By Train from Paris (France) to Berlin (Germany) - Option 2: take this combination of trains and you'll have longer to make the connection

Journey Summary

Depart Paris (France)

Paris Gare de l'Est/Paris Est

Arrive Berlin (Germany)

Berlin Hbf
Journey Time
8hr 33min
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) depart from the Gare Du Nord and travel via Koln/Cologne, OR

(2) take this 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:

This journey, which usually involves departing Paris at 10:55, has been singled out because it allows more than 30mins in Karlsruhe to make the connection between trains.

So making the connection is less of a gamble than making the more tightly timed connections on the alternative options that involve changing trains in Frankfurt or Mannheim.

However, when making connections in Germany with an end-2-end ticket, it/they can be always be transferred free of charge to a later departure, in the event of a train running late.

Keep that in mind as this journey option tends to be more expensive than making the connection between trains in Frankfurt or Mannheim.

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: Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Journey time: 3hr 30min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Arrive: Berlin (Germany)
  • Journey time: 5hr 28min

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Ticket information

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