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Berlin Tegel Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Berlin Tegel 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.

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

TXL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Berlin Tegel Airport.

What to Expect

Berlin Tegel Airport (Code: TXL) is the main airport for the capital of Germany. The airport itself is small and often crowded, with five easily walkable terminals (A, B, C, D and E), with most airlines departing from A.  Amenities are kept to a bare minimum, and are nearly all located landside. There are some lackluster shopping and dining options, and free WiFi. There are no 24-hour restaurants, so plan accordingly if you plan to spend the night.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Berlin Tegel Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / Jan2019)

Sleeping in Tegel Airport

Terminal A, landside, is the only place you can sleep overnight, as the rest of the airport closes at 3:30AM. Here, the seats are predominantly curved and metal, meaning you’ll want to prepare to sleep on the floor. That said, you can find a few straight benches in the customs/police area. Airport staff are generally tolerant of travellers spending the night before an early morning flight. Some travellers report document checks, while others report that security is perhaps a little too relaxed.  There are reports that the airport doors are left unlocked overnight, allowing homeless people, drunks, and riff raff into the terminal at night to roam around unchecked.   Explore our guide to sleeping in Berlin Tegel Airport or read some traveller reviews for more tips.  If none of this sounds like an experience you wish to have (and you don’t mind paying for comfort and privacy), there are sleep cabins inside the airport and other nearby hotels with shuttle service.  See Airport Hotels in the guide below for more info.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Berlin Tegel 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.

Berlin Tegel Airport Hotels & Sleep Pods

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Tegel Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you would have to go through immigration/security as there are no transit hotels.  Sleep pods, perfect for single travellers seeking some privacy, are available landside for both short-term and overnight stays.  A number of nearby hotels can be found within a 10 minute drive from the airport, but most do not provide shuttles.

Inside Airport Nap Cabs – 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.

Near Airport Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel – (2 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Central Hotel Tegel – (5 minutes from the airport) Reviews are mixed, but this is a basic no-frills budget hotel close to the airport. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Good Morning Berlin City West – (3 miles to the airport) Reviews are mixed, but offers close proximity to restaurants (walking distance) and the subway system. No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Hotel am Borsigturm – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle not available. A taxi costs approx. 20€.  » Check Rates

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.

Airport Lounges

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

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges 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!

Passes  Berlin Airportclub Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Landside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  C Lounge – Location: Terminal C, Airside, Schengen Zone, near Gate 80. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site. Air France (Location: Terminal A, 1st Floor) • British Airways Terraces Lounge (Location: Terminal A, 1st Floor) • Lufthansa Business Lounge (Terminal A, 1st Floor).

Related Pages: Berlin Tegel Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

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


  • 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, Landside, Service Center • Terminal C, Landside. Note: The stamp machine is only available in Terminal A.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there is a Family Room equipped with diaper-changing facilities, a small play area, a reading area and a couch. Location: Terminal A, Ground Floor (Floor 0). Diaper-changing facilities are located in all terminals of the airport.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. You can find games and colorful, soft seating. Location: Terminal C1, Airside.

Food & Drinks

  • 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.


  • 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 €20,00. Visit the Tourist Information kiosk for details. Locations: Gate 1, Terminals A and B.
  • Information Desk – Have any questions? The main information desk is located in the main hall of Terminal A. Another one is located in Terminal C. Both will be able to provide passengers with assistance!
  • 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. 5 vor Flug • airport1 • alltours • DER Touristik • Eurosun • Last Minute • L’Tur • Thomas Cook • TUI • Visit Berlin.


  • 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 – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic. Locations: Terminal A, Service Center, near Left Luggage. Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM. Rates: €9,50 / standard item • €11,50 / bulky item.

Medical Services

  • Pharmacy – The Metropolitan Pharmacy has a pharmacist to help with any last minute medical needs. Location: Terminal A, Landside, Tegel Boulevard. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM. Additionally, there is a pharmacy vending machine that sells first aid kits and over-the-counter medications 24 hours a day in Terminal C (airside, Gates 38-57).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A traveller (2019) mentioned seeing wall outlets to charge your devices in Terminal A. The outlets are stationed near working counters with benches (without arms) close by. Another reader suggest Coffee Fellows, as they have power outlets along the walls.


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Some ATMs 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 (Service Center and departure ring gates) and Terminal C (Landside and Airside).
  • Currency Exchange – You have a few options for exchanging currency:
    • Exchange desks: Reisebank exchange desk – Location: Terminal A, Transfer Terminal D (Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM) • Travelex exchange desk – Location: Terminal A, Boulevard Tegel (Hours: 6:00AM – 9:30PM) and Terminal C (Hours: 5:30AM – 10:00PM).
    • 24-Hour Foreign Currency ATMs (Euro/USD/British Pounds): Travelex provides 5 ATMs: Terminal A (Landside, Gate 0 • Landside, Gate 12 • Landside, Gate 3 • Landside, Gate 6). Terminal C (Landside).

Rest & Relaxation


  • Duty Free and Shopping – Heinemann Duty Free is available past all security checkpoints. A wide variety of retail shops offering books, travel essentials, drinks, etc. are available in Terminal C and Tegel Boulevard. Hours vary.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Hair Salon – Need a trim? The Barber’s offers beard and haircare services. Location: Terminal A, Landside, Service Center Hours: 9:00AM – 7:00PM.
  • Showers – Paid showers are available during the day hours downstairs in Terminal A.
  • Spa – unknown

Things to do & see

  • Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: Terminal D, airside, above the departure ring. Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM (Apr to Oct) • 11:00AM – 3:00PM (Nov to Mar). Rate: €3 / single adult ticket.

Airport Hours

Terminals A, B, C and D are open 4:00AM – 12:00AM. Terminal E is open 24 hours for early morning flights.


Berlin Tegel airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Baltic • Air France • Air Malta • Air Serbia • AIS Airlines • AlitaliaAmerican Airlines • AtlasGlobal • Austrian Airlines • Azerbaijan Airlines • Blue Air • Bora Jet • Braathens Regional Airlines • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Bulgarian Air Charter • Condor • Corendon Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Delta Air LinesEasyJet • Eurowings • Finnair • Fly Egypt • Freebird Airlines • Germanwings • Hainan Airlines • Iberia ExpressIcelandair • Iraqi Airways • KLM • Laudamotion • LOT • Lufthansa • Luxair • MIAT • Nesma Airlines • Onur Air • Pobeda • Qatar Airways • Rhein-Neckar Air • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • RyanAir • S7 Airlines • SAS • Scoot • Sundair • Sun Express • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • TAP Portugal • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • UTair • Vueling Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Berlin Tegel airport is well connected to the bus system. Options include the TXL JetExpressBus, X9 JetExpressBus, Bus 128 and Bus 109. For route maps, schedules and additional fare information, visit the VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) website. Long distance coaches serve the airport via Flixbus and PKS Szczecin Bus lines.

Car Rentals

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 • Sixt. Hours of operation vary slightly between the agencies, but most are open daily from about 7:00AM – 11:00PM (Mon – Sat) and from 8:00AM (Sun).

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.


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. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Surcharges apply for maxi cabs, bulky luggage and non-cash payments.


At the time of this update, Tegel Airport 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: 2020-10-21

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.