How to travel from Berlin to Nurnberg by train

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Berlin to Nürnberg / Nuremberg by train

The journey by train from Berlin to Nürnberg / Nuremberg has been transformed for the better in recent years by the opening of a high speed line.
So this journey is not only faster than it ever has been, there's also never been so many departures to choose from.

Though it's a good idea to pay attention to the journey times when looking up a journey by train from Berlin to München / Munich.
Because there are multiple 'groups' of ICE services on this route.

  1. Three fastest ever 'Sprinter' trains per day have been added to the timetable, which are non-stop between Berlin and Nurnberg!
  2. Trains which travel Berlin - Halle - Erfurt - Nurnberg - which are also known as 'Sprinter' services.
  3. Berlin - Halle - Leipzig - Erfurt - Nurnberg; diverting off the direct route in order to serve Leipzig only adds around 30 mins to the journey time.

The departure pattern is typically:
even hours = the trains which travel via Leipzig + the three new fastest 'Sprinter' services.
odd hours = the regular 'Sprinter' services + trains which make up to four additional calls

The cheaper tickets on the faster trains inevitably sell out faster, so if you won't be booking weeks ahead, the slower a particular departure is, the more likely it is that you'll save money by travelling by it.
But if you'll be using Eurail or InterRail passes you may as well target the faster trains.

Another unusual feature of this route is the variety of the types of ICE trains used.
If you want to have a meal in the restaurant car during the journey, you'll need to take the ICE 1, ICE 3or ICE 4 trains; if you want to travel with a non-folding bicycle, you'll need to take an ICE 4 train.

Routes you can take to go from Berlin to Nürnberg / Nuremberg

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: the vey fastest 'Sprinter' services
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 44min



Travel Info

3 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 2: the regular 'Sprinter' services
Travel Time (approx)

from 2hr 55min



Travel Info

up to 10 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 3: the slower trains
Travel Time (approx)

3hr 17min - 3hr 32min



Travel Info

up to 12 x trains per day

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