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Getting around by air

Frankfurt Airport is the main gateway for transcontinental flights, although Düsseldorf and Munich also receive their share of overseas air traffic. Until the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, scheduled for 2020, flights to Berlin will arrive at its two smaller international airports, Tegel and Schönefeld. There are also sizeable airports in Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart, and smaller ones in such cities as Bremen, Dresden, Hanover, Leipzig-Halle, Münster-Osnabrück, Baden-Baden and Nuremberg.

Airports & Airlines

Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com), Germany's national flagship carrier and a Star Alliance member, operates a vast network of domestic and international flights and has one of the world’s best safety records. Practically every other national carrier from around the world serves Germany, along with budget airlines easyJet (www.easyjet.com), Flybe (www.flybe.com), airBaltic (www.airbaltic.com), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and Eurowings (www.eurowings.com).

Germany's airports include:


Timing is key when it comes to snapping up cheap airfares. You can generally save a bundle by booking early, travelling midweek (Tuesday to Thursday) or in low season (October to March/April in the case of Germany), or flying in the late evening or early morning.

If you're coming from Australia or New Zealand, round-the-world (RTW) tickets may work out cheaper than regular return fares, especially if you’re planning to visit other countries besides Germany. They’re of most value for trips that combine Germany with Asia or North America.

Departure Tax

Departure tax in Germany costs between €7 and €40 (depending on the distance flown). The tax is usually included in the price of a ticket.