Wikimedia Conference 2012/Getting to and around Berlin

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General InformationEdit

Arrival and DepartureEdit

Airport: Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF), DeutschlandEdit

Most international flights will use the airport Berlin Schönefeld (IATA Code SXF) which is located south-east outside of Berlin. The airport is relatively small, for departure you should arrive about an hour before your flight leaves.

Getting to the city:

Getting to the Airport:


Airport: Flughafen Berlin-Tegel (TXL), DeutschlandEdit

Mainly domestic and European flights use airport Berlin Tegel (IATA Code TXL) which is located within Berlin, in the north-west of the city centre. The airport is quite small, for departure you should arrive about an hour before your flight leaves.

Getting to the City:

Getting to the Airport:

Bus station: Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB)Edit

Central bus terminal, long-distance coaches arrive / depart here. (Google Maps)

  • Just cross the street and keep left, you will see a big green S sign leading you to the S-Bahn station Messe Nord/ICC
  • take any south-bound train (lines 42 or 46)
  • change at the next stop Westkreuz to any east-bound train (lines S5, S7 to Ahrensfelde, S9 to Flughafen Schönefeld, S75 to Wartenberg)
  • get off at Friedrichstrasse

Central railway station: Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf)Edit

Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the Berlin's main railway station.

Getting Around in BerlinEdit

Public TransportEdit

Berlin has excellent public transport. Its backbone consists of the Berlin S-Bahn and Berlin U-Bahn systems, aided by buses and street cars.

  • Overview
network of S- and U-Bahn routes
You can get travel plans online at
The S-Bahn system is layed out in a circle with a major east-west axis and minor north-south connections in addition to the circle lines.
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  • Night service
At night, there is Night-Bus and Metro-Bus service.
However, major S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines run non-stop from Friday evening until Monday.
  • Fees
A "short range" ticket for 1.40 EUR covers 3 stations by U-Bahn or S-Bahn, or 6 bus stops.
A regular ticket "AB" for 2.30 EUR gets you through all of Berlin proper. It's valid for 2 hours, with unlimited transfers and interruptions. However, you need a new ticket if you want to reverse your direction.
Tickets can be bought at ticket machines at the stations. Tickets need to be redeemed (punched) in order to activate.
You can buy tickets from Bus drivers and inside street cars, but not inside U-Bahn or S-Bahn trains.
You will receive public transport tickets along with your name tag for the Chapters' conference!

Your Conference ticket for public transports

You will receive a public transport ticket together with your name tag. It is valid for all journeys by bus, tram, train, S-Bahn and U-Bahn in zone AB and should cover all your ways. The ticket is only valid with your ID card/passport. For travelling to Schönefeld Airport you need an extra ticket for zone C which we can provide on your request.

At night, there is Night bus and Metro-bus/tram service. Major S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines run non-stop from Friday evening until Monday.


By Car: Environmental Zone in BerlinEdit

On 1st January 2008 the city of Berlin established an Environmental Zone. You need to have a special sticker (costs: 5-6€) to be able to drive in the inner-city (conference, accommodation, etc is here!), which marks your car to be classified in a certain exhaust emission standard. Please keep all documents providing any information on your car with you. Get a sticker before you enter the inner-circle.

  • Information and addresses needed to get a sticker de / en / fr / it / tr/ ru / po

By BikeEdit

Guided bike tours and bike rental

Bike Sharing

Rental bike