Going to Berlin....by train

#1
I have never travelled the continent by train before, and am always up for a new experience.

Is it easy to travel from the UK to Berlin by train?

I would appreciate fellow ARRSEr's experiences and thoughts.

Mainly: time, ease & cost.
 
#2
Last time I caught a train to Berlin, you had to submit your papers for examination by a Russian officer who inspected the train with his escort who was armed with an AK47. I'm sure it's much easier in this day and age. Good luck.
 
#3
35 000 Jews can't be wrong. Erm... wait... that was LEAVING Berlin by train. As you were
 
#6
my advice, muddle your way through on the ticket machines ,dont go to the ticket office unless you abosolutly have to ! they will charge you megga money and give you what looks like airline tickets and a nice wallet for the privilege. Steer clear of the ICE train unless you need a fast service at great expence ,take a good book you will waste untold hrs waiting around for trains !
 
#10
If you are going from the uk, its obviously eurostar, they did three rates last time I went, business class, standard and pikey. I had to get business last time (that volcano stopping all flights) it was 270 ******* quid. I did fill up my bags with the free booze/magazines/food in the business lounge. Anyway, take the Eurostar to Brussels, from there go to to Koln and get the direct train to Berlin. The boxheads have local trains that you want to avoid as they stop at every station and have very little in the way of facilities, I normally travel on the ICE trains whenever they are available (The cost more but are faster and have things like plug sockets, buffet cart etc.) It also not that expensive to go first class in Germany (Unlike the UK), its great to have the conductor/waiter serve you a cold beer in a real glass at your seat.
 
#11
Just remember that if the conductor wishes you "Good Luck" in English, don't under any circumstances reply back in English, or for you tommy ze trip will be over
 
#12
Just remember that if the conductor wishes you "Good Luck" in English, don't under any circumstances reply back in English, or for you tommy ze trip will be over
And if the German's offer to pay for the trip - refuse. They will probably insist it's sealed and expect you to ferment unrest a little further East.
 

CountryGal

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#14
my advice, muddle your way through on the ticket machines ,dont go to the ticket office unless you abosolutly have to ! they will charge you megga money and give you what looks like airline tickets and a nice wallet for the privilege. Steer clear of the ICE train unless you need a fast service at great expence ,take a good book you will waste untold hrs waiting around for trains !
Book tickets in advance, we had to go into the ticket office for a ticket half way through our journey,40mins later and both the trains we wanted as connections had gone by the time we finally got the tickets - despite a germany speaker being amongst our party - complicated to say the least! defo use the machines
 

Nehustan

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#15
I'm hoping to avoid any problems with the Soviets or the SS in this day and age.....
Good job you're leaving Britain then, as 'victors' in the great patriotic and cold wars there are Stalinist/Vichy bastards everywhere in the UK. I am myself currently planning a move to Berlin for a new start, earlier than planned as I was originally tasked here until Dec 2012. I think I will have to take my usual route which includes a boat trip to Rotterdam and a nod of the head to the Hague.
 
#16
I would advise you to have your travel and identity documents in pristine condition with an up to date Passport/ID Card photograph and no signs of wear and tear on either. Don't forget you BTD/1 and NATO Travel Order which you will be required to hand to the TCWO before the train stops at Marienborn. The documents will be photocopied and you won't be allowed off the train, - not even to go to that nice little kiosk with all those wonderful boxes of chocolates etc (that haven't been opened since 1970).

When you arrive at Charlottenburg (Grotty Charlottie) be sure to stay away from the Elefant Bar. If you really want some fun around Stuttgarterplatz (Stuttie Platz) don't offer more than DM 50. Edinburgh House is a good place to stay, pretty cheap and not too far from Stuttie Platz.

Mind you, its been a while since I was there - we still had BAFVs.
 
#17
Eurostar to Cologne then ICE to Berlin. More expensive but definately faster. DBahn is the best site but make sure you book a seat, the trains can get quite busy.
 
#19
I have been back to Germany a few times this year and found it was cheaper to buy tickets direct at the stations than book on line. (No guarentee of a seat).

I think I was quoted online 60 euro for a return Koblenz to Bonn for 2. Purchased the tickets on the train for less than 20 euros (total cost 16.20 euro). I was sold a family ticket (Minigruppenkarte) I believe.

Some cities i.e. Hamburg do a 24 hour travel card for 5 euro per person and you can travel on the trains. buses, trams etc all day within a certain distance of the Main HBF. For example taxi from the airport to the Holiday Inn was 25 euro one way, travel cards purchased at the airport 5 euro each and still could be used later to go into town on the bus or train.
 
#20
Eurostar to Cologne then ICE to Berlin. More expensive but definately faster. DBahn is the best site but make sure you book a seat, the trains can get quite busy.
DB ran a test train from Germany through the tunnel and all the way to St Pancras last year. They hope to be offering a full-on service 'very soon'! In other words, you will only need the one train company to book with.
 

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