Germany train map

Planning a trip around Germany by train but don’t know where to start? Check out our rail map of Germany – we've highlighted some of the most popular routes in Germany and from France, Austria, and the Netherlands to Germany for you.

If you're planning a trip around Germany by train, you'll most likely take one of Deutsche Bahn's services, which connect the major cities in Germany. For example, you can get from Munich to Berlin in 4h 2m, Berlin to Hamburg in 1h 44m, and Frankfurt to Munich in 3h 11m.

If you want to travel to Germany from a neighbouring country, you can choose from a wide range of cross-border trains, including the following:

  • Thalys, for cross-border routes between France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
  • ÖBB, for cross-border routes between Austria and Germany
  • DB-SNCF, for cross-border routes between France and Germany.

As an example of how quickly you can travel from another country to Germany by train, an ÖBB service from Munich to Salzburg could take as little as an hour and a half. 

Popular German train routes

Want to know a bit more about some of the most popular train routes in Germany? Check out our table below and click on the route you’re most interested in – you’ll find plenty of information, including journey times, ticket prices and some useful FAQs. At Trainline, we connect directly to Deutsche Bahn, Thalys, DB-SNCF and ÖBB's ticket inventory, so your train ticket will always be valid for travel if you book online with us.

RouteDistanceFastest journey
Frankfurt main hbf to Cologne hb95 miles (152 km)1h 4m
Hamburg to Hannover83 miles (133 km)1h 15m
Nuremberg to Frankfurt117 miles (189 km)2h 4m
Leipzig to Berlin92 miles (148 km)1h 12m
Prague to Munich187 miles (302 km)5h 38m
Dresden to Berlin103 miles (166 km)1h 50m
Paris to Cologne hbf251 miles (404 km)3h 22m
Bremen to Hamburg58 miles (94 km)53m
Berlin to Frankfurt263 miles (424 km)3h 53m
Amsterdam to Berlin357 miles (575 km)6h 4m

Travel around Germany with a Rail Pass

If you’re planning on travelling from Germany to France, the Netherlands or any other European country, why not get a Rail Pass – it can be a cost-effective way to travel cross-country by rail. There are two types of Rail Passes which cover train travel in Germany and Europe:

  • Interrail Pass – Suitable for European residents travelling within the EEA (European Economic Area)
  • Eurail Pass – Suitable for non-European residents and non-European passport holders travelling within the EEA.

 

Get inspired with our recommended German itineraries

Looking for ideas for your next trip to Germany? You’ve come to the right place! Our Germany Travel Inspiration hub is full of handy guides to help you plan the perfect German holiday.

Train travel in Europe

Want to explore another European country but not sure about the trains you can take? Click on one of the country guides below – we’ll provide you with all the information you need about train and ticket types, discounts and destinations. If you’re travelling to Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy or Belgium, have a look at our Spain Rail map, Switzerland train mapFrance train map, Italy train map and Belgium train map pages, or for a general overview of the European rail network, head to our Europe train map page.

Good to know

What's on the Germany train map?

Our Germany rail map highlights the main intercity railway lines in Germany, as well as the main rail connections to its neighbouring countries, including France, the Netherlands and Austria.

Which train companies operate in Germany?

Deutsche Bahn is the main train operator in Germany. There are also a number of other companies (Thalys, DB-SNCF and ÖBB) that run cross-border services in and out of the country as well.

What's the fastest train in Germany?

The fastest train in Germany is the InterCity Express (or ICE), which can reach speeds of up to 186mph (300 km/h).

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