Travelling by train between Warsaw and Berlin is easy, fast and doesn’t have to be as expensive as it seems. Besides my favourite Berlin-Warszawa Express there’re also other good options to travel between Poland and Germany by train! And when you finally get there you can easily move around using Deutsche Bahn yet without spending too much money. There’re always ways to cheaper travels, you just need to know about them! Here’s my mini guide to affordable train travels to and in Germany!
Getting from Poland
Every day there’re four Berlin-Warszawa Express in each direction, leaving around 6.00, 10.00, 15 and 18 from Warsaw and Berlin (similar time on the way back). It takes a little bit over 5 hours to travel between these two capitals (less than 3 hours from Poznań) and the journey is a very smooth and comfortable one. Tickets start from 29€/one way in the second class (19€ from Poznań) or 49€ in the first class and can be bought online at Deutsche Bahn website.
Once a day there’s also Berlin-Gdynia Express. It leaves from the Polish seaside around 7 in the morning and 6 hours later it is already in the German capital. On the way back it leaves from Berlin in the afternoon, just before 16.00. The ticket also start from 29€/one way. Both BWE and BGE trains are part of Europa-Spezial offer that is available also for travels to Germany from 13 other countries!
Travelling from Kraków to Berlin you can take IC Bus. It runs everyday and the whole journey, with stops in Katowice, Opole and Wrocław, takes 8 hours. Tickets can be bought from 29€/one way, if you’re a holder of BahnCard 25 you can travel even cheaper!
If you wish to travel from Szczecin to Berlin there’s another great offer available: Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket. The total cost of this one is 31€ and up to 5 people can travel for that price (so if there’s the maximum number of you the cost for one person will be a little bit over 6€ – that’s a bargain!). With this certain ticket you can start your journey already in Szczecin and continue in all regional Deutsche Bahn trains in the whole Brandenburg and Berlin area. It is valid from 9am on the weekdays and all day long on the weekends until 3am on the next day!
Travelling in Germany
Everyone would love to travel by fast ICE (InterCity Express) yet they seem to be crazy expensive. Well guess what! They are not! There’s this great offer called Sparpreis where you can get tickets for ICE from 29€ (or if you travel less than 250 kms it’s even 19€). When there’re two of you the price would be 49€. First class tickets starts with 39€. Of course there’s a small catch – the number of cheap tickets is limited so you need to hurry to get the best price! The ICE trains travel with a really high speed hence you can get from Berlin to Hamburg in less than 2 hours!
The Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket isn’t the only regional ticket that can guarantee you cheap travelling in Germany. Every land of the country has its own ticket that allow you unlimited travels in the area. The rules are the same as with Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket, the price is similar as well. Just look for Laenderticket to find out more about the offer in each region!
If you happen to travel in the weekend there’s a Schoenes-Wochenende-Ticket. It works similar to Laenderticket but with this one the group up to 5 people can travel on Saturday or Sunday from midnight to 3am on the next day in all the regional trains all over Germany. The ticket costs 44€ in the second class.
Or maybe you’re a frequent traveler in Germany? Well then you should know about BahnCard25! It’s valid for a year and gives you 25% discount, no matter if from the regular price or a special offer (for example you can travel with IC Bus from Kraków to Berlin for 21.75€!). The BahnCard25 costs 62€ in the second class and 125€ in the first class.
When you travel to Berlin most likely you will end up in Berlin Hauptbahnhof – the main train station in the city. It is the newest station in the capital of Germany, opened in 2006, and a really spectacular one! It was built as a cross – in the lowest level there’re platforms for trains going in the north-south direction and in the highest one platforms for trains going east-west. Between these there’re numerous shops, cafes, restaurants information points and DB Lounge – a place where holders of the first class tickets can relax before the journey. Another advantage of Berlin Hauptbahnhof? It’s located right at the bank of the Spree river, within the walking distance to Reichstag and Branderburger Gate!
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All the prices I quoted here are for the tickets bought online on Deutsche Bahn website or in one of the vending machines located at the train stations. When buying in the Service Center the price can be slightly (few €) more expensive.
And for my readers based in Poland – don’t forget about the contest where you can win a weekend for two in Berlin (the train ride, four star hotel ParkInn and a public transport ticket included). You only need to answer four easy questions (and if you read this post carefully you shouldn’t have problems with them) that you can find here. Good luck!
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