If you’re working on your travel plans from Berlin to Freiburg, you’re in the right place! Did you know that there are direct train services between these two vibrant German cities? While the journey isn’t super quick, with direct trains taking around six and a half hours, it’s comfortable and conveniently transports you between the centre of both cities. You’ll be taking an ICE train by Deutsche Bahn, equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi.
Freiburg is a historic city oozing with charm at every corner. The centre of the city is just a short walk from Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf. You can also jump onto a tram and make your way to popular sights such as the Cathedral Market and Wiwilíbrücke Bridge.
Not quite convinced? Delve a little deeper into the details of this route below.
|Journey time||From 6h 10m|
|Distance||397 miles (639 km)|
|Frequency||28 trains per day|
|Arrival station||Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train and bus operators||Deutsche Bahn|
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.
An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Berlin and Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf is 6 hours and 53 minutes, with around 28 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf is 6 hours and 10 minutes.
Train tickets from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf can start from as little as $22.19 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf leaves at 11:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf leaves at 10:52. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Berlin to Freiburg (Breisgau) Hbf cover a distance of around 397 miles (639 km) during the journey.