23. August 2015 Usleon

Travel and updated hostel information for Helix

Travel information

We have looked into travel connections for some countries and specific regions. The countries we’ve researched connections for are:

  • UK
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Spain
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Norway

Please understand that we cannot search for connections for every country/region. Most finns have already booked their tickets from what we have heard so that is why we left them out. If you’d like us to look for some other connections, just let us know @game5gg on Twitter. 

A general word of advice

The Berlin marathon is on the same weekend as Helix. This means that some flight connections are going to be pretty expensive if you decide to travel specifically on Friday and Monday.

Berlin has two different airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF). Tegel is the bigger, more central airport, but only more expensive airlines operate there. SXF is the lower cost airport, which is still not that far from the city (10 minute ride and you’ll be able to reach the subway).

Here, we intend to show different affordable connections for different countries and bigger cities/regions. While most of the connections shown are directly to Berlin, there are two other routes which, depending on your country or region, may be cheaper and even more flexible than directly flying to Berlin. These two other routes are:

  1. Flying to Köln (Cologne). Ryanair seems to have recently expanded to Cologne and is hence offering flights from Cologne to Berlin (Schönefeld) for as little as 9.99 €! This means that you can get to Berlin from there for only 20 €. Flights to Köln are also pretty cheap and they fly up to 5 times a day to Berlin, which leaves plenty of time to arrange a comfortable, stress-free flight. You can check some screenshots with prices here. Beware that these prices may vary extrem quickly (they have in the last 2 days) so hurry up!
  2. Flying to Bremen and then taking a bus to Berlin. Flights to Bremen are usually less than 50% the price of those to Berlin. From Bremen you can take a bus to Berlin (about 15 € one ride, takes between 4-5 hours). The cheapest bus company at the moment is “PostBus”

 

The searching tools were different search engines like momondo and skyscanner and a combination of individually looking in different airline sites. Remember to check your cookies when trying this yourself!


Regarding the bus ride:

There is a 15% discount for anyone booking on Postbus if you enter the following code: „PT25WT“. This will only work until the 31/08!

You can look for bus connections here

UNITED KINGDOM

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Mostly focused on England, London has several good connections to Berlin. Depending on the days, most range from as few as 70 GBP (Wednesday – Tuesday) to over 100 (e.g. 110 GBP Thursday to Monday). People from London can use the Stansted or Gatwick airport with very little difference in prices.

Londoners may take advantage of the Köln route: You can fly to Köln for only 9.99€ and then take another flight to Berlin for 9.99€. This makes the round trip only about 40€.

East Midlands have a somewhat okay connection to Berlin (Schönefeld) with about 120 GBP for a round trip (Friday – Monday). If flexible though, the trip can be as cheap as 60 GBP (Wednesday – Monday).

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

NETHERLANDS

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The Netherlands have three options. The most comfortable one would be to fly with Easyjet from Amsterdam to Berlin. When playing around with dates, this may result in a round trip to Berlin for a little over 100 €. Example connections: ~100 € wednesday to monday,  ~140€ Thursday to Monday.

If you don’t care about traveling time, you might as well take a bus to Berlin for about 60€ return. This takes about 8 hours though, so be aware of that when planning your trip. Buses are more flexible and most connections keep their prices until about 10 days before departure.

The one thing the dutch may benefit from is the Köln airport. For those that live near the german border a trip to Cologne and then using the airport’s offer may be the cheapest way to get to Helix. Getting to Köln from Amsterdam is just a 2,5 hour ride and prices start at 14 €, which would make a round trip cost about 50€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

SWEDEN

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The swedes from Stockholm can opt for a direct flight or a use the Bremen airport to get to Berlin . Direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda to Berlin (Schönefeld) with Norwegian are cheapest on Wednesday on the way to go and on Tuesday to go back (890 SEK return).  Wednesday to Monday costs 1490 SEK. The rest varies, as both Thursday  and Friday  are a lot more expensive.

If the Bremen route is preferred, flights from Stockholm Skavsta to Bremen are about 360 SEK return (Thursday – Tuesday). You can then use the Bremen combination and get to Berlin for an additional 20-30 €, which is still pretty cheap.

For the Gothenburg scene, Norwegian offers flights that start from Gothenburg Landvetter to Berlin Schönefeld from on Wednesday (775 SEK) and flights starting at 684 SEK from Berlin to Gothenburg on Tuesday for a total of 1459 SEK
The rest of the flights are quite expensive, so we left them out.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

FRANCE

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Parisians have it the easiest with their Easyjet connections from Paris Orly to Berlin (Schönefeld). The cheapest connection is worth about 87€ (Thursday – Tuesday). Thursday to Monday costs about 140 €. Flights on Friday are quite costly, so being flexible and trying to go for Thursday is advised. You can als combine Easyjet with Germanwings.

Click here to take a look at the screenshot with an overview over days and prices.

SPAIN

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If you are coming from Spain, most specifically Madrid or Barcelona, then you have pretty good offers too.
Direct flights from Madrid to Berlin (Schönefeld) are about 100€ return with Ryanair(Thursday – Tuesday). Alternatively, you can get to Bremen for 60€ (Thursday – Tuesday) and then use the bus combination stated above. Madrid has also the chance to use the Köln combo as well. You can get to Köln for 60€  return (Friday –  Monday) and then fly for an additional 20€ to Berlin.

Barcelona’s cheapest bet would be to try to use the Köln airport again. You can get there for under 70€ (Friday – Monday) from El Prat airport and then to Berlin (Schönefeld) for the additional 20€, making your final trip costs stay under 100€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

DENMARK

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Danes have probably one of the easiest times getting to Berlin from Copenhagen. They can fly directly with Easyjet with varying prices starting from 600 DKK (Wednesday – Tuesday) up to around 1150 DKK (Thursday – Monday) with destination Berlin Schönefeld airport.

Denmark also benefits from the Köln airport. They can fly there for 290 DKK (Friday-Monday) and then just take the additional connection to Berlin for 20€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

SWITZERLAND

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Prices from Switzerland, specifically from the Basel region go from as low as 80€ return from Wednesday to Tuesday to a couple of euros above 100 (e.g. Thursday – Monday) to even 200€ (Friday – Monday) via Easyjet to Berlin Schönefeld.

Germans from near the swiss border may benefit from this as well, as the Basel airport is really easy to reach from areas around Freiburg.

Click here to take a look at the screenshot with an overview over days and prices.

AUSTRIA

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The austrians have it very chill with direct connections via Airberlin. Airberlin is probably the best airline from all those listed here. Prices start at around 90€  (Thursday – Monday) and rise to 120 € (Friday – Monday) and they fly directly to Tegel.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.

NORWAY

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Though fellow norwegians may rather go to their event being held in Oslo, they still have decent offers if they feel like to coming to Berlin. Their flights start at 299 NOK on Wednesday and rise to 499 NOK on Thursday from Oslo Gardemoen to Berlin Schönefeld. If overly expensive tickets are to be avoided, the best is to return on Tuesday after the tournament for 564 NOK, which would make a Thursday – Tuesday trip 1063 NOK.

Click here to take a look at the screenshot with an overview over days and prices.

Updated hostel information

Because the Berlin community cannot sufficiently house people (and those that could house have already been asked, leaving little to no more spare places left) getting a hostel is of highest priority when planning to attend Helix.

Earlier during the summer, we released a list full of hostels that were nearby. Our team has now further updated this list, taking hostels that are already fully booked (due to the marathon) out and adding current prices of the different hostels.

You can view the list here.

If you are too lazy to scroll the list, we can tell you that the cheapest hostel is the first one on the list, the Generator Prenzlauer BergWe managed to arrange a deal with this hostel, which can get you a 10% discount if you do the following:

  • Write a mail to berlin@generatorhostels.com
  • Write the code „ATRIUM“ in your e-mail
  • Give the number of nights you’d be staying, as well as the number of beds
  • The new price will be calculated after this before you book

The prices for this hostel start at 16,87€. With the 10% discount, you basically have a room for 15€.
The only problem is that this hostel is a 20 minute ride with public transportation to the venue, though the route is very easy.

Other hostels which may interest you are:

All of the above 4 hostels and generally every hostel in the list besides the very first one (Generator Prenzlauer Berg) are in walking distance to the venue. If you need more information be sure to check the google doc list as there are rooms with private bathrooms, private rooms and shared rooms.

The wisest option would be to go for a whole room with your smash homies.

Again, you can find the list here.

 

We hope that this little article of ours cleared some questions about attending Helix and we hope to see you soon in Berlin.

 

 

 

 

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