How to take a rail journey from Cologne/Köln to Berlin

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Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Berlin by train

As is the norm when travelling between major German cities by train, smart ICE trains provide hourly direct connections throughout the day on this route, so this is typically a very straightforward journey.

And now there are also three additional 'Sprinter' services per day which are non-stop from Köln to Berlin
Then for travel overnight, sleeper trains aren't available on this route, but one of the ICE trains is made available.

Cities including Aachen, Bonn and Koblenz have less frequent trains from Berlin, so when the timings of those trains don't suit, connections are available in Koln hbf.

Routes you can take to go from Köln / Cologne / Koeln to Berlin

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:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the more frequent regular services
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 18 min - 4hr 28min



Travel Info

1 x train per hour

Route Information

Option 2: Taking the faster Sprinter services

Route Information

Option 3: taking the Flix Trains
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 5min - 4hr 20min (approx)


Not every day

Travel Info

Monday = 2 x trains
Tues / Weds = 1 x train per day
Thursday to Sunday = 2 x trains per day

The timetable

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