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Brighton to Berlin by train
Trains per day20
Avg. journey time14hr 24m
Travelling from Brighton to Berlin by train
Fast trains from Brighton to Berlin take around 11 hours, covering a distance of approximately 951 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Brighton and Berlin.
1. Are there direct trains from Brighton to Berlin?
Journeys between Brighton and Berlin usually involve 3 changes of train.
We usually find around 23 departures on the route from Brighton 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 19 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Brighton to Berlin?
The Brighton to Berlin train travel time is normally about 11 hours, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Brighton to Berlin train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Berlin is usually scheduled to depart Brighton around 04:12 and the last train is around 18:35. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Brighton around 05:06, and the last at 16:36.
What's the Brighton to Berlin train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Brighton to Berlin are $171.17.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $279 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $402. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book Brighton to Berlin train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 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 Brighton to Berlin by train.
Which train companies operate between Brighton and Berlin?
More than one train company operates on the route from Brighton to Berlin, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Gatwick Express
- Intercity-Express (ICE)
- London Underground
- UK Rail Connections
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & ICE
If you want to travel by train from Brighton to Berlin, you’ll see a great sweep of Europe along the way.
The journey starts by travelling up to London. You may opt for a slowish Thameslink train directly from Brighton to St Pancras station. Yet many travellers prefer to take the fast train into Victoria from where it is just a short hop on the Victoria Line tube to St Pancras, where you board a Eurostar train to Brussels.
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 all routes from Sussex to Berlin 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 four journey legs.
If you leave later in the day, it is also possible to take an overnight train from Cologne to Berlin.
Brighton to London Victoria
The fastest trains from Brighton to London Victoria are branded Gatwick Express and most of these make just one stop along the way – no surprise that the stop is at Gatwick Airport. Other trains to London Victoria from Brighton are run by Southern. Even with four stops along the way, these Southern services still reach London within an hour. The route runs due north from Brighton, tunnelling under the South Downs and then cruising through lovely Sussex countryside. The last third of the journey weaves through London’s suburbs, culminating in wonderful views of the Thames just before arriving at Victoria station.
London interchange: London Victoria to London St. Pancras International
Alight the train at London Victoria and walk along the platform towards the station concourse. Make to leave the station via the main exit, at the front of the station, following signs for the London Underground. There are two entrances to the Underground, both of which enter the same ticket hall. Board a northbound Victoria (blue) line train. Kings Cross St. Pancras is the fifth stop.
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.
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.
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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