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BMW Berlin Marathon 2021 - 26 Sep 21 (BBM10)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2021 - 26 Sep 21
UAE Runners Click Here

BMW Berlin Marathon 2021 - 26 Sep 21 (BBM10)

Country Visited: Germany
Days Distance Race Type Price from Style
4 Full Marathon Abbott World Marathon Majors 39000 Value Guided
  • Overview

  • Itinerary

  • Accommodation

  • Important Information

  • FAQs

  • Reviews

  • Dates & Prices


One of the 6 World Marathon Majors, the BMW Berlin Marathon offers one of the fastest marathon courses in the world - its the very one where Eliud Kipchoge set his 2:01:39 in 2018! And it is certainly the place for you to go after your personal record.. 
With over 122 nationalities & more than a million spectators, this is also one of the most popular full marathon races with runners from India and the UAE and we have been selling out each year. After the mass deferrals from 2020 the number of entries available for 2021 are less than what we have had the previous years and we expect the scarce supply to have a high demand due to the cancellaton of all 2020 races. So we recommend that you block your spot right now and avoid the disappointment at a later date. 
Starting and ending at Brandenburg Gate, this marathon lets you bask in the mild autumn temperature as you run through the city on a flat and even surfaced course, lined with the cheering spectators, performers and other festivities. Break your personal marathon record and if all goes well with the world you can also think about treating yourself to a long awaited vacation in Europe after the race!


  • Accommodation at an unbeatable location minutes from the race start and finish
  • Guaranteed Race Entry to BMW Berlin Marathon
  • Pre-Race Day Easy Group Run
  • Transport:
    • Travelcard for one day to enable you to get to the expo (included with hotel stay only) 
    • Bus Transfer to start of Breakfast Run on Saturday
    • One way transfer to the official finishers party attended by elite runners  
  • Meals:
    • Hi-Tea Orientation Meet-up & networking with fellow runners 
    • Breakfasts on all days 
  • Training Support
    • Kickstart your training with a complimentary webinar with sub-elite Running Coach (his first sub-3 hours finish was on the Berlin Marathon course).   
    • Discounted assessments on form, mobility & capacity with USATF Certified Coach
    • Discounted Race Coaching Plans exclusively designed for Berlin Marathon  
    • Pre-race webinar by coach to get you race ready
  • Active Holiday Company Value Add-Ons
    • Services of an experienced Active Holiday Company representative for ground assistance (we have hosting runners at this race for years).
    • Active Holiday Company World Marathon Majors T-Shirt (With Race Entry only)


  • Rooms are mixed gender multi-bedded
  • Travel Card is not included with hostel stay 
  • Breakfast at the hostel is basic
  • Companions are not allowed on this package


Day 1
Friday Open or Close

Check-in is at 3 pm. If you are arriving early and would like to have your room ready on arrival please pre-book the previous night. (please see the FAQs on extra nights).For those arriving in the morning, head over to the expo to collect your bibs.
Your trip to the Berlin Marathon starts at the hotel today with a high-tea meet up at 3.30 pm followed by an optional small group walking tour of Berlin. We visit Brandenburg gate - the start and finish point of your marathon on Sunday.
The high-tea is a your chance to meet fellow runners and discuss the race day.
Meals: High tea.

Day 2
Saturday Open or Close

This morning we take the bus from the hotel to the starting point of the Breakfast Run. Starting at 9am, this run is a great chance to loosen up the day before the race with an easy 6km as well as mingle with runners from all over the world. The race ends at the spectacular Olympic Stadium.
You have the rest of the day free to visit the expo, rest, and explore a little bit of Berlin.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Sunday Open or Close

Today is race day. Enjoy the energy of the event as you run this iconic event. Your stay is well located and you will get to the race start and end within a matter of minutes. Consider hitting one of Berlin's famous pubs to celebrate your race or join Berlin Marathon's Optional after party (transfer arranged on optional basis)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Monday Open or Close

Depart (on your own) to the airport or even better, extend your trip and visit more of Germany hitting the Oktoberfest in Munich. Check with us for our exclusive Oktoberfest extension.
Meals: Breakfast




The property is walking distance from the start and the finish of the race and our runners love staying here. The marathon runs right past the hotel and the level of service is exactly what runners need. Check-in time is 03:00 PM 

HOSTEL - Check-In HOSTEL 03 Nights / 04 Days (Six shared dorm basis)

The Hostel is 2.2 Km away from Brandenburg Gate, the start and the finish. The hostel does not permit residents below 18 years of age. The Check-in time is 03:00 PM 


  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of Rs.28000 per person is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before 10th June 2021.

A non-refundable deposit of Rs.28000 per person (for race participants) and Rs.15,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before 10th June 2021.
Child below 8 years with no extra bed, sharing with two adults: INR 6,000 per child
Child between 8 - 11 years with extra bed INR 12,000.

If this is your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, check our FAQs to ensure you receive a six-star medal at the finish.

* Cancellation on or before the 10th June 2021 is subject to cancellation with the deposit amount only.
* Cancellations after 10th June 2021 attract 100% cancellation.
* You may transfer your entire package including race entry to another runner at a nominal charge. The charge depends on the timing of the transfer. Active Holiday Company assists in finding a runner who can take your entry but we do not guarantee it. If we do not find a replacement runner then the cancellation penalty applies
    * Transfer on or before 15th August 2021: INR 10000 per person
    * Transfer between 16th August till 10th September 2021: INR 15000 per person
    * Transfer between 11th September till 25th September: INR 22000 per person
* Companion costs are fully refundable up to 31 July 2021

According to the updated T&C of the Berlin Marathon (updated May 2021), race entries will not be refunded or deferred for any reason. These include your inability to travel to the race / a travel ban for Indians to enter Germany in September end, your inability to afford quarantine requirements that may be applicable closer to race day, or your inability to meet the requirements of vaccination / COVID tests set by the race organizer closer to race day / not being able to arrange a visa due to the lockdown, etc.

Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travelers. Please review the accommodation options very carefully before making your booking. Changes in the category of accommodation are not be permitted after the booking has been made. Any amendment or change in hotel reservations until 15th August 2021 will attract a fee of Rs. 1500 per change. No changes are possible after this date. Race entry is not available without the package; however, the package can be booked without the race entry.

Berlin Marathon permits the transfer of entries and we do receive requests from runners who have a confirmed spot with us for a race bib/entry transfer. To ensure that we only waitlist runners who are serious about running the Berlin Marathon, we accept waitlists for the Berlin Marathon against a deposit of INR 10,000 per person. If and when your spot is confirmed this amount is adjusted against your final dues to us. If your spot is not confirmed up to one month before race-day this amount is refunded to you. Should your spot become available and you choose not to take it, the deposit will be retained as a cancellation. However should you change your mind before we confirm the spot, you can request a full refund of your deposit. Spots are offered on a first come first serve basis as and when they become available. Typically these happen 3 to 1 month before departure.

Before You Go

Things you need to know


Q.1 Is the race entry guaranteed if I book a package through Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

All of our World Marathon Major packages come with guaranteed race entry. However, with the cancellation of all 2020 races, in case of changes such as restrictions on the number of permitted participants due to a legal regulation, official order, for the protection of participants or for reasons beyond our control it is possible that your confirmed and guaranteed entry may be cancelled. In this case, we will communicate the options offered by the race organiser at that point. It will be our endeavour to communicate the most updated situation as clearly and as quickly as possible.

Q.2 What happens if the race is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak? Open or Close

With vaccines being administered around the world, chances that races scheduled towards the end of 2021 will take place are very good. However, it is impossible to predict how things will pan out the next few months as travel may continue to be affected and nations may introduce new measures such as border closures etc. with little or no notice. Quarantine rules may also need you to budget for longer stays in other countries.
Should the event be cancelled for 2021, we will contact you as soon as we know and offer the options available to us. Depending on the race organiser and these could be
1. Moving your entry to the new event date or to next year
2. Offering you an entry to another race
3. A refund of your payments made to us
The exact option available will depend on the race organiser and refunds can be offered only if we receive the same from the event company. We may retain a small administrative fee to cover our expenses.
Unless specifically communicated by the race organisers at any point, it is assumed that the cancellation fees are applicable as per the cancellation policy explained under 'Important Information' tab

Q.3 Will my travel insurance cover the cancellation fee in case of a cancellation - by my choice or on the event organisers part? Open or Close

Most Indian insurance providers cover a very small part of the cancellation fee. The exact coverage will be detailed in the conditions of your insurance policy and we encourage you to check whether you can make a claim with them directly.

Q.4 What if Germany is subject to travel restrictions but the race is still taking place? Open or Close

If there are travel restrictions in place but the race is scheduled to take place as normal and you are unable to travel as scheduled, then our standard race cancellation policy will apply unless the race organisers offer us alternatives. Our ability to offer a refund will depend on being able to cancel your entry and hotel bookings with refunds. However, this can’t be guaranteed.
As of June 2021 full cancellation applies if you are unable to travel for the race due to travel restrictions or any other reason. It is the runners responsibility to meet the quarantine requirements applicable at the time of the event.

Q.5 Can I book extra nights before or after the race? Open or Close

The option to book extra nights is available at the time of booking your trip. Unfortunately due to the high demand of hotel rooms before the race (due to another event in Berlin), the cost of the pre nights is high and limited rooms are available. If you are booking your pre and post nights at the hotel directly please note that you will have to change your room by checking out of that room and checking in to the new room allocated for the group. Please do not request us or the hotel reception to allow you to continue staying in the same room if your booking has not been made as part of our group

Q.6 ​​​​​This is my Sixth WMM, how do I receive a six star medal at the finish? Open or Close

f you have booked your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, please contact us so that we can guide you through the process and ensure you receive a medal at the finish.

Q.7 Can I check-in early? Open or Close

Check-in time is 3 pm on the day of arrival at both the hotel and the hostel. Early check-in is subject to availability at the time of arrival. The marathon weekend is a very busy time for all accommodation and if you are arriving early and you would like a room ready upon arrival you will need to book and pay for it from the previous night.

Q.8 Will I have to collect my own bib? Open or Close

Yes, all the World Major Marathons require that the participants attend the expo in person and collect their bibs. Your travel documents will contain detailed instructions on how to get to and from the expo from your hotel.

Q.9 What category of accommodation is included? Open or Close

The NH Collection Berlin Mitte Hotel is a 4* hotel. It is chosen for its fabulous location and ease of access but all our runners also love the service and the rooms there. The hostel is also fairly close to the start and the finish (2.5 km) and chosen to make it possible for runners from all economic backgrounds to run this incredible race. The standard is comparable to a 2 star.

Q.10 I am a solo traveller, is it possible for me to find someone to share my room with? Open or Close

We have several single runners interested in sharing a room with another runner and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement. If you have a friend who is already on the group you'd like to share your room with please let us know your preference at the time of making the booking so we can pair you together.

Q.11 Is it possible for me to buy just the race entry and make my own accommodation arrangements? Open or Close

As Tour Operators, we are required to sell the race entry along with accommodation. Our contract with the race does not permit us to sell a stand alone race entry.

Q.12 I’ve got the race entry through the Ballot/Charity, can I buy the accommodation from Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

Yes, it is possible for you to stay with our marathon group if you already have the entry or if you are travelling with a non-running companion. However, please note that this will be at the same hotel as the rest of the group travelling on our package. We do not accept companions or runners with race entry for the hostel.

Q.13 I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade or change my accommodation? Open or Close

No, it is not possible for us to book your stay elsewhere. We plan our trips so that the whole group stays together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking.

Q.14 I cannot attend this race. Is it possible for me to transfer my registration to another runner? Open or Close

The Berlin Marathon allows runners to transfer their spots to another runner until a certain date. Please get in touch with us to find out what the exact dates are. None of the other World Major Marathons allow this.

Q.15 Is it possible for me to defer my registration to the following year? Open or Close

The Berlin Marathon does NOT allow runners to defer registrations to the following year.

Q.16 Will you be able to assist me with visas and air tickets? Open or Close

Yes, we can help you with visas and flight tickets for an additional charge. Please get in touch with us for details. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ARE BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS VIA LONDON, YOU REQUIRE A TRANSIT VISA FOR THE UK (in addition to the Schengen Visa), unless you already hold a US visa.


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Overall score:

(Based on 36 reviews)

  • Ramesh Raman

    Sep 2019

    Berlin Marathon with Gauri

    Hats of.... Simply.. My Salutations to this marvellous lady called Gauri Jayaram.

    Everything about the race was outstanding.. No words to express sincere gratitude.
    It's really a dream come true for me to run my maiden international marathon in the world's fastest route that gave me my personal best of 5.10.29 .

    Thank you Gauri and Arshad and Team Active Holidays.

    My special thanks to Gauris husband and daughters who are doing a great job in supporting Gauri. Truly amazing.

    Wish you many success and a very happy Deepavali.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Gauri at 7km and 39km mark cheering the Indian team despite the bitter weather. Many thanks Gauri and the other ladies

    Feedback on the trip guide


    Tips for future travellers for this trip


    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers


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  • Vernon Morais

    Sep 2019

    Berlin Marathon taken in 2019

    The trip was planned right before the word GO and Active Holiday mentions very clearly what needs to be packed even in case of exigencies ( even if your bag is lost for a day by your airline). The entire trip is absolutely worth remembering - Hotel, stay, food, centrally located for sight-seeing, nearest to start/finish of race. what more you want?

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The Active Holiday team headed by Gauri will be seen cheering at the 39th km and if you want to take any memory to the finish point, you can ask her for same. I asked her to hold the India flag and hand over to me and it happened.

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Dont think too much on the trip as the home-work is already done by Active Holiday.

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    NH Collection is the best suited for Berlin marathon

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Dates & Prices

The following prices are subject to revision on 31 Dec 2020

Check-in HOSTEL Berlin (24 Sep - 27 Sep 2021): INR 39000 per person (Sold Out)


NH HOTEL BERLIN MITTE (24 Sep - 27 Sep 2021): Sold Out

Per person on twin share
(With Race Entry)
Per person on single Room
(With Race Entry)
Per person on twin share
(No Entry)
Per person on single room 
(No Entry)
INR 69000 INR 90000 INR 45000 INR 65000


Extra Nights (Hotel) Wednesday (22nd Sept) Thursday (23rd Sept) Monday (27th Sept) Tuesday (28th Sept)
Single INR 28200 INR 28200 INR 14000 INR 14000
Twin INR 14100 INR 14100 INR 7000 INR 7000

Extra Nights prices are per person including breakfast and all taxes.
Extra nights are not available on sharing basis. Runners need to book the entire room.  

All prices exclude GST 5% applicable to Indian travellers. There is also a 5% TCS now appliable to Indian travellers (this can be claimed back in your IT returns).
A service charge of 2% for Indian cards & 3.75% for International cards is applicable on all online transactions.

Optional Extras & Adidas Goodies 
Your guaranteed race entry is included in your tour price. We also offer you the option to add a range of optional extras from the race organisers on cost basis. Adidas event goodies are available at the expo, however sizes are hard to get after you get there so we strongly suggest pre-booking these. 

Race day baggage options
All runners have a choice between the following for the race day: 
1. Race Day Baggage: This means that you can carry your change for the post race to the start / finish area, in the designated transparent bag given by the organisers, where you can hand it in. You can collect this after your race. 
2. Race Day Poncho: You can choose to take the event poncho after the race to stay warm. This option means that you cannot carry any personal items to the start and whatever you have on you will have to be discarded and it will not be available at the finish line. This is naturally a quicker exit at the finish.

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Why Run with Active Holiday Company

We are the region’s best known & most trusted Marathon Tour Operator. We are the official Tour Operators for the World Marathon Major Races. We are runners just like you!
  • Guaranteed Race Entry, no timing qualification

    Guaranteed Race Entry,
    no timing qualification

  • Well located accommodation that delivers value

    Well located accommodation
    that delivers value

  • Thoughtfully planned programs with runner ‘comforts’ included

    Thoughtfully planned programs with
    runner ‘comforts’ included

  • All logistics looked after, you focus on your race!

    All logistics looked after,
    you focus on your race!

  • Best in class service & 24/7 emergency support

    Best in class service &
    24/7 emergency support

  • Network with like-minded runners & companions

    Network with like-minded
    runners & companions

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