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Travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin

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.

Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin by train

It takes an average of 4h 33m to travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin by train, over a distance of around 263 miles (424 km). There are normally 45 trains per day travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin and tickets for this journey start from €9.99 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 54m
Price€9.99 - €167
Distance263 miles (424 km)
Frequency45 trains per day
Departure stationFrankfurt (Main)
Arrival stationBerlin
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin train times

Check out the next trains departing from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin for Tuesday 2nd Jun 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:58 15:05 4h 07m, 1 change
11:14 15:28 4h 14m, direct
11:58 16:10 4h 12m, 1 change
12:14 16:17 4h 03m, 1 change
12:14 16:22 4h 08m, direct
12:58 17:06 4h 08m, 1 change
13:14 17:27 4h 13m, direct
13:19 17:51 4h 32m, 1 change
13:58 18:09 4h 11m, 1 change
14:14 18:17 4h 03m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and IC (Intercity) trains from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin

You can travel from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

Cheap train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin

Train tickets from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin start at €9.99 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €101.46.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price79.54
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price80.09
on the day
avg. single price101.46

Book in advance

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.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Frankfurt (Main) and Berlin by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin is 3 hours and 54 minutes.

How much does the train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin?

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.

What time does the first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin leave?

The first train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin leaves at 00:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin leave?

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.

What's the distance between Frankfurt (Main) and Berlin by train?

Trains travelling from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin cover a distance of around 263 miles (424 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Berlin to Frankfurt (Main). If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Frankfurt (Main) to Berlin for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/06/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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