Berlin is buzzing nightlife and cutting-edge culture.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes (total distance 631 miles)
No. of Airports in Berlin: Berlin Tegel, Berlin Schoenefeld
Seasons: High = May - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham’s central location within the UK means it’s a great choice of airport wherever you’re flying to. We’ve also got loads of fantastic facilities to ensure the beginning of your trip is enjoyable and relaxing.
For those driving to the airport we have seven car parks on-site, all within walking distance of the airport terminal or accessible via a free shuttle bus. If public transport is more convenient options are plentiful. Birmingham International train station is just outside the airport, with the free and frequent Air-Rail Link taking passengers to the terminal in just two minutes. You can also find public buses and coaches that travel from all over the country and drop you right at the airport.
To make the most of the many amenities the airport provides, we recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Berlin. We’ve got lots of shops inside the terminal - great if you’ve forgotten any city break essentials. Boots is here to cater for any health and beauty necessities and WHSmith is your one stop shop for inflight entertainment. Fancy being pampered before your flight? Aerospa offers a variety of beauty treatments, all in under 15 minutes.
Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, you might want to grab something to eat from one of our bars, cafés or restaurants. Whether you’re after a sit-down slap-up meal or you want to grab something for the plane, you’ll find plenty of choice at BHX. From All Bar One and Giraffe, to Burger King and Wrapchic, there’s food to cater to everyone. Flying in the morning? Why not head to M&S To Go for some onboard brekkie.
If you’d like some peace and quiet before your flight, you could book into one of our airport lounges. With quiet-zones, unlimited Wi-Fi and complimentary food and drink, you can truly relax before your flight. Check out the exclusive views of the runways while recharging all your devices.
Arriving at Berlin Airport
Berlin Tegel is Berlin’s main international airport and is located north-west of the city centre. From buses to private car hire, there are many options for your onward journey.
Various bus connections are available from Berlin Tegel Airport to Berlin city centre, making the airport very well integrated in Berlin's public transport network. Four BVG (Berlin Transport Services) stops are located right outside Terminal A and B. The coach to Dresden stops near Terminal E.
Each terminal has a taxi rank, if you would prefer a more direct route to your destination. Travellers who want to rent a car for their stay should visit the car rental centre located on the lower floor near Terminal E and car park P2.
If you are travelling elsewhere from Bodrum, Südkreuz or Berlin Hauptbahnhof train stations are just a 30-minute ride from Tegel Airport. From here travellers can catch one of the many long-distance national and European rail connections offered by Deutsche Bahn.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Berlin
From its vibrant art scene to world-famous monuments and exciting nightlife, Berlin is a holiday destination suited to several types of travellers. Its combo of glamour and grit entices those who are keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fantastic food, renowned parties, and turbulent history.
The native language spoken in Berlin is German, however, many people can speak English. It’s nice to make an effort and learn some simple words and phrases though.
Berlin enjoys moderately warm summers, with daytime temperatures hovering around 24 °C, perfect for walking around the city and taking in the sites. If you’re visiting in winter, expect to be cold – temperatures average around zero degrees.
Culture in Berlin
A multicultural landscape, Germany’s capital has lived through a tormented past and transformed into an epicentre of culture and cool. Top international performers often grace Berlin’s theatre, concert and opera stages, plus international art-world stars like Olafur Eliasson and Jonathan Meese make their home here. You might even find the likes of Clooney and Hanks shooting blockbusters in the German capital. Must-dos in any Berlin guide includes visiting Checkpoint Charlie, sampling currywurst and stopping by the Dome of the Reichstag.
Germans are renowned for their love of hearty and delicious meals – usually containing sausages, potatoes and sauce. We’ve mentioned it once, but we’ll say it again – currywurst is a matter of national pride for Berliners and must be tried. Grilled sausage with a sauce containing ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and curry powder. Other specialities include spätzle, Königsberger Klopse and of course, bratwurst.
If you’re visiting in August, check out Berlin’s International Beer Festival, a 3-day folk festival celebrating Germany’s national drink. The festival is home to the world’s longest beer garden. With 344 breweries from 87 countries, presenting 2,400 brands of beer, the 2.2-kilometre stretch runs from Strausberger Platz to Frankfurter Tor.