Deutsche Bahn Flughafen Express (FEX) from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (tief) to Berlin Ostkreuz by Airport Express Train

Deutsche Bahn Flughafen Express (FEX) Berlin Airport Express Train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (tief) to Berlin Ostkreuz

The Deutsche Bahn Flughafen Express (FEX) is Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s Airport Express Train operating between Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 and Berlin Hauptbahnhof or Berlin Central Railway Station, making 2 brief stops at 2 other major railway stations in Berlin. As there is no premium fare charged for the FEX, I could also use it to travel within the city using a regular Berlin AB ticket.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

The Berlin Flughafen Express (FEX) starts its journey at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (tief) on the underground tracks.

Heading in to Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

The Flughafen Express (FEX) was already waiting at the platform when I arrived. The FEX operates with a DB 147 Bombardier TRAXX locomotive and a rake of 4 high/low entrance Dostos coaches.

Push the button to open doors.

A 1st class section is also available.

The front of the FEX operating in push mode.

There is no fixed platform for the FEX so check for the next train departure before descending to the platforms.

On the lower deck, there are flip-down 2nd Class seating with plenty of standing space, useful for wheelchairs, baby strollers, or bicycles. A toilet is also available.

The route map of the Flughafen Express (FEX).

On the next coach, there is also some empty space on the lower deck for standees and luggage.

1st Class is available on the upper deck.

The interior of the 1st Class seating area.

1st Class seats are laid out in a 2+1 configuration in a mix of facing and airline-style seats.

2nd Class seats are laid out in a 2+2 configuration in a mix of facing and airline-style seats.

Departing from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (tief) on time at 9.27am.

Heading out of the tunnels.

Flying over the junctions to join the Ringbahn alignment.

The legroom available on board the airline seats on FEX.

The bay of 4 seats on board the FEX.

Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Making a brief stop at Berlin Gesundbrunnen.

Overtaking a waiting PKP Intercity train.

The scenery of Berlin from the Ringbahn tracks.

Berlin Ostkreuz

Arriving at Berlin Ostkreuz.

The FEX journey from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (tief) to Berlin Ostkreuz takes 12 minutes.

The FEX continues on to its next and final stop of Flughafen BER Terminal 1-2 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

Berlin Ostkreuz means “Berlin East Cross” and is a major train interchange with lines intersecting perpendicularly on different levels.


Overall, it was a quick and pleasant express journey within Berlin city on board the FEX with no premium fare charged.


  1. I think there is a premium because standard AB ticket is 3€ and FEX from BER airport is 3.80€.

    1. BER Airport is in Zone C, therefore an ABC ticket is needed. This is for any train from BER Airport to the city (Zone A). There is no additional premium fare for the FEX.

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