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Cheap Flights to Berlin

Berlin currently has two major airports serving it: Berlin Schönefeld Airport (near the southern end) and Berlin Tegel Airport (near the northern end). Construction is underway on Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which is expected to open in late 2019. Brandenburg is being constructed right next to Schönefeld Airport, but will not replace it; Schönefeld will not only remain open but actually be expanded to merge with Brandenburg. Tegel Airport is expected to close sometime after Brandenburg opens, but plans have already changed several times in the past decade and may change again. Another option is Schönhagen just to the south of Berlin, though this is a small airport with relatively little commercial service.

Berlin High and Low Seasons

Berlin's travel seasons are the same as those seen throughout Western Europe. Peak season is in summer, when travelers from all over the world come to visit, with a crescendo in August as many Europeans also take their big annual vacations. The low season runs during winter from November to March, and though the deals are great during this time the weather also tends to be very cold and snowy. If you want decent pricing but better weather, look at the spring and fall shoulder seasons.

Big annual events to be aware of in Berlin include Green Week in January, the Berlin International Film Festival in February, May Day demonstrations on the first of May, the Pentecost and Carnival of Cultures weekend in June, the Love Parade in July, the Berlin Marathon in September, and the Christmas markets and celebrations.

Berlin Airport Tips

Berlin Schönefeld is a fairly large international airport, but it also has the unfortunate distinction of being voted "Worst Airport in the World" by various travel sites and magazines in recent years. Passengers complain that it is very dated, cramped, lacks adequate restrooms and is too thin on food and shopping options. Food options include a Burger King, Cindy's Diner, Kilkenny's Irish Pub and several local restaurants, but expect prices to be much higher than normal. The situation will hopefully improve when Brandenburg opens up, but until then arriving passengers may want to make plans to depart as quickly as possible (and use the restroom before getting off the plane).

Tegel Airport fares a bit better in terms of reviews from travelers, but one still shouldn't expect too much from it. It's small and has little in the way of dining options, and arriving passengers should probably plan to exit as swiftly as possible.

Transportation from Berlin's Airports

Berlin Schönefeld has its own rail station that you can walk to from the airport. It connects to the S-Bahn train and a regional line that runs to the city center of Berlin. There are also several buses to areas in and near Berlin. Car rental is available on site from some of the usual major chains including Avis, Enterprise and Hertz.

Berlin Tegel has various buses and shuttles available from the airport to points throughout Berlin. Car rental is available on site from Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Buchbinder.

Flights to Berlin (State)

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