Berlin Vs. Paris…it’s a tough one. But we’re not here to cause a fight, we’re here to tell you to do both. By train. The journey from Berlin to Paris is a great route for train-lovers and avid adventurers, leading you across Europe in a little under 9 hours and passing through Belgium on the way. Thalys, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn trains all provide comfy and spacious seats for you to sit back and relax in as you travel through the continent, or, the cool in name and cool in nature ÖBB Nightjet is a fantastic sleeper option if you want to book into a bunk.
Take in Berlin’s history at Checkpoint Charlie, tap into modern politics at the Reichstag or take in the beauty of the city from above at the top of TV Tower. Enjoy some bratwurst and some of that famous beer because you have some spare time, you’re not rushing to the airport just to sit around and wait, after all, you’re getting a train! The greener, more scenic and, quite simply, more exciting way to head into France, your route may give you the chance to see up to three more German cities along the way, so your adventurous spirit will be well stoked for climbing the Eiffel Tower, exploring the Louvre and dining on delicious haute cuisine! Not convinced? See our journey info below and take on an epic European train adventure!
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 Paris 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 Paris is 12 hours and 26 minutes, with around 32 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 Paris is 8 hours and 15 minutes.
Train tickets from Berlin to Paris can start from as little as $57.28 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Berlin to Paris. Travelling from Berlin to Paris by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Berlin to Paris leaves at 11:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin to Paris 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 Paris cover a distance of around 545 miles (877 km) during the journey.