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The journey by train from Berlin to Warsaw is easy to accomplish. The train which serves this route is called the Berlin-Warszawa-Express (BWE). It leaves Berlin 4 times each day for the journey of just under 600 km to Warsaw. The route tracks east from the German capital, crossing the River Oder into Poland. As you travel further east, a landscape of seemingly endless forests gives way to arable land. The principal city on the journey is Poznan, exactly midway between Berlin and Warsaw.
Tickets for the Berlin-Warszawa-Express generally go on sale 2 months prior to travel, and this is a route where it really pays to book early if you are keen to get a bargain fare. Seat reservations are compulsory for journeys on the BWE from Berlin to any destination in Poland. the cost of that seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket.
Berlin to Warsaw
The Berlin-Warszawa-Express (BWE) serves 2 stations in Berlin: Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof. Upon arrival in Warsaw, BWE trains stop at 3 stations, namely Zachodnia, Centralna and Wschodnia. The Centralna station is the best option for the city centre.
The BWE is part of the EuroCity brand, with comfortable trains with both first and second class seating. This is a route where the trains can be full, and you may want to consider travelling first class for that little bit of extra comfort. All BWE trains carry a restaurant car serving drinks, snacks and light meals. Travel time between Berlin and Warsaw is 5 hrs 30 mins and the train stops 7 times between the two cities, including Frankfurt (Oder), Rzepin and Poznan.
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