Berlin – Preparations & General Information


When did we go to Berlin ?

We visited Berlin in 4 days from 30/12/2019 to 04/01/2020

How much did it cost (for 2 persons) ?

To and from Brussels Airport
(by bus)
20 €
Brussels-Berlin 2 way flights170 €
Public transport in Berlin
(including from and to the airport)
60 €
Accommodation
(5 nights in a 3*** hotel)
394 €
Spendings in Berlin
(restaurants, cafes …)
200 €
Total844 €

NB: Regarding accommodation, you can find a much better price if you book enough in advance and avoid the end of year period.

Our Flights

The best flight that we found, was :

Company : Easyjet
Price : 85 € / person ( Round trip )
Brussels Zaventem – Berlin Tegel, on 30/12/2019 (12:30 – 14:00)
Berlin Tegel – Brussels Zaventem, on 04/01/2020 (07:35 – 09:05)
Booking date : 27/10/2019
Booked with: directly on the Easyjet website
Luggage: Hand luggage only (56 x 45 x 25 cm)

Pay attention to the luggage dimensions, make sure to do the check in online and print your boarding passes before going to the airport to avoid paying additional fees.

Our accommodation

We made the reservation 2 months in advance (end of October), but considering the period of our visit, the prices were not attractive 😦

Usually, we choose small hotels in the city center that are well rated on Booking.com. For this time, with the same price, we were able to get this 3*** hotel for 80 € / night. The hotel is located 5 km from the city center but very well served by public transport (tram station at 200m and subway station at 600m )

Hotel : Wyndham Garden Berlin Mitte
Address : Osloer Strasse 116 a 116A, 13359 Berlin, Allemagne
5 nights, from 30/12/2019 to 04/01/2020
Price : € 393,75 (80 € / nuit)
booked with Booking.com

It is a large hotel with 24-hour reception, café, restaurant, terrace, etc. Breakfast costs € 18 / person / day. Considering the price, we didn’t take it.
The room is clean, spacious with WC, showers, mini bar, TV, telephone … (in the standards of 3 *** hotels)

To and from the airport

The easiest and cheapest way to reach the city from Berlin Tegel Airport is by bus.
There are no special fares for this route.
The unit price is 2.80 € (AB zones). If you choose a package (Day, 48H, 72H, 7 days, etc.), the journey to and from the airport is included in the package.
Depending on your destination, you can choose between one of the following 4 buses:

  • TXL : Airport – S+U Hauptbahnhof : the most popular line as it connects with Berlin Central Station : « Hauptbahnhof »
  • 128 : Airport – U Osloer Str : connects at the terminus with the subways U8 and U9, and also with the subway U6 at station « Kurt-Schumacher-Platz »
  • 109 or X9: Airport – S+U Zoologischer Garten : make a common part of the journey, separate at « Richard-Wagner-Platz » and meet at the terminus

Buses departures vary between 10 and 20 minutes (30 minutes at night), with a journey time around 30 minutes depending on your bus. For more info, visit the website of the Berlin transport company BVG, and above all, install the bvg fahrinfo application:

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at the exit of the terminal, follow the indications to the bus stops:

Until the stop, then identify your bus :

At the stop, you will find the payment terminals : you have to buy your ticket or package before taking the bus

Let’s Go 🙂

Use public transport in Berlin

Berlin has, unsurprisingly, a very modern and diverse public transport network. There are 3 tariff zones for transport in Berlin:

  • Zone A : Berlin city center until the circular S-Bahn (Ring: S41 – S42), which is included in this area
  • Zone B : outside the circular S-Bahn to the city limit, Berlin Tegel TXL Airport is located in this area.
  • Zone C : The big Berlin (about 15 km around the city of Berlin), including the city of Potsdam and Berlin Schönefeld SFX Airport

The prices applied (at the time of our visit) are as follows:

With the same price, it is possible to use :

The Subway (U-Bahn) and the urbain train (S-Bahn) : run from 4h to 1h on weekdays with some exceptions. Below is the map of the U + S Bahn :

The tramway : east of Berlin : run 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Below is the map of trams:

Buses : run from 4:30 to 0:30, then the night buses take over at a more spaced frequency. The Metrobuses (M) operate 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. It is difficult to find a map of all the buses, we advise you to download the BVG application to organize your trips:

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Alternatives to public transportation can be:

Taxi : € 3.90 for pick-up, then € 2 / km for the first 7 km (€ 1.50 beyond)

Or bikes and Kick scooter that you can rent via mobile applications (Exp: « Lime » for kick scooters, « Donkey Republic » for bikes)