Sleeping in Airports

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Berlin Brandenburg Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

BER Airport Overview

berlin brandenburg airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (Code: BER).

What to Expect

After 14 years of construction and delays, Berlin Brandenburg Airport finally opened in 2020, just in time the Covid-19 pandemic. There are 3 terminals: 1, 2 and 5.  Terminal 1 is the main terminal.  In the future, Terminal 2 will service the low-cost carriers, but for now it is closed due to pandemic.  Terminal 5 is the former Berlin Schönefeld  Airport and it also remains closed due to the pandemic.  There are food concessions located both landside and airside, although none are currently open 24 hours.  Showers are available if you need to freshen up after a long flight or after a night on the terminal flor.  To help pass the time while you await your flight, you can connect to the free WiFi or hang out in one of the Airport Lounges on the airside.

Sleeping in Brandenburg Airport

A reader tells us that travellers can sleep in Terminal 1. There are chairs have electricity outlets, so charging your mobile devices is not a problem.  Tell us about your experience by writing a airport review or read or more traveller reviews.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Berlin Brandenburg Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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. 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!

Lounge Templehof – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Level E1, Gate A20. Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (EUR 45 per person).

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the Lufthansa Lounge (Location: T1, Airside, Level E1, opposite Gate B20.  Hours: 5:30AM – 9:00PM).  Check with your airline.

Related Pages: Brandenburg Airport Lounges

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Hotels & Sleep Pods

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  At the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: No
  • Nearby Hotels with Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Brandenburg Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, there are no transit hotels or airside sleep cabins, so you will need pass through immigration where you will find a hotel outside the terminal.  A few area hotels provide an airport shuttle.

At the Airport Steigenberger Airport Hotel – Located outside Terminal 1, a 50m walk from the terminal. » Check Rates

Near the Airport  InterCityHotel Berlin Brandenburg Airport – Located at Terminal 5 and an 8 minute walk to Terminals 1 and 2. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Brandenburg Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Brandenburg Airport.  Connect to the “_Free Airport WiFi” network.  If you do not have a mobile device, the Service Center has terminal rentals. Location: Train Station T1/T2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun).

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

Accessibility Services – The airport’s Mobility Service Team can assist you should you require assistance from check-in to boarding. Location: T1, Information Service Desk, Check-in Area 1-8, Level E1. Hours: 4:00AM – 11:00PM.

Airport Information – Information desks can be found throughout the airport. Hours: the airside desks’ hours depend on flight times, while the check-in and arrival areas are open 24 hours.

Art & exhibitions – Several art installations can be found throughout T1.

ATMs – Locations: T1, Check-in Area 1-8 on Level E1 • Departure Areas • Market Place • Arrivals Area, Baggage Claim A1-A4, Level E0.

Baggage Carts – Baggage trolleys are available at the P4 and P6 parking lots and all levels of the car parks.

Baggage Storage – Location: Train Station T1/T2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Rates: unknown.

Baggage Wrap – Location: Train Station T1/T2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun). Rates: unknown.

Beauty Services

  • Hairport Lounge – Get a haircut or beauty treatment before you board your flight upon arrival. Location: Train Station T1/T2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (Mon, Fri, Sun)

Covid-19 Testing – PCR and antigen testing areas are open to travellers and airport visitors. Locations: T1, Arrivals Area, Arrival 1, Level E0 opposite Arrival 1. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:30PM • T1, Check-in Area 1-8, Level E1, Check-in Areas 3-4. Hours: 4:00AM – 11:30PM.

Currency Exchange – Travelex has a few locations: Arrivals 1, Level E0. Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM • Market Place, Level E1. Hours: 8:00AM – 5:30PM.

Family Services

  • Strollers – available free of charge. First come-first serve basis.  Location: Departure Areas • Market Place • Level E1 at the Information Desk.

Food & Drink – At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food options. You will find concessions throughout the airport landside and airside with reduced hours and capacity.

Hotel – see Airport Hotels above.

Lost and Found – Location: T1, Arrivals Area, Baggage Claim A1-A4, Level E0 • Train Station T1/T2, Level U1.

Lounges – see Airport Lounges above.

Medical Services

  • Dentist – Location: Outside the terminal, Willy-Brandt Platz, Level U1. Hours: varies (Monday – Wed & Fri)
  • Pharmacy – Location: Arrivals Area, Arrivals 2, Level E0. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM + Departures Area, Market Place, Level E1.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us “Most gates have charging stations with sets of lightning, micro USB and USB-C charging cables.” (January 2023)

Observation Deck – Watch the action on the tarmac from the Observation deck.  Location: T1, Check-in Areas, Gallery, Level E4. Hours: 9:00AM.

Parking – 10-minute free parking is available at the Kiss & Fly located in an unsheltered area outside the terminal. No ticket is required. For longer stays, there are 5 car parks and 3 sheltered ground level parking lots.

Postal Services – Location: Train Station T1/T2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun)

Printing – Need to have documents printed?

  • Beyer Sprach- und Airport Service counter. Location: Check-in Area, Gallery, Level 2. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:30PM.
  • 4service. Location: Train Station T1/2, Level U1. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun).

Quiet Room – The “Room of Silence” is a quiet room that is open to all travellers regardless of religious denomination. Location: Check-in Area, Gallery, Level E2. Hours: open 24 hours.

Showers – Location: Arrivals areas, Arrivals 1/2 Level E0. Hours: depends on flight times. Rates: unknown.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Inside the terminal, you will find a few Smokers Lounges in the departures area. Locations: Airside, Gates B02 & C01. On the public side of the terminal, there are designated smoking areas outside T1 on Level E0.

Tax Refund Services – Get your VAT Refund at Global Blue. Refunds are available through Alipay, Wechat Pay, Credit Card, Cash and more. Location: Check-in Area, Galley, Level 2. Hours: depends on flight times.

Tourist Information – The Welcome Center offers information about tourist attractions and ticket sales for sightseeing tours and attractions. You can also pick-up a Berlin Welcome Card which offers free transportation in Berlin, savings on attractions and a city map. Location: T1, Arrivals 1, Level E0.  Hours: 9:00AM – 5:30PM.

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.  They can be found in T1, Arrivals, Level E0.

WiFi – see WiFi above.

Airport Hours

While Brandenburg airport is open 24 hours, there are no 24-hour food concessions at the time of this update.


Berlin Brandenburg airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Arabia Egypt • Air Baltic • Air Cairo • Air Dolomiti • Air France • Air Malta • Air Serbia • AlbaStar • Alitalia • Arkia • ASL Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Azerbaijan Airlines • BA City Flyer • Belavia • BlueBird • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Condor • Corendon Airlines • Corendon Airlines Europe • Croatia Airlines • Danis Air Transport • Delta Air Lines • easyJet • easyJet Europe • easyJet Switzerland • Egypt Air • EL AL – Israel Airlines • European Air Charter • Eurowings • Evelop • Finnair • Fly Egypt • Freebird Airlines • Freebird Airlines Europe • Georgian Airways • Hainan Airlines • Iberia • Iberia Express • Icelandair • Iraqi Airways • Israir • KLM • KLM Cityhopper • LOT Polish Airlines • Lufthansa • Luxair • MIAT Mongolian Airlines • Neos • Norwind Airlines • Norwegian Air Shuttle • Nouvelair Tunisie • Onur Air • Pegasus Airlines • Play • Pobeda • Qatar Airways • Rossiya Airlines • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Ryanair • S7 Airlines • SAS • Scoot • Sky Alps • Smartlynx • SundAir • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • TAP Air Portugal • Trade Air • Transavia Airlines • Transavia France • TUIfly • Tunis Air • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • UT Air • Vueling Airlines • Wings of Lebanon • Wizz Air.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


  • Express buses X7 and X71 (Rudow Terminus U7 – BER T1/2). Frequency: 20 minutes. Duration: 45-50 minutes.
  • Express bus BER1 (Steglitz City Hall – BER T1/2). Duration: 45 minutes.  [ more info ]
  • Express bus BER2 (Potsdam Central Station – BER T1/2 & T5). Duration: 60 minutes. [ more info ]

Car Rentals

These car rental companies have locations at Brandenburg Airport in T1, Arrivals Area 1/2, Level E0.  Avis Budget • Hertz • Sixt • Buchbinder Rent-a-Car • Europcar • Enterprise. Location: T1, Arrivals Area 1/2.  Hours: vary according to operator.

Car Sharing

You can now easily rent-a-car via an app. No paperwork, just get the car and go. MILES Carsharing • Share Now GmbH • Sixt Share • WeShare are the four companies with cars at BER Airport. Location: T1, Car Park P4.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxi ranks are located in front of T1 on E0.


The Airport Express (FEX) and regional trains (RE7, RB14) travel between the Berlin central station and “Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2” is located below Terminal 1. The S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 stop at both “Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2” and “Flughafen BER – Terminal 5”.

Last updated: 2023-03-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.