map for the buses running from Schoenefeld airport to Berlin city centre


A metered taxi from Schönefeld airport to Alexanderplatz or Nollenderplatz costs around €45.

It can get very busy during peak times, so if you wish to avoid queuing, it maybe better to book your private transfer online with a company like Blacklane as set out above.


Hiring a car is an excellent and very convenient option if you are planning trips outside of Berlin and need a car to move around.

You can check Auto Europe below for cost effective car hire quotes.


How to reach Berlin city centre from Schönefeld airport

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  1. Thanks for this post! It will be very helpful for when I visit Berlin in June 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 You’re gonna have an awesome time

  2. These kind of posts are always so useful! Thanks guys, will definitely bookmark this one for when we eventually go to Berlin. 🙂

  3. We live in Bavaria and love going up to Berlin. One of the reasons it is so great is that the public transportation options are fantastic! Just like you said, there are multiple choices for getting to where you need to go hassle free and at decent costs as well!

    • So true. Would love to visit Bavaria – heard amazing things about it!

    • Hi LeAnna. we will visit Berlin this coming Wednesday and we will land at 22.30pm, could you please advice public transport around 11pm. thanks and regards. Paul

  4. I’ve been to a few cities and towns in Germany. I was there when they won the World Cup. What a great Country. Never been to Schönefeld. Great tips. Love that limo looks comfortable…

    • Thanks Chris 🙂

  5. Good to know! I always take public transportation since its the cheaper option

    • Very true!

  6. Very handy- don’t you wish EVERY airport had a guide like this available?! 🙂

    • 🙂

  7. You’ve made it so much easier for anyone visiting Berlin for the first time! Although I know my pick, once you said ‘seats that will give you a massage’ I was sold 😉

    • Ha ha ha 🙂

  8. I love airports that are served by public transportation. So many of them in North America force you to use overpriced taxis or those shuttle buses that stop at every hotel between the airport and your destination. I took Blacklane in London once and it was fancy fancy! While the other drivers waiting at the arrivals level had scribbled names in black felt on paper or cardboard, the Blacklane driver was holding up an iPad with my name on it. Cardboard is for chumps! 😉

    • Priceless! Gonna use that line – thanks Ray 🙂

  9. I’ve wanted to visit Berlin for awhile now! This is super helpful, definitely bookmarking. Happy travels 🙂

    • Thanks for reading Carmen 🙂

  10. great tips guys with more than one option to get into the city. I have only ever been into Berlin from tegal and it was a easy we caught a bus to Alexander platz

    • Thanks Mark

  11. This is an awesome post! Many airports aren’t near the city centre at all. this is a great guide and will help a tremendous amount of people!

    • Thanks Joe

  12. Figuring out public transportation always stresses me out at first. It’s so good in Europe though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Awww cheers Lauren – thanks for reading 🙂

  13. Thanks Guys! This information is so useful! I have visited Berlin a couple of times, and I love it! I definitely want to go back!
    Keep up the great work! :*

    • Thanks Sergio 🙂

  14. Hi,
    Thanks for the tips! I’d like to ask you at what time does the N7 bus start operating? We’ll land at Berlin-Schönefeld at 23:00 and would like to go to S Berlin-Charlottenburg and was wondering whether the N7 would already be operating at that time.
    Also, do you have a bigger map of the bus routes?
    Alteranitvely, are there shared shuttle buses which we can take from the airport?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Hello Elaine,

      Check on the official website for what is available: I just ran a search for around 11.30 pm and there are many options so you should not have any problems getting to S Berlin-Charlottenburg. Enjoy Berlin!!!

  15. Hi my husband and I are visiting Berlin for the first time and have no idea how to get to Mitte from SXF airport. The more i read the more i seem to get confusedi . I would appreciate for some advice. Many thanks Rita from Malta.

  16. First get your ticket from machine at airport for zones ABC at a cost of euro 3.40. Then X7 bus to Rudow underground station, U7 sixteen stops to Mockernbrucke, change to U1 to last stop at Uhlandstrasa and that puts you onto Kerfurstendemin street which is on the main shopping/ hotel area.

    • Nice one 🙂

  17. It’s really crazy, but I called the DBahn information line to find out from which Hbf platform the RE7/RB14 leaves and the person taking the call was unable to tell me, even going so far as to state that she didn’t recognise the RE7 or the RB14 labels. She demanded instead the 18635 ‘Fahrtnummer’ as the only way to establish which train I wanted, except that changes per departure e.g., the 20:16 RB14 is the 18635, and the 20:47 RE7 is 3734 or 18796, but despite that, she couldn’t tell me the departure platform. Furthermore, and equally crazy, using the DB app and the VBB app, neither presented the option of taking the Airport Express for any journey between Hbf and Schönefeld. I had to find out which platform when I got to Berlin Hbf, but as my train was late (what!), by the time I found out the 20:16 RB14 left from platform 11 and got to that platform, it was already too late, I’d missed it.

    • Yeah – we found you need several PHDs to work out how Berlin’s metro system functions!!


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