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Meeting Location and Transportation



Meeting Location

Harnack Haus of the Max Planck Society
Ihnestr. 16-20 - 
14195 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 8413-3800 | Fax: +49 30 8413-3801
Get directions to Harnack Haus


Airports
Tegel Airport (TXL) is the main international airport of Berlin, and the closest to the city center.  The most convenient way to get downtown is to take one of the Airport Express buses.  Buses leave roughly every 10 minutes from the Terminal A/B bus stop outside.  Tickets can be purchased either directly from the driver (cash only), ticket machines located outside the terminal building, or at the ticket counter located at the Terminal A/B exit.  Taxis are also available to transport you to your destination.

Schöenefeld Airport (SXF) is the secondary international airport of Berlin, and is located 18 km (11 miles) southeast of the city center.  The fastest way into Berlin is via the Airport Express - a regional train service of lines RE7 (bound for Dessau) or RB14 (bound for Nauen).  Trains leave every 30 minutes from the Flughafen Berlin-Schöenefeld station.  There are also transportation options through the S-Bahn (subway), bus routes, and taxi service.

Taxis

Among all German cities, Berlin actually has the largest Taxicab fleet: over 7,500 cabs.  Taxis can be hailed from one of the many Taxi Stands, or you can call to Order/Pre-Order a Taxi for a distinct location and time.  The English language taxi service hotline is +49 30 20 20 21 22 0, and on request, the order can be given to a taxi driver who speaks English.

Taxi fares in Berlin are very reasonable, and you can use the Taxi Tariff Calculator to estimate the cost of your trip.  Taxi rides from the airport tend to be slightly more expensive than a regular ride.  Most Taxi drivers prefer being paid in cash, but some do accept credit cards.  There should be a sticker on one of the windows indicating that credit cards are accepted, however, it is best to confirm this with your driver prior to the start of your ride.  Tips may be given at your discretion, and the standard rate is 10-20% of your fare.

S-Bahn Berlin (Train)

S-Bahn Berlin covers 15 lines on a 330 km (205 mile) long regional network, with almost 170 train stations.  In the center of Berlin, the S-Bahn mostly runs above ground.  S-Bahn tickets are also valid for buses, the U-Bahn, trams, and vice versa.  Tickets are available at ticket machines on the platforms, or at sales points in the major stations.

On weekdays, the S-Bahn starts running around 4:30 AM and stops service at 1:30 AM.  Depending on the time of day the trains run in 5-, 10- or 20-minute intervals.  On weekends, S-Bahn trains run 24 hours, at night in 30-minute intervals.  Train stations can be identified by the green and white "S" symbol.  For more information, and to view maps and fares, visit the S-Bahn website.

U-Bahn Berlin (Subway)
With its ten lines, the U-Bahn (underground, subway) Berlin runs along a network of approximately 146 km (91 miles) and includes 173 stations.  Most metro lines operate underground.  Subway tickets are also valid for trips with buses, the S-Bahn, trams, and vice versa.  Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines on subway platforms, and at ticket counters in larger stations.

On weekdays most U-Bahn lines run from 4:00 AM until 1:00 AM. In between, the bus night lines provide public transport.  During the day the U-Bahn travels in 5-minute intervals, and at night in 10-minute intervals.  On the weekend the U-Bahn runs 24 hours - in 10-minute intervals during the daytime hours, and in 15-minute intervals at night.  To get more information on lines and fares, and to view route maps, please click here.