Berlin Schönefeld Airport is its second and smaller international airport, after Berlin Tegel Airport. Berlin Schönefeld is a base for Condor, Ryanair and easyJet making it more a low-cost airport.
Schönefeld was the main airport of East-Berlin before the reunification of Germany. The airport was constructed in 1934 to serve the Henschel aircraft plant and was transformed to a civilian airport after the war. After reunification Berlin had three airports and it was decided that a new airport will be build, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, at the site of Schönefeld Airport and to close all other airports. The existing infrastructure at Schönefeld would be part of the new airport with the current passenger terminal used as a low-cost terminal. The opening of the new airport was scheduled for 2012, but safety issues has seen opening delayed till at least 2018. In the mean time, passenger numbers continued to grow at Schönefeld Airport so new, temporary extensions to the terminals were build in 2005 and 2016.
Currently Schönefeld Airport has 4 terminals which are located next to each other and are connected by an air-side concours. Terminals A and B are the main building. Terminal A is mainly used by Ryanair while Terminal B is used exclusively by easyJet. Terminal C is now only used for security checkpoints and does not have check-in desks anymore. Terminal D was opened in 2005 and is mainly used by Condor, Germania and Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Berlin Schönefeld Airport is located about 18 km southeast of Berlin, the capital of Germany.
Best way to get in to the city is by train. Just outside Terminals A and B, a five minute walk away, is the train station where local S-Bahn as well as regional trains depart to Berlin. Tickets are 3.20 euro (ABC single journey ticket) and you can take both the S-Bahn trains and regional trains to Berlin Haubtbahnhof. The S-Bahn trains run more often per hour and till 1.30 am but they stop more often and take longer (up to an hour). Regional trains (RE7 and RB14) only take 20 minutes but leave for Berlin only twice an hour so check the time-tables before choosing which train to take.
Taxis to central Berlin take about 40 minutes and the metered fare would be around 40 euro.
All prices quoted here were found in June 2017