About Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
Address: Mietwagencenter P2 - 3. Entrance Ground Floor, Berlin, 13405
While it is the main international airport that serves Berlin, the capital of Germany, Berlin Tegel airport only ranks as the fourth largest in passenger numbers in the country. Its unique design means that disembarking from the aircraft to leaving the terminal building is a short walk of less than 50 meters.
That makes it easy to secure your pre-booked vehicle from one of the many Berlin Tegel Airport car rental agencies found on the airport premises. And then it’s on to your hotel and the start of your holiday. Nothing could be simpler.
Public transport infrastructure within Berlin is top notch. That said, it doesn’t give you the personal freedom to explore outside of the city that car rental will. And when you have had your fill of Berlin itself, its time to explore the surrounds.
A number of cities are within driving distance including Leipzig and Dresden, so rent a car and explore. While there, visit the Bastei Bridge at the Saxon Switzerland National Park. A little known tourist attraction for foreigners, it is a popular place to visit for Germans exploring their own country. And it is beautiful!
Just 100 miles outside Berlin Rhododendron Park is the Devil’s Bridge or “Rakotzbrücke” as the Germans call it. Its unique design is a must see and the only way to get there is through car hire as no public transport runs to the area.
Choosing your car
While booking a car anywhere in Germany is a straightforward task, securing your vehicle through one of the many Berlin Tegel Airport car rental kiosks couldn’t be simpler. All the major car rental agencies are represented here so it’s easy to find your favourite or one that will give you a good deal. They include Avis, Enterprise, Hertz as well as a number of smaller German airport car rental companies. Be sure to check their deals thoroughly and compare!
Vehicle types vary across the board and it’s easy to find one that meets your needs. Of course, most vehicles are German made but a wide range of other manufacturers are represented across a wide range of vehicles. These include compact and family sedans, SUVs, people carriers, estate cars and luxury models.
Tips and advice
If you want to drive in the centre of Berlin, you will need a special badge. So if your hotel is located there, check that your rental car agency has supplied you with one.
Parking is at a premium in the city and finding free parking can be impossible. Check with your hotel if they supply free parking bays as some do have this service for their guests.
As most rental vehicles in Germany use a manual gearbox, bear that in mind if you need an automatic.
Do not travel less than 60 kilometres an hour on the Autobahn. While many believe that you can drive as fast as you want on the Autobahn, this is within reason. Some areas have speed limits of 130 kilometres per hour so look out for signage.
Your foreign license is all you need to drive a vehicle in Germany. Always carry your vehicle rental papers which will include proof of insurance with you at all times.
Children under 12 may not ride in the front of the vehicle.