Berlin by train

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Berlin by train

Travel to Berlin by train

Discover the magnificent and vibrant capital of Germany. Trains run right into the city center and arrive at the new Berlin Central Station (Berlin Hbf) which is a monument in its self.

Visit impressive monuments like the Branderburger Gate or the Reichstag.  See the impressive history in this city at Checkpoint Charlie or the Holocaust Monument.  Or enjoy the night time in the bustling neighbourhoods like Prenzlauer Berg. 

Train tickets

Domestic train tickets start at only €19, even for longer journeys like Cologne-Berlin or Frankfurt-Berlin.

International train tickets start at €29 for "short" trips, like Warsaw-Berlin or Prague-Berlin, and €39 for longer trips like Amsterdam-Berlin.  

How to travel by train to Berlin

Due to it's central location in Europe, Berlin is easy reachable by train from the neighbouring countries.

Trains run from Poland (Warsaw), Czech Republic (Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava), Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna), Switzerland (Zürich) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam) directly to the capital of Germany.

All trains arrive in the brand new Berlin Main Station (Berlin Hbf) in the middle of the city centre near the Reichstag and Branderburger Gate.

Domestic trains run from any large German city to Berlin. In many cases this are high speed ICE-trains which run with speeds up to 300 km/h. 

Berlin Hbf - Info

Railway Station Berlin  

Berlin Hbf is the main station of Berlin, located nearby the German parliament. Many sights can be reached by foot from the railway station or by the convenient S-bahn (kind of subway) that connects all major stations in Berlin. The station itself is a modern visual attraction and is built on terrain where the wall used to stand. Nearby the station are some new and fine hotels. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: yes, free for 30 minutes
  • Lockers: yes, 24h
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre

  • Walking: Reichstag 5 minutes, Checkpoint Charlie 30 minutes
  • Bike: no city bikes
  • Subway: S Bahn to all major sights 
  • Bus: yes, to all sights, check Berlin.de
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

Berlin Hbf - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Berlin Hbf Train Station

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Berlin Hbf - Trains to Berlin

Motel One***

Hip and trendy hotel next to the station. Motel One has multiple hotels in the city. Affordable. Very high ratings. 
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Intercity Hotel****

Next to Berlin Hbf, comfortable 4-star hotel with spacious rooms. Very convenient.    
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Cheap hotels near Berlin Hbf - Trains to Berlin

Ibis Berlin Hauptbahnhof****

300 meters from Berlin Hbf. Convenient. High ratings. 
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Berlin Hbf - Rental Cars

Cheap rental cars at Berlin Hbf train station

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Rental Cars

6 rental car companies: Europcar, Flizzr, Hertz, Interrent, Sixt.   

Airport Connection

Trains to the airport

From Berlin Schönefeld:
There are bus services and train services to Berlin city centre. Tickets can be bought at the ticketmachines on the airport or at the railway station. Average costs to get from the airport to the city centre are €3,20 for adults and €2,30 for children 6 to 14 years old. 

S-Bahn Rail S9  - Tip! Quickest way 
(7 days a week) departs every 10 minutes and operates between Airport Schönefeld and Pankow.

S-Bahn Rail S45 
(7 days a week) departs every 10 minutes and operates between Airport Schönefeld and Südkreuz.

RE 7 - Tip! Quickest way 
(7 days a week) departs twice every hour and takes up 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The train operates between Dessau Hbf - Airport Schönefeld - Wünsdorf Waldstadt. 

RB 14 - Tip! Quickest way 
(7 days a week) departs twice every hour and takes up 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The train operates between Nauen - Berlin Hbf - Airport Schönefeld. 

RB 22 
(7 days a week) departs twice every hour and takes up 30 minutes from the airport to the city centre. The train operates between Berlin Friedrichstrasse - Airport Schönefeld - Königs Wusterhausen. 

X7 
(7 days a week) Express bus service which operates between U Rudow - Airport Schönefeld. 

163 (7 days a week) bus service which operates between S Schöneweide - Airport Schönefeld.

164 (7 days a week) bus service which operates between S Kaulsdorf - Airport Schönefeld.

171 (7 days a week) bus service which operates between U Hermannplatz - Airport Schönefeld. 

From Berlin Tegel: 
There a bus services from Berlin Tegel to Berlin city centre.  Tickets can be bought in the airport terminal or at the ticketmachines. Average ticket price to get from Airport Tegel to Berlin city centre costs €2,70 for adult and €1,70 for children 6 to 14 years old.

TXL JetExpressBus - Tip! Quickest way 
(7 days a week) bus service operates between S+U Alexanderplatz - Airport Tegel.

X9 JetExpressBus - Tip! Quickest way  
(7 days a week) bus service operates between S+U Zoologischer Garten - Airport Tegel.

128 (7 days a week) bus service operates between U Osloer Strasse - Airport Tegel.

109 (7 days a week) bus service operates between S+U Zooligscher Garten - Airport Tegel.

Public Transport in Berlin

Public Transport 

Public transport information: Berlin.de

Single journeys and Day- or Week Travelcards: 
Single journey tickets are for sale at major stations in Berlin. Costs for one way tickets are AB €2,70 adults/€1,70 children 6 to 14 years, BC €3,-/€2,10 children 6 to 14 years, ABC €3,30 adults/€2,40 6 to 14 years.

If you are staying longer in Berlin you can buy the Berlin Welcome Pass which gives you unlimited traveldays and discount on major sights. The pass comes in 48, 72 hours and 4, 5, 6 days.

Berlin Welcome Card - Zone AB

48 hours €19,50 
72 hours €27,50 
4 days  €31,50 
5 days  €35,50 
6 days  €41,50 

Berlin Welcome Card included Potsdam - Zone ABC 

48 hours €21,50 
72 hours €29,50 
4 days  €34,50 
5 days  €40,50 
6 days  €45,50 

Train Tickets Germany, Deutsche Bahn

How to book cheap train tickets in Germany:

  • Book as early as possibe 
  • Train tickets are available 6 months in advance 
  • Avoid trains in rush hour 
  • Travel very early in the morning or early in the afternoon

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Deutsche Bahn 

  • Deutsche Bahn is the name of the national railways of Germany 
  • The promo tickets of Deutsche Bahn are call Sparpreis and are widely available
  • ICE International is the high speed train of Deutsche Bahn 

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