Berlin's modern main station:  Click for location & city map...

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...

small bullet point  Station layout & finding your train

small bullet point  Ticket offices

small bullet point  Left luggage, ATMs, WiFi

small bullet point  First class DB Lounge  

small bullet point  Food & drink

small bullet point  Hotels near the station

small bullet point  S-bahn, U-bahn, taxi info

 

On other pages....

small bullet point  Trains from Berlin to other European cities

small bullet point  Trains from other European cities to Berlin

small bullet point  General information for European train travel

small bullet point  See panorama photos of Berlin Hbf

Berlin Hbf, exterior

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

Station layout & finding your train...

Main entrance...

Inside Berlin Hbf

Just inside the main entrance on level 0, with the information desk on the left.  You can see the steps & escalator up to level +1 and up again to platforms 11-16 on level +2.  And the escalators down to level -1 and onwards to 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 interior

Taken from entrance level (level 0) showing lifts & escalators down to platforms 1-8 on level -2.

Platforms 1-8 below ground...

Berlin Hbf platforms 11-16

Platforms 11-16 above ground...

Berlin Hbf platforms 11-16

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.  The entrance is marked Reisezentrum (travel centre), see the photo below.

Berlin Hbf ticket office

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 Flexpreis ticket for an IC, ICE or EC train (but not a cheap Sparpreis or Supersparpreis fare, nor tickets for regional trains, Nightjet, nor a 1st class Interrail or Eurail pass) you can use the DB first class lounge with complimentary tea, coffee, beer and snacks plus free WiFi.  It's located on the southeast corner of level +1 at the end of a balcony, go one floor up from the main station entrance and turn right.  Since December 2019, Sparpreis & Supersparpreis tickets no longer give you lounge access.

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 large REWE supermarket on level -1 where you can stock up for the journey (pictured below).  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.

REWE supermarket, Berlin Hbf

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!

Intercity Hotel Berlin Hbf   Room at the Intercity Hotel Berlin Hbf

I've found the InterCity Hotel to be an excellent choice, spacious rooms, pleasant staff & a good breakfast.

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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