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Arrival by train

CO2-friendly in the capital

Located in the heart of Europe, Berlin is a convenient hub for rail connections all across the continent. You can easily reach Berlin from almost every major city in an environmentally friendly way, meaning you can start your sustainable trip to Berlin with the lowest possible CO2 footprint. This includes travel from England. No matter what direction you are coming from, one of the many train stations is sure to offer the convenience you need.

As Europe's largest interchange station, the modern Berlin Hauptbahnhof connects rails from every direction and is located in the centre of Berlin, near the Parliament and houses of government. This is where you arrive when traveling from London by train.

Yet Berlin has many other large long-distance train stations, such as the Südkreuz, the Ostkreuz and Ostbahnhof, Gesundbrunnen (Nordkreuz), Spandau in the west, and Bahnhof Zoo in the western centre of the city. Each station offers quick public transit into the city centre.

Berlin's Train Stations

Arriving from London by train

You can travel in comfort by train from the United Kingdom to Berlin with the Eurotunnel. If you depart from London St. Pancras International, you will be at Berlin Hauptbahnhof in about nine hours. Expect to have to switch trains at least two times. Affordable discount tickets and the low CO2 footprint make for an attractive rail commute between London and Berlin.

By train from Poland to Berlin

Berlin-Warsaw up to 6 times daily, stops also in Poznań

Kulturzug Berlin-Breslau (Wrocław): For only 24.90 euros by train to Wrocław

Taking the night train to Berlin

In Berlin you also have the opportunity to visit other cities on the European mainland. Various European rail companies offer night train connections to and from Berlin:

  • The Swedish rail company Snalltaget connects Stockholm and Copenhagen with Berlin
  • The Swedish company SJ offers night trains from Stockholm to Berlin from April to September.
  • From Vienna to Berlin: With the Österreichischen Bundesbahnen ÖBB you can travel from Vienna to Berlin via the Czech Republic and Poland. The ÖBB also operates the nightly Nightjet between Zürich and Berlin. You board at 8:00 p.m. and arrive well rested at Berlin Hauptbahnhof the next morning.
  • Similarly, ÖBB operates the daily Nightjet between Zurich, Basel and Berlin, you board at 8pm in the evening and arrive at Berlin Central Station the next morning well rested.
  • Hungarian State Railways MAV connects the Hungarian capital Budapest and the Slovakian capital Bratislava with Berlin.
  • The European Sleeper night train three times a week from Berlin via Amsterdam and Brussels.
    • This route also provides a new, convenient connection between London and Berlin. The Eurostar will take you from London St Pancras to Brussels from 15.04, where you can then change to the European Sleeper after a short stop.
  • With a short stopover in Offenburg in the early morning, you can also travel directly from Paris to Berlin and vice versa. The NJ 471 runs between Offenburg and Berlin, and you can then take the TGV for the route between Paris and Offenburg.
  • From 12 December 2023, the long-awaited night train service between Paris and Berlin returns. In December, the night train will be operated three times a week, but it is planned to operate this route daily in the future.
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