There are still two active airports in Berlin, despite a third one (the BER) originally planned to replace those, is being built since what seems forever. You can find cheap flights to Berlin e.g. at http://www.kayak.de or http://www.skyscanner.net (just choose your country in the upper right corner).
Berlin Tegel (TXL) is located in the Northwest of Berlin and is approached by mainly network carriers like KLM, British Airways but since recently also by some flights of easyJet.
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) is located south of Berlin and is a small airport for mainly low cost carriers and vacation travel/charter flights. Airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, Condor and Norwegian operate there.
Berlin has many stations for long distance trains e.g. from Eastern Europe, France, Netherlands etc. You can find good connections here: http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml.
There are many national and international bus connections to and from Berlin. The best way to check for good fares is at http://www.checkmybus.com.
You will stay at the Sunflower Hostel, which is located in the middle of Berlin Mitte, 5min walking distance from the famous “Warschauer Straße".
SERVICES AND FACILITIES:
• Free breakfast at the hostel
• Free bed linen and beds made before arrival
• Free WiFi in the bar
• Free walking tours from the hostel
• Travel and sightseeing tips at reception
• 24-hour reception
• No curfew and no lockout
• Key card access to the hostel area and rooms
• Luggage storage and secure lockers available for valuables
• Chill-out area
• Satellite TV in the bar
• Rooms cleaned daily
• Broadband access
• Bike rentals
• Towels for rent
The program is not final yet, so there can be changes. We just want you to get an idea of the course of events.
Although Berlin is beautiful, you don’t want to get lost – and we most certainly don’t want you to get lost!
What means of transportation are there?
The S-Bahn is probably the fastest way to travel a longer distance in Berlin. There is a circle line („Ringbahn“) around the city centre, going both directions.
Comfortable regional trains (RE,RB) depart from the main S-Bahn stations in the city (Zoo, Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, etc.) This way, you can get to and from Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) quickly by taking the RE7 or RB14.
Berlin underground (U-Bahn) is the best way to get around in the city centre for shorter distances. Most lines depart every 5-10 minutes.
Important routes from your hostel:
Your hostel is near the underground/S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße, where the famous sightseeing station Alexanderplatz is just three stops away. If going to Technical University Berlin, you have to exit at Zoologischer Garten and take the U2 towards Ruhleben to Ernst-Reuter Platz (one stop).
On their website, you can find routes from the two airports to the hostel at: http://www.sunflower-hostel.de/en/location/directions.
- Take the S-Bahn to “Ostkreuz” from “Warschauer Straße” (one stop)
- Then, either take the RB14 or RE7 and exit at ”Schönefeld Flughafen“
- take the S9 from “Warschauer Straße” to “Schönefeld Flughafen”
To find routes just go to http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/index.html and use the journey planner on the right. You also get useful information about Berlin there.
The German currency is the Euro (€). Prices shown are already including taxes, so what you see is what you pay.
Sample price guide:
Glass of beer: 2,50-3€
Cocktail : 6-9€
Cup of coffee: 1,80€
Döner Kebab: 3€
Generally, snacks like a Currywurst or a Döner are more expensive in the city, especially at tourist hot spots like Alexanderplatz or Friedrichstraße.
Euro – Romanian Leu
1 RON = 0,21 EUR (22 cents)
1 EUR = 4,66 RON
5 EUR = 23,3 RON
20 EUR = 93,2 RON
The international country dialing code to Germany is +49 and the Berlin city code is +30.
The outgoing international code dialing out of Germany is 00, followed by the relevant country code.
Dialing within Berlin from a mobile phone use the (030) prefix. Dialing within Berlin from a land line drop the (030) prefix.
2 prong round pin plug required (230 Volt, 50 Hz)