By Train from Paris (France) to Berlin (Germany) - Option 3: change trains in Mannheim or Frankfurt (the best option for rail pass users)

Journey Summary

Depart Paris (France)

Paris Gare de l'Est/Paris Est

Arrive Berlin (Germany)

Berlin Hbf
Journey Time
8hr 8min - 8hr 22min)
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)

Making the connection between trains in Frankfurt, Mannheim or in Karlsruhe - that connection in Karlsruhe allows more time to change trains.

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:

4 x connections per day

Change trains in: Frankfurt (Main) OR Mannheim

If you book with DB Bahn two of these connections involve changing trains in Mannheim and not Frankfurt (Main).

However, if you have a rail pass you should make the connection in Frankfurt (Main) - and avoid that alternative route via Koln/Cologne.

However, if you will be booking end-2-end tickets then the slight issue with this route, is that you will only have 15 mins to make any of the connections required in either Mannheim or Frankfurt (Main).

Delays of more than 10 mins are not unknown on these trains from Paris.

Though if you do miss the booked connection in Mannheim or Frankfurt (Main) due to late runnning, then tickets/reservations can be transferred free of charge to a later departure on to Berlin.

Though be aware that there are more frequent trains between Frankfurt (Main) and Berlin, than between Mannheim and Berlin.

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: Frankfurt (Main) (Germany)
  • Journey time: 3hr 38min - 3hr 52min (approx)

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Train 2

  • Depart: Frankfurt (Main) (Germany)
  • Arrive: Berlin (Germany)
  • Journey time: 4hr 11min - 4hr 17min (approx)

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Ticket information

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