Berlin is a sleek, cosmopolitan city, with numerous historic sights and museums, as well as amazing architecture, shopping, dining and an eclectic music scene. It’s worth a visit at any time of the year, but does experience large swings in temperature from season to season. If you visit between May – September, temperatures are hot, soaring to above 30 degrees Celsius. Many tourists visit Berlin during the summer, which means that hotels are booked early and flights more expensive. During spring, from March – May, temperatures are moderate, with highs ranging from 8 – 19 degrees Celsius. September and October are possibly the best months to visit Berlin, because the summer crowds vanish, but the weather is still quite warm, around 13 – 19 degrees Celsius. November through February can be downright chilly and there’s always a chance of snow, but if you don’t mind single digit temperatures, you can find great deals on hotels and flights. It can get a bit busier during the holiday season, but it’s worth visiting then to see and shop Berlin’s famous Christmas markets.
The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Berlin from Billund for $14. This is 98% cheaper than most flight deals to Berlin. To find the cheapest price to Berlin from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
The month of January is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to Berlin from United States, with most prices found around $581. If you are unable to visit Berlin during the month of January, then departing from United States during the month March is also very affordable. Most momondo users find prices during this month for around $583.
In general, most travelers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Berlin is about 60 days prior to their departure date when tickets on average are $675. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Berlin for as low as $366.
If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Berlin for May, June, and July. Parks like Tempelhofer Feld are popular hot spots in those months.
Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden Arpt Airport or Heringsdorf Airport can be an alternative airport used for travel to Berlin.
Prices vary based on where travelers are departing from, but on average, the cheapest airport to fly to in Berlin is Leipzig/Halle Airport where the average price is $722pp. Users typically find the best prices when using momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Currently, Germany travel restrictions include travel to Berlin. Entry restrictions
Germany has restricted the entry of travelers who are arriving from outside the European Economic Area, except for nationals of Germany, residents with a residence permit, and D-Visa holders, and certain exceptions (detailed below). As of June 25, travelers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may enter Germany. Germany has also lifted restrictions on entry for travelers coming from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, New Zealand, Thailand and Uruguay. Travelers must have spent at least 2 weeks in the above-listed countries prior to their flight to Germany. Restrictions will also be lifted for entry from South Korea, China and Japan if this can be agreed on a reciprocal basis. The list will be reviewed every two weeks. Entry from any third country is possible for travelers who can demonstrate an important reason for their travel. The list of important reasons covers German and EU citizens and any third-country nationals with a right of residency in Germany. It also includes healthcare and social care personnel and health researchers, skilled workers whose economic activity is necessary and cannot be postponed or performed from abroad, freight and transport staff, seasonal workers, students who cannot continue their studies from abroad, travelers making visits for urgent family reasons, diplomats and staff at international organizations, and persons transiting Germany. Travelers entering Germany after staying in a designated risk area abroad during the previous 14 days must undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19. The German government regularly updates its list of designated risk areas. See the "English archive" at the bottom of the Robert Koch Institute page for the latest updated list.Entry requirements
Travelers who need to be tested have the choice to either present a valid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, take a test on arrival at the airport, or take a test after returning to their place of residence in Germany, by reporting to the local health office. The test is free of charge if taken within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers with a negative test may be exempted from the 14-day self-isolation requirement, but some German states require a second negative test before granting an exemption from quarantine.Quarantine requirements
Quarantine requirements in Germany differ depending on the German state. All travelers arriving from high-risk areas (over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Germany. More information can be found here.If you are planning to travel to Berlin at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
Direct flights from the UK to Berlin are available from British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Flybe, eurowings, and Jet2. Other airlines flying into Berlin include Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Austrian Airlines, SAS, Finnair, Norwegian, Vueling, Norwegian Air International, Alitalia, LOT, Luxair, Air Serbia, and Airbaltic.
The Berlin Brandenburg Airport is just to the south of Berlin. Holiday and low-cost-airlines fly to Brandenburg. It’s easy to get to Berlin’s city center from BER using public transport. A one-way fare from BER, which is in tariff zone ABC, costs €3.60 (€2.60 for children aged between 6 – 14) and is good for the Airport Express trains, S-Bahn, the underground, buses, and trams. You may make as many stops or transfers as you like within a two-hour period, traveling in one direction.
Take either of the Airport Express trains, RE7 or RB14, which travel in 30-minute intervals between Brandenburg Airport and Berlin-Charlottenburg, with stops at Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Berlin Central Station and Berlin-Zoo. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Ostbahnhof with the Airport Express and 30 minutes to get to Berlin Central Station. The S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 run between Terminals 1, 2, and 5 at Brandenburg Airport and Stations Spandau and Südkreuz, respectively. Both travel options take around 35 – 40 minutes to get into the city.
From Terminal A, the following buses travel to the Berlin city center: X7, X71, BER1 and BER2.
A ride from Brandenburg to the city center by taxi takes about 25 minutes and costs around €41.00 – €44.00. You’ll find the taxis just outside of Terminal A.
If you prefer to drive and want to rent a car while visiting Berlin, plan early and look for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Berlin boasts grand avenues, pedestrian-only streets, lush parks, beautiful squares, and riverside and canalside promenades. You can and should explore and enjoy it on foot, although it’s much too large to be entirely walkable. It can be complicated traveling between Berlin’s Eastern and Western neighborhoods, but with the completion of the Ringbahn in 2002, East and West Berlin transport systems were knit back together. The various modes of transport run on frequent intervals and you can trust the timetables, which makes getting around Berlin easier.
Berlin is vast, but well serviced by public transportation systems that include buses, the S-Bahn (elevated train) and the U-Bahn (underground train). Between these, you can get anywhere you need to go. Fares are charged by zone, ranging from €2.60 EUR – €3.20 EUR, and tickets are valid for 2 hours from purchase time, for as many transfers as you wish within the zone. You may purchase tickets at various retail outlets as well as at the stations. You can also buy a day pass for a cost of between €6.70 EUR – €7.20 EUR, depending on the number of zones you want. You can further save on transportation and sightseeing with a Berlin WelcomeCard; a 48-hour, 72-hour, or a 5-day pass costs €19.00 EUR, 25.00 EUR, or €32.00 EUR.
You may hail a taxi on the street, or find them outside of hotels and other public venues. Fares are metered, with a minimum charge of €3.20 EUR, plus €1.65 EUR per kilometer. If you’re traveling less than 2 kilometers and flag down the cab, ask for the Kurzstreckentarif (short-route fare.
US citizens traveling to Berlin do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. A valid passport is required. Foreign nationals traveling from the USA to Berlin must check the Schengen Visa Info website.
Berlin boasts a dizzying mix of old and new, its rich history juxtaposed against the avant-garde, with a bit of a cheeky attitude. Berlin is widely regarded as Europe’s coolest city. Here are a few suggestions for your Berlin itinerary.
Berlin is quite safe, but you should be on guard against pickpockets. Keep your valuables close, especially when traveling on crowded public transport.
Tipping in Berlin – gratuities and VAT are already included in your bill, so it’s not necessary to tip. However, if your service was exemplary, a little extra is always appreciated.