Berlin Tegel Airport bears the name of Otto Lilienthal, the German pioneer of aviation. It is built on the site of the former rocket firing range in the Tegel locality, a section of the borough of Reinickendorf. The airport served as a military airfield of the French Air Force. It began accommodating flights in 1948, but started functioning as a civilian airport only in 1960. It was the only air terminal in the western part of Berlin for a long time. Nowadays the passenger traffic of the airport amounts to roughly 20 million people per year. It handles a lot of international flights. The airport encompasses two runways and 5 passenger terminals, which are A, B, C, D, and E.
The airport is located close to the city centre. The connection to the airport is provided by shuttle buses (the TXL express bus runs via the main streets of Berlin to Alexanderplatz; the 109, 128, and X9 express buses run to the suburbs of Berlin), taxis and transfer. Bus stops are situated outside Terminals A and B, and also on the lower level of Terminal E. Taxi stops are positioned next to Terminals A, C, and D. There are no metro stations and railways in the territory of TXL. Car sharing services, provided by several operators, are available. Moreover, the airport offers car rental services.
In order to rent a car at Berlin Tegel Airport, you should apply to the car rental centre. The desks of the agencies are found in front of parking lot P2 and in Terminal E, on the lower level. The number of companies provides their vehicle rental services to the passengers of TXL in the car rental service centre. These are Budget, Sixt, Avis, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar, Buchbinder, and Global Rent-a-Car. The companies offer a wide range of models starting from reasonably priced cars to premium-class ones. Besides, discount programs are available on a regular basis. The leased vehicles are returned at the rental car pick-up locations, that is in parking lot P2.
The firms serve their customers from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends they start working at 8 a.m. Passengers arriving at night are recommended to make preliminary reservations through the website of any selected company. In this case, your car will have stood in the parking lot of the airport waiting for you by the time of your arrival. The car hire companies operate round the clock online through the website of the airport or through other services.
When concluding a rental agreement you are required to present your international driver's license, the reservation voucher, and your bank card. There are certain restrictions. The driving experience must exceed 3 years and the driver must be aged 21 or over.