I am flying to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL). I need to get to Leipzig. Is it possible to get a train from the Airport? Or do I have to get a connection train? I read something about Rail& Fly. But I am not really sure about the train from Berlin I will be carrying luggage, which will be relatively heavy (~30KG)

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In Berlin, the bigger problem is that there is no long-distance train station in any of the airports. In spite of the official website's rhetoric, Tegel is actually relatively poorly connected to the local and national transport networks, you need to take a bus to get anywhere, there isn't even a good S-Bahn or U-Bahn connection. Since it's much closer to the center of the city than many other airports, it's not that bad but you do need to get at least one bus connection.

Once you get to one of Berlin's major train stations (e.g. the new “Hauptbahnhof”), you can easily catch a direct train to Leipzig, possibly with a Rail&Fly ticket. Rail&Fly fares can only be booked through your airline but if there is a train, you can always take it with a regular train ticket as well, you don't necessarily need Rail&Fly or any other special fare.

Incidentally, Tegel was slated to be closed some time ago but Berlin's new airport (built around the old Schönefeld airport) also had many problems with it's connection to the rail network and isn't even operating yet, several years after the planned opening so Berlin is a very poor choice if you are looking for an easy train connection.

  • Thank you. I just saw a route on google maps. The route looks to be operated by vbb.de Is this the bus you mentioned?
    – bobby
    Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 17:52
  • @jogabonito Yes. You can find more details by following the link to the airport's website.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Aug 24, 2014 at 17:56
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    @jogabonito I don't quite remember. It should be a city bus like this one (not a long-distance coach) so it's a hassle but it's doable (no long stairs or narrow aisles, you can sit with your luggage).
    – Relaxed
    Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 8:11
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    Rail&Fly is a service offered by Deutsche Bahn and many airlines which allows to use almost any train on the German rail network to reach your final destination. Rail&Fly is often significantly cheaper than buying your ticket directly from Deutsche Bahn. However you are still on your own risk, e.g. if you miss a connection.
    – neo
    Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 11:03
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    You seem to confuse this offer with AIRail which are trains operated as a Lufthansa codeshare and abide the same regulation as regular flights in case of delay. There is also no connection from/to Leipzig or Berlin.
    – neo
    Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 11:04

You can reach the "Hauptbahnhof" from Tegel by riding the TXL-Bus (public transportation) which runs every 5 minutes. The fare is about 2.7€ and it will take about 15-20 minutes. Take a direct train to Leipzig from there. This is the Link to the german railway authority called Deutsche Bahn

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