Taking the train from Amsterdam to Berlin has never been so easy. Travel by rail and you’ll go straight from city centre to city centre – avoiding all the negatives of flying, like transfer times and waiting around after checking in. Instead, sit back and relax in NS or Deutsche Bahn’s spacious comfortable seats and use the WiFi to work or keep yourself entertained while on the go. You can also grab a meal in the dining carriage if hunger strikes, or, bump yourself up to First Class for an added level of luxury with complimentary food and drinks served right to you!
Most trains serving this route require you to change at least once, though your transfer time will usually be fairly short – 15 minutes or so. Look out for the early morning direct DB service, which will get you into Berlin at around 15:00, perfect for a spot of site seeing and dinner.
Once you’re at Berlin Hbf station, the city will be at your fingertips. The Reichstag Building – home to Germany’s Parliament – is 15 minutes away on foot. Continue in the same direction to get to the Brandenburg Gate, an impressive remnant of Germany’s imperial past.
Ready for a trip to Berlin? Read our page below for lots of useful information on travelling from Amsterdam to Berlin, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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.
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 Amsterdam to Berlin 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 Amsterdam and Berlin is 6 hours and 38 minutes, with around 15 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 Amsterdam to Berlin is 5 hours and 54 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Amsterdam to Berlin can start from as little as €37.90 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Amsterdam to Berlin without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Amsterdam to Berlin each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Amsterdam to Berlin leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Amsterdam to Berlin leaves at 18:30. 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 Amsterdam to Berlin cover a distance of around 357 miles (575 km) during the journey.