With the exception of Leipzig, all of the other Euro 2024 host cities are a long-distance from Berlin - though the trains from more distant cities spend much of their journeys from and to the German capital travelling along high speed lines at more than 250 km/h.
So travelling to and from Berlin by car involves long drives on autobahns across Germany, which combined with the lack of parking at the Olympiastadion, makes taking a comfortable long-distance express train the logical way to go.
Berlin has direct trains which travel from and to all but one of the other Euro 2024 host cities.
The Olympiastadion is comparatively close to Berlin city centre and it is served by stations on
By S-Bahn train
The S-Bahn trains on line S3 and line S9 link the station named Olympiastadion with multiple locations in the city centre including Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße and Zoologischer Garten, which is the primary station in West Berlin.
These two S-Bahn lines also provide the public transport connection between the city's main rail station, Berlin Hbf, and the stadium in which the Euro 2024 matches will be played.
The trains on both lines, which will be heading to Spandau, typically depart at 20 minute intervals, to provide a service every 10 mins, though on match days there will be additional trains that terminate at Olympiastadion - the journey time from Berlin Hbf is 19 minutes.
The final train of the day to central Berlin typically departs from the Olympiastadion station at 00:45.
By U-Bahn train
The alternative route to and from the stadium
The western terminus of the regular S-Bahn trains which serve the stadium is Berlin-Spandau, which is a major station that is linked to and from Berlin Hbf, Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße and Zoologischer Garten by up to five Regio trains per hour.
So travelling via Berlin-Spandau is a viable alternative to taking the direct S-Bahn trains, particularly post-match.
The ICE trans heading to Berlin from Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Hamburg also call at Berlin-Spandau, before they call at Berlin Hbf.
So the quickest and easiest route to the Olympiastadion by train from those cities is to make the connection at Berlin-Spandau.
Those with match tickets for the games in Berlin are entitled to a 36 Hour Travel Pass for the entire VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) network, including the S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains at no additional cost!
The network covers a vast area beyond Berlin's city borders, including all of Brandenburg, so you can discover the whole region by public transport.
The trains on line S9 provide a direct link to the Olympiastadion station from Berlin-Brandenburg Airport.
Though the airport is at the far eastern end of line S9, hence a journey time of around 70 mins.
So a faster, but more complicated journey is to take either the dedicated 'FEX' Airport Express trains or Regio trains on lines RE7 and RB14 from the the airport to Berlin Hbf - and connect there with a S-Bahn train on to Olympiastadion station; the end-to-end journey time will be around 55 mins.
Those with match tickets are able to access a special type of ticket, the DB Ticket Euro 2024 for travel by ICE and IC train to the host city of the corresponding game - the train conductor will ask to see the rail ticket and the match ticket.
Though the tickets have limited availability per departure, so for the widest possible choice of trains, it will be best to book as far in advance as possible.
The key plus of these tickets is that they have a flat rate price for a one-way trip of €29.90 in 2nd class and €39.90 in 1st class; so when the cheapest prices of both types of Sparpreis tickets have sold out, these Euro 2024 tickets obviously become the cheapest option.
If when looking up a journey on DB there are tickets available at a cheaper price than €29.90 in 2nd class and €39.90 in 1st class, they will be offered as an alternative.
Though during the tournament the prices for the longer journeys from and to Berlin will otherwise likely be more than €100 - so these DB Ticket Euro 2024's will likely be significant money savers.
The info on our general Euro2024 guide has step-by-step instructions on how to book these tickets.
The 1st class tickets include a seat reservation, which otherwise costs €5.90, but seat reservations are not included when booking the 2nd class DB Ticket Euro 2024 tickets - and a 2nd class seat reservation has an additional charge of €4;90.
If you don't reserve it will be possible to board a train with a 2nd class DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket to find that no seats are available.
Note that once you factor in the reservation, the additional cost of a 1st class DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket is only €5-6 - for longer journeys this extra cost will be worth every cent!
core terms and conditions
These Euro 2024 tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded - so book your accommodation before you arrange the rail travel.
U[p to four children aged 6 to 14 can travel with for free of charge with someone aged 15 and over who has purchased a Euro 2024 ticket.
book to travel on to the stadiums
To make the journeys to the stations / public transport stops by the stadiums easier to book, a dedicated journey look up service has been created.
It shows the names of the stations / stops closest to the stadiums in each of the Euro 2024 cities.
That's because the the DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket can include the transfer on to the stops by the stadiums.
Though something to look out for, is that to book the DB Ticket Euro 2024 ticket, you need to:
If you won't have match tickets for games in the cities that you will be travelling to, the key things worth knowing about the usual tickets to travel on trains in Germany are:
The German capital's main station Berlin Hbf is inevitably a hub station on the German rail network.
The teams playing in Berlin will also be playing matches in the cities listed below - click on the city names to access a detailed guide on how to travel on to them by train:
The DB Ticket Euro 2024 will be available for travel on all of these routes - the general Euro 2024 guide explains how to book them.
During Euro 2024 there will be additional late night trains from Berlin Hbf to:
Berlin as a base city
Berlin is a good option as a base location for those who will be following the Holland team and the winners of the PlayOff A.
Travelling to and from the games in [Hamburg](/travel-info-and-tips/euro-24-by-train-hamburg/, Dortmund and Leipzig is relatively straightforward - day trips can be taken to the afternoon games in each city and returning from the evening fixtures will allow a night time arrival back in the German capital.
The final of the trains back to Berlin will be leaving at
There are direct trains to Berlin from cities in multiple countries with teams participating in Euro 2024: Click the city names to access journey guides which have all the relevant info.
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