Car Hire from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport
Berlin is a cosmopolitan city with an ever-present history and a creative streak. It’s within easy reach of picturesque countryside, quaint German towns and the Baltic coast. Hiring a car from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport is a great way to see some of this beautiful country.
Where to hire a car at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Sixt all have car hire offices at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. They can be found just outside Terminal A, opposite the exit, and are open from around 7am in the morning to 11pm in the evening.
Petrol Stations near Berlin Schoenefeld Airport
Depending on the fuel policy you select when hiring a car from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport you may need to refuel prior to returning your car to avoid additional charges.
The nearest petrol station to Berlin Schoenefeld Airport is Aral Autogastankstelle. It’s just five minutes’ drive from the airport, turning right onto the 96a.
Driving around Berlin Schoenefeld Airport
There is a good road network around Berlin Schoenefeld Airport so getting in and out is easy. The 96a has routes east and west out of the airport. Picking up the E36 north takes you towards Berlin while the E36 south goes towards Dresden.
Getting to your destination
Around Berlin Schoenefeld Airport there are lots of places to visit, particularly when you have the luxury of a hire car enabling you to get off the beaten track.
It’s worth noting that Berlin city centre is an environmental zone. This means that only vehicles that meet certain emissions criteria can travel around the city centre. All approved cars have a sticker in the windscreen, which can be bought online or from Berlin petrol stations. Be sure to ask your car hire company for their advice.
Berlin is an exciting city, full of parks, art and street front cafes. The remnants of a divided Germany can still be seen around the city, particularly along the remains of the Berlin Wall, where visitors can see artistic murals and Checkpoint Charlie. Walking, biking or boating tours around the city reveal endless art galleries, museums and lots of lively nightlife. If you’re looking for inspiration for your trip check out our local’s guide to Berlin.
Berlin Schoenefield Airport to Berlin city centre is a 30 minute drive although the journey can take a little longer during rush hour. From the airport, turn right onto the 96a and then pick up the E36 heading north. Parking in the city is easy, with plenty of reasonably priced car parks and a park and ride system.
Bad Saarow is a spa town popular with Berlin city folk wanting to escape to the countryside for a weekend. The town is home to hot springs and mineral rich mud, perfect for beauty treatments. It is also surrounded by lakes and woodland with hiking trails, boat rides and picnic spots. Bad Saarow is 50 minutes’ drive from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. Drivers should turn right onto the 96a and then take the E36 south. There is easy parking available throughout Bad Saarow and at the hot springs.
Wismar, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits on Germany’s Baltic coast. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, this area was ruled over by the Swedes and evidence of this history can be seen in the architecture of the town. Visitors can wander around the cobbled streets of the old town and harbour, marvel at German gothic buildings and take boat trips around the bay.
Wismar is approximately a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport, taking the 96a and then the E36 to go north before bypassing Berlin city centre and heading further north towards the coast. Wismar’s old town is compact so it’s wise to park on the outskirts and do your exploring on foot.