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There are 142 daily trains from Frankfurt to Berlin. Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Berlin usually takes around 4 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 48 minutes.
|Distance||263 mi (424 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 48m|
|Trains per day||27|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
What is the price of a train ticket from Frankfurt to Berlin?
In the last month, $19.93 was the average price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Berlin. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $83.34 more than that for a same-day booking.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Frankfurt to Berlin by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $64 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Frankfurt to Berlin in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $87 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.
Prices as travel date approaches
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Berlin from Frankfurt am Main will be about $83.34 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Frankfurt to Berlin?
There are 6 train lines with service from Frankfurt am Main to Berlin. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 124 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Eurocity||1||4h 35m||$64.88|
|DB Intercity||2||5h 57m||$58.26|
|DB Intercity-Express||22||4h 31m||$80.93|
|Deutsche Bahn||124||4h 53m||$89.47|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||17||4h 59m||$87.41|
DB Eurocity train tickets from Frankfurt to Berlin start from $65, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Berlin. DB Eurocity in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt am Main - Stadion . And in Berlin trains arrive at Berlin Central Station .
From Frankfurt to Berlin train travel on DB Eurocity takes 4 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 48 minutes.
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.
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 with non-federally owned railway company
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt to Berlin start from $19, and on average cost . Daily there are 17 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Berlin. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Unterliederbach and 23 other stations. And in Berlin trains arrive at Berlin Central Station and one other train station.
From Frankfurt to Berlin train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 4 hours and 59 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berlin faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 48 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 42 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Berlin.
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 6 daily trips to Berlin from Frankfurt am Main. The train usually departs from Frankfurt Süd Station in Frankfurt am Main and arrives at Berlin Central Station in Berlin after about 4 hours and 29 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Frankfurt am Main to Berlin 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 Frankfurt to Berlin?
How long is the train journey from Frankfurt to Berlin?
The distance between Frankfurt and Berlin is approximately 263 miles, or 424 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 48 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?
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Frankfurt to Berlin on Wednesday. Tickets for Wednesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
The earliest train departs Frankfurt at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Frankfurt to Berlin?
There are 142 scheduled trains on most days. 27 of these are direct connections to Berlin. 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 Berlin to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.
Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.
Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.
The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.
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.
Where is the train station in Frankfurt?
Main departure station: Central Train Station
Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt Central Station) is a major transport hub in the city and the busiest station in the state of Hessen. It features the original 1888 Neo-Renaissance design and some newer neoclassical architecture, making it a unique and visually pleasing station. It's often referred to as the most important station in Germany due to its central location and large economic district. Trains here run internationally to stations in Zurich, Vienna, and Budapest in addition to cities across Germany such as Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich. The station has plenty of amenities, including luggage lockers, toilets and multiple bakeries, a bookshop and newsstand, a supermarket, and other shops.
All train stations in Frankfurt:
Central Train Station
Frankfurt Süd Station
Where is the train station in Berlin?
Main arrival station: Train Station
There are more train stations and stops in Berlin than most cities. Most trains from Frankfurt will stop at one (or more) of the 8 following stations in Berlin:
All train stations in Berlin:
Berlin Central Station
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