I am visiting Berlin in May for a short weekend trip (hand luggage only). I see that it's only 11km from the airport to the city centre. I wondered if it is possible to run/walk from the airport into the city on pavements/footpaths and not get caught out having to run on roads at all? I am taking running kit anyway so it's a good use of time if possible and a nice way to see part of the city. Thanks

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    Usually people ask for public transport or taxi. +1 For the courage!
    – JoErNanO
    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:30
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    I understand that there are many other reasons than cost for walking to the city center, but I'd like to mention that in Berlin there is no additional rip-off fare for buses going to/from the airport, unlike many other cities. A single ticket from Tegel to anywhere in the city center costs the same as a normal bus ticket (which is 2.70E for a single ride, at the moment when I am writing this). Feb 24, 2015 at 11:24
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    @Relaxed Berlin does have a shiny modern new airport with fast train links to the centre though! Not one that's open mind you, but it does exist, unhelpful though that is...
    – Gagravarr
    Feb 25, 2015 at 10:05
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    @relaxed there is the RE7 (Airport Express) running from Schönefeld to the city in ~20 min. There is also the TXL running every 5 min. and takes ~20 min. to the Hauptbahnhof. No need for a trainlink or an bigger airport. Public transportation in Berlin is indeed very good.
    – user937284
    Feb 25, 2015 at 10:07
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    Also, comparing like with like €2.70 for a trip within the city center (which this is) isn't particularly cheap. It's €1.80 in Paris. On the other hand it's true that the Berlin ABC ticket is extremely good value, airport or no airport.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 25, 2015 at 11:12

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I am living in Berlin Moabit which is very close to Tegel Airport. Since Tegel and Moabit are not that interesting at the first sight (which is what you catch when running I think), you should take the TXL-Bus (public transport / 2.8€) running every 10 min. from the airport to the inner city. Then you should jump off at U-Bhf Turmstraße (subwaystation) and run along the Spree river. You can then choose three different options (assuming you want to reach U-/S-Bhf Friedrichstraße):

  1. Just run along the river (dark red)
  2. Take a small turn to see the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor and the Kanzleramt(where Merkel hangs around) (red)
  3. Take a bigger turn to see the Siegessäule, the Reichstag and the Brandenburger Tor. You could also stop/pass at the Memorial for the Murdered Jews. (green)

I added a map to show these three options which I consider the most "impressive". I would suggest to take option three (green).

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Some useful links:

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    Based on the number of up-votes you've received, you ought to now have enough reputation to be able to provide more links!
    – Gagravarr
    Feb 25, 2015 at 10:03
  • @Grgravarr: thx - just added some links :)
    – user937284
    Feb 25, 2015 at 10:28

Google maps says yes. I have done it once (walking, not running) and I didn't like the first part. I would recommend taking any bus into the city and getting out 2 or 3 stops from the airport.


Andra is right. It's possible, but the nearest vicinity of the airport is rather dull. Better take a bus for some stops.

If you want to walk the whole distance, maybe head a bit east first, then south. As soon as you reach Moabit (around Beusselstr station) the walk is becoming more interesting.


If you like walking or running, you will be very pleased to hear that unless walking is explicitly forbidden ("Kein Zutritt", "Privatgelände", no walking on Autobahns. please), you may walk or run everywhere in Germany and you will be able to reach practically every location by walking/running. As the others already said, the road is really, really boring, but if you don't mind....

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    "until"? "unless"? Feb 24, 2015 at 18:57
  • yeah...corrected... Feb 24, 2015 at 20:18

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