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Berlin to Warszawa / Warsaw by train

How to travel from Berlin to Warsaw by train

Taking the train from Berlin to Warsaw is blissfully simple as direct trains link the German and Polish capitals.



From Berlin Hbf to Warszawa Centralna

Travel Information

Departing from Berlin:

These trains usually depart from the upper level (tief) in Berlin Hbf.

They also call at Berlin Ostbahnhof, so if your journey is commencing in the heart of east Berlin, it will be an easier journey if you take a S-Bahn train to that station and join these trains there.

The usual first train of the day does not depart on Sundays.

Arriving in Warszawa:

These trains call at three stations in Warszawa/Warsaw, so check your final location in your city to see which of these three stations will suit you best - leaving the train at Warszawa Centralna may not be your best option.

They will call first at Warszawa Zachodnia, so take care not to leave the train there if you are heading to the city centre.

They will terminate at Warszawa Wschodnia which is on the eastern side of the the city centre.

Mon-Fri: 6 x trains per day

Sut/Sun: 5 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 60 days ahead of the travel date, usually

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.
On the DB Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:

- 0 in the Chg. column
- EC  in the Products column.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day.

Seat Reservations:

Seat reservations are mandatory on these trains, so seats will be assigned when booking tickets, but rail pass users will need to make reservations prior to boarding these trains.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €29.90

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 frofrom €29.90

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 frofrom €29.90

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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On this journey

Journey Features

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For more than five hours you will be crossing a flat plain For more than five hours you will be crossing a flat plain
On the Berlin - Warsaw train journey, this is as good as the scenery gets On the Berlin - Warsaw train journey, this is as good as the scenery gets

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