Set off from the centre of the City of Lights on a scenic international journey to Berlin by train. Highspeed TGV and Thalys trains will whisk you into Germany, where you’ll swap an equally high-speed ICE train for the final leg into the centre of Berlin.
It may be quicker to fly, but taking the train means you’ll get to watch the picturesque French and German countryside glide past your window from comfortable spacious seats, with the bonus of free WiFi, drinks and snacks and large luggage allowances. Plus, it’s a much eco-friendlier way to travel, so you know you’re doing your bit for the environment at the same time.
Once you get to Berlin Hbf (the main station in Berlin), you'll be right in the centre of the city, just a stroll or subway ride away from some of the German capital's most iconic landmarks like the Reichstag Building or Brandenburg Gate. Ready to book? Search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Paris to Berlin Hbf by train.
TGV is the high-speed train service of the SNCF company. It connects the major cities of France at speeds of up to 320 km/h. All TGV trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection, power sockets and removable shelves. Two comfort classes are offered – First Class and Second Class, with more flexible train tickets and access to the Grand Voyageur lounge in some stations.
OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.
TER (Transport Express Régional) trains are the regional service from SNCF that allow you to make trips to nearby towns and villages located within the same region. With 20 regions in France, TER trains are ideal for travelling to destinations not covered by high-speed services, although ticket prices vary between each region. TER trains have dedicated spaces for bicycles and allow animals on board. Not all TER trains include a First Class carriage.
SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).
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 Paris to Berlin 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!
Take a look at treni in Europa Low Cost to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.
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The average journey time by train between Paris and Berlin Hbf is 10 hours and 7 minutes, with around 23 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 Paris to Berlin Hbf is 8 hours and 15 minutes.
Train tickets from Paris to Berlin Hbf can start from as little as €39 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 Paris to Berlin Hbf. Travelling from Paris to Berlin Hbf by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Paris to Berlin Hbf leaves at 06:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Paris to Berlin Hbf leaves at 21:25. 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 Paris to Berlin Hbf cover a distance of around 876km during the journey.