Berlin to Linz by train

How to travel from Berlin to Linz by train

The German capital and the charming city on The Danube are now linked by a daily direct ICE train, so taking this journey is super easy, despite the distance.



From Berlin Hbf to Linz Hbf (Linz/Donau Hbf)

Travel Information

Final Destination: Wien Hbf

This train is named the 'Berlonia'.

This train also calls at: Berlin-Sudkreuz; Regensburg and Passau.

This train does not call at Wels.

The alternative connections:

When looking up the train journey from Berlin to Linz, you will likely see alternative connections available, which involve changing trains.
Of these options target those that have '1' and 'ICE' displayed; as they involve what should be a straightforward connection in Nurnberg.

They can be cheaper than taking this direct train from Berlin to Linz and are a viable alternative if the timings of this direct train don't suit; it is usually scheduled to arrive in Linz at 16:24.

The new overnight train from Berlin to Wien/Vienna takes a different route and does not serve Linz.

1 x direct train per day


Book early and save: Yes

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

This train is usually scheduled to depart daily from Berlin Hbf at around 10:05.

So target this departure time when looking up tickets; though travelling on indirect trains from Berlin to Linz (connecting in Nurnberg or Hannover) tends to be cheaper.
It's already clear that the most heavily discounted tickets are selling out months ahead on this direct train.

Seat reservations:

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on DB Bahn 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.

If you will be travelling 2nd class we highly recommend opting to add a reservation when booking, the ICE trains from Germany to Austria are always comparatively busy.

So if you don't reserve, being able to remain in the same seat all the way from Berlin to Linz, is something you definitely can't take for granted.

Note that if you opt to book 1st class tickets on OBB, your seat reservation won't be automatically be included, so you will need to be proactive and add it to your booking.

Rail pass users:

As explained on our guide to using rail passes on German trains, a tick in the box for travelling by ICE trains, is that you won't HAVE to make a seat reservation.

However, irrespective of whether you will be travelling with a 1st class or 2nd class pass, we recommend opting to make the reservation on this train, if you want to enjoy a stress-free journey.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €35.90

DB Bahn 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.

OBB from €35.90

OBB Guide

OBB is the national rail operator and its booking service offers journeys by express trains within Austria, as well as international journeys which don't involve making a connection outside of Austria.

It pays off to book online, as the discounted 'Sparscheine' tickets are only ever made available on the website, and when making international journeys to and from Austria, these Sparscheine tickets tend to be cheaper.
OBB can offer particularly good value for money when travelling with children on international rail journeys, but something to watch out for when travelling between Austria and Germany on daytime trains, is that reservations are an optional extra; but if you book 1st class tickets with the Germany railways website DB, the reservations are complimentary.

OBB often takes a unique approach to its booking path, but a key thing to keep in mind is that the first price you will see for any journey is that of a Second Class seat.
The costs of upgrading to first class, a reservation, or a sleeping cabin etc, is then added to this price.

Happy rail from €35.90

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 €35.90

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)Scenic - YesRiver views

Good to Know

On departure from Berlin this train heading to Wien will usually be joined to another train that will be going to Munchen.
So if you don't have a reservation, take care to check the departure information to ensure that you'll be boarding into the correct part of the train.

Journey description:

This is a journey of seven distinct phases:

  1. Between Berlin and Halle the journey is on a conventional railway line
  2. After departure from Halle the train will move on to the high speed line.
    It will then spend around 80 minutes travelling at speeds of up to 290 km/h until it switches back to the conventional railway just to the north of Bamberg.
  3. On to Nurnberg the train will be on conventional railway tracks.
  4. Between Nurnberg and Regensburg the train travels across a rolling landscape of hills.
  5. Between Regensburg and Passau the railway line is beside the River Danube, which can be seen on the left.
  6. The highlight of the journey comes to the south of Passau, between there and the Austrian border, the railway line is by the banks of the River Inn, but on this part of the journey the river is over to the right.
  7. Between Wels and Vienna the train will race across the Austrian countryside either side of Linz, this railway isn't a high speed route, but it has been straightened so that trains can travel at around 200 km/h
The river Danube comes into view after Regensburg The river Danube comes into view after Regensburg
North of Passau the river is over on the left North of Passau the river is over on the left
The scenic highlight of the trip comes after Passau The scenic highlight of the trip comes after Passau
The River Inn can be seen on the right The River Inn can be seen on the right
Between the Austrian border and Wels Between the Austrian border and Wels
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