Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) — The Frequent Flyer Airport

Berlin-Tegel International Airport (TXL), with over 14 million passengers the fourth largest German airport, once had the world’s longest runway (built in 1948 during the Berlin Airlift). This hexagon-shaped airport has four terminals.

It is set to close in 2012 when the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport opens.

Distance

8 km (5 mi) northwest of downtown Berlin.

Distance

Berlin-Tegel operates from 6 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.

Berlin-Tegel Airport Airlines

The airlines Air Berlin and Germania have their hubs here.

About 56 airlines make stops at Berlin-Tegel. The official airport site has a full list at…

Berlin-Tegel Airport — Realtime Arrivals & Departures

Here are the links to the live time tables for both arrivals and departures…

Getting To And From Berlin-Tegel International Airport

Berlin-Tegel Airport is incompletely served by public transportation. Busses are available, though.

Long-Distance Trains

There is no direct connection to long-distance trains.

Regional Trains

The S-Bahn and other regional trains do not stop at this airport.

Buses

Transferring by bus is the only way to get off the airport by public transportation. There are several city buses that run to and from Berlin. Route numbers X9, 109 and 128 all make direct connections.

Shopping

Berlin-Tegel Airport provides opportunities for some nice shopping. Name brands like Marc O’Polo, Esprit and Boss are located on the “Tegel Boulevard.” Duty-free shopping and travel shops are also available.

Food & Drink

There are over a dozen choices for your airport meal at Berlin-Tegel. The old standbys of Burger King and Starbucks are represented. Bars and bistros, cafes and diners are also on-hand.

Fun Facts

Berlin-Tegel Airport is known for its hexagon-shaped building. This unique shape allows for some of the shortest flight connections you can imagine. Some airport access walkways are just 30 meters (98 feet)!

The delicate political situation of the Cold War meant that Berlin-Tegel was a highly-restricted airport. Only holders of American, British or French passports were allowed to serve as flight crew (i.e., pilots, navigators, etc.) and only Allied airlines could fly in and out of it.

 

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