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BMW Berlin Marathon 2023 - UAE & Other Runners (BBM12)

BMW Berlin Marathon 2023 - UAE & Other Runners
India Runners Click Here

BMW Berlin Marathon 2023 - UAE & Other Runners (BBM12)

Country Visited: Germany
Days Price from Style
4 د.إ 2250 (₹49,500) 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 2:01:09 WR in 2022! 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. After a super successful 2022, post pandemic, we are back with Berlin Marathon 2023! We recommend that you block your spot early to avoid disappointment later as runners love this trip and it sells out fast! . 

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 2023
  • Orientation Meet-up & networking with fellow runners .
  • Transport:
    • Berlin Travelcard for all runners (given by BMW Berlin Marathon)

    • One Day Travel card for your companions to enable them to accompany you to get to the expo (included with hotel stay only) 

    • Bus Transfer to start of Breakfast Run on Saturday (leaves from NH Hotel). 

  • Meals:
    • Breakfasts on all days (not included for the hostel stay)
  • Experiences:​​​
    • A rocking (optional) after-party with DJ, (two) drinks, food and transfers to help you celebrate your accomplishments from race day 
    • A waking tour of Berlin (optional) 

Active Holiday Company Value Add-Ons:

  • Services of an experienced Active Holiday Company representative for ground assistance (we have hosting runners at this race since 2013!).
  • Active Holiday Company World Marathon Majors T-Shirt (With Race Entry only)


  • Rooms are mixed gender multi-bedded with shared bathroom in Hallway.
  • There are no meals included in the hostel package 
  • Travel Card is not included with hostel stay 
  • Companions are not allowed on this package due to its limited availability 
  • As there is no Stay only package in Hostel. If you get through Ballot /Lottery than your amount will be adjusted to 3 or 4 star Hotel.


Day 1
Arrive Berlin (Friday) Open or Close

Your trip to the Berlin Marathon starts at the hotel today at 3:30pm with a walking tour of Berlin including Brandenburg gate - the start and finish point of your marathon on Sunday. This is followed by high tea at the hotel from 6pm - 7pm - the tea is a great chance to meet your fellow runners and ask us any final questions you might have about the race.
For those arriving in the morning, head over to the expo to collect your bibs.
Meals: High tea.

Day 2
Berlin City (Saturday) Open or Close

This morning the whole group will be transferred from the hotel to the venue of the Berlin Marathon 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 meet runners from all over the world.
You have the rest of the day free to visit the expo, rest, and explore a little bit of Berlin.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Berlin City (Sunday) Open or Close

Today is race day. Enjoy the energy of the event as you run this iconic race, one of the largest marathon races in the world. Your hotel 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.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Berlin City (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 confortable 1.2 km walk 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. 

Hotel - 3* Ibis budget Berlin City Potsdamer Platz

The hotel is located 2.3 km away from Brandenburg Gate. It offers buffet breakfasts and stylish rooms with free WiFi. Rooms are small but functional. Check-in time is 03:00 PM .


HOSTEL - BNB Hostel Near Brandenburg Gate

Expect basic 6 Bed dorm beds with shared bathrom and a kitchen. The hostel is less than 800m from Brandenburg Gate. There is no provision for breakfast but there are several cafes closeby. The hostel does not permit residents below 18 years of age and this option is available with race entry only. 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

HOSTEL PACKAGE : A non-refundable, full payment of AED 2250 per person is needed to confirm your spot. 

A non-refundable deposit of AED.2000 per person (for race participants) and AED 1,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before 31st May 2023.
Child below 8 years with no extra bed, sharing with two adults: AED 300 per child
Child between 8 - 11 years with extra bed  AED 400

* Cancellation on or before the 31st May 2023 is subject to cancellation with the non-refundable deposit amount only
* Cancellations after 31st May 2023 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 31 May 2023 at AED 600 per person
    * Transfer from 01 June till 15th August 2023 at a charge of AED 1500 per person
* Companion costs are fully refundable up to 31 July 2023

  • Room Only bookings (for runners holding their own entries)

Bookings are fully refundable up to 15th June 2023
Cancellations between 16th June and 09 August attract a 30% cancellation fee.
Cancellations after 10 August 2023 will be at 100% cancellation

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 etc

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 AED 600 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.

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

All prices are based on EUR INR ROE on 30th October 2022 and price is subject to revision should the exchange rate fluctuate drastically before full payment is made.
Please contact us for flights, visas and insurance if you need assistance.

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.

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

After two years of refunding entries, offering deferrals at a small charge / no charge, all World Major Marathon races have gone back to the old policy of no refund on race entries. This is the condition even if the event cancels. However having held the event safely in 2021 chances that the event will cancel in 2022 are remote. While there are changes that travel may continue to be affected from certain countries with little or no notice should the event be cancelled for 2022, we will contact you as soon as we know and offer the options available to us if they are any different from 'no refund, no deferral'. The exact option available will depend on the race organiser. We may retain a small administrative fee to cover our expenses.

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

Most 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 may become available at a later date. Unfortunately due to the high demand of hotel rooms before the race (due to other events 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

If 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

<div><span style="font-size: 13px;">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.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size: 13px;">Motel One is a no-frills 3 star a bit over 2 km from the start and finish (800m further from NH Collection Berlin Mitte).</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size: 13px;">The Mennninger is also fairly close to the start and the finish (1.5 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.</span></div>
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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.
The option to share your room with another runner is possible only at the NH Hotel which offers twin beds. Motel One only has double beds that cannot be separated.

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 (Menninger)

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

<span style="font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;">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.</span>


Post Your Review

Overall score:

(Based on 3 reviews)

  • Shaf Kana

    Sep 2019

    Brilliantly organized with Cheer

    Traveled with wife and our 4 year old for Berlin Marathon. We had such a great time. Gauri and Arsad made sure we had everything sorted.
    The meeting on the arrival day was very informative and met up with a lot of runners and made some good friends and memories.
    Overall, it was such a fun and hassle free trip, we are looking forward to the next running trip with Active Holidays.

  • Khaled Elsharkawy

    Sep 2019


    Ease of registration, good value for money, great guidance and support

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The hotel high quality and location, i was worried to be very far or sub standard

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Dates & Prices

2* BNB Hostel, Brandenburg Gate  (22 Sep - 25 Sep 2023): AED 2250 per person  
 6 Share multi-bed hostel with shared bathrooms in hallway and Race Entry included. (Without Breakfast)

3* Ibis budget Berlin City Potsdamer Platz (22 Sep - 25 Sep 2023):

Per person on double share
(With Race Entry)

Per person on single Room
(With Race Entry)

Per person on double share
(No Entry)

Per person on a single room
(No Entry)

AED  2900  AED 3650 

AED 1800

AED 2600

NH HOTEL BERLIN MITTE (22 Sep - 25 Sep 2023):

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 a single room
(No Entry)

AED 3300 

AED 4500   AED 2050   AED 3000 

Extra Nights at NH Hotel: Pre-nights 20th, 21st September or Post-nights 25th, 26th September 
Single Room: AED 740 per room per night with breakfast 
Double / Twin Room: AED 800 per room per night with breakfast (for two) 

A service charge of 3% is applicable on all online transactions.
To book Belrin Marathon using the AED package, it is mandatory that you provide a copy of your Passport  within 5 working days.

Early Booking discount: Only applies to bookings made on or before 10 December 2022. All bookings are non-refundable, however, if you have booked a spot using the Early Booking Discount and get a confirmed entry via the ballot, you are permitted to change your booking to Berlin Marathon stay only package  

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 organizers, 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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