Brussels to Berlin by train
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 29, 2012 10:48 PM Last Post By: gmonkey28
Feb 4, 2008 3:34 PM
I am stopping in Brussels to see some friends so only need to buy a train ticket between Brussels and Berlin but this is proving costly.
I can't get anything cheaper than £200, having tried many different combinations as I am flexible.
Shame as I can get a flight direct from London for less than £100, does anybody know how to get cheap train tickets in Germany? Or is £200 the best I am going to get?
Feb 4, 2008 5:53 PM
1How long are you going for? A 5-in-10 day Europe wide Interrail pass is only £185, so that in itself is cheaper: http://www.interrailnet.com/2_buy_now (yes, it's an odd solution, I know).
I've looked at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/, and although it's hard to get prices out of the thing, I did find a fairly convoluted trip that went Brussels -> Rotterdam -> Amersfoort -> Berlin (and took most of the day), and cost 116,20 EUR. I don't recommend taking such a trip, but it gives you a rough idea of the price you can pay for non-highspeed travel.
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Feb 4, 2008 11:01 PM
2It would be best to buy two seperate tickets:
One discounted ticket Brussels-Aachen for 29 Euro on either a Thalys or an ICE train.
One Dauerspezial -offer for Aachen-Berlin, which will cost 29 Euro, again.
Search DB German Railways for timetables, conditions and online booking.
Though discounted tickets to Berlin sell out quickly, it shouldn't be too difficult if you're flexible and avoid peak times. Another option would be switching from ICE to IC trains inside Germany (you can select this in the timetables: 'without ICE'), which are running on the same tracks as the ICE for most of the time and are only marginally slower.
Alternatively, there's a direct nighttrain Brussels-Berlin, offers start from 29 Euro for a seat, 49 Euro for a couchette. Use the same site I mentioned above.
Feb 5, 2008 3:50 AM
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Oct 2, 2011 5:25 AM
7hi jesse, welcome to thorntree,
I'd say all information in this thread is still pretty much correct (except for the nighttrain, which has ceased to exist) - so check http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml for timetables and fares. you've left it until quite late to make up your mind, thus expect a lot of offers to be already sold. in case price is a key issue, you may consider http://www.eurolines.de-busses, too.
Sep 28, 2012 2:03 PM
8I've been doing my research and flying from Brussels to Berlin is proving to be more costly than I want - so I found a train ticket at a reasonable price for my date, and I have come to terms with being on the train for 6+ hours.
Here's my issue: there are 2 transfers on this journey, each of which seem to depart only about 9 or so minutes after my previous leg arrives.
I'm relatively young and spry, so I'm not above running to catch a train, but are the train stations say at Brussels Noord or Koln so massive that I might miss my train if I don't run to it fast enough?
Any help is greatly appreciated!
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