Berlin is the capital of Germany and a principal political and tourist hub. It is located around 575km east of Amsterdam.
Let's discuss the options for travel between Amsterdam and Berlin by air, train and bus...
1. Flights Amsterdam-Berlin
Flying is the quickest way to travel between the 2 cities. Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Berlin's 2 airports Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) are scheduled to take around 1 hour 20 minutes. A large new airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) has been under construction but is beset by problems and the opening has been delayed to 2017 at the earliest.
Dutch airline KLM (Skyteam alliance) has up to 6x daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Berlin Tegel using a combination of Boeing 737 aircraft and the occasional Cityhopper branded Embraer 190. Return fares start from around the €130 mark including checked luggage. On board you will get a complimentary drink and light snack.
German airline Lufthansa (Star Alliance) does NOT operate a direct service between Amsterdam and Berlin. Flying Lufthansa requires that you make a connection in either Frankfurt or Munich - prices start from around €170 return.
Germany and Netherlands are both members of the Schengen Zone so it is (normally) not necessary to go through passport control when travelling between Amsterdam and Berlin.
2. Amsterdam-Berlin by Train
Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) runs a direct train between Amsterdam and Berlin - note that this is a standard Intercity (IC) rail service, not a high-speed one - the journey time is about 6 hours 15 minutes.
Onboard the train you will find a useful leaflet Ihr Reiseplan ('Your Itinerary') which gives detailed arrival times and timetables of connecting services at each station.
An alternative Amsterdam-Berlin connection is also available by taking the above IC train to Hannover and then changing onto an ICE train to Berlin - however, this only makes the trip faster by a few minutes.
The cheapest one-way fares (Europa Spezial) are from €39 (2nd class) and €69 (1st class) - but book in advance to secure such prices. It is possible to bring a bike onboard in one of the specially marked carriages - you will also require an international bike ticket (€12) plus mandatory reservation fee (€4).
The Intercity train has a bar bistro carriage selling drinks and snacks. 1st class passengers get access to the NS International lounge in Amsterdam, have power outlets available in coach 12 and can order bar food/drink from their seat.
3. Amsterdam-Berlin by Coach
German coach company Flixbus-MeinFernbus offers up to 5x daily services from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Berlin bus station. 3 services per day are direct, the fastest of which takes just 8 hours. Prices start at €30 one-way.
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