Home to the Berlin Wall, the Berlin Film Festival , excellent clubs and good food, the capital of Germany — Berlin — ranks quite high on the traveler’s wish list. Getting here from other cities in Europe is not a major problem , but finding a cheap flight can be , sometimes, tricky.
Two airports serving Berlin
Berlin is served by two airports:
- Berlin Tegel “Otto Lilienthal” Airport (TXL) is the main international airport serving the capital of Germany and is located about 8 km from the city center. It is hub for AirBerlin and Germania. It mostly handles flights to/from other European cities and domestic flights. Some flights to the Middle East and North Africa are also available.
- Berlin-SchÃ¶nefeld Airport (SXF) is the second international airport serving Berlin and is located further from the city center. It is hub for Germanwings and Easyjet . It mostly handles flights from Europe and domestic flights but there are also a number of limited flights to/from North Africa.
Low cost carriers serving Berlin
The following low-cost carriers fly into Tegel:
- Air Berlin — Austria, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
- TUIFly — Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
- Brussels Airlines — Austria, Belgium, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK
- Condor — Greece, Turkey
- Meridiana — Italy
- Wind Jet- Italy
- Transavia — Netherlands
- Vueling Airlines — Spain
- SunExpress — Turkey
- Pegasus Airlines — Turkey
The following low-cost carriers fly into Schonefeld:
- Germanwings — Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep. , Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland , Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK
- Norwegian — Austria, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, France, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK
- EasyJet — Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Morocco , Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK
- TUIFly — Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey
- Pegasus Airlines — Cyprus, Turkey
- Condor — Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey
- Iceland Express – Iceland
- Ryanair — Ireland, Italy, Sweden, UK
- Aer Lingus – Ireland
- SunExpress – Turkey
How to find cheap flights into Berlin
The first thing to consider when planning a trip to Berlin is when you travel. Airfare is typically higher during the peak season (July and August), festivals (such as the Berlin Film Festival) or holidays (i.e. Christmas, New Years). So if you want to save money, plan you trip in spring or autumn.
Also, it depends a lot from where you fly into Berlin. You might want to check the fares from Air Berlin if you fly from Western Europe (except UK). For flights from UK, choose one of the airlines flying into Schonefeld. For other destinations within Europe, just run a search and see which airport offers the best rates.
If you fly from other continents, it’s a good idea to look up connections via other major European hubs. There aren’t many direct flights to Berlin from other continents so you’ll most likely need to make a change along the way, anyway. Just try to look for the cheapest option even if it means you’ll be stuck for a day in another European hub.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to book tickets 4 to 8 weeks before departure, unless you find a good bargain or take advantage of last minute flights (which in the low cost carriers business aren’t always cheap).