It is no secret anymore: Berlin is THE traveling destination of the decade! No matter if it is a shopping tour, a sightseeing trip, concerts, or sports events you are looking for, or if you just want to party real hard, the German capital is the place to be for you. While there’s no doubt about where you’re going to stay – the stylish Industriepalast Hostel offers comfy beds in spacious rooms at an attractive rate – you might still wonder about how to get here. And that’s why we have decided to put together all roads to Berlin for you:
If there is one subject we Berliners are not really keen on talking about, it is the new Airport Berlin-Brandenburg BER. For a couple of years already it should have welcomed visitors from all around the globe in the capital, instead there are problems concerning the fire safety regulations, quarrels between the officials, and an opening date that is being postponed every few months for the same amount of months. Not surprisingly, Berlin has gotten on without the multi-billion-dollar project quite well so far, after all there are two other options: Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) and Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SFX). Most major airlines fly directly to at least one of them and link Berlin directly to most major airports in Germany, Europe, and even Asia, the US, and Africa. So no matter where you are from, by plane you will get fast and comfortably to the German capital. Budget airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair fly directly to Berlin Schönefeld and if you make your booking early enough in advance you might be lucky and get a ticket for only a couple of bucks. Both airports, SFX and TXL, have good transport connections: From Tegel you can take the bus line TXL straight to Berlin Central Station, from where it is only a 15 minute S-Bahn ride to the hostel. Schönefeld has its own metro-line S9 linking it to Berlin Ostkreuz, from there it is only one more station to Industriepalast Hostel.
The best way straight to the heart of Berlin is by train. Both the new Hauptbahnhof (“Central Station”) and the slightly smaller Berlin Ostbahnhof (“Eastern Railway Station”) are located in the city centre. Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway service, has numerous long distance trains that carry you fast, comfortable, and very eco-friendly to the city. We Germans like to nag about our train service, but that is mostly because we just like to nag in general. Germany still has one of the best and most reliable railroad services in the world. It’s a nice mode of traveling when you’re passing all traffic jams at high speed while you’re taking a leisurely stroll to the board bistro for a coffee. However, regular train tickets can be rather expensive, so it is worth planning ahead a couple of weeks, when there are still Saver Fares available on the Deutsche Bahn website.
A few years ago, there were hardly any long-distance buses in Germany. Thanks to a change in the transport law, this country, too, has a big bus network run by several coach operators, and it’s rapidly growing. Coach trips might not exactly make for the fastest or most comfortable mode of traveling, but this is by far the cheapest way to get into town – unless you walk. Coach operators like MeinFernbus, Flixbus, Postbus, Berlin-Linienbus, and Megabus take you from all over Germany and many European cities to Berlin for a fistfull of dollars. The central bus station (ZOB) is located right at the exhibition grounds ICC at the foot of Funkturm, from there it is only a 30 minute S- or U-Bahn ride to Industriepalast. For tickets, try the price check platform www.fernbusse.de (German only).
Thanks to the internet, privately owned cars have somewhat turned into means of public transportations as well: Ridesharing platforms like www.blablacar.de give you easy access to a vast number of rides to Berlin. In case you own a car, you may want to drive up here yourself, of course, and make the journey a classic road trip. On different feeder roads and the city highway A100 you can reach the city center fast and uncomplicated. Berlin has a lot of motor traffic though, and finding a parking spot can be a pain in the neck, so it’s better to leave the car somewhere safe and explore the city by public transportation. This is why we at Industriepalast Hostel provide guarded parking spots in our backyard at a small fee for you. In case you’re planning to get here by car, make sure your vehicle has a valid green pollution badge – it’s obligatory to have one.
No matter which way you choose to get here, we sure are looking forward to welcoming you here. Safe travels and see you in Berlin,
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.