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by train to and from Berlin/Germany

An Introduction

A unique in depth, independent guide to travelling to and from Berlin by train and using the primary stations in Berlin .

Why Go To Berlin

Wikipedia guide to Berlin

Info/Plans for Berlin hbf

Click here for D-Bahn's guide to Berlin hbf including details of left luggage offices.
Click here for a plan of the station.

Train Departure Summary

To help plan onward travel by train from Berlin to other popular destinations including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Prague and Vienna, therebytrain has produced a unique Departure summary
It lists details of the standard departure times of both direct trains and our recommended connections for travel by train on the most popular long distance rail journeys from Berlin.
These train times can be altered due to work on the line and on holidays, so before heading to the station, we advise confirming departure times on the D-bahn timetable (see below)

Complete Train Departures

All train departures from Berlin hbf are available HERE on the D-Bahn timetable.
Click here for the therebytrain.com guide to using the D-Bahn timetable.

International Trains TO Berlin

Click the cities below for summaries of trains to Berlin from these popular destinations:

We'll be adding more cities to the above list when the new pan-European railway timetables change in mid-December

From Dec 9th 2012 there will be direct trains between Berlin and Amsterdam (Centraal).
There's more information including the departure times in either direction in ThereByTrain.com news.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station)

Rail services have on Berlin been re-organised in recent years following the opening of Berlin’s magnificent central station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin hbf).
It is served by all the long distance domestic and international services that operate to/from the city and is therefore the station used by therebytrain.com for departure times from Berlin.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof is served by S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 and S75, U-Bahn line U55 and RE lines RE1, RE2, RE3, RE4, RE5 and RE7

Berlin Hauptbahnhof/Berlin hbf on Google Maps

Using Berlin hbf

Berlin Hbf in effect a station in two parts with one set of platforms at upper level above the street on the railway viaduct that spans the city and the other located at a level below ground.
The platforms on the lower level are often referred to in timetables as ‘tief’.
The two sets of platforms are actually four levels apart as a shopping mall occupies two levels.

Excellent signposting, information screens and an impressive array of escalators and lifts link the platforms and the booking hall, but the station can seem initially bewildering for a first time user.
Passengers should therefore allow a minimum of ten minutes to change trains, particularly when transferring between the two sets of platforms.
First time users of the station should allow a minimum of 15 minutes to change trains.
When travelling from elsewhere in the city take care to arrive in good time, particularly when using the ‘tief’ platforms, as they are some distance from the entrance.

The Upper Level Platforms

As a general rule the upper level platforms are served by the following trains:

  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Wuppertal – Cologne
  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Dortmund – Essen – Dusseldorf
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Basel – Bern – Interlaken
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm and Augsburg
  • (EC/IC) to/from Hannover – Osnabruck – Amersfoort – Schiphol Airport
  • (EC/ICE) to/from Hamburg - Copenhagen/Arhus
  • (EC) to from Krakow
  • BW to/from Poznan – Warsaw
  • RE1 (Regional Express line RE1) to/from Potsdam, Magdeburg, Brandenburg, Eisenhutten and Frankfurt (Oder)
  • RE2 to/from Konigs and Rathenow
  • RE7 to/from Dessau and Schonefeld Airport (destination Wunsdorf-Waldstadt) departs Berlin hbf hourly at 08 min past each hour
  • RB (local train) RB14 to Schonefeld Airport departs Berlin hourly at 34min past each hour
  • S-Bahn (commuter train) line S3 Berlin Spandau – Erkner
  • S-Bahn line S5 Westkreuz – Strausberg Nord
  • S-Bahn line S7 Potsdam – Ahrenfelde
  • S-Bahn line S75 Berlin Spandau – Wartenburg

RE trains also call at Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), Friedrichstrasse and Alexanderplatz.
S-Bahn trains also call at the same stations as the RE trains as well as Tiegarten, Bellevue, Hackescher Mkt and Jannowitzbrucke.

The Lower Level (tief) Platforms

As a general rule the lower level (tief) platforms are served by the following trains:

  • ICE to/from Hamburg (terminating at Hamburg)
  • ICE to/from Leipzig – Nuremburg – Munich/Munchen
  • EC) to/from Dresden – Prague – Vienna/Budapest
  • IC to/from Angermunde – Stralsund
  • IC to/from – Halle – Erfurt – Kassel – Paderborn – Hamm – Dortmund
  • RE3 to/from Stralsund and Esterwelda
  • RE4 to/from Wittenburg and Juteborg
  • RE5 to/from Oranienburg, Rostock, Stralsund, Lutherstadt Wittenburg and Falkenburg

The RE trains also call at Postdamer Platz

Finding Your Train

Multiple departure boards and information indicators mean that it is comparatively easy to work out which train is leaving from what platform and when. However, different services can follow each other into the platforms in quick succession, so use the indicators on the platforms to check that you have found the correct train before boarding.
There are also information boards on each platform that list all of the departures and these also show the formation of each train. If you have reserved seats in a specific train you can use the information and the indicators on the platform to ensure that you will be waiting near to the correct carriage when the train arrives.

To the City Centre

Berlin Hauptbahnhof is also now linked to the Brandenburg Gate area of the city by U-Bahn (subway) line U55. This provides a particularly a useful service for passengers making a short trip to the city, as despite its central location the Hauptbahnhof isn’t particularly close to the main tourist sights or the primary business and retail areas of Berlin.

The north/south S-Bahn routes (lines S1 and S2) that serve Freidrichstrasse, Brandenburger Tor and Potsdamer Platz do not serve Berlin Hbf, but they do call at Berlin Gesundbrunen and Berlin Sudkreuz

Other major Berlin stations

Many of the long distance daytime trains to/from Berlin also call at other stations in the city, depending on route.
Before arriving in Berlin it is a good idea to work out your public transport route to your final destination/hotel. It will often make for an easier journey/transfer to make connections from one of these other stations in Berlin.

Gesundbrunnen

Located to the north of the city centre and is served by S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S25, S41, S42, U-bahn line 8 and RE lines RE3 and RE5

Gesundbrunnen station on Google Maps

As well as calling at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the following long distance trains to/from Berlin also call at Gesundbrunnen

  • IC to/from Angermunde – Stralsund
  • IC to/from – Halle – Erfurt – Kassel – Paderborn – Hamm – Dortmund
  • ICE to Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich/Munchen (certain services only)

Ost

As its name implies is to the east of the city centre and is served by S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 and S75, and RE lines RE1, RE2 and RE 7.

Ost station on Google Maps

As well as calling at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the following long distance trains to/from Berlin also depart from and arrive at Ost.

  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Wuppertal – Cologne
  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Dortmund – Essen – Dusseldorf
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt* – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Basel – Bern – Interlaken
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt* – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm and Augsburg
  • (EC) to/from Hannover – Osnabruck – Amersfoort – Schiphol Airport
  • (EC/ICE) to/from Hamburg - Copenhagen/Arhus
  • BW Express to/from – Poznan – Warsaw

Spandau

Located to the west of the city centre and is served by S-Bahn lines S3 and S75, U-bahn line U7 and RE lines RE2 and RE 4.

As well as calling at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the following long distance trains to/from Berlin also depart from and arrive at Spandau.

  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Wuppertal – Cologne
  • ICE: to/from Hannover – Hamm – Dortmund – Essen – Dusseldorf
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt* – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Basel – Bern – Interlaken
  • ICE: to/from Kassel – Frankfurt* – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm and Augsburg
  • ICE to/from Hamburg
  • (EC) to/from Dresden – Prague – Vienna/Budapest (certain services only)
  • (EC) to/from Krakow
  • (EC) to/from Hannover – Osnabruck – Amersfoort – Schiphol Airport

Sudkreuz

Is to the south of the city centre and is served by S-Bahn lines S2, S25, S41, S42, S45, S47 and RE lines RE3, RE4 and RE5.

Sudkreuz station on Google Maps

As well as calling at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the following long distance trains to/from Berlin also depart from and arrive at Sudkreuz.

  • ICE to/from Hamburg
  • ICE to/from Leipzig – Nuremburg – Munich
  • (EC) to/from Dresden – Prague – Vienna/Budapest
  • (EC) to/from Krakow
  • IC to/from Angermunde – Stralsund
  • IC to/from – Halle – Erfurt – Kassel – Paderborn – Hamm – Dortmund

Berlin Zoo Station

Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten) station in the heart of West Berlin is no longer served by long distance (IC, ICE and (EC) trains) and when travelling from/to Berlin Zoo and destinations including Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hannover is usually faster and simpler to travel via Berlin Spandau and make connections there.
The quickest route from Berlin Zoo to Berlin Spandau is to take an RE2 (direction Rathenow), but if you have to wait more than 10 minutes for an RE2 train it will be quicker to take an S-Bahn train, both lines S3 and S75 terminate at Spandau.

Public Transport Links

Click here for access to map sof the rail routes in Berlin and the surrounding area which show the S-Bahn (commuter), U-Bahn (Metro/subway) and RE (local) trains.

The site also has useful other information such as tools for planning journeys around Berlin and ticket prices.

Types of Train to/from Berlin

These types of train operate long distance services to/from Berlin, click the type of train for more information:

  • BW - The 'Berlin-Warsaw Express
  • BN - The 'Berlin Night Express' to Malmo
  • CNL - 'City Night Line overnight trains to Munich
  • EC - other international daytime trains
  • EN- 'Euronight' overnight trains
  • IC trains
  • ICE trains

Train Journey Times From Berlin Summary

Train types in brackets

  • Less Than One Hour: -
    Lutherstadt Wittenberg (ICE)
    Potsdam
  • One – Two Hours: -
    Dessau
    Hamburg (ICE)
    Hannover (ICE)
    Hildesheim (ICE)
    Leipzig (ICE)
    Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Local)
    Magdeburg
    Wolfsburg (ICE/IC)
  • Two – Three Hours: -
    Bad Schandau (EC)
    Dresden (EC)
    Erfurt (IC)
    Hamburg(EC)
    Hannover (IC)
    Kassel (ICE)
    Stralsund (IC)
    Szczecin Glowny(EC)
    Weimar (IC/ICE)
  • Three - Four Hours -
    Bremen (ICE)
    Decin (EC)
    Eisenach (IC/ICE)
    Gotha (IC/ICE)
    Stralsund (RE)
  • Four-Five Hours -

    Bamberg (ICE)
    Bonn (ICE)
    Bremen (IC)
    Cologne/Koln(ICE)
    Dusseldorf (ICE)
    Frankfurt (Main) (ICE)
    Mannheim (ICE)
    Nuremberg (ICE)
    Prague (EC)
  • International Trains Summary

    International Day Trains

    The following trains depart from Berlin hbf to:

    International Overnight Trains

    The following trains depart from Berlin hbf to:

    • Budapest (EN)
    • Malmo (Berlin Night Express)
    • Minsk and Moscow
    • Kiev and St Petersburg
    • Vienna/Wien (EN)

    From London to Berlin by train

    Click HERE to access a page on which you'll find details of our pick of the best (easiest/convenient train departure times/fastest) rail connections FROM London TO Berlin.

    Schonefeld Airport Rail Link

    Berlin Tegel airport has no rail link, but Schonefeld Airport is served by both S-Bahn (commuter) and RE/RB (local) rail services.

    Trains between Berlin and Schonefeld have recently been re-organised and the only direct trains between central Berlin and the airport are the RE/RB train services which operate to Schonefeld from the upper level platforms at Berlin Hauptbahnhof as well as Zoo, Freidrichstrasse, Alexanderplatz and Berlin Ost stations:

    • RE line RE7 operates hourly and departs from Berlin hbf at 08 mins past each hour, destination ‘Wunsdorf/Waldstadt’.
    • RB (local train) line RB14 also operates hourly and departs from Berlin hbf at 34 mins past each hour. These trains have Schonefeld as a final destination and they also call at Berlin (Spandau).

    Both trains take 27-28 mins to reach Schonefeld from Berlin hbf.

    Departures from Schonefeld are RE7 (destination ‘Roblau’) at 25 min past each hour and RB14 (destination ‘Nauen’) at 55 min past each hour.

    Berlin Schonefeld airport is also served by two S-Bahn lines S9 and S45

    • Line S9 runs to/from the airport from the east of the city including the station at Ostkreuz where connections are available to/from S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 and S75.
    • Line 45 runs to/from southern Berlin including Sudkreuz station.
      These S-Bahn services run every 20 minutes on both lines.

    Day trips by train from Berlin by train

    Travelling to/from Potsdam

    To reach Postsdam from central Berlin rail passengers have the following two options:
    1. Take the S-Bahn line S7 from several city centre stations including Berlin hbf (upper level), Zoo and Friedrichstrasse with the journey taking 40-45 mins from Berlin hbf.
    2. A regional express train line RE1 from Alexanderplatz, Berlin hbf, Berlin Ost, Friedrichstrasse and Zoo with a journey time of 20mins from Berlin hbf.
    The S-Bahn services run every 20 mins while the regional express trains run every 30 mins.

    These trains also serve Wannsee, which is also on S-bahn line 1 that takes the north-south route through the city from Gesundbrunnen, Friedrichstrasse, Unter den Linden and Potsdamer Platz.

    Travelling to/from Oraienburg
    To reach Oranienburg for the Saschsenhausen camp take S-Bahn line S1 or the faster hourly regional express train from Gesundbrunnen, Berlin hbf (tief), Sudkreuz and PotsdamerPlatz.