There is no getting away from the fact that this is a long journey which predominantly involves travelling across the flat plains of northern Europe.
Though despite the distance it is comparatively straightforward, with only transfer between trains to negotiate.
Depart from Koln Hbf (usually) at 04:26, 08:48; 10:48 or 12:48.
The connecting time between trains at Berlin Hbf will be around 30 mins.
Which shouldn't usually be a problem, but if possible avoid setting off from Koln/Cologne at 12:48 because you will be connecting into the final train of the day on to Warszawa/Warsaw.
The train from Köln/Cologne will usually arrive at the lower level (tief) in Berlin Hbf, but the train on to Warszawa will typically be departing from the upper level.
4 x connections per day
Change trains in: Berlin
Online bookings usually open: 3 months ahead of the travel date
On DB Bahn look for the journeys which have '1' in the chg. column and 'ICE, EC' in the Products column.
If you want to set off from Koln/Cologne after 11:00 SMTJ recommends extending the connecting time when looking up the journey, so that you'll have more time in Berlin in which to connect into the final train of the day on to Warsaw.
There is usually a train departing Koln/Cologne for Berlin at 11:48.
Book 1st class ticket journey tickets 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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DB Bahn||from €49.90|
Final Destination: Berlin-Gesundbrunnen
The train will travel on a high speed line between Hannover and Berlin-Spandau.
The trains also call at: Poznan Glowny
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.
This is an exceptionally dull journey by train through forests and across hour after hour of largely flat farmland, so having something to watch or read is highly recommended.
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