Berlinale: Getting There

Travelling to the festival

Gary Cooper arriving at Tempelhof Airport (1953)

Train Stations

“Hauptbahnhof” (Main Station):
Taxi: 5 minutes to Potsdamer Platz

S-Bahn: 15 minutes (change at Bahnhof Friedrichstraße)
Taxi: 10-20 minutes to Potsdamer Platz


Tegel in the northwest:
Express-Bus-Service X9 to U-Bahnhof Ernst-Reuter-Platz, then U2 to Potsdamer Platz

Schönefeld in the southeast:
Regional train RB19 directly to Potsdamer Platz or
Regional train RB14 to Friedrichstraße and then S1/S2/S9/S8 (direction south) to Potsdamer Platz

Depending of traffic, travel time from both airports to the city centre/Potsdamer Platz ranges from 25 to 45 minutes.


Berlin Central Coach Station (ZOB) at Funkturm (Radio Tower):
U-Bahn Kaiserdamm U2
S-Bahn Messe Nord/ICC S41, S42

Depending of traffic and travel time from the ZOB to the city centre/Potsdamer Platz ranges from 20 to 30 minutes.

By Car

Via the A10 motorway/Berlin Ring,
from the west, south and north take A115 or A110 and follow signs to “Berlin-Zentrum West”
from the east follow signs to “Zentrum” to the city centre/Berlin Mitte, where “Potsdamer Platz” will be signposted.

Suitcases, bags and rucksacks

Suitcases, large bags and rucksacks are not permitted in Berlinale venues and cannot be left in the cloakrooms. For security reasons, smaller bags and rucksacks brought into the venues will be searched.

Free WiFi

Around the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden public WiFi is available (2 h / day per person). Additional wireless hot spots can be found in the legend of the Festival Map.
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