Paris to Berlin by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe 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 $54.46
  2. 30 day advance $66.49
  3. 7 day advance $152.08
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    8hr 4m
  • Distance
    878 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    9hr 1m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Paris to Berlin by train

Fast trains from Paris to Berlin take around 8 hours and 4 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 878 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Paris and Berlin.

1. Are there direct trains from Paris to Berlin?

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

We usually find around 21 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 are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 22 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Paris to Berlin?

The Paris to Berlin train travel time is normally about 8 hours and 4 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. 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.

What's the Paris to Berlin train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Paris to Berlin are $54.46.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $66 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $152. 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 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.

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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
  • Train De Nuit

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

Berlin to Paris by train

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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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