|Distance||651 miles (1050 km)|
|Train frequency||2 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 2 direct trains a day|
Trains from Manchester to Berlin cover the 651 miles (1050 km) long trip taking on average 15 h 30 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there are 2 trains operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Berlin Hbf.
If you're travelling from Manchester to Berlin, you've got the option to book a train ticket. The quickest route you're likely to find takes around 12h 55min and you'll need to change three times: once in London, then in Brussels, and, finally, in Cologne for your Berlin train. On most days, you'll have around three trains departing from Manchester Piccadilly on an indirect trip to Berlin. All of them are likely to leave in the morning, before 8:00 a.m., and arrive in Berlin in late evening, between 9:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
On any given day, you'll have at least two trains departing Manchester Piccadilly for Berlin - except for Sundays, when the route generally isn't available. On most days, there are at least three trains and these will often have only 3 changes. Sometimes, there may up to five train routes in one day, all of them leaving Manchester in the early morning and having varying durations (usually between 13h and 16h). The first train typically leaves at or around 5:55 a.m. and later trains tend to leave around 6:10, 6:27, and 7:15 a.m. The arrival time in Berlin is generally the same across all daily departures.
The distance of approximately 651 miles (1050 km) from Manchester to Berlin takes about 15h 38min by train, on average. However, the fastest route, which typically leaves around 7:15 a.m. from Manchester, can take just under 13h and arrive in Berlin around 9:10 p.m. All train routes are indirect, involving at least 3 changes in London, Brussels, and Cologne. The journeys with the fewest transfers aren't necessarily the quickest, so it may be worth doing an extra transfer to shorten your trip.
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Departure train station: The most commonly used station for departures to Berlin is Manchester Piccadilly. The station is positioned quite centrally, only a 16min walk away from the city's Arndale shopping centre on Shudehill. Manchester Piccadilly is one of the biggest UK stations, so you'll have all the basic amenities, including bathrooms, paid Wifi, trolleys, and passport photo booths. There are food and drink vendors, though their opening hours vary throughout the week.
Arrival train station: Berlin Hbf (short for Berlin Hauptbahnhof) is usually the arrival point for Manchester-Berlin routes. It's Berlin's biggest train station, located relatively close to the city's central attractions: an 18min walk away from Brandenburg Gate and a 10min underground ride fromfrom AlexanderPlatz. Wifi at Berlin Hbf is free and you've also got basic facilities such as bathrooms, luggage lockers, food and drink shops, and car hire services.
Trains from Manchester to Berlin include at least three changes, so you'll travel with different providers: Avanti West Coast, Eurostar, and Deutsche Bahn. Avanti West Coast connects Manchester to London, Eurostar connects London to Brussels, and Deutsche Bahn connects Brussels to Berlin. You'll generally spend around 10h 30min of your travels on a train. Transfers through intermediary train stations vary in duration, but you can expect to spend up to 2h 55min in London St Pancras, waiting for the Eurostar train, or up to 2h 17min in Brussels-Midi, waiting for the Deutsche Bahn train.
The Avanti West Coast train will normally get you from Manchester to London Euston in about 2h 14min. You will then have to continue your journey from London St Pancras International. You're able to use your Avanti West Coast ticket throughout the day, but make sure you get into London in time for the Eurostar train to Brussels. On most days, you'll have at least two or three Avanti West Coast trains connecting Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston.
The Eurostar train takes you from London St Pancras International to Brussels-Midi in about 2h. This route normally departs around 11:04 a.m. on any given day and you can shorten your waiting time if you board a later train from Manchester to London (such as the 7:15 a.m. train from Manchester Piccadilly). The Eurostar ticket is valid for the chosen train only and gates close 30min before departure. You're allowed two pieces of luggage and one hand luggage on the train.
The Deutsche Bahn train makes the connection between Brussels-Midi and Cologne Hbf in about 1h 50min, and between Cologne Hbf and Berlin Hbf in about 4h 22min. While all the previous connections are high-speed, the final leg of the journey is a bit slower with a long-distance train. Note that the Deutsche Bahn ticket to Berlin is valid only for the booked time. You can choose between First and Second Class travel and you'll get free Wifi, catering and electric outlets.
Berlin Streeet. Source: Shutterstock
If you book a ticket from Manchester to Berlin with three transfers, you will be travelling on four different trains, operated by Avanti West Coast, Eurostar, and Deutsche Bahn. You can choose your level of service for each: for example, all tickets can be upgraded to First Class and Eurostar also has Business Class available, which includes meals and champagne, premium lounge, and a longer check-in period. You should be able to bring two items of luggage on all trains, as well as one hand luggage, but the Avanti West Coast trains may have limited storage available for bags larger than 30 x 70 x 90cm. If travelling with a wheelchair, train operators ask for advance notice to ensure storage space is available.
If you want to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Berlin, plan your trip in advance and be flexible with departure date and time. Note that there are no direct connections and you'll have at least three transfers. Some days have three-transfer journeys only, whereas others include train tickets with over five different transfers.
The 5:50 a.m. departure from Manchester Piccadilly is, sometimes, the cheapest, but this is also the longest route with the highest waiting time between transfers. You may have to compromise on total travel time and number of train changes if you want the lowest price.
Berlin is one of the most popular European destinations due to its complex history and its modern-day culture scene. The Western side of the city sparks attention with its imposing architecture - for example, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, and Charlottenburg Palace. East Berlin is popular for its eclectic bars and music venues, as well as for sights of historical significance like AlexanderPlatz and the Berlin Wall. There are also plenty of museums and galleries to visit, including Museum Island and the Berlin Wall Memorial Centre.
Last but not least, Berlin is a major artistic hub in Europe, innovating across music, dance, and theatre; if you can, book a ticket with venues such as Friedrichstadt-Palast and Konzerthaus Berlin, or find a live gig at a bar around the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighbourhood in East Berlin. Berlin is very well connected to other regional attractions: for example, Potsdam's Parks and Palaces are only a 40min train ride away via the RE1 train from Berlin Hbf.
Travel by train between Manchester, United Kingdom and Berlin, Germany is: Partially open.
International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
The government of Germany has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
The above information was last checked on 21/01/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Berlin from Manchester closer to your date of departure here.
Return travel from Germany to United Kingdom is: Partially open.
Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Germany
Requirements for reentering:
The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Last checked on 21/01/2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations closer to the travel date of your train to Manchester from Berlin.
There are a few train stations in Manchester to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. In Berlin you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Berlin Hbf, Berlin Spandau and Berlin Südkreuz.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Berlin Hbf.
Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre to this train station.
Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Berlin Hbf and need to travel approximately 1.7 miles (2.8 km) from the train station to the city centre in Berlin.
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