Berlin’s Tegel Airport is not too far outside the city center and since it is not directly attached to the S-bahn or U-bahn lines the main way to get into town is either taxi or bus. Taxi’s are abundant, but the airport bus is an efficient and affordable way to reach the city’s expansive train network and to arrive to a central part of town.
The airport bus
The Express Bus is called TXL and runs between Berlin-Tegel Airport and Alexanderplatz. For those looking to hop on the U bahn (subway) this is possible at the Central Station and Alexanderplatz destination. For a connection onto the S bahn (overland train) the closest point is the S41 S42 lines that encircle the city. These can be reached at the Beusselstrasse Station which is the second stop on the bus route after leaving the airport.
The journey time to Alexanderplatz is 30-40 minutes, the fare €2.10. Buses 128, 109 and X9 all stop at the airport and move into the city center, but the TXL is by far the fastest and most central route possible to take. The other buses cover a more specific quadrant of the city closer to the airport. To get these buses one must go upstairs to the departures section (follow the signs saying “Buses,”) from here go outside and there is usually a bus already there waiting. Do not purchase a ticket from anyone other than the bus driver or the machine that takes coins adjacent to the bus stop.
The first departure from Alexanderplatz at 4:52 AM (Saturday and Sunday at 5:12 AM). The last bus departs Tegel Airport for the city center at 11:07 PM. Otherwise the buses run at 10-minute intervals from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday to Friday, and then at 20-minute intervals from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. On Saturdays they run every 20 minutes from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The same hours apply to the X9, 128 and 109 buses. If arriving to the terminal after 11PM it is recommended to take a taxi.
Taxis are always available outside the terminals. Fares to the centre of Berlin start from about €20, and the journey time is around 20 to 30 minutes.