ICE train at Berlin Hbf

A German ICE train at Berlin...

This page explains how to travel by train from Berlin to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Berlin as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

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       Click here to buy tickets starting in another city

       If you have a first class ticket you can use the 1st class lounge at Berlin Hbf

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Berlin to Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt & other German destinations...

Berlin to London from €59...

Berlin to Paris from €39...

Berlin to Brussels or Bruges from €39...
High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt ICE3 second class ICE3 first class

An ICE3 at Brussels Midi.  More ICE information.

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs is one of the most comfortable trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  All seats have power sockets.


Berlin to Amsterdam from €39...
Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   2nd class seats on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

An Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

2nd class open-plan saloon seating.

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin restaurant car

1st class seats on these trains are usually in 6-seater compartments.

 

The restaurant car on an Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train.  Treat yourself to lunch!

DB's InterCity trains are being progressively refurbished, with real leather seats in 1st class and blue cloth seats in 2nd class as on their front-rank ICE trains.  These photos show a refurbished train though you may still find unrefurbished trains on this route.


Berlin to Luxembourg from €39...

Berlin to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €39...

Berlin to Venice from €59...

Option 1, by sleeper train to Munich then scenic daytime train to Venice.  This is the option I'd recommend for the best scenery.

Option 2, by ICE train to Munich, then City Night Line sleeper train from Munich to Venice...

Option 3, by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass, with an overnight stop in Munich...


Berlin to Florence, Rome, Milan, Verona or anywhere else Italy from €39...

Option 1, by ICE train from Berlin to Munich then City Night Line sleeper train to Bologna, Florence & Rome...

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most civilised option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car as used on the City Night Line sleeper trains from Munich to Rome, Florence & Venice...

More pictures & information about this train...

Option 2, by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass, with an overnight stop in Munich...

Option 3, by daytime trains, via the Swiss Alps...  Also a scenic ride! 


Berlin to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, Berlin to Barcelona by daytime trains with overnight stop in Paris...

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

Option 2:  Berlin to Spain with overnight stop in Marseille...


Berlin to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €39...

Berlin to Prague from €29...
  Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

The Jan Jesenius seen at Dresden...

 

The Hungarian dining-car on the Jan Jesenius...

2nd class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   1st class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

2nd class compartment

 

1st class compartment

 

Lunch in the restaurant car...


Berlin to Českύ Krumlov for €36 or Karlovy Vary for €35...

Berlin to Bratislava from €39...

Berlin to Budapest from €29...

Berlin to Bucharest, Brasov & Romania...

Option 1, travelling by sleeper with a day in Budapest...

Option 2, by daytime trains with hotel in Budapest...


Berlin to Warsaw from €29...

Berlin to Krakow from €41...
 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!

Train tickets from €19 www.cd.cz/eshop...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

Option 2, by sleeper train via Stettin...


Berlin to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Berlin to Kiev & Ukraine...

Berlin to Copenhagen from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains, daily all year round...

Option 2, by Berlin Night Express sleeper train, runs on certain days and dates only...


Berlin to Stockholm, Gothenburg & Malmφ from €39...

Berlin to Helsinki & Finland...

Berlin to Istanbul & Turkey...


Find hotels in Berlin & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including the USA, Australia, South Africa and EU.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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