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Berlin to Warsaw by train, with breakfast in a Polish restaurant car

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Comfortable EuroCity trains link Berlin Hbf & Warsaw Centralna, 570km (356 miles) in 5h28, with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class seats & a restaurant car.  There's also a daily direct train from Berlin to Gdynia & Gdansk and starting 13 December 2020, a direct train from Berlin to Krakow called the WawelSee travel tips...

COVID-19 update:  Berlin-Warsaw trains running normally, check online at www.bahn.de.

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Timetable eastbound

 Berlin ► Warsaw, Krakow, Gdynia

Days of running:

Mon-Sat*

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

See notes below:

EC

EC

ECW

EC

EC

EC

EC

Sleeper

 Berlin Hbf depart:

05:43

09:37

10:37

12:37

13:42

15:43

17:42

18:43

 Poznan arrive:

08:27

12:27

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15:27

16:27

18:27

20:27

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 Gdansk Glowny arrive:

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18:22

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 Gdynia Glowna arrive:

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18:47

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 Wroclaw Glowny

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14:47

-

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22:48

 Krakow Glowny

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17:39

-

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 03:47*

 Warsaw Centralna arrive:

11:11

15:19

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-

19:09

21:09

23:04

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Timetable westbound

 Gdynia, Krakow, Warsaw ► Berlin

Days of running:

daily

Mon-Sat

daily

daily

daily

daily

daily

Mon-Fri, Sun

See notes below:

Sleeper

EC

EC

EC

EC

ECW

EC

EC

 Warsaw Centralna depart:

-

04:49

06:49

08:45

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-

12:49

16:49

 Krakow Glowny depart:

00:43

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-

10:18

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 Wroclaw Glowny depart:

05:30

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13:05

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 Gdynia Glowna depart:

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09:11

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 Gdansk Glowny depart:

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09:36

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 Poznan depart:

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07:29

09:29

11:29

12:29

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15:29

19:29

 Berlin Hbf arrive:

09:51

10:16

12:16

14:16

15:16

17:16

18:16

22:16

* = Instead of getting off at Krakow at 03:47, book the sleeper to Rzeszow Glowny, arriving 06:39.  Have breakfast in the historic city of Rzeszow with its well-preserved old town, then return to Krakow on any train you like, Rzeszow to Krakow takes around 1h40, trains leave regularly.  See Berlin-Krakow sleeper information.

** = Between 13 December 2020 & 15 March 2021 it will only run on Mondays and some Saturdays.

EC = Air-conditioned EuroCity train, 1st & 2nd class, restaurant car, see the photos below.

ECW = Air-conditioned EuroCity train Wawel, 1st & 2nd class, restaurant car, see the photos below & see this video.  New from 13 December 2020!

Sleeper = sleeper train.  2nd class seats & sleeping-car, no 1st class, see info for Berlin to Krakow by sleeper, see info for Krakow to Berlin by sleeper.

Times are good for 13 December 2020 to 11 December 2021, but always check for your date at www.bahn.de as they can vary.

Only direct trains are shown here, other departures are available between Berlin & Gdansk, Gdynia, Wroclaw & Krakow with a change of train, see www.bahn.de.

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Route map...

Berlin to Warsaw & Krakow train route map

 

Click for larger map

Highlighted = Berlin-Poland routes.

Green = scenic sections of line

European Rail Timetable and mapReproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

What are the EuroCity trains like?

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin Hbf

A Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity train at Berlin.  Yellow stripe = 1st class car.

1st class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train.   1st class 6-seat compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw train

There's usually just one 1st class car on each train, usually a classic compartment car with a side corridor & comfortable carpeted 6-seater compartments like this.  The best seats are obviously the two at the window.  On some departures including the Berlin-Krakow Wawel you'll find it's an open-plan car, called 'saloon' on bahn.de.  Click the images for larger photos.

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin

A Berlin-Warsaw train at Berlin.  Green stripe = 2nd class cars.

2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train   2nd class 6-seat compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw train.

Some 2nd class cars are compartment cars like this with a side corridor & 6-seater compartments.  Click the images for larger photos.

2nd class open plan seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train   2nd classopen saloon seating on the Berlin to Warsaw train

...but there's usually at least one car with open-plan saloon seating like this.  Click the images for larger photos.

Download the MWars appFood & drink...

Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity trains have a Polish restaurant car, staffed by Wars, the Polish train caterers.  Treat yourself to a meal and linger in the restaurant for an hour or two over a beer and a meal.  A tasty sausage soup, main course of schnitzel, potato & salad served on proper china, a beer and coffee for only around €10.  Euros & zlotys are both accepted, you must pay in cash whilst in Germany but when the train is in Poland they will normally accept credit cards too.  Of course, you're also free to bring your own picnic and beer or wine along and eat at your seat.

Tip:  Go to wars.pl/mwars and download the MWars app for Android or iPhone.  You can then use your smartphone to order food & drink from the restaurant car menu served at your seat (you tell them your car & seat number in the app).  Let me know how it goes!

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

The restaurant car on a Berlin-Warsaw express train. Red stripe = catering car.  Photos courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

The restaurant car on a Berlin-Warsaw express.  You don't need to reserve a table, just go along and sit down.  A steward will take your order...  These photos courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.comLarger photo.

Bar counter on the Berlin-Warsaw train   Food on the Berlin to Warsaw train

The bar.  Larger photo.

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

Travel tips...

Useful information...


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