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Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld (Station)
It is served by S-Bahn lines S45 and S9, and regional train services RE7 and RB14 providing direct connections to the centre of Berlin.
NOTE: at the time of writing (February 2011), services on the S45 are suspended due to shortages of S-Bahn rolling stock.
The station is located some distance (ca. 400 metres or 500 yards) from the airport terminal itself. A covered walkway links the station with the terminal building; walking time is around ten minutes. (There used to be a free bus shuttle service; since completion of the walkway this has been discontinued).
Schönefeld station is still pretty much in the same condition it was during the GDR era - a new station will be built together with the construction of the new BBI airport at Schönefeld, meaning little has been invested in the existing station despite its comparatively heavy usage.
There are no lifts or escalators; however, in typical GDR style, the platforms and exits are connected by ramps which are at least partially friendly to wheelchair users and passengers with heavy luggage.
The following links take you directly to DB's real-time departures and arrivals timetables for Schönefeld station:
Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld is in VBB fare zones B and C. It is the only station to be in two fare zones simultaneously - this means that although it lies outside the Berlin city limits, Berlin fares (i.e. all tickets valid for zones A/B) are valid.
The station was first opened on July 10, 1951 as a stop named "Schönefeld" on the newly constructed Berlin outer ring line (a railway constructed by the GDR to divert its trains around West Berlin). The S-Bahn station was added on February 26 1962. In the same year the station was renamed twice, first to "Zentralflughafen Schönefeld" on March 25, then later "Zentralflughafen Berlin-Schönefeld". It gained its current name on June 1, 1976.