Berlin to Koblenz by train

How to travel from Berlin to Koblenz by train

On Mon - Fri a journey by train from the German capital to The Rhine Gorge is made easier by taking a direct afternoon train from Berlin.

If its timings don't suit then Koblenz is a simple journey from Berlin with one change of train required in Koln/Cologne.



From Berlin Hbf to Koblenz Hbf

Travel Information

Departing from Berlin:

Final Destination: Koblenz Hbf (this train also calls at Bonn)

This train commences its journey at at Berlin Ostbahnhof station, which lives up to it name with a location to the east of the city centre.

It also usually departs from the upper most level in Berlin Hbf.

If your journey is commencing in West Berlin, the quickest option is to take a Regio or S-Bahn train from Berlin Zoologischer Garten station to Berlin-Spandau station and join this train to Koblenz there.

Check your connections in Berlin on this public transport map.

The train heading to Koblenz will be joined to another train heading to Dusseldorf.
The trains are separated on arrival at Hamm (West).

So check the electronic departure screens on the gleis/platform at Berlin Hbf, so that you're waiting in the right zone on the platform/track/gleis for easy boarding into the train heading to Koblenz.

This train is usually scheduled to leave Berlin Hbf at 14:46, but if that departure time doesn't suit, or if you will be making this journey at a weekend, the ticket agents will sell hourly journey options, which involve:

(1) Taking a train from Berlin to Koln Hbf

(2) A train from Koln Hbf to Koblenz

Mon - Fri = 1 x direct train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date; usually

This direct train from Berlin to Koblenz only departs on Mondays-Fridays and it is usually scheduled to leave Berlin Hbf at 14:46, so target that departure time when looking up this journey.

When the cheapest tickets for this direct train are sold out it can be cheaper to book the usually journey, which involves:

(1) Taking a train from Berlin to Koln Hbf

(2) A train from Koln Hbf to Koblenz

Seat reservations:

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on and your seat reservation is included - but they're optional when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.

Opting to reserve is highly recommended on this direct train.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €17.90

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.
Happy rail from €17.90

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 from €17.90

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.

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