Berlin Schönefeld Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Berlin Schönefeld Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I spent TWO nights in this airport on my way to Poland and again on the way back. I actually cancelled a night's accommodation in a Berlin hostel because the airport was cleaner and more comfortable than the hostel! - Bridget
Sleeping near the security office. photo credit: andrew_stelmach.
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.
What to Expect
- Schönefeld is the smaller of two airports serving the Berlin area, and it's home to mostly low-cost carriers. It will eventually become part of the brand new Berlin Brandenburg Airport when it opens in the next few years.
- This is an old, small airport. Because it’s due to close in a few years, the amenities are few and won’t be improved - don’t expect much. Consider yourself lucky if you find a vacant seat to sit in.
- Inefficient airport procedures. Some reviewers reported that passengers were herded like cattle and kept standing in the boarding lounge while waiting to board their flight.
- The airport has four terminals, A, B, C, and D. They are all connected Airside.
- Terminal A has a couple Landside eateries and one Airside eatery that are open 24-hours. See Food & Drinks in the airport guide below.
- Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
Where to Sleep
- Due to the lack of comfortable (and vacant) benches and the erratic climates in the terminals (too hot in some, too cold in others), many reviewers describe this airport as uncomfortable to sleep in.
- Airport staff are generally tolerant of overnight travellers who are trying to sleep.
- Because of the airport’s weird layout, Landside has more sleeping options than Airside.
- There are only a few seating areas. What’s there is old and metal, but there are no armrests on most chairs and benches.
- Head to the 3rd floor of Terminal B; the space is mostly used only by day, so it's quiet at night.
- Check near the entrance of Terminal D for any vacant metal benches. The nearby cafe has some couches, but they tend to be occupied, so if you see one empty, snag it!
- If you’re there early enough, head to the Landside eateries to grab benches there; they fill up quickly.
- Many travellers report security waking them in night to check on passports and tickets.
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Good to Know
- Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in one airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Berlin Schönefeld Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.
In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Berlin Schönefeld airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Green Wings Lounge - Location: Terminal A, Airside, 2nd Floor. Hours: 8:00AM - 7:00PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£25.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
Free WiFi is available at Berlin Schönefeld airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the “Free Airport WiFi Telekom” network.
If sleeping in Schoenefeld Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- InterCityHotel Berlin Brandenburg Airport - (4 minute walk to the Schönefeld airport) This hotel will have a daily shuttle service to Brandenburg Airport when (...and if) it opens in 2017. The shuttle will run from 5:00AM to 11:00PM, every 30 minutes.
- Albergo Hotel Berlin - (10 min walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available.
- Holiday Inn Berlin Airport - Conference Center - (2 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle bus service leaves regularly from Terminal B and the airport train station.
- Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport - (15 min walk from the airport) This hotel is a brisk walk from the airport or you can take their airport shuttle, which runs every 30 minutes from 6:00AM to 11:00PM (leaves from Terminal A). Shuttle from the airport to the hotel is free. Shuttle from hotel to the airport (Terminal A only) is € 3 per person and must be booked at check-in. Dorm rooms are available.
- Ibis Budget Berlin Airport Schoenefeld - (10 min from the airport) Airport shuttle available for a fee.
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Schoenefeld Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available 24 hours a day in Terminal A (ground floor), Terminal B (ground floor) and Terminal D. Some ATMs dispense foreign currency. See Currency Exchange section below.
- Baby Care Facilities - Diaper-changing rooms can be found in all terminals of the airport.
- Berlin WelcomeCard - Have a long layover or unexpected detour in Berlin? The Berlin WelcomeCard is a tourist ticket that offers free round-the-clock public transportation, Welcome guide and city map, discounts at local attractions and businesses, including restaurants! Prices start at 19,50 EUR. Visit the Passenger Information kiosk for details.
- Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
- Currency Exchange - Euro Change Location: Terminal A, Ground Floor right Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00AM Travelex foreign currency ATMs dispense Euro, USD and British Pounds 24 hours a day in Terminal A, Ground Floor, Arrivals.
- Duty Free & Shopping - Heinemann Duty Free are available airside in Terminals A and D. Newspapers, snacks and travel essentials can be purchased at any of the Relay stores, located both landside and airside in Terminals A and D. Quicker’s newsstand and an optical store are also available.
- Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
- Terminal A: Marché Zigolini (landside) • Marché Bakery (airside, 1st Floor)
- Terminal D: Marché Arabica Bar (landside, 1st Floor)
- Information Desk - The Passenger Information kiosk is located in Terminal A, landside, Ground Floor.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - At the time of this update, left luggage service is not available, due to construction in the airport.
- Luggage Wrapping - Location: Terminal A, landside, 1st Floor. Rate: 8 Euro per bag.
- Observation Deck - A great vantage point for watching planes land and depart! Rate: 3 EUR for a single adult ticket Location: Terminal A, 2nd floor Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM Apr to Oct and 10:00AM - 4:00PM Nov to Mar.
- Post Office - If you want to pass your time writing letters and postcards to friends and family you can mail postcard from the airport with the help of a stamp machine and postbox. Location: Terminal A, Landside, Ground Floor.
- VAT Refund - Global Blue (Terminal A, First Floor - Hours: 8:00AM - 6:00PM) • Premier Tax Free (Terminal A, First Floor - Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM) • Tax Free Germany (Terminal A, First Floor - Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM) • Tax Free Worldwide (Terminal A, First Floor - Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM).
The airport is open 24 hours.
Schoenefeld Airport is served by the following local buses: Regular bus service routes 163, 164, 171, 734, 735, 736, 741 and 742; Express bus routes X7 and SXF2; and Night bus routes N7 and N60. Clearly-marked bus stops are located in front of Terminal A, near Car Parks P1 and P4, and outside of the airport railway station.
Schoenefeld Airport is located in Zone C, requiring at least an ABC ticket to travel to or from the city center on the VBB network. At the time of this update, a single-ride ABC zone ticket is €3.20 per adult, good for up to 2 hours of travel after validation. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) website.
Visitors to Berlin can purchase the Berlin CityTourCard or Berlin WelcomeCard, good for unlimited travel on local public transportation for up to 6 days, along with some great discounts on visitors attractions, local businesses and eateries. Prices start at € 19,50 per adult. Both cards are sold online, by phone, at Berlin Tourist Info centers, at the airport and in various Berlin shops and hotels. For additional information and pricing, visit the Berlin WelcomeCard or Berlin CityTourCard websites.
The following long-distance coach services are also available from the airport: BLB BerlinLinienBus (to/from Dresden), MeinFernbus (to/from Chemnitz and Dresden) and PolskiBus (to/from Łódź, Poznań and Warsaw). Contact your service provider of choice for more details.
Car rental services are handled at the Car Rental Centre, a designated facility located in front of Terminal A. Onsite car rental agencies include Avis/Budget, Buchbinder/Global Drive, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar, Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty and Sixt. Hours of operation vary between the agencies, but most are open daily from about 7:00AM - 11:00PM, with service starting later on Sundays at 8:00AM.
Taxis are available at taxi ranks located on the approach to the airport, directly outside of Terminal A. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Surcharges apply for maxi cabs, bulky luggage and non-cash payments. For safety reasons, only use a clearly-marked and licensed taxi, and do not accept unsolicited offers of a ride from anyone posing as a taxi driver.
The airport railway station is located just a five-minute walk, via covered walkway, from the airport terminals. These trains serve the airport:
S-Bahn trains S9 and S45 depart every 10 - 20 minutes. S9 trains run on an eastbound ring to Pankow, with stops at Adlershof, Ostkreuz, Schöneweide and Schönhauser Allee. Connections to trains from Berlin city center are available at Ostkreuz. S45 trains run on a southbound ring to a long-distance railway station in Südkreuz, with stops including Neukölln, Baumschulenweg, Schöneweide and Adlershof.
The fastest way to travel between the airport and Berlin city center is by the Airport Express regional trains, lines RE7 and RB14. Both lines depart hourly for the 30-minute trip between the airport and city center, with stops en-route at Alexanderplatz, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and the Zoologischer Garten. A third line, the RB22, departs hourly for the Brandenburg capital of Potsdam.
Schoenefeld Airport is located in Zone C, requiring at least an ABC ticket to travel to or from the city center on the VBB network. At the time of this update, a single-ride ABC zone ticket is €3.20 per adult, good for up to 2 hours of travel after validation. For routes maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the visit the VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) website.
For information about the Berlin CityTourCard and Berlin WelcomeCard, read more above under the "Bus" section above.
Last Updated: 03 October 2016
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