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Trip Summary

There are 33 daily trains from Berlin to Heidelberg. Traveling by train from Berlin to Heidelberg usually takes around 5 hours and 48 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 4 hours and 53 minutes.

Distance298 mi (480 km)
Fastest train4h 53m
Lowest price$10.18
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

What is the price of a train ticket from Berlin to Heidelberg?

In the last month, $43.15 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin to Heidelberg. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $94.65 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Berlin to Heidelberg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $68 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Heidelberg in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $94 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 15 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Heidelberg from Berlin will be about $94.65 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Heidelberg?

There are 5 train lines with service from Berlin to Heidelberg. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 50 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity19h 31m$90.73
DB Intercity-Express85h 32m$105.44
Deutsche Bahn506h 0m$109.15
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company146h 57m$116.94
FlixTrain35h 17m$52.76
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Berlin to Heidelberg start from $53, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Heidelberg. DB Intercity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station and one other station. And in Heidelberg trains arrive at Train Station .

    From Berlin to Heidelberg train travel on DB Intercity takes 9 hours and 31 minutes. If you are looking to get to Heidelberg faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 53 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to Heidelberg on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Berlin.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Heidelberg start from $39, and on average cost . Daily there are 8 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Heidelberg. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station and one other station. And in Heidelberg trains arrive at Train Station and 5 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Heidelberg train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 5 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to Heidelberg faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 53 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 8 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Heidelberg.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    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.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Berlin to Heidelberg start from $49, and on average cost . Daily there are 14 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Heidelberg. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from Berlin Central Station and one other station. And in Heidelberg trains arrive at Heidelberg-Kirchheim/Rohrbach and 6 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Heidelberg train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 6 hours and 57 minutes. If you are looking to get to Heidelberg faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 4 hours and 53 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 21 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Heidelberg.

  • FlixTrain

    FlixTrain

    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. FlixTrain operates 3 daily trips to Heidelberg from Berlin. The train usually departs from Berlin Central Station in Berlin and arrives at Train Station in Heidelberg after about 5 hours and 17 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Berlin to Heidelberg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Berlin to Heidelberg?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Berlin to Heidelberg. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Berlin to Heidelberg?

The distance between Berlin and Heidelberg is approximately 298 miles, or 480 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 48 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 53 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Berlin to Heidelberg. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Sunday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Heidelberg?

There are 33 scheduled trains on most days. 4 of these are direct connections to Heidelberg. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Heidelberg to Berlin.

City Information

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.

Heidelberg

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Located on the river Neckar in the southwest of Germany, the university town of Heidelberg is one of the country's most popular destinations. From impressive Baroque and Renaissance architecture to exciting museums, festive Christmas markets, and fantastic shopping, this town has something for everyone.

The first thing you'll see in Heidelberg is the Schloss Heidelberg or Heidelberg Palace. Sitting on a hill overlooking the city, this impressive castle was once the seat of Heidelberg's Prince-Electors. Although rebuilt following the Thirty Years War in the 1600s, this beautiful ruin is open to visitors with audio tours available daily. And as one of the most-Instagrammed castles in Germany, the palace is the perfect backdrop for your next envy-inspiring post. While in the castle, visit the Apotheken-Museum, which displays the history of pharmacies and medical science in Germany.

Heidelberg is also home to the famous hike, Philosopher's Way. Taking its name from the many university academics that used to hike this route for the solitude and views to inspire them, this route rambles up the southern side of the Heiligenberg. With exotic vegetation and a temperate climate during the summer months, it's easy to think that you've accidentally walked all the way to the Mediterranean.

Although Heidelberg does not have an airport, the Mannheim Airport is under 15km away, and it's easy to take a train from Mannheim to Heidelberg. Intercity bus service provides transportation to Heidelberg from many domestic and international destinations. Many direct trains run to Heidelberg from across Germany and other European cities, too, so there is no shortage of travel options to get to this fabulous city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Berlin?

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Main departure station: Berlin Central Station

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.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Train Station

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Berlin Südkreuz

  • Berlin-Spandau

  • Südkreuz Bus Terminal

  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen

  • Central Bus Station

Where is the train station in Heidelberg?

Main arrival station: Train Station

There are more train stations and stops in Heidelberg than most cities. Most trains from Berlin will stop at one (or more) of the 9 following stations in Heidelberg:

All train stations in Heidelberg:

  • Train Station

  • Heidelberg-Kirchheim/Rohrbach

  • Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund/Wieblingen

  • Heidelberg Orthopädie

  • Heidelberg-Schlierbach/Ziegelhausen

  • Heidelberg-Weststadt/Südstadt

  • Heidelberg-Altstadt

  • Heidelberg Gaisbergstraße

  • Central Station

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