I don't know when you are coming, but it's not open yet, unless you mean Schoenefeld? Tell us when and you will get lots of help
whoops sorry. we are going in july 2012. we have been to other european cities and through this forum have previously booked a minibus. i just wondered if anyone can recommend a similar service or we should get a taxi. i'm a bit worried that 4 adults plus luggage will fit in a taxi :-(
huge thanks for any help and advice
There will be LOADS of taxis available of all shapes and sizes. Expect to pay around €30 to get into the centre - note that car services are not very common in Germany.
However, there will be several public transport options, including both suburban and regional rail from a station in the airport. These will go to all the main stations. You can check your route on www.bvg.de (use SXF as your departure point if checking now). Public transport in Berlin is cheap and efficient and you should have no problems.
It will have of course excellent public transport connection with the train station right in the middle of the airport.
To use transfer services is not common in Germany. Just hop into a taxi (approx EUR 35). There are also mini van taxis if you have really a lot of luggage. They should not even cost more as the mini van surcharge of EUR 5 is only from the 5th person on. Taxis are metered. Taxi tariff is set by the city.
thank you so much everyone - really helpful advice. xx
Taxi fare from Schönefeld is towards 40€ to Mitte these days so I would assume same kind of fare from the new airport.
Suzy can I be the first to congratulate you on the first...
We look forward to many thousand other such requests in the coming months/years. :-)
As mentioned above the airport doesn't open for another six months so no one has been there yet, therefore advising people on the public transport it's still a little bit guess work apart from there will be express trains and S-Bahns into town... and Taxis for you.
Anyway, have a nice time in Berlin, it's great, and do try using the public transport. It's cheap, efficient and easy to use and does save a lot of walking around.
lol - good to know that i've started a path for many more to follow :-)
i'm not the worlds greatest traveller so any help or advice more widely travelled people can give me is very much appreciated. i will try and use the public transport once i find my bearings in berlin - it just scares me a bit the moment i step off the plane in a place i've never been before.
No, it is a new airport (close to the current Schoenefeld location). Schoenefeld and Tegel will close. Tempelhof has closed a while ago