ICE train at Berlin Hbf

A German ICE train at Berlin...

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

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

Before you buy your tickets...

Take a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  They answer all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just 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...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single chill-out day riding the rails across Europe...

Option 2, by high-speed trains with overnight stop - a time-effective option... 

Class 407 ICE3 at Paris Est   2nd class seats on a class 407 ICE3

A Mannheim to Paris ICE3 at Paris Gare de l'Est...

 

2nd class seats...

Bistro-restaurant on a class 407 ICE3   Class 407 ICE3 1st class seats

Bistro-restaurant car...

 

1st class seats...

Option 3, by direct overnight sleeper train, every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday night...

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

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:  See the Berlin to Amsterdam page...
Amsterdam-Berlin InterCity   Bbistro car

An Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train...

 

The bistro car...

1st class comparment   2nd class seats

1st class seats...

 

2nd class seats...


Berlin to Luxembourg from €39...

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

Option 1, Berlin to Switzerland by direct daytime trains...

Option 2, Berlin to Switzerland by day trains with overnight stop in Frankfurt - a time-effective option...

Option 3, Berlin to Basel & Zurich by City Night Line sleeper train...


Berlin to Venice from €49...

Option 1, by evening train to Munich, overnight stop, then scenic daytime train to Venice, from €49.  This is the option I'd recommend for the best scenery.

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Munich to Venice by EuroCity train...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route.

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


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.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

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 City Night Line sleeper train from Berlin to Zurich overnight, then a scenic daytime ride through the Swiss Alps to Italy...

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

Option 4, by daytime trains, via the Swiss Alps...  Also a scenic ride! 


Berlin to Barcelona & Spain...

Option 1, Berlin to Barcelona by high-speed 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 Lisbon, Porto, Faro & Portugal...
To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...


Berlin to Vienna from €39...

Option 1, Berlin to Vienna by daytime trains from €39...

Option 2, Berlin to Vienna by day trains with overnight stop in Prague from €39...

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Option 3, Berlin to Vienna by direct EuroNight sleeper train - the time-effective option...

Stadard 2-bed sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague   Standard sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague, in daytime mode   Standard sleeper compartment, washstand   Deluxe sleeper en suite toilet and shower

Standard sleeper compartment, set up as a 2-berth, with the washstand open.  Each room can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, blind up, washstand closed.

 

Standard sleeper compartments have a washstand with hot water, fresh towels, drinking water & soap.

 

Deluxe compartments are very similar, but with small en suite toilet & shower...


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

Berlin to Salzburg or Innsbruck by daytime trains,,,


Berlin to Prague from €29...
Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.


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

Berlin to Bratislava from €39...

Berlin to Budapest from €29...

Option 1, by daytime train...

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

Berlin-Budapest EuroCity train at Dresden...

 

The Hungarian dining-car..

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

Lunch in the restaurant car...

 

2nd class compartment

 

1st class compartment

Option 2, by EuroNight sleeper train Metropol - the time-effective option...

Stadard 2-bed sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague   Standard sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague, in daytime mode   Standard sleeper compartment, washstand   Deluxe sleeper en suite toilet and shower

Standard sleeper compartment, set up as a 2-berth, with the washstand open.  Each room can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, blind up, washstand closed.

 

Standard sleeper compartments have a washstand with hot water, fresh towels, drinking water & soap.

 

Deluxe sleepers are very similar, but with small en suite toilet & shower...


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:  See the Berlin-Warszawa Express page...
The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

The Berlin-Warszawa Express has modern air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.


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 Poznan.  A convenient & time-effective option, with dinner in Poznan!

Option 3, by sleeper train via Stettin - a variation on option 2 above...


 

Munich to Prague by bus? No thanks!

Busse? Nein Danke!
Berlin to Wroclaw from €29...

Berlin to Gdansk & Gydnia from €29...

Berlin to Szczecin (Stettin)

Berlin to Copenhagen from €39...

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

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

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby ferry.  More info on ICE.


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

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day, or with overnight stop in Copenhagen...

Option 2:  Berlin to Stockholm by day train to Copenhagen then time-effective overnight sleeper to Stockholm... 

Option 3, by Berlin Night Express sleeper train from Berlin to Malmφ, runs on certain days and dates only...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Frankfurt

ICE 2nd class.  All seats in both classes have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

ICE 1st class, with real leather seats.  Staff provide at-seat service of drinks & food.

The Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE on board the Puttgarden-Rψdby ferry.  More info on ICE.

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains


Berlin to Helsinki & Finland...

Berlin to Kiev & Ukraine...
The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Berlin to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Option 1, by direct Paris-Berlin-Moscow Express, 3 times a week...

Option 2, using the daily Warsaw-Moscow sleeper train

One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Berlin to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo...

Berlin to Belgrade, Sofia, Montenegro, Thessaloniki, Athens & Istanbul...


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...


 


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