A guide to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)

Berlin Tegel Airport was once the primary airport for West Berlin but now serves the entire city.

Spot the Berliner Fernsehturm on your way into the city. Image credit: funky-data/iStock
Spot the Berliner Fernsehturm on your way into the city. Image credit: funky-data/iStock

The unique hexagonal design of Berlin Tegel Airport’s main terminal, which uses the IATA callsign TXL, makes this airport extremely easy to traverse, as crossing the terminal’s open plaza can lead you straight to your flight. While most flights originate out of the hexagonal Terminal A and the adjacent Terminal B, a handful of flights also start or end in Terminals C, D, or E. Take a look at an airport map to help you find your way around.

Airports serving Berlin Tegel Airport

From Berlin Tegel Airport, you can fly throughout Europe and to many intercontinental destinations as well. Take a look at your airline options when flying out of TXL Airport.

Airlines flying within Germany and Europe

  • Adria Airlines
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Baltic
  • Air France
  • Air Malta
  • Air Serbia
  • Alitalia
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Azerbaijian Airlines
  • Blue Air
  • Braathens Regional Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Bulgaria Air Charter
  • Condor
  • Corendon Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • EasyJet Europe
  • Eurowings
  • Finnair
  • Flybe
  • Freebird Airlines
  • Germanwings
  • Iberia Express
  • Icelandair
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Luxair
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines
  • Pobeda
  • Rhein-Neckar Air
  • Ryanair
  • S7 Airlines
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Sundair
  • SunExpress Deutschland
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • TUIFly
  • Ukraine International Airlines
  • UTAir
  • Vueling Airlines

Airlines flying to the Middle East and Africa

  • AtlasGlobal
  • Borajet
  • Condor
  • EasyJet
  • Iraqi Air
  • Nesma Airlines
  • Onur Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Ryanair
  • Sundair
  • SunExpress
  • TUIFly
  • Turkish Airlines

Airlines flying to Asia

  • Hainan Airlines
  • MIAT Mongolian Airlines
  • Scoot

Airlines flying to the Americas

  • Air Canada rouge
  • American Airlines
  • Condor
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines

Lounges at Berlin Tegel Airport

Not all of Berlin Tegel’s terminals host lounges, with most of them located in Terminal A, where most flights originate.

Terminal A

Air France Lounge

This lounge is open to first-class and business-class passengers on Air France, Alitalia, and KLM, as well as to SkyTeam Elite Plus members. This lounge is warm and welcoming, with plenty of natural light and good views of the runways. Tables provide places to work, and the cold buffet features snacks and sausages.

Berlin Airport Club Lounge

This Priority Pass lounge is on the smaller side but features plenty of natural light. The cold buffet features snacks and some finger sandwiches, and a business center is available with semi-private workspaces and plenty of power outlets.

British Airways Terraces Lounge

This lounge for British Airways premium passengers features a full-service bar with a nice selection of wines and a snack and sandwich buffet. You can enjoy the quiet area if you need to unwind between flights, or head to the work center to take advantage of desk space and power outlets.

Lufthansa Lounge

Lufthansa premium and elite passengers enjoy access to this lounge, which features a hot and cold buffet with plenty of menu choices. Seating is plentiful and varied in this large lounge, and multiple TVs give you a wide range of viewing choices. The reading material in this lounge is extensive, and a dedicated work area gives you a spot to get ready for your next meeting or catch up on correspondence.

Terminal C

C Lounge

Oneworld premium passengers flying out of Terminal C can enjoy this small lounge, which offers not only expansive views of the tarmac but also an outdoor terrace. The cold buffet offers limited but tasty choices, and it tends to have a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.

Berlin Tegel Airport hotels

Although Berlin Tegel Airport doesn’t host any hotels within the airport itself, you’ll find a few high-end hotels within easy reach of the terminals.

Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel

Rooms are spacious at this four-star hotel, with sofas in most guest rooms as well as basic kitchen facilities in many rooms. 

The in-house restaurant at the Mercure Airport Hotel is available for entertaining, and a business center and conference center provides plenty of meeting space and work-related amenities, including high-speed internet access. Relax and workout at the fitness studio, gym, jogging track, as well as the outdoor pool with a beach area and the golf course, both of which are open during summer months only.

Schlosspark Hotel Berlin

You’ll have to travel a bit further from the airport for this hotel, but you’re likely to find the personalized service at this hotel worth the trip. Well-equipped conference rooms are available for you and your clients, with catering packages available. Guests can enjoy the use of an indoor pool at the Schlosspark Hotel Berlin.

The control tower at Tegel Airport. Image credit: theendup/iStock
The control tower at Tegel Airport. Image credit: theendup/iStock

Services at TXL Airport

Berlin Tegel Airport goes out of its way to make sure passengers get the help they need. Take a look at all the traveler services available.

VIP services

VIP-Service Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg can arrange to move you through the airport discreetly and quickly, including the transit through security. In the same vein, the VIP-Service from 4S GroundLogistics handles your luggage, including taking care of VAT refunds on your airport shopping and transferring luggage from your car service.

Travel assistance

Travelers in need of help to make or change their travel plans have several options for assistance at Berlin Tegel Airport. Airport1, TUI, and DER Touristik offer advice on travel, including making arrangements for your next trip, and Alltours is open seven days a week to help you choose destinations. At 5 vor Flug, you can arrange for “holiday to go” packages that include flight and hotel arrangements, even at the very last minute.

Other last-minute travel planning is available at Eurosun, Last Minute Extra, L’Tur, and lastminute-pur.de, located in Terminal A. If you experience irregularities with your travel arrangements, Thomas Cook in Terminal A may be able to help. When Berlin is your final destination, the helpful staff at the Visit Berlin offices can help with everything from maps and tours to booking hotel rooms or event tickets.

Personal services

The Barber’s shop in Terminal A is ready to help men spruce up their looks with a haircut and beard trim.

If you find yourself in a sudden crisis while in the airport, Airport Social Services functions as a touchpoint to connect you to the help you need. Airport Social Services, which is located in Terminal B, is also on hand to help unaccompanied minors, migrants, and people with disabilities transit the airport.

Financial services

Travelers in need of cash can pick up money at ATMs scattered throughout the terminals, and customers of Berliner Bank, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HypoVerinsbank, Berliner Volksbank, and Postbank can do so with no service charges. ReiseBank also offers currency exchange and the opportunity to purchase traveler’s checks, and Travelex ATMs in Terminals A and C dispense cash in multiple currencies for outward-bound travelers.

If you’ve taken advantage of duty-free shopping in the airport or even in the city, the Global Blue offices in Terminals A and C can help you with your VAT refund. Also in Terminals A and C, innova taxfree, Tax Free Germany, and Planet Payment Germany provide VAT refund assistance to non-EU residents.

Luggage assistance

Store your luggage security without worry at 4S Ground Logistics in the Terminal A Service Area. This service can also help with wrapping luggage, as can Gepäckaufbewahrung in the Service Area.

Shopping at Berlin Tegel Airport

You won’t find an entire shopping mall filled with luxury goods at Berlin Tegel Airport, but the shops cover all the basics, from clothing and duty-free goods to travel essentials.

Terminal A

Men can complete their look for business meetings or sophisticated evenings at Hugo Boss, or opt for cool Scandinavian style with the casual, natural vibe at Marc O’Polo Men. Women can find casual and elegant clothes at Esprit, Wolford, and Marc O’Polo Women, and a wide range of accessories is available at Navyboot Switzerland and P’NA. You can show off your love for your favorite airline and upgrade your luggage at the Lufthansa WorldShop If you need to take some toys back home, stop in at Die Kleine Gesellschaft.

At the Heinemann Duty Free shops, which are spread throughout the terminal, you can take advantage of classic duty-free offerings such as fragrances, liquor, tobacco, electronics, and fashion. If your family and colleagues have a sweet tooth, head to Leysieffer, home of legendary chocolate truffles for more than a century.

Pick up travel essentials and gadgets, as well as last-minute gifts, at Bon Voyage or Quicker’s, and upgraded travel electronics await you at Capi. In addition, you can fill prescriptions and get recommendations regarding travel vaccinations at the Metropolitan Pharmacy. Need something to read for the flight? Don’t miss a stop at Pocket Shop.

Terminal B

Shopping is limited in this smaller terminal, but don’t miss a visit to the Heinemann Duty Free shop, which offers trending and regional specialty items as well as traditional duty-free options. Reading material and travel necessities are available at Relay.

Terminal C

High-end stationery, whether for yourself or as a gift, awaits you at Fabriano Boutique. You can find duty-free shopping here as well at the Heinemann Duty Free shop, which features unique items found only in Berlin’s airports. Your travel necessities, including pharmaceutical products, are available at Hub Convenience and Relay, or stop at the Metropolitan Pharmacy vending machine.

Terminals D and E

Terminal D (and its lower level, Terminal E) isn’t a shopping mecca, but the Heinemann Duty Free shop here makes it easy to take home duty-free gifts. Pre-order for easy pickup or arrange to have your purchases shipped to your home. All those travel essentials, including reading material for the plane, are ready for purchase at Relay.

Restaurants at Berlin Tegel Airport

Enjoy traditional German fare with the humble currywurst. Image credit: gkrphoto/iStock
Enjoy traditional German fare with the humble currywurst. Image credit: gkrphoto/iStock

Yes, you could stop at Starbucks or Burger King, but those are far from your only choices for dining at TXL Airport.

Terminal A

  • Auf die Hand: Yes, it’s fast food, but it’s healthy and fresh. Choose grab-and-go sandwiches, snacks, and salads.
  • Berlin Coffee: This popular coffee joint from Berlin comes to the airport with coffee beans from the Tres Cabezas roasting team.
  • Berliner Pilsner Bar: This bar serves up the beer that Berlin is known for, along with snacks and hot drinks.
  • Coffee Fellows: Lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos are on the menu here, as well as hearty bagels of all types.
  • EsS Bahn: Climb into a historic S-bahn car from the 1920s to enjoy this popular spot’s famous currywurst.
  • Hermann’s: Your favorite sausages are here — order the Berlin boulette.
  • In.tegrale: Juices and other healthy organic options help you feel good about yourself.
  • Kamp’s Backstube: Watch the baker creating breads and other baked goods while you pick out your meal at this quick-serve bakery.
  • Leysieffer Bistro: This bistro is the dine-in offering of the famous chocolatier, perfect when you’re craving something sweet.
  • Nu: High-concept Asian dishes delight at this table-service spot with panoramic runway views.
  • Red Baron: Enjoy fine meats, poultry, and fish off the grill, along with salads and pasta at this relaxing table-service restaurant.
  • Traiteur: This bistro features seats and a standing area for those who are in a hurry, and your sandwiches and salads are brought to you quickly.

Terminal B

  • Mayer’s: Pretzels, sandwiches, and coffee drinks make this cart an ideal stop for grab-and-go.

Terminal C

  • Augustiner Bierbar: The beers here are from Austria and Bavaria, and they’re paired with sausages, pastries, and snacks.
  • Cindy’s Diner: A 1950s old-school American diner comes to life at this table-service restaurant that serves up burgers and fries.
  • Hermann’s Beer Garden: You’ll find more than sausages and beer here — stop by for sandwiches, salads, and ice cream.
  • Marché Bakery: Everything here is baked from scratch, with no terminals or preservatives.

Terminal D/E

  • Brezel Fritz: Pretzels turn into meals at this quick-serve spot that adds pepperoni, broccoli, and other fresh ingredients to basic sourdough.
  • Marché Bistro: This quick-serve cart delivers fresh sandwiches, muesli, and muffins.

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