Through the Rhine Valley between Boppard and Koblenz

Bern to Koblenz by train

How to take the rail journey from Bern to Koblenz

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.



From Bern to Koblenz

Travel Information

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.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB *

DB Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.
Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
Trainline *

Trainline Guide

Happy rail *

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Omio *

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Save A Train *

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver views

Good to Know

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.

  1. Between Bern and Olten a fast straight railway has been constructed which allows trains to travel at 200 km/h, though some of the best views of the entire journey are just to the north of Bern station
  2. The most scenic part of the journey is between Olten and Liestal, though its fairy average journey by Swiss standards.
  3. The train will reverse direction on departure from Basel SBB station
  4. From the suburbs of Basel until Offenburg, the railway travels through a rolling landscape.
  5. Between Offenburg and Mainz the train will race through a string of towns, though depending on the route taken, the first sight of the River Rhine may come in to view north of Worms
    7, The highlight of the journey comes north of Bochum, which is the town after Mainz.
    The views will be on the right, so sit on the left when boarding, due to the change of direction on departure from Basel.

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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