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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $80.10
  2. 30 day advance $82.01
  • First train
    06:13
  • Last train
    20:04
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    9hr 2m

Travelling from London to Berlin by train

Fast trains from London to Berlin take around 9 hours and 2 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 930 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Berlin.

Are there direct trains from London to Berlin?

Journeys between London and Berlin usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 9 departures on the route from London to Berlin every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 8 departures.

How long is the train journey from London to Berlin?

The London to Berlin train travel time is normally about 9 hours and 2 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

What are the London to Berlin train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Berlin is usually scheduled to depart London around 06:13 and the last train is around 20:04. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:57, and the last at 20:03.

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

What's the London to Berlin train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Berlin are $80.10.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $82, and when booking 7 days in advance the price is usually the same. Booking on the day of travel may be more expensive.

When to book London 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 London to Berlin by train.

Which train companies operate between London and Berlin?

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

  • Eurostar
  • ICE
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)

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 London

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

Other journeys to Berlin View all journeys to Berlin

  1. It is very easy to travel by train from London to Berlin. The journey requires two simple changes of train, the first at Brussels Midi and the second at Cologne Hauptbahnhof. The timings are such that, if you are quick, you’ll have time to take a quick look at Cologne’s famous cathedral when changing trains there; the cathedral is right by the Hauptbahnhof.

    The journey starts with a high-speed run from London to Brussels on Eurostar. In the Belgian capital, you change onto a German ICE train for the onward hop to Cologne. Thalys trains also ply the Brussels to Cologne route, but the cheapest fares on the London to Berlin route require that you use the ICE rather than Thalys for the Brussels to Cologne leg. In Cologne you join a comfortable Berlin-bound German ICE for the longest of the three journey legs.

    If you leave London later in the day, it is also possible to take an overnight train from Cologne to Berlin.

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    London to Brussels

    Board a Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Brussels. Little more than an hour after leaving London you’ll already be in northern France, speeding through Flanders fields towards Lille Europe, where many but not all Brussels-bound Eurostar trains make an intermediate stop. Some trains make up to three additional stops – at Ebbsfleet, Ashford and Calais.

    Eurostar trains from London terminate at Brussels Midi station. Trains run every five minutes from Brussels Midi to Brussels Central (for the city centre). Your Eurostar ticket is valid for this short onward hop within Brussels. At Brussels Midi, there are good onward connections with a choice of Thalys or German ICE trains for direct links to Germany, as well as Belgian (or sometimes Dutch) Intercity trains to cities across the wider BeNeLux region.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar’s airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. This is a light-touch security scan, and there are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    10

    Brussels to Cologne

    From Brussels-Midi there are up to nine high-speed trains to Cologne each day – a mix of Thalys and ICE services. The journey takes just under two hours and most trains make just a couple of stops along the way.

    The first part of the journey from Brussels traverses the flat lands of Brabant to reach Liège-Guillemins station. East from Liège, the train joins a new high-speed line which cuts in tunnels through hilly country to reach the German border just before Aachen. Beyond Aachen, the train traverses flat terrain to reach the Rhineland city of Cologne, where you arrive at the city’s main station (the Hauptbahnhof), located on the west bank of the Rhine right by Cologne Cathedral.

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    Cologne to Berlin

    ICE trains leave Cologne Hauptbahnhof once each hour for Berlin. Depending on the route and stopping pattern, the journey to Berlin Hauptbahnhof takes between 4 hrs 15 mins and 4 hrs 40 mins. In addition to these regular fast ICE services, there is also a slower overnight train from Cologne to Berlin.

    Most of the ICE trains follow the Wupper Valley east, but occasional trains (including the overnight service) take a more northerly route through the Ruhr region to reach the North German Plain. The route then tracks east across generally flat terrain to reach the German capital. In Berlin the ICE trains usually serve three different stations: Spandau, Hauptbahnhof and Gesundbrunnen. Hauptbahnhof is the best place to alight for the city centre; it also offers the widest range of onward train connections.

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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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