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Travelling from Paris to Berlin by train

Fast trains from Paris to Berlin take around 8 hours and 6 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 878 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Berlin.

Are there direct trains from Paris to Berlin?

Journeys between Paris and Berlin usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 18 departures on the route from Paris to Berlin every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

How long is the train journey from Paris to Berlin?

The Paris to Berlin train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 6 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the Paris to Berlin train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Berlin is usually scheduled to depart Paris around 06:40 and the last train is around 19:06. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Paris around 06:37, and the last at 19:06.

Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.

When to book Paris to Berlin train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Paris to Berlin by train.

Which train companies operate between Paris and Berlin?

More than one train company operates on the route from Paris to Berlin, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Alleo
  • EuroNight
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Nightjet
  • TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Find journey information for Berlin to Paris

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Other journeys to Berlin View all journeys to Berlin

  1. It is very easy to travel by train from Paris to Berlin. Daytime journeys between the two capitals always require a change of train. That change is most commonly in Mannheim or Karlsruhe, but since July 2016 the fastest route has been via Frankfurt-am-Main – and that’s the journey we describe here.

    The opening of new high-speed sections of line (one in eastern France and the other in eastern Germany) brought big improvements to this route. The first leg of the journey, that from Paris to Germany may be on either a German ICE or a French TGV train. The onward journey to Berlin on the second leg of the journey will always be on a German ICE.

    There are alternative routes from Paris to Berlin. Three times each week there is a Russian overnight train on which Loco2 is sometimes able to book sleeping berths. There is also an alternative daytime route via Cologne. For that you’ll need to book one ticket from Paris to Cologne and then a second ticket from Cologne to Berlin, leaving at least one hour for the change in Cologne.


    Paris to Frankfurt am Main

    The route is served by both French TGVs and German ICE trains. Both offer comparable levels of comfort. The fastest services run via Strasbourg, while others – only slightly slower – are routed via Saarbrücken. The journey time between the two cities is under four hours. Trains to Frankfurt leave from the Gare de l’Est in Paris. In Frankfurt they terminate at the city's Hauptbahnhof.


    Frankfurt am Main to Berlin

    In December 2015, Deutsche Bahn introduced its fastest-ever timing on the route from Frankfurt-am-Main via Erfurt to the German capital. A small number of trains now speed between the two cities in under four hours, making just two stops along the way (at Erfurt and Halle).

    Every day, up to 20 trains link the two cities, almost all of them top-of-the-range ICEs; most will take about 4 hrs 30 mins for the journey. Some Frankfurt to Berlin trains still travel via Göttingen and Wolfsburg, while others take the new high-speed line via Erfurt and Halle. The latter is much the prettier of the two, as it crosses the hill country of Thuringia.

    Fast trains to Berlin all leave from Frankfurt-am-Main Hauptbahnhof. In Berlin, they all serve Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Those services which run via Erfurt also stop at Berlin Südkreuz. The trains which route through Göttingen and Wolfsburg also stop in Spandau in the western suburbs of the city.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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