Better connections after the timetable change
Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport will be better connected by rail from next Sunday, December 11, 2022. With the change in the public transport timetable, BER can be reached around the clock with the RE8 train. For example, an hourly regional connection will be added between Berlin-Charlottenburg and Terminal 1-2 between around midnight and three o’clock on the Berlin light rail via Berlin Central Station, Alexanderplatz and Ostkreuz. Previously, there was no public transport connection to BER during this time
There are also two new direct connections to the airport. For example, the RE8 of ODEG will run between Terminal 1-2 and Wismar via Wittenberge and the capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schwerin, following a changed route from Sunday. From December 11, the RB32 will connect BER with Ludwigsfelde every hour during peak hours, and the town can be reached from the airport in just under 15 minutes.
Although BER’s Terminal 5 will not be back in operation, the current station “Flughafen BER – Terminal 5 (Schönefeld)” will be reincorporated into the regional rail network. Starting on Sunday, the RB24 and RB32 will begin service to Terminal 5 via Berlin-Lichtenberg. From the station, Terminal 1-2 can be reached in ten minutes via S-Bahn or bus.
When the winter timetable comes into effect, passengers will also enjoy greater comfort: there will be more frequent service on various routes. Longer and more modern trains will also be used. The cars are better equipped than before with WLAN, power sockets and passenger information screens.
Aletta von Massenbach, Chairwoman of the Management Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “With the timetable change, the VBB and the rail transport companies are strengthening their offer for a fast, comfortable and, if possible, stress-free connection to BER. This will further improve connections to Berlin Brandenburg Airport for our passengers and for all employees. An extensive range of connections by rail is an important building block in the further development of BER as a modern, efficient and climate-friendly mobility hub. With its long-distance and regional rail station directly under Terminal 1, BER offers the best conditions for intermodal travel.”
The regional rail link at a glance:
Line – routing – frequency
FEX: Berlin Hbf – Gesundbrunnen – Ostkreuz – BER T1-2, continuing as RB24: Blankenfelde – Dahlewitz – Rangsdorf – Dabendorf – Zossen – Wünsdorf-Waldstadt, continuing as RB32: Birkengrund – Ludwigsfelde, 60 min. (30 min. interval HBF – BER)
RE8: Wismar – Wittenberge – Neustadt (Dosse) – Nauen – Spandau – Zoologischer Garten – Berlin Hbf – Friedrichstr. – Alexanderplatz – Ostbahnhof – Ostkreuz – BER T1-2, 60 min.
RB22: Potsdam Griebnitzsee – Potsdam Hbf – Potsdam Park Sanssouci – Potsdam Golm – Saarmund – Ludwigsfelde – BER T1-2 – Königs Wusterhausen 60 min.
RB23: Potsdam Golm – Potsdam Hbf – Wannsee – Charlottenburg – Zoologischer Garten – Berlin HBF – Friedrichstr. – Alexanderplatz – Ostbahnhof – Ostkreuz – BER T1-2, 60 min.
RB24: (Eberswalde Hbf – Melchow – Biesenthal – Rüdnitz – Bernau – Hohenschönhausen) – Lichtenberg – Ostkreuz – Schöneweide – BER T5, 60 min.
RB32: Oranienburg – Hohenschönhausen – Lichtenberg – Ostkreuz – Schöneweide – BER T5, 60 min.
Google Maps gives you a good overview which train is best for your schedule!