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How to travel Amsterdam to Berlin


Berlin is the capital of Germany and a principal political and tourist hub. It is located around 575km east of Amsterdam.

Let's look at 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 2018 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 €110 mark not including checked luggage.

easyjet flight amsterdam

No frills airline Easyjet flies 3x daily from Amsterdam to Berlin Schönefeld airport using Airbus A320 aircraft. Expect to pay from around €60 return not including fees for  checked luggage and other extras.

Note, Transavia (a KLM no-frills subsidiary) operates up to 6x weekly flights from Rotterdam-The Hague to Berlin Tegel.

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.

amsterdam to barcelona rail map

The Amsterdam-Berlin IC train runs 5x daily from Amsterdam Central to Berlin Hauptbahnhof, terminating at Berlin Ostbahnhof. This service makes a number of stops - in Netherlands at Hilversum, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Almelo and Hengelo.

It crosses into Germany at Bad Bentheim then makes further stops at Rheine, Osnabrück, Bünde, Minden, Hannover, Wolfsburg, Stendal and Berlin Spandau.

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).

How to book online: Amsterdam-Berlin by rail can be booked at the NS International site

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.

ic train amsterdam berlin

3. Amsterdam-Berlin by Coach

eurolines bus amsterdam

Eurolines runs a daily overnight coach service from its Amsterdam Duivendrecht terminal to Berlin (Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof ZOB, am Funkturn). Extra daytime services (3x weekly) also run in the summer. The trip takes around 10 hours and standard prices start at €30 one-way.

German coach company Flixbus offers up to 6x daily services from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Berlin bus station. Journey times are roughly 10 hours though there is an express service taking just 8 hours. Prices start at €29 one-way.


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