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About Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

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Occupying a grand modern glass and steel building on the River Spree, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is around 1.5 km from the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Also referred to as Berlin Central Station, the station is German capital's main railway station (hauptbahnhof). The lower platforms serve train lines that run north-south on Deutsche Bahn. The lower platforms are linked with upper platforms – for east-west services – via escalators and a middle floor containing shops, cafés, and other convenient facilities. It has additional connections with U-Bahn (metro) Line 5 and trams (streetcars). The intercity bus station lies on the opposite side of Europaplatz, with FlixBus providing services across Germany.

Popular train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Train Station

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Bellevue

  • Berlin Südkreuz

  • Berlin-Spandau

  • Central Bus Station

  • Südkreuz

  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen(S)

What train companies travel to Berlin, Germany?

Located in Germany, Berlin is accessible by train from 661 other cities. You can choose from 12833 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Berlin on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Berlin

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn15675h 19m$119.59
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company12385h 42m$122.73
DB Intercity-Express6254h 34m$115.37
DB Intercity3186h 14m$110.41
Non-federally owned railway company776h 31m$90.14
FlixTrain454h 46m$49.69
DB Eurocity284h 22m$65.09
metronom122h 49m$37.59
Railjet43h 31m$74.43
  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.

  • Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.

  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.

  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • Railjet is a high-speed intercity train company with trains capable of reaching speeds of 230 kilometers per hour. While these speedy trains will make any trip quick, passengers can still enjoy extra legroom on seats to air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, power outlets, restrooms, and a cafe with snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

$7.06 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Berlin, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Berlin. In the last month, trains from Leipzig to Berlin had the lowest average price at $7.65. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Berlin:

The busiest train station in Berlin is Berlin Central Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Berlin are:

  • Berlin Central Station
  • Train Station
  • S+u Bundesplatz

It is extremely easy and convenient to take a Deutsche Bahn train to Berlin’s Brandenburg International Airport (BER), since there is a major train station within the airport. The station is in the basement below the airport’s main terminal and just a short walk from check-in counters.

Even if your train takes you to one of the city’s four other train stations (which is likely, as most of them are larger), it’s just a matter of hopping on a connecting train to Brandenburg Berlin Airport, technically located in the town of Schönefeld. Depending on where you arrive in Berlin, you can take the regional trains RE7 or RB14, which travel between the airport and Berlin’s main train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof. There’s also the Airport Express line (FEX) and local commuter trains S9 and S45.

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  5. Arrive at the station and start exploring Berlin.
Berlin is the most popular train destination in Berlin. It also ranks number 1489 in Germany. Berlin has the most train connections in the region. There are 745 train schedules arriving in Berlin each day.
The population of Berlin is 3426354. Berlin ranks number 1 in terms of population in Berlin and number 187 in all of Germany.
Train tickets to Berlin range from $7 for a short trip to Berlin, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Berlin starts at , and a longer trip by train to Berlin can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $7.
Taking a train to Berlin is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to Berlin a great option when planning your next vacation.
The closest train station to the city center of Berlin is Alexanderplatz, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Alexanderplatz as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Berlin. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

How to Get Around Berlin

Germany’s capital city has a fantastic public transportation infrastructure, so it’s super easy to get around regardless of your preferred method.

Public Transit
Berlin has arguably one of the most sophisticated train systems of any city in the entire world. The main train station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, or Berlin Central Station, is a bustling transit hub with international, regional, and local transportation options.

The most common trains are the U-Bahn underground trains (subway) and S-Bahn elevated rails. The S-Bahn is a commuter train, offering express service along a loop in the city core. Most visitors will primarily ride the U-Bahn, as it has expansive coverage with 10 lines and nearly 200 stops. The U-Bahn uses a zone system for routes and pricing and conveniently, the majority of the city’s best attractions are in Zones A and B. Both kinds of trains run from early morning until about 1:30am Monday through Friday, and 24 hours on weekends.

Riding the bus in Berlin is another good option, although it’s not nearly as popular as the city’s ultra-fast train system. A couple of advantages to buses, however, include that there are a handful that run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they cover more remote areas of the city where trains do not travel.

For a quick and inexpensive immersion into Berlin, hop on one of the double-decker buses running Route 100 or 200. These sightseeing buses hit most of the city’s most popular highlights and offer a fun, easy way to get the lay of the land.

Rideshare Apps & Taxis
Ridesharing is still relatively new in Berlin, and often a very literal experience of sharing a ride. When you order a rideshare from one of the city’s two major providers, CleverShuttle and BerlKoenig, you’ll likely physically share the vehicle with other passengers. It takes a bit longer than a taxi, as you’ll drop off or pick up others along the way, but ridesharing in Berlin is extremely affordable, not to mention more eco-friendly.

Berliners have never been big on hiring private transportation; it makes perfect sense, since the city has such an advanced public transportation system. Because of that, taxis are rather expensive and used on an only-when-absolutely-necessary basis. You can hail a cream-colored cab from the street, but they’re more easily found outside of hotels and at the airport.

Rental Cars
There are simply some occasions when it just makes more sense for you to drive your own vehicle in Berlin. Whether you need it just for a few hours or you’re looking to head out for a longer excursion, check Wanderu for the best rates and vehicle selection.

Must-See Places in Berlin

Housing Germany’s Parliament and serving as a shining symbol of the country’s reunification after a long, war-torn history, this iconic landmark is a must-see. Visiting the Reichstag Building is totally free, but you’ll need an advance reservation. Once there, be sure to walk around the glass dome for sweeping city views.

Brandenburg Gate
Another iconic German landmark is the Brandenburg Gate, an elaborate Neoclassical arch commissioned by a Prussian king in 1791. At one time, there were 14 gates to the city, and Brandenburg is the last one standing. It’s also within easy walking distance of the Reichstag, so it’s easy to visit both.

Museum Island
Berlin is so serious about its museums that it built a beautiful island in the middle of the city to host five of them. Museum Island is home to the Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamonmuseum. By far the star attraction is the incredibly well-preserved bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum.

Zoo Berlin
Little-known to most, Zoo Berlin is home to more animal species than any other zoo in the world, including Germany’s only giant pandas! The zoo opened in 1844, and to this day remains a family-friendly activity for Berlin locals and visitors.

Beer Gardens
One of the most classic German experiences is enjoying an enormous stein of beer at a beer hall or garden. Fortunately, there are LOTS of places to do so in Berlin. One of the best is Hofbrauhaus, modeled after Munich’s iconic beer hall and complete with people dressed in traditional Lederhosen!

Germany Travel Tips for International Visitors

There are a few things that international visitors to Germany should keep in mind.

  • Currency: Euro (€)

  • Tipping: Accepted, but not required. Tip about 10% for good service

  • Legal drinking age: 18 years old (or 16 for beer)

    Useful German phrases:

  • “Hallo” = Hello

  • “Bitte” = Please

  • “Danke” = Thank you

  • “Sprechen sie Englisch?” = Do you speak English?

Berlin Tips for Travelers

There are a few Berlin-specific customs and norms that visitors may not be familiar with.

  • Jaywalking isn’t cool in Berlin, and neither is walking or standing in the bike lane. Be sure to follow the orders of the little green traffic man on the stoplights.

  • Lots of businesses are closed on Sundays. The exceptions are museums, bars, restaurants, and other major tourist attractions, but you’ll still want to stock up on any groceries or essentials during the week.

  • In most of Europe, the after-bar meal of choice is unequivocally the kebab. But in Berlin, the winner is the Currywurst

    • a grilled sausage drenched in tomato-based onion and curry sauce. Of course, no one is stopping you from trying this local delicacy for breakfast or lunch, either.

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