The Berlin Shoenefeld Airport (SXF) is one of two international airports servingBerlin. Located in the eastern part of the city, this airport was once the major hub for travellers wanting to explore the Soviet controlled part of Germany. Today, this airport sees over 11 million people transit through its terminal buildings, and it operates non-stop flights to almost 100 destinations. In 2018 this airport is due to become part of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the city’s new scheduled international airport.
This is a very well facilitated airport, and you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable transit. There are plenty of ATMs and foreign exchange services that you can make use of. For communication purposes, you can log onto the free WiFi for up to 60 minutes, there are payphones and a post office.
There is a duty-free outlet available for shoppers, and there are other shops selling reading materials, travel accessories, confectionary, and snacks. Passengers looking for a bite to eat can find it at one of the restaurants or cafes available at the airport.
Other facilities include an Observation Deck where passengers can see the planes take off and land, information desks, and a VIP lounge.
Travellers can book flights to Berlin from Australia with Air China, Etihad Airways, China Southern, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Jet Airways, Aeroflot, Qantas, Thai Airways, Silkair, and Cathay Pacific. As this is a long-haul flight, you will be subject to layovers, and so it might be worth checking out our advice page on how to make the most of these stops.
· There are plenty of car rental agencies within the airport and you can approach these companies when you land, or book online in advance and cherry-pick a deal that suits you. At 22km from the city centre, a drive into Berlin shouldn’t take you longer than 30 minutes if you choose to hire a car. Hop onto the A113 towards Berlin, then take exit 20-Tempelhofer Damm from the A100. Continue on the B96, and then take Lindenstraße to B2/B5.
· Buses leave outside Terminal A, and these can ferry you to central Berlin. There are lots of local routes, and a couple of express ones—X7 and SXF2. Tickets cost around 3-4EUR ($4-6) if you are travelling within the ABC zone of the Berlin transport system.
· There are trains, called the S-Bahn, that leave frequently and directly from the airport. Like the buses, there are local and express services, with the fastest being the lines RB14 and RE7. It should take you around 30 minutes to get into the city centre, and a ticket will cost 3-4EUR ($4-6).
· Taking a taxi is the most expensive way to travel, but the vehicles are metered and you can conveniently pick up a car right outside of Terminal A. The approximate fare should be between 40-45EUR ($58-65). If you want door-to-door service, but don’t fancy paying a taxi fare, then you can book a shuttle service online, and compare prices and companies with Skyscanner.
Please note that information is correct as of April 2017