Berlin is easy accessible by plane thanks to its two large airports: Schönefeld and Tegel International Airport. Germany’s capital is directly connected with most major European and German cities, but direct intercontinental flights have been limited because of historical reasons.
A typical direct flight between London and Berlin will last about 1 hour and 50 minutes, while connecting flights will take almost 3 hours and 5 minutes. You’ll have plenty of options to travel from London to Berlin by plane, or vice-versa, because there are more than 13 flights connecting these 2 capitals. The most important airline companies offering this service are Ryanair, EasyJet, British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Germanwings.
You should know that low-cost carriers such as Germanwings and Ryanair will land onSchönefeld Airport, while first-class airlines like British Airways will arrive at Tegel International Airport.Schönefeld Airport is situated in south-eastern Berlin and it’s connected with the capital city by train (S-Bahn and Express Train). Tegel International Airport sits in the northwestern part of Berlin, and it’s only connected with the capital by bus. There is no railway station at Tegel. In fact, Tegel railway station will only refer to the village known as Tegel, which is no way connected with the airport.
Ryanair is a low-cost airline based in Ireland, Swords. Their operational base in London is at Stansted Airport. One of Ryanair’s latest features is the Business Plus fare, including airport check-in free of charge, premium seats, priority boarding, fast track airport security and unlimited flight changes.
Being one of the cheapest airline companies operating between London and Berlin, Ryanair can offer you some of the lowest prices for almost all flights. They also offer great experiences on board through their In-flight Magazine, from which you can order anything, from sandwiches to perfumes and jewellery. Thus, you’ll have a mini shopping mall on the plane.
Another low-cost company operating in Berlin is EasyJet. It is a British carrier, with its base at Luton Airport. Even though it’s not as traditional as Ryanair, it does have its share of great services offered to whoever chooses to fly with them. Their flights can be booked exclusively online and their aircrafts benefit from only one class.
Also, even though you are not offered complimentary beverages or meals, you have the possibility to buy products on board thanks to the EasyJet Bistro feature. You can choose from items like soft and alcoholic drinks, chocolate, sandwiches and hot drinks. Additional services provided by EasyJet are EasyJet Holidays and EasyJetHotels. Thus, if you choose to fly with this company, you might even benefit from a city break or special holiday. Just browse the Berlin offers before booking your flight.
If you’re looking for comfort when travelling by plane, then British Airways might be the right option for you. They are a long-established UK flag carrier and serve hundreds of destinations all over the world, including Berlin. They provide four major travel classes to cater for every budget and preference. First class is reserved for international flights, including fine dining and luxurious lounges in your own private suite. Premium economy service is also available for international flights only. As compared to the economy class, you will benefit from wider seats in smaller cabins and full bar service.
Business class is available for both world and European flights, including private lounges, priority boarding, larger baggage allowance and complimentary drink and food service. Last, but not least, there is the economy class offered for international, European and UK flights. Even though the price will be lower, you will still benefit from services like complimentary snacks and drinks and activity packs for children.
Simply known as Norwegian, this low-cost airline company is one of the largest in Europe when it comes to passenger numbers. With lots of additional services that come in handy for every traveller, Norwegian features no less than 20 million passengers per year.
They only offer economy class seating and you will have to pay for on-board drinks and snacks. It does provide free Wi-Fi services in its planes. Most passengers are attracted by its reward programs offered for frequent flyers. The Norwegian Reward feature will offer 2% cash point on discounted fares and 10% cash point on full fares. The companies can take advantage of the program called Corporate Reward, which works on a similar basis.
Two interesting features offered by Norwegian are SMS Ticket, which allows you to get through the gate and checkpoint by simply presenting a SMS with the ticket, and the Travel Assistant, a mobileapp offering information about flexible tickets, completed flights, boarding cards, seat reservations, fast track options etc.
Germanwings is owned by Lufthansa and its Berlin base is at TegelInternational Airport.The company provides three fare types: Best, Smart and Basic. With Best, you can benefit from free drinks and snacks, two pieces of luggage, lounge access and free adjacent seat. Smart fare will allow you to get one drink and snack on board and to choose your preferred seating. Finally, the Basic fare doesn’t include free catering, but enables you to check-in one hand-luggage. Despite of these fares, you should bear in mind that the fleet only features economy class.
Some additional services offered by Germanwings are the In-Flight Magazine and the Sky Bistro that allows you to purchase drinks and food on board. Germanwings also offers support for disabled passengers with wheelchairs and guide dogs. Passengers who need assistance from guide dogs should register in advance to see if there is any free space for the guide dog, as there is a limit of one dog per flight.