New bus concept for the entire airport region

© Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH | Günter Wicker

Terminal signage at the BER, © Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH | Günter Wicker

Along with many guests and personalities from politics, municipalities, and institutions, the new Airport Region bus concept was officially presented and started on August 7, 2020 in a ceremony at the Schönefeld City Hall. Two city-suburban lines, a new night bus line, and the Airport Region PlusBus will create better connections. The PlusBus is made up of two lines from Königs Wusterhausen to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). In total, there will be four PlusBus lines in the Dahme-Spreewald District and 30 in the entire transport area. At the same time, this is the official start of the local public transport connection to BER, which opens on October 31. In preparation for the opening of the BER Airport, new bus services will start on August 9, 2020 in the Airport Region around Königs Wusterhausen, Schönefeld, and south-east Berlin. Along with the city-suburban lines and the first night bus line in the Dahme-Spreewald District, the new Airport Region PlusBus offers greatly improved local public transport for the region.

On the occasion of the PlusBus introduction, the entire bus connection to the new airport in terms of transit was also ushered in with a stage full of dignitaries. The transport minister of the State of Brandenburg, Guido Beermann, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection head Hartmut Reupke, the managing director of the VBB transport association, Susanne Henckel, as well as representatives from the Dahme-Spreewald District, the BVG [Berlin Public Transportation], the RVS [Dahme-Spreewald Regional Transport Authority], and the FBB [Berlin-Brandenburg airport operator] clearly explained the new, revised concept and emphasized the significance and the importance of a functioning local public transport system for convenient and climate-friendly travel to and from the new airport in the capital region.

A special feature compared to airports in other major cities: Well-founded studies predict that the vast majority of passengers will arrive and depart via public transport.
Susanne Henckel, VBB managing director, sums it up: “This local public transport connection can be seen in comparison to other major European airports.” All the speakers present agreed as well: Especially thanks to the Airport Region PlusBus and the integrated bus concept, among others, from the Dahme-Spreewald Regional Transport Authority (RVS) and Berlin Public Transportation (BVG), residents, commuters, and visitors will gain mobility and thus also experience a higher quality of life.

With the opening of BER and the associated local public transport concept, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the entire transport area will be implemented in 2020. The newly launched offers guarantee reliable and attractive bus connections in the Airport Region – even before the official BER opening.

The Airport Region PlusBus is made up of two lines from Königs Wusterhausen to the BER Airport.

Line 735: Königs Wusterhausen <> A10 Center <> Wildau <> Miersdorf <> Schulzendorf <> Schönefeld Airport Train Station

Line 736: Königs Wusterhausen <> S Wildau <> Miersdorf <> Schulzendorf <> Schönefeld Airport Train Station

As of October 31, 2020, both lines will end at BER Airport – Terminal 1-2 and meet the attractive PlusBus criteria. They will run every hour during the week, every two hours on weekends and public holidays, and will offer timely connections to the train at the train stations in Königs Wusterhausen, Wildau, and at the airport. 
The extension of both PlusBus lines to the city center of Königs Wusterhausen, together with city line 737, also offers city transport every 20 minutes.

City-Suburban Area Lines
Better connections between Berlin and the neighboring municipalities are offered by the city-suburban lines 743 and 744 between Berlin and the north of the Dahme-Spreewald District, jointly operated by the BVG [Berlin Public Transportation] and RVS [Dahme-Spreewald Regional Transport Authority].
The bus line 744 creates an attractive bus connection between the community of Schönefeld and Berlin, which also benefits commuters. In addition, the connection around Rudow, Lichtenrade, Großziethen, as well as Schönefeld Nord and BER is improved, as important direct connections are created and changes at the State border are no longer necessary:

New: Line 743: S Lichtenrade <> Großziethen <> Waßmannsdorf <> Schönefeld Airport <> BER Airport – Terminal 1-2 -> every day, every hour, direct routes without changing buses.

New: Line 744: Health Center <> U Lipschitzallee <> Großziethen <> U Rudow <> Schönefeld-Nord <> Schönefeld Airport ->  Monday to Saturday every 20 minutes, on Sundays and public holidays every hour, direct routes without changing buses.

Note: Line 744 is expected to run on two separate lines until August 21, 2020 due to road construction work according to a construction timetable. Please refer to the websites of the transport companies for more information.

N36 Night Bus
In addition to the new PlusBus connections and city-suburban lines, the first night bus line in the Dahme-Spreewald District will be running as of August 9, 2020, adding to the attractive range of buses in the Airport Region at night. The new N36 line runs every hour from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and on weekends until 7 a.m. It connects Mittenwalde with Königs Wusterhausen, Wildau, Miersdorf, Schulzendorf, and ends at Schönefeld Airport (as of October 31 at BER Airport –Terminal 1-2). 

All Airport Region bus concept lines are already included in the VBB transport association timetable info., the apps from the VBB transport association and BVG [Berlin Public Transportation], and the websites of all transport companies involved. Information on the attractive train connection to BER Airport via regional, S-Bahn, and IC connections, which were introduced in late 2019, can also be found at www.vbb.de/ber and today in the timetable information mentioned (for route planning as of
October 31, 2020) as well.

Your Press Contact:
Joachim Radünz | Dep. Media spokesperson VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH 
Email: Joachim.raduenz@vbb.de 
Internet: www.vbb.de