By Train from Paris (France) to Berlin (Germany) - Option 1: traveling via Koln/Cologne

Journey Summary

Depart Paris (France)

Paris Gare Du Nord/Paris Nord

Arrive Berlin (Germany)

Berlin Hbf
Journey Time
8hr 8min - 8hr 14min
There are no direct daytime trains from Paris to Berlin

When taking the train from Paris to Berlin there is a choice of routes, you can either

(1) take this route - departing from the Gare Du Nord and travelling via Koln/Cologne, OR

(2) take an alternative route - departing from the Gare de l'Est and travelling via Frankfurt (Main)

There is little difference in journey times and neither route is particular scenic compared to the other -  and both routes involve extensive travel on high speed lines on state of the art trains.

So the deciding factor as to which route to take is likely to be price - as explained in the 'Ticket Information' below.

Details of this journey option:

3 x optimum connections per day

Change trains in: Koln/Cologne

A plus of taking this routing is that you SHOULD  have between 30 and 35 mins to to make the connection between trains at Koln Hbf.

Which is pretty much ideal IF the Thalys train from Paris arrives on time.

Though if you book an end-2-end ticket from Paris to Berlin, in the event of the train arriving too late in Koln to make the connection on to Berlin, your tickets/reservations can be transferred to the next departure.

Rail Pass Users:

If you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass valid in both France and Germany, you will save money if you travel on the alternative routes via Frankfurt (Main).

The overnight train:

The only direct train from Paris to Berlin is the 'Transeuropean Express', which is operated by Russsian Railways.

Though it only departs on Thursday evenings.

Train 1

  • Depart: Paris (France)
  • Arrive: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Journey time: 3hr 21min (approx)

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Train 2

  • Depart: Köln / Cologne / Koeln (Germany)
  • Arrive: Berlin (Germany)
  • Journey time: 4hr 18 min - 4hr 21min approx*

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Ticket information

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