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Berlin - Warsaw Express
Berlin-Warsaw Express : the preferred way to travel between Berlin, Warsaw, Frankfurt, and Poznan.
- Berlin - Warsaw: 00:00
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- High Speed trains
Berlin - Warsaw Express
As Berlin and other eastern European cities continue to become more hip and modern travel destinations, so do the trains that pass through. The high speed Berlin-Warsaw Express whisks travelers between Berlin, Frankfurt, Warsaw, and Poznan several times per day.
The train is operated jointly by Deustche-Bahn (DB), the German national railway company, and PKP, the Polish State Railways. The modern cars offer reclining seats, air conditioned carriages, and trolley service (snacks and drinks) to first class travelers, while those in second class can enjoy comfortable seats and access to the onboard restaurant car.
This train can be booked up to 60 days in advance, and tickets are issued in a paper format, to be shown to the train conductor once travelers are onboard. A tip for budget-conscious travelers : try traveling during an off-peak hour (not morning or evening rush hours) for the best fares.
Make the most of your trip along this historical route in the most modern way : high-speed style on the Berlin-Warsaw Express !
Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.
- Berlin - Warsaw Express tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
A class apart
Classes of service
|Second class||First class|
|Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.|
|Restaurant car Offering a choice of drinks, snacks, and meals to enjoy along the way.|
|Trolley service Choose to purchase a bite to eat from the trolley service, offered at your seat.|
|Air conditioning Enjoy your journey by staying cool and refreshed traveling during the summer months.|
From our travel community
Reviews & ratings Berlin - Warsaw Express
Value for moneyConvenience
"Although this was a 5 1/2 hour trip, the convenience of going from city center to city center made it much better than flying. The compartment was comfortable, but there were only 3 of us in a 6 person compartment. It may have been less comfortable if it were full. The ride was smooth and we arrived on time. Buying tickets ahead of time was very easy online and they were sent to my home by 2-day air. "
"Hi As you are aware we left Berlin Lichtenbe station to Warsaaw by the Berlin Warsaw Express. We had long delay as the train broke down closer to the polish boarder and had to wait almost 3 hours for the next train engine from Berlin. This prevented us an evening in Warsaw where we had a Dinner. The train engine was a old locomotive engine and slow. On our return journey it was a express train without the locomotive engine. "
Value for moneyConvenience
"This was not a very pleasant train ride ! The train smelled really bad like old urine. We had to leave the door of the compartment open for some fresh air When I booked this on line I wanted to go to the Central Train station in Warsaw but the train stop before this and we had to take a taxi to the hotel which was close to the central train station. It was not that hard but did cause some added cost and time. I thought it said to Warsaw Central but will double check from now on. I have booked with Rail Europe before and will use it again. "
Value for moneyConvenience
"pretty nice trip. Arrived as planned. "
Value for moneyConvenience
"Good easy trip, hard to travel with big suitcases... sit with group of 6 strange people. No English ! n "
"The trip was good, the train on time, everything OK. The only suggestion I have is the following : I have ordered the train ticket online but it was not possible to print them and I had to wati for the ticket by post. This is an inconvenient that you should solve. You should make possible to order, pay and print the tickets online. All the rest was very good ! Patrizia Bugatti "
"Cheap and quick way to travel. Very nice clean carriage ! Would recommend as an alternative to flying over these type of distances. No waiting in an airport, just straight on with the journey. I will use this service again in the near future ! "
Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Can I board the train if I forgot my rail pass but have my seat reservation ?
A. While you can board the train, the conductor will make you purchase a full fare ticket on-board, and you may be fined. It’s best to keep your rail pass in a safe place with all of your travel documents to avoid this situation !
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Q. Do I need to show my passport to board the train ?
A. If you’re traveling with a rail pass and this is your very first train trip, you’ll need to present your passport to the railway official at the ticket window to activate your pass, before you board the train.
Please note that there will be no passport control (day or night) when traveling between countries that signed the Schengen Treaty. Not all countries belonging to the EU are part of the Schengen Treaty (e.g. Great Britain, Ireland). On the flip side, some countries that are not part of the EU are part of the Schengen Treaty (e.g. Switzerland, Norway).
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Q. What do I do with my luggage ?
A. Once on board you’ll need to find a place to put your bag(s). Small and medium sized bags typically fit on racks located above the seats. Larger suitcases and items can be stored in racks found near the train door entrance.
In addition, you’re responsible for your luggage. The railways assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.
If you’re traveling on Eurostar, Thalys or a TGV, you’re limited to two large items per traveller (maximum 85cm in any one dimension), plus one small item of hand luggage. On most high speed trains there’s room for luggage above the seats and for larger items at the end of each coach.
Be advised that when traveling on Eurostar, Thalys or any French train, you must properly label your bag(s) with your first and last name. In general, it is a good idea to keep luggage tags on your baggage for easy identification.
Q. How do I travel with a print at the station e-ticket ?
A. All you need to do is print your actual train ticket at the station using a self-service kiosk prior to boarding the train. You can do this on the day of your travel, or anytime prior – but you can only do this at a train station.
The actual steps to print your e-ticket vary slightly from one country to another, but the general approach is the same : proceed to the self-service kiosk, enter your e-ticket confirmation code (also known as PNR) which is a letter code (or in the UK, 8 character alphanumeric code) that is unique to your trip, and follow the simple on-screen instructions.
Q. Can I use my rail pass on any train within its area of coverage ?
A. In general, yes, but there are some exceptions and a few rules to keep in mind.
First, be mindful that some trains (such as high speed, scenic, and night trains) require rail pass holders to purchase reservations at an additional cost.
For international train journeys, be sure that your rail pass covers the country of departure, country of arrival, and any countries through which your train will travel.
Lastly, some private rail lines in certain countries don’t offer reservations for rail pass holders and don’t accept rail passes. In these cases, you can purchase a train ticket locally for the desired journey.
Q. What happens if my train crosses an international border during the night ?
A. If you travel in a sleeper compartment, you provide the train attendant with your reservation voucher, rail pass or train ticket, and passport as you board. They can then take care of everything with conductors and customs officials so you can sleep uninterrupted.
If you travel in a regular train that just happens to cross the border at night, customs and border control officers may come directly to you and ask for your passport.
Please note that there will be no passport control (day or night) when traveling between countries that signed the Schengen Agreement. Not all countries belonging to the EU are part of the Schengen Agreement (e.g. Britain). On the flip side, some countries that are not part of the EU are part of the Schengen Agreement (e.g. Switzerland).
Q. Why do some German station names have extra characters in the station name ?
A. In a few circumstances, German station names are listed with extra characters extended after the official station name. They are of no concern for travellers, and can be disregarded.
Muenchen Hbf Gl.27-36 = Munich Main Train Station
Koeln Messedeutz11-12 = Cologne Messe Deatz Station
Berlin Hbf (Tief) = Berlin Main Train Station