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 2016 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. Base fares start from €100 return but note that KLM charges for 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 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.
There is also a nightly CityNightLine service running from Amsterdam Central to Berlin which takes 9 1/2 hours. Prices start at €29 one-way for a 2nd class seat (book in advance) though you will pay more for a couchette or sleeper cabin. For more see international trains to/from Amsterdam
3. Amsterdam-Berlin by Coach
Eurolines has a sales office at Rokin 38A in Amsterdam and its Amstel terminal (Julianaplein 5); in Berlin the sales desk is at Mannheimerstrasse 33/34.
Best Bus is another bus company running an infrequent service (2x weekly) from Amsterdam Amstel to Berlin ZOB via Hannover. Prices start at €19 one-way. The Amsterdam-Berlin trip is a day service, whilst the return trip is an evening service.
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