Berlin's modern main station...

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Hbf) is the German capital's main station, located in the heart of Berlin just 10 minutes walk from the Reichstag and 15 minutes walk from the Brandenburg Gate.  The impressive glass-and-steel station was formally opened in 2006, finally giving Berlin a single main railway terminal, You can read more about Berlin Hbf and its construction at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Hauptbahnhof.

On this page...

  Station layout & finding your train

  Ticket offices

  Left luggage, ATMs, WiFi

  First class DB Lounge  

  Food & drink

  Hotels near the station

  S-bahn, U-bahn, taxi info

 

On other pages....

  Trains from Berlin to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Berlin

  General information for European train travel

  See panorama photos of Berlin Hbf

Station location...

Station layout & finding your train...

Berlin Hbf, exterior

Berlin Hbf, seen from the south as you walk towards it from central Berlin.  This is level 0.

Inside Berlin Hbf

Just inside the main entrance at level 0.  You can see the escalators up to level +1 and up again to platforms 11-16 on level +2. And escalators down to level -1 and platforms 1-8 on level -2 = Berlin Hbf (tief).

Looking out of Berlin Hbf main entrance at the Reichstag   Looking out of Berlin Hbf main entrance at the Reichstag

The photo above left shows all the levels, with upper platforms (11-16) visible at upper right on level +2, the people are standing on level +1, the McDonalds 'm' is on level 0 (street level), level -1 is visible below that and you can just see level -2 with one of the lower platforms (1-8) in the lower part of the photo.

The photo above right is taken from level +1, it shows what you see when you arrive and look out through the glass facade.  The Reichstag (indicated by the arrow) is only a few minutes walk away.

Berlin Hbf platforms 11-16   Berlin Hbf Tief platforms 1-8

Upstairs:  Platforms 11-16 on level +2...

 

The S-bahn goes from platforms 15 & 16.

Berlin Hbf platforms 11-16   Berlin Hbf Tief platforms 1-8

Downstairs:  Lifts & escalators to platforms 1-8.

 

Platforms 1-8 on level -2 = Berlin Hbf Tief.

Domestic & international ticket offices...

There is a large ticket office selling national & international tickets, located on level +1, one floor up from ground level beneath platforms 11-16.

Left luggage lockers, ATMs & WiFi...

There are various ATMs around the station.  Left luggage lockers and a staffed left luggage office (Gepäck center) are available if you need to leave your bags, see the luggage lockers page for prices & opening hours.  The Gepäck center is on level +1, one floor up from ground level beneath platforms 11-16.

The station has WiFi, but only the first 30 minutes are free.  The network to select is Telekom.

DB First Class Lounge...

If you have a 1st class long-distance ticket (but not a 1st class railpass) you can use the DB first class lounge with complimentary tea, coffee, beer and snacks plus free WiFi.  Highly recommended!  It's located on the southwest corner of level +1, go one floor up from the main station entrance and turn left, it's below platform 11.  Follow the signs to DB Lounge.  It's usually open 06:00-22:00 daily, you can check www.bahn.de for opening times.

Entrance to DB Lounge at Berlin Hbf   Inside the DB Lounge at Berlin Hbf

Food & drink...

There are plenty of places to eat & drink in Berlin Hbf including all the usual suspects:  Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts.  There is a fairly large REWE supermarket on level -1 where you can stock up for the journey.  It's one level down from ground level and to the left (if you stand facing the way you walked in), or if you find it easier to visualise, it's on the southwest corner of level -1.

Hotels near the station...

Berlin Hbf and adjacent hotels

This is the huge pedestrianised square in front of Berlin Hbf, the camera is panned just to the left of the main station entrance.  The left-hand building is the Steigenberger Hotel, the pale middle building is the Menninger Hotel.  The InterCity Hotel is behind the Steigenberger.  All very convenient for the station!

Local transportWalking, taxis & metro...

More information...

Well worth a short walk even when just passing through...

Berlin Brandenburg Gate   Berlin Reichstag

Berlin's famous Brandenburg Gate, 18 min walk from the station.  See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg_Gate.

 

The Reichstag, 11 min walk from the station.  To visit the dome see www.bundestag.de/en/.


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