Car Hire at Berlin Schönefeld Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
With its range of elegant structures and historical buildings, Berlin makes one of the most historic cities in Central Europe. It is not all about the past, though, as you will see plenty of bars, shops, and restaurants that give the city a lively, modern vibe. A holiday can be possible here with a flight to Berlin Schönefeld Airport, the primary port of entry in the city.
Where to hire a car at Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Going around Berlin can be easier with a car, especially if you will be exploring different landmarks around the city. You will find several car rental options in Berlin Schönefeld Airport from companies such as Avis Budget, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar, Hertz/Dollar Thrifty, Sixt, and Terstappen/Buchbinder. They can all be found outside Terminal A and opens at 7:00AM up to 11:00 or 11:30PM during weekdays. You can choose among different models, which you can compare according to your budget. When submitting your documents, you must hold a valid driver's licence from your country of residence. There must also be an official and valid translation of your licence, as well as an International Driver's Permit (IDP). You must also take the time to check the terms and conditions and enquire about possible concerns such as restrictions on where you can take the car.
What to expect when hiring a car from Berlin Schönefeld Airport
The roads surrounding Berlin Schönefeld Airport are A96, B96a, and A113, which connect to A117, A179, A10, A100, E30, and E36. These can get crowded in the peak season and major festivals, which make it necessary to plan your route ahead of time. These roads lead to several cities and communities in the area, such as Berlin itself, Königs Wusterhausen, Luckewalde, Potsdam, Oranienburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Strausberg, Frankfurt an der Oder, Eisenhuttenstadt, and many more.
There are no toll roads as of the time of writing, but the local authorities are thinking of assigning some routes for tolling regulations. They will take in effect in 2016, with discussions of putting up congestion charges to deal with the increasing traffic concerns in Berlin. Upon arriving in the city, you will find one-way roads flanking the main roads. Bicycles also might go around the 650 kilometre-worth of dedicated bicycle paths, but you also need to watch out for them. You can also look for petrol stations on the way, with Aral Autogastankstelle on B96a near the airport, as well as Agip Service-Station on Adlergestell in Adlershof.
Driving around Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Berlin, the nearest city from the airport, can be reached within 30 minutes if you get on A113 from Am Seegraben/B96a. Continue from here and take exit 20-Tempelhofer Demm from A100. Go on to B96 and then drive to Spandauer Street/Spandauer Straße. The peak congestion times in the city are 7:30AM to 9:30AM and then 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Parking here can be a bit difficult, as it can be hard to find an available spot in rush hours. In slow days, you can get spaces on the street, as well as go on to off-street parking lots, above-ground garages, and underground garages. You will have to use a parking voucher, disc, or meter for on-street parking.
Getting to your destination
From Berlin Schönefeld Airport, explore what the city of Berlin and the surrounding areas have to offer through your rental car. Take a scenic drive through the following areas:
Hot summer weekends make the most popular time of the year to visit Wannsee's lakeshores in the westernmost part of the city. You will find here several attractions including the Leibermann Villa museum and the infamous Villa Marlier, a base of the Third Reich. The shore promenade and the sailing clubs here are also enjoyable to find out more about.
Get here on A113 from Am Seegraben/B96a and follow A113, A100, and A115/E51 to Potsdamer Chaussee/B1 in Berlin. Take the B1 exit from A115/E51 and then follow B1 to Hohenzollernstraße to reach Wannsee. The trip can be made in around 35 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. Parking can be found in several establishments such as APCOA Parkhaus Bahnhofspassagen, CONTIPARK Tiefgarage Luisenplatz, and many others.
A drive of nearly two hours will take you to the centre of dynamic Leipzig, which has been a crucial city for trade since the medieval times. It was also a major hub of the Holy Roman Empire, and was home to several famous German artists such as Goethe, Bach, and Mendelsson.
Get on A113 from Am Seegraben/B96a and take Berliner Ring/A10 and A9 to Berliner Street in Leipzig. Drive to Thomaskirchhof to reach the centre of the city. There are many opportunities to park here, such as in APCOA Parkhaus Petersbogen, Q-Park Augustusplatz, and many other facilities.
Before it was severely bombed in World War II, Dresden was the 'Florence on the Elbe' due to its splendid art and architecture. Much of the city was restored, though, which now offers interesting landmarks such as Bruehl's Terrace and the palace complex of Zwinger. The Old Town also contains a number of historical sites such as the Frauenkirche Cathedral.
When going here, get on A113 from Am Seegraben/B96a and follow A13 to Radeburger Street/AB170 in Dresden. Take exit 81a-Dresden-Hellerau from A4 and follow B170 to Wilsdruffer Street. The whole drive can take around two hours, with plenty of parking choices.