When looking up a journey by train from Bern to Cologne/Köln on the ticket booking websites most of the travel options will involve making a connection in Basel or at a station in Germany, but there is a daily direct train available.
Final Destination: Hamburg
This train also calls at: Mainz
This train is typically scheduled to depart from Bern daily at 13:04, so it travels through The Rhine Gorge around 17:30, it is usually due to arrive in Köln/Cologne shortly before 18:15.
If these timings don't suit, the ticket agents will offer numerous indirect options for taking the train from Bern to Koblenz; look out for those which only involve making one connection in Frankfurt.
1 x direct train per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date
When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for this direct EC train, it usually departs Bern shortly after 13:00.
Reservations are recommended for this journey; book a 1st class ticket on DB Bahn and your seat will be assigned, but not in 2nd class
They can also be booked separately at a later date on the DB website.
If you will be travelling with a rail pass reservations are optional, but if you do choose to reserve (recommended) book the reservation online on DB Bahn and avoid the booking fees you would be charged at the station in Switzerland.
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One of the first class coaches on this train is a very groovy observation car, which offers particularly fabulous views as the train travels through The Rhine Gorge, at the time of year when the scenery can be appreciated.
It is a journey of seven distinct phases, with a dramatic beginning.
You can then see incredible views of The Rhine Gorge between Bingen and Koblenz (the videos were filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction.)
(Though trains can be diverted to run along the east bank of the river north of Mainz, and if that does occur, the equally fabulous Rhine Valley views will be on the left).
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