Berlin Tegel Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Berlin Tegel 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 had no idea they close the airport sometime during the night and send all employees home but leave the doors wide open. I was the only person in there for a little while before the riff raft from the street started coming in to party and make sure I got no sleep. -Brent
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 Tegel Airport.
What to Expect
- A small and dull airport with five small and easily walkable terminals. Once you’ve processed through security, you’re in an area with only a few gates and not many facilities. Shopping and dining options are limited and lackluster.
- The airport is too small for the amount of people that travel through it, making for a very crowded experience.
- WiFi is free up to 1 hour. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
Where to Sleep
- The terminal closes from midnight to around 3:30am; only Terminal A is kept open.
- The seats are generally metal and often curved, so consider bringing something you can lean or rest against. In Terminal A, a couple of cushioned straight benches are available upstairs around the Customs / Police area.
- Airport staff is tolerant of overnight sleepers. Most of the staff goes home at night anyway. Some travellers report that security officers patrol the terminal at night to check travel plans and passports, while others report that the doors are left unlocked, allowing homeless people, drunks, and riff raff into the terminal at night to roam around unchecked.
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are sleep cabins inside the airport and several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.
Good to Know
- Economy class travelers can buy a pass to one airport lounge (no showers). See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and hours.
For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Berlin Tegel 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 Tegel 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):
- Airport Club Lounge - Location: Terminal A, Landside, 1st Floor. Hours: 7:00AM - 8:00PM (Mon - Sat) • 9:00AM - 8:00PM (Sun). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Book Online (£25.00 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)
- Lufthansa Business Lounge - Location: Terminal A, Landside, Main Hall, 2nd Floor. Hours: 5:15AM - 9:15PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Book Online (US$ 53)
Additionally, there are 3 airline lounges that require elite status for entry: Air France (Location: Terminal A, 1st Floor. Hours: 4:45AM - 9:30PM) • British Airways Terraces Lounge (Location: Terminal A, 1st Floor. Hours: 5:30AM - 8:30AM on Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri and 5:30AM - 7:30PM on Tues, Thurs and Sat) • Lufthansa Lounge (Terminal A, 1st Floor. Hours: 5:15AM - 9:15PM).
Free WiFi is available at Berlin Tegel airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the “Free Airport WiFi Telekom” network.
If sleeping in Berlin Tegel Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Sleep Pods - Self-service sleep pods with full bed, small desk, A/C, privacy blinds, internet access, and more. Locations: Landside, next to Tegel Sky Conference at Terminal B, Level 3. Cabins can be booked and purchased on-site (credit card only). Rates are 15€ per hour between 6:00AM and 10:00PM and 10€ per hour from 10:00PM - 6:00AM, 30€ minimum (maximum of 12 hours stay). No advanced reservation.
- Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel - (2 min from the airport) Airport shuttle service available.
- Central Hotel Tegel - (5 min from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this is a basic no-frills budget hotel close to the airport. No airport shuttle.
- Days Inn Berlin West - (9 min from the airport) No airport shuttle.
- Hotel de France - (10 min from the airport) No airport shuttle service
- Hotel am Borsigturm - (15 min from the airport) Airport shuttle not available. A taxi costs approx. 20€.
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Tegel 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 (Service Center and departure ring gates) and Terminal C (airside, gated area). Some ATMs dispense foreign currency. See Currency Exchange section below.
- Baby Care Facilities - Diaper-changing facilities, small play area and reading area, couch, and sanitary area are available in the Family Room. Location: Terminal A, Ground Floor (Floor 0). Diaper-changing facilities are located 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.
- Children’s Play Area - Games and colorful, soft seating are available in the Play Room. Location: Terminal C1, airside
- Currency Exchange - You have a few options for exchanging currency:
- Exchange desks: Reisebank exchange desk - Location: Terminal A, Transfer Terminal D Hours: 6:30AM - 9:00PM Travelex exchange desk - Location: Terminal A, departure ring, near Gate O • Terminal C Hours: 5:15AM - 9:45PM
- 24-Hour Foreign Currency ATMs (Euro/USD/British Pounds): Berliner Sparkasse (Terminal A, departure ring, Gate 12) • Reisebank (Terminal A, Transfer Terminal B) • Travelex (Terminal A, departure ring, near Gates 0, 3 and 6) • Travelex (Terminal C, airside)
- Duty Free and Shopping - Heinemann Duty Free is available past all security checkpoints. A wide variety of retail shops are available in Terminal C and Tegel Boulevard. Hours vary.
- Food & Drinks - There are no 24-hour food and beverages options at this airport. Concessions begin to open at 4:00AM and close after the last flight.
- Hair Salon - Location: Terminal A, Service Center Hours: 9:00AM - 7:00PM (Mon-Fri), 10:00AM - 6:00PM (Sat), 10:00AM - 7:00PM (Sun).
- Information Desk - The main information desk is located in the main hall of Terminal A. Another one is located in Terminal C.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage can be stored for as many hours or days as you need. Rates are € 7.20 - € 9.90 per bag/item, per day. Luggage wrapping is also available. Location: Terminal A, Service Center, Ground Floor Hours: 5:00AM - 10:30PM.
- Luggage Wrapping - Locations: Terminal A, Service Center, near Left Luggage • Terminal C, landside Hours: 5:00AM - 9:00PM.
- Observation Deck - A great vantage point for watching planes land and depart! Rate: 3 EUR for a single adult ticket Location: Terminal D, airside, above the departure ring Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM Apr to Oct and 10:00AM - 4:00PM Nov to Mar.
- Pharmacy - Location: Terminal A Hours: 7:00AM - 9:00PM A pharmacy vending machine sells first aid kits and over-the-counter medications 24 hours a day in Terminal C (airside, Gates 38-57).
- Post Office - If you want to pass your time writing letters and postcards to friends and family? You can send them from the airport with the help of a stamp machine and postbox. Location: Terminal A, Service Center.
- Shopping - There are many options throughout the airport including convenience stores for books, travel essentials, drinks, etc. Location: Both Landside and Airside. Hours: 4:30AM – Approx 10:00PM.
- Showers - Paid showers are available during day hours downstairs in Terminal A.
The terminal is open 3:30AM - 12:00AM.
Berlin Tegel is served by the following local buses:
TXL JetExpressBus and X9 JetExpressBus are the fastest ways to travel between the airport and the city center, with connections available to S-Bahn or U-Bahn trains available at nearly all stops. Zoologischer Garten (City West) is only 20 minutes away from the airport, via X9 JetExpress Bus. Alexanderplatz (City East) is about 45 minutes away from the airport if you take the TXL JetExpressBus, or you can just take that bus to Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), and switch to the S-Bahn to reach the city center in 30 minutes.
The 128 Bus offers service to U-Bahn stops Osloer Strasse, Franz-Neumann-Platz and Kurt-Schumacher-Platz. The 109 Bus provides connections to S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains through stops at Zoologischer Garten, Jungfernheide and Jakob-Kaiser-Platz.
Berlin Tegel is located in Zone B, requiring at least an AB ticket to travel to or from the city center on the VBB network. At the time of this update, a single-ride AB zone ticket is €2.70 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, Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig, Jena, Erfurt and Giessen), Interglobus/Follow Me (to/from Kołobrzeg, Koszalin and Szczecin) and PKS Szczecin (to/from Szczecin). Contact your service provider of choice for more details.
Car rental services are handled in the Car Rental Centre, a designated area located on the lower floor near Terminal E and Car Park P2. The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis/Budget, Buchbinder/Global Drive, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar, Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty and Sixt. Hour of operation vary slightly between the agencies, but most are open daily from about 7:00AM - 11:00PM.
Taxis are available on a 24-hour basis at taxi ranks located in the inner ring of Terminal A (near Gates 6-9), and also on the outside of Terminals C and E. During peak times, Taxi Service staff are available on hand to assist in finding the right taxi for your needs. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Surcharges apply for maxi cabs, bulky luggage and non-cash payments. For safety reasons, use the services of a clearly marked taxi, and do not accept unsolicited rides from people posing as taxi drivers in the airport terminal.
At the time of this update, Berlin Tegel is not served by any rail network. The closest S-Bahn station, Beusselstrasse, can be reached within 10 minutes of the airport by TXL JetExpressBus. The nearest U-Bahn station, Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, is only 5 minutes away via X9 JetExpressBus.
Last Updated: 15 March 2017
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