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Brussels to Berlin by train
Fastest journey6hr 40m
Trains per day11
Avg. journey time8hr 28m
Travelling from Brussels to Berlin by train
Fast trains from Brussels to Berlin take around 6 hours and 40 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 652 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Brussels and Berlin.
1. Are there direct trains from Brussels to Berlin?
Journeys between Brussels and Berlin usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 11 departures on the route from Brussels 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 18 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Brussels to Berlin?
The Brussels to Berlin train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 40 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Brussels to Berlin train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Berlin is usually scheduled to depart Brussels around 06:25 and the last train is around 22:57. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Brussels around 05:54, and the last at 22:56.
What's the Brussels to Berlin train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Brussels to Berlin are $44.14.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $50 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $161. 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 Brussels 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 Brussels to Berlin by train.
Which train companies operate between Brussels and Berlin?
More than one train company operates on the route from Brussels to Berlin, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Intercity-Express (ICE)
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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ICE/Thalys & ICE
Taking the train from Brussels to Berlin is easy. You only need to change trains once along the way. That change of train is at Cologne Hauptbahnhof where, if you’re quick, you’ll have a chance to peek inside the city’s famous cathedral before continuing your journey to Berlin.
The run from Brussels to Cologne is on either a Thalys train or a Deutsche Bahn ICE service. The most advantageous through fares from Brussels to Berlin require that you use the Deutsche Bahn train on the Brussels to Cologne leg. The second leg of the journey is normally on an ICE train.
The journey from Brussels to Berlin is a big leap across Europe on very comfortable trains. Thirty years ago it took 14 hours to travel from Brussels to Berlin on the Ost-West Express. Today the travel time is less than half what it was in the 1980s. That’s a mark of how far European rail travel has developed.
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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