Trains to Germany

As you might expect from a country with a rail network spanning almost 25,000 miles, Germany's railways are fast, modern and on time, with 4 million people depending on them every day.

Trains to Germany are surprisingly fast from London, and can take as little as 4hrs to Cologne, or Frankfurt in 5 hours 30 mins, both with a fuss-free interchange in Brussels. London to Berlin is possible in daylight hours via Brussels, or overnight via Paris on board the City Night Line sleeper train. And for travel within Germany, the fleet of InterCity Express (ICE) whizz between cities at a cool 175mph.

Whether it's the vibrant urban city culture and history or the lush Bavarian countryside that take your fancy, these and everything in between are easy to get to by rail.

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Trains in Germany


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Germany fact file

  • Currency icon Currency: Euro
  • Timezone icon Timezone: 1+ UTC
  • Language icon Language: German

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Passenger age requirements

Different countries have different classifications for "Child" and "Youth" as per the table below. This is why we ask you to enter the age of each child passenger when you search.

Countries Children Youths
United Kingdom 5 - 15 16 - 25
France (including Eurostar), Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain 4 - 11 12 - 25
Germany 6 - 14 15 - 25
Belgium, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia 6 - 11 12 - 25
Hungary 6 - 13 14 - 25
Austria, Denmark, Switzerland 6 - 15 16 - 25
Finland 6 - 16 17 - 25
Children younger than the age specified in the table above may travel for free if they share a seat/bed with the adult they are travelling with. By default we won't search for tickets for child passengers if they may travel for free. If you want to reserve a seat for child passengers please enter 6 as the age of the child.