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Berlin Schönefeld Airport Guide

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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

Airport Overview

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.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information 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.

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Berlin Schönefeld Airport Information

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.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

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 it finally opens. The shuttle will run from 5:00AM to 11:00PM, every 30 minutes. » Check Rates
  • Albergo Hotel Berlin - (10 minute walk from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. After you pick-up your luggage call 0049-30-634840 or 0176-22940857. For pickup head to the short time parking spot, in front of Terminal A, behind the car rentals on the right side. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Berlin Airport - Conference Center - (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle bus service leaves regularly from Terminal B and the airport train station. » Check Rates
  • Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport - (15 minute 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 B, Easy Jet). Shuttle from the airport to the hotel is free. Shuttle from hotel to the airport is € 3 per person and must be booked at check-in. Dorm rooms are available. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Budget Berlin Airport Schoenefeld - (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle available for a fee. » Check Rates

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.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Berlin Schönefeld airport. Connect to the “_ Free Airport WiFi” network.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Some machines dispense foreign currency.Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal A (ground floor) • Terminal B (ground floor) • Terminal D.
  • 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.
  • Currency Exchange - Euro Change Location: Terminal A, Ground Floor right (Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00AM). Reisebank Location: Terminal D, Arrivals (Hours: 7:00AM - 9:00AM). 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 (Hours: 4:00AM - 9:00PM). 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: Terminal A: Marché Bistro (landside, 1st Floor) • 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.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Observation Deck - Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport's observation deck. Location: Terminal A, 2nd floor. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM Apr to Oct and 10:00AM - 4:00PM Nov to Mar. Rate: 3 EUR for a single adult ticket
  • 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.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Travel Agencies - If you are arriving in Berlin and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. alltours Reisecenter, bye bye, Condor Reisemarkt, DER Touristik, Last Minute, Sun & Fun Travel and TUI.
  • 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).

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of March 2018, Berlin Schönefeld airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroflot • Air VIA • Arkia Israeli Airlines • Astra Airlines • Belavia • Bulgarian Air Charter • Condor • easyJet • Egypt Air • Fly Egypt • Freebird Airlines • Germania • Israir • Jet2 • Norwegian • Nouvelair • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Rossiya Airlines • Ryanair • Sun Express • Tailwind • Airlines • Thomas Cook Airlines • Transavia • Travel Service Airlines • TUIFly • Tunisair • El Al Israel Airlines • Wizz Air • WOW Air.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Schoenefeld Airport is served by the following local buses: Regular bus service routes 163, 164, 171, 734, 735, 736, 738, 741 and 742; Express bus routes X7; 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. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) website.

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 Rentals

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 with connections to the city centre available. 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. A third line, the RB22, departs hourly for the Brandenburg capital of Potsdam.

For routes maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the visit the VBB(Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) website.

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Last Updated: 03 April 2018

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