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How to take a train journey from Paris to Berlin

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Paris to Berlin by train

From December 12th 2023, when travelling by train from Paris to Berlin, there will be a choice between

  • travelling direct on an overnight train, though it will only be initially available when departing Paris on Tues, Thurs and Sat.
  • travelling during the day on a combination of high speed trains.

What may not be obvious when looking up the daytime train journey from Paris to Berlin on the ticket booking websites is that the options follow two routes:

1: Taking Thalys train services from the Gare Du Nord in Paris to Koln hbf and then connecting there for an ICE train on to Berlin

2: Taking A DB-SNCF train service from the Gare de l'Est in Paris to one of several stations in central Germany; from where connections by ICE train are available on to Berlin.
When travelling from Gare de l'Est the connections between trains can be available at different stations - including Frankfurt (Main) hbf, Mannheim hbf or Karlsruhe hbf.
The ticket agents will offer a combination of connections which provide for the fastest end-to-end journey time.
However, it's easier to make the transfer between trains at Frankfurt (Main) hbf, because at that station all the platforms/tracks are on the same level, so making the connection there simply involves walking from one train to the other.

Routes you can take to go from Paris 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 direct night train
Travel Time (approx)

from 13hr 15min (approx)


Three nights per week

Travel Info

Departs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Route Information

Via stations: Köln/Cologne Hbf

Option 2: Depart from the Gare Du Nord and connect in Köln

Route Information

Via stations: Karlsruhe Hbf

Option 3: Depart from Gare de l'Est, connecting in Karlsruhe

Route Information

Via stations: Frankfurt (Main) Hbf

Option 4: depart from Gare de l'Est, connecting in Frankfurt (Main)
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