Thinking of exploring in Germany and taking a trip from Frankfurt to Berlin? There’s no better way than taking a direct high-speed Intercity Express (ICE) train, operated by Deutsche Bahn – the main train company in Germany. In just over four hours you can be wandering through the Brandenburg gate, exploring the remains of the Berlin Wall or admiring the art on Museum Island. With 21 trains per day on this route, you can choose the right time for you.
When you travel by train, you can get up and move about whenever you want, access all your luggage (plus take a lot more of it with you) and use your electronics at your leisure making the most of free WiFi too. So much more comfortable than flying or driving. Plus, you arrive directly in the city centre, so no transfers or delays to start discovering the city.
Take a look below and learn more about travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin by train and how to book your train tickets.
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 Frankfurt (Main) 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 Frankfurt (Main) and Berlin is 4 hours and 33 minutes, with around 45 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin is 3 hours and 54 minutes.
Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin can start from as little as €9.99 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin without having to change trains. There are 20 direct trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin leaves at 00:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin leaves at 21:21. 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 Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin cover a distance of around 263 miles (424 km) during the journey.