Berlin Airport Terminal 1
Configuration: The largest and main terminal of the new Berlin airport is Terminal 1. Designed in the form of the letter U, Terminal Building 1 provides high-quality services, various shopping and eating options, as well as cultural attractions. Spread over 4 levels above the ground and two underground levels, the arrivals area is to be found on the ground level, whereas the departures zone and the shopping center are located on the first floor. The second floor houses the non-Schengen departures and the airport’s dining area, as well as Berlin airport lounges. Level 3 isn’t accessible to travellers, while level 4 is the visitor’s deck. The underground floors of Brandenburg airport accommodate the Terminals 1-2 train station.
Services: Terminal 1 of the new Brandenburg airport offers each and every service an expert traveller would expect from a modern, international airport. A wide variety of shops, dining and drinking options are at the passengers’ disposal, along with post and bank services, ATMs, travel agencies, currency exchange kiosks, and elegant and comfortable lounges. Still, there are a few more airport services worth mentioning. Berlin Airport Terminal 1 houses the Steigenberger Airport Hotel, provides dental treatment, orthopedic and surgical services, as well as shower facilities and a meditation area.
Cultural Attractions: Apart from being a modern and bright terminal, the new Berlin Airport Terminal 1 is interspersed with cultural details, which captivate the passengers’ interest. Five high-profile artists created five unique masterpieces to decorate the new terminal building.
Entering Terminal 1, travellers immediately have “the sky at their feet”, stepping on the STOEBO’s Sternentalerhimmel (Starry Sky), a floor area scattered with bright coins from all over the world. Α metal red-carpet, Pae White’s work of art, covers the checking-in area’s ceiling. What’s more, after the security control, the Open Sky Box, made by Takehito Koganezawa, is an actual ceiling-to-floor lightbox, shining in blue and white shades. In Berlin airport’s outside area, Olaf Nicolai’s Gadget, an artwork resembling a huge pearl necklace, is lightened depending on whether the boarding bridge is in use or not. Last but not least, the stairways leading to Terminal 1 train station are embellished with Matt Mullican’s Subject Pavilion, a picture collection referring to air travelling.
Berlin Airport Terminal 2
Berlin Airport Terminal 2 was constructed to accommodate low-cost air carriers. However, for the time being, is not operational and Terminals 1 and 5 share and handle all the flights to and from Berlin airport.
Berlin Airport Terminal 5
Configuration: The new Berlin Airport Terminal 5 is the old Schönefeld airport. Verily, Schönefeld airport closed its doors and reopened, brand-new and renovated, as one of the three terminals of Brandenburg airport. Sprawled in two levels, Terminal 5 splits over 5 areas.
The area K houses the check-in points and some departure gates while arrivals are handled on the ground level of the area L and the area M. The basement floor of the area L also shelters the terminal’s shopping center. More check-in points and departure gates are to be found at L zone’s first floor and the area M as well. Finally, the Terminal area Q hosts security controls.
Services: Berlin Airport Terminal 5 offers a wide range of comfortable amenities and quality services. A complete variety of shops and eating/dining options are provided, along with travel agencies, banks, ATMs and currency exchange offices. Moreover, Terminal 5 houses one the two Berlin Airport Hotels, the Intercity Hotel.
Transfer Between Terminals
Whilst Terminals 1 and 2 are located at the center of the new Berlin airport, Terminal 5 lies at the north zone of the airport, in a 10-minute driving distance from the new Terminals 1/2. Nevertheless, you’ll find plenty of options for your transfer between terminals.
Travelling on a taxi or a car from Terminals 1/2 to Terminal 5 takes approximately 10 minutes. On the other hand, the S-Bahn trains S9 and S45 connect terminals in only 8 minutes. However, keep in mind that while the Terminal 1 train station is situated at the Terminal’s underground levels, the Terminal 5 station is at a 10-minute walking distance from the terminal building. Lastly, buses X7, X71, BER 2, N7 and N60 are another alternative for transfers between terminals and their journey takes about 9 minutes.