Flights from Stansted to Berlin take two hours, and thanks to the prevalence of options it should be possible to select a convenient departure time throughout the day providing you book early enough. There should also be little need to take a connecting flight, although there are services that stop briefly for just an hour or so in Cologne.
Berlin currently has two passenger airports, Schönefeld and Tegel, the latter of which is due to close once the construction of Brandenburg Airport is completed. Should you fly Stansted to Berlin it is likely you will land at Schönefeld Airport, although it is worth checking your flight details as Schönefeld is found on the southeastern outskirts of the city, and Tegel in the north west.
The train station at Schönefeld is a five minute walk from the terminal through a covered walkway, and the S-Bahn services run every 10 minutes to various parts of the city. The S9 is on the eastbound ring to Pankow, while the S45 is on the southbound ring towards the long-distance rail station in Südkreuz. Regional trains run three times per hour on a 30 minute route to the Central Station, or Hauptbahnhof.
A number of buses stop right outside Schönefeld’s terminal building, including the 163, 171 and 735. Express buses X7 and SXF both serve the airport, in addition to night buses N7 and N60. Taxis should be caught from the designated taxi ranks, while Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are among the car hire options.
Should you find yourself at Tegel Airport, the TXL and X9 JetExpressBus will whisk you into the centre of Berlin, while bus routes 109 and 128 also serve the airport. Taxis can be found in the inner ring of Terminal A at Gates 6-9 or outside Terminal C and E. Meanwhile Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are all available for rental vehicles.