On Arrival From & to Tegel Airport: Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is 8km northwest of the center. There are no direct train services to the city center but the bus is a convenient, cheap option. A taxi or ride service is more expensive but will take you directly to where you’re going..
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) oversees the city’s public transport system, which includes the U-Bahn and S-Bahn urban rail systems, regional train services, a tramway system and a bus network.
Tickets are interchangeable for all public transport modes except regional trains, and are valid for a set period of time. Children between 6 and 14 travel at a reduced ticket price. Children under 6 years of age and traveling with a ticket holder do not require a ticket.
The BVG website has detailed schedules and trip planning information.
Once in central Berlin, there’s little need for a car. It’s cheaper and quicker to use the public transport network, even for day trips to Wannsee and Potsdam (by S-Bahn). If you do drive, Berlin is generally easy to navigate, thanks to clear signage and the ring road. Also, vehicles entering the city center’s designated environmental zone must have a sticker identifying their pollutant group.
Pay and display parking in the city center costs around €3.00 per hour Monday–Saturday. Few machines accept credit cards, so it’s useful to have some change handy. Clearly display your ticket on the dash.
Driving is on the right in Berlin, passing is on the left.
A taxi costs roughly €25–€30 from Tegel and takes 10–20 minutes. Taxi ranks are in the inner ring of Terminal A at Gates 6–9 and outside Terminals C and E.
Berlin is a very walkable city, but major sites are quite spread out so you may want to factor in some public transport. Areas that are ideal for exploring on foot include Charlottenburg in western Berlin and Prenzlauer Berg to the north.
Berlin is a very bike-friendly city, with an extensive network of dedicated cycle paths. Most S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains have front and/or back compartments for cyclists, but you do need to buy a special ticket for your bike. Avoid trying to take your bike on a train during morning or afternoon peak hours.
There are many places to rent a bike in Berlin including several bike share programs. These include nextbike, Donkey Republic and Lidl Bike, all of which have apps as well. You can register online or at stations with a rental terminals. Rates start at about €1 for every 30 minutes, with a maximum of around €10 for 24 hours.