Traveling From Amsterdam to Berlin by Train
Have you been wondering how you can travel from Amsterdam to Berlin by train? If so, this is the perfect post for you! We’ll shed some light on the trains you’ll need to travel on between these two popular European capitals – and even give you some approximate pricing for the journey. Are you ready to learn more? Hop on-board!
Traveling on trains in Europe is a tad different than what we have available in the United States (if you’re reading this and live elsewhere, we’d love to hear how the trains in Europe compare to the trains in your country of residence – leave a comment below!). Many European trains are constructed for both speed and comfort – these aspects make traveling between countries so convenient and desirable.
So, how do you travel from Amsterdam to Berlin? Start your journey at the Amsterdam Centraal Station – conveniently located in the heart of the city. Trains travel directly from the Amsterdam CS station to Berlin every other hour for most of the day. To clear up a popular misnomer, when we state that a train travels directly, this means that you do not need to physically change trains while en-route. However, it does not mean the train doesn’t make stops along the way. The train from Amsterdam to Berlin is a direct train, but will stop along the way in various cities to pick up and drop off passengers.
For this itinerary, you’ll travel on an IC (InterCity) train which travels a little faster than regional trains and connects major cities. On-board you will find a bar-car where you can pick up some light snacks and hot/cold beverages. Train tickets from Amsterdam to Berlin start at $86 per person, travel time is a little over 6 hours and you will arrive into the city center at the Berlin Hbf (hauptbahnhof) station. With its central location, if you’ll be staying a night or two, you can typically walk from the station to the hotel, or grab a taxi or other public transportation to get to where you need to go. For those just spending a day in the city, the train station does offer a baggage service where you can leave your things for a nominal fee.
Key Amsterdam to Berlin Travel Takeaways:
– Travel time: 6h 26m
– Train type: InterCity
– Train Stations: Amsterdam Centraal | Berlin Hbf
– Prices from: $86 per person
A Few of Our Favorite Things to Do in Amsterdam & Berlin
Now that you know how to travel from Amsterdam to Berlin, here is a short list of some of our favorite sightseeing tours and activities for each city – which can help you make the most of your precious time (especially if it’s your first visit to either city).
– Amsterdam Canals Candlelight Cruise Including Wine and Cheese
This 2-hour cruise is a great way to wind-down after a long day of sightseeing. You’ll travel on a glass-enclosed boat all along Amsterdam’s famed canals. And an added bonus to this relaxing evening, you’ll be treated to a glass of wine and some delicious cheese!
– Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum Tour and Canals Lunch Cruise
Take advantage of an entire day embraced in the art and culture of Amsterdam with this spectacular tour. Combining museums and a canal tour, this is a great way to begin your ventures in the city. The best part is? With this tour, you’ll have skip-the-line entry to both the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, a major bonus (for those who may have ever waited on the lines for these iconic museums, you can confirm that this is a great bonus!) After touring museums, you’ll hop aboard a canal boat for a 1.5 hour cruise that includes a light lunch.
– Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
For 1st-timers to Amsterdam, this may be the perfect way for you to get your feet wet in the city. The hop-on hop-off tour gives you a great overview of the city, highlighting the city’s major sights. You can hop-on and off as many times as you’d like on the tour’s 12 stops. So, once you’ve gotten the overview of the city, you can use this pass as a means of public transportation, getting you back to the areas you want to explore more!
– Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
Experience Amsterdam after dark…as you walk through the city’s infamous Red Light District. While once considered one of the most dangerous areas of Amsterdam, nowadays, you will find lively pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Have no fear on this tour, you get to visit a once ‘wrong-side-of-town’ area in the safety of your local & knowledgeable guide. It’s not a tour for everyone, but, for those looking for something a little more on the wild side, this tour is perfect.
– Berlin Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour
Experience one of the most educational and intriguing sightseeing tours in Berlin with the Off-the Beaten-Path Walking tour. Limited to a group of 20, this intimate tour will have you walking through some of the well-known neighborhoods in Berlin, that are often overlooked. A local guide will walk you around for 4.5 hours, giving you plenty of opportunities to snap photos and ask questions.
– Berlin City Pass with Skip-the-Line Reichstag Dome
A great way to see Berlin – a city pass that provides you with entrance into up to 50 of the city’s top museums. In addition, you get unlimited access to all public transportation in Berlin – including hop-on hop-off bus tours. So, you can take a tour of the city by bus to get your bearings, and then go back and museum hop at the places that interest you.
– Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites Historical Walking Tour
As you walk along on this tour you’ll be taken to sights such as the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag parliament building and Checkpoint Charlie with a local guide. You will also be treated to lesser-known places that regular tours usually miss. After this tour you will come back with insights about Berlin during World War 2 and the Cold War that you may have never known or considered.
– Evening Berlin Food Tour by Bike
Embrace Berlin’s culinary offerings as you pedal along with your fellow tour goers (a small group of 15 total) and your expert guide. You will travel to three (or four – if time permits) different restaurants on your bike, tasting the diverse flavors of Berlin. In between restaurant hopping, you will travel by bike through some of the great neighborhoods and streets of the city, with chances to take pictures and chat with other tour members. A memorable evening, indeed!
Amsterdam and Berlin – capital cities that deserve a prime spot on your travel itinerary. Offering art, culture and historical merits, spending time in both Amsterdam and Berlin will leave you with some amazing travel memories – and the train makes it possible for you to visit both on the same trip!
We’d love to hear from you, what are your favorite memories of travel in these cities? If you’ve never been to either city, what would your dream itinerary include? Share with us – include a comment below!
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