How to get from Berlin to Warsaw? Learn below the best ways to get between these two European capitals, including options by train, bus and flights
Are you considering to travel from Berlin to Warsaw? Getting from the German to the Polish capital is a rather simple journey with plenty of options. This post will guide you how to travel between these two cities and buy tickets from Berlin to Warsaw.
Berlin to Warsaw: The Route
Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe and it is easy to understand why. The city is not only the capital of Germany but also an European center for culture, history and entertainment.
Warsaw, on the other hand is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. Just like Berlin it offers a great nightlife and delicious restaurants. Warsaw is still one of the most affordable capitals to travel in Europe and it is definitely worth the visit.
The distance between Berlin and Warsaw is of 550 kilometers. The good news is that you have plenty of options connecting these cities. Regardless if you want to travel cheap, fast, or do stops between Berlin and Warsaw, the journey and prices are pretty flexible. Let’s discuss the options to travel from Berlin to Warsaw by bus, train, car or flying below.
Berlin to Warsaw by Bus
Traveling from Berlin to Warsaw by bus might not be the fastest option, but it is often the cheapest. There are direct and connecting bus operating in this route, both during the day and the night.
Direct buses in this route usually take from 7 to 8 hours to travel between the two cities. Most buses depart from Berlin ZOB “Am Funkturm” and arrive in Warszawa Zachodnia bus station.
How to Buy Bus Tickets from Germany to Poland
Getting a bus ticket from Berlin to Warsaw is easy and can be booked both online or on spot. I would strongly recommending getting your bus ticket in advance to get a cheaper price, especially if you are travelling in high season.
Here are some websites to book bus tickets from Berlin to Warsaw:
Berlin to Warsaw by Train
One of the most popular options to travel from Berlin to Warsaw is by train. The train is faster than the bus, and more comfortable than both the bus and flying. Price wise it will depend on when you buy your ticket, but it the train is usually cheaper than flying and more expensive than traveling by bus on this route.
There are a few daily direct trains running from Berlin to the Polish capital. They are often operated by Deutsche Bahn and PKP (Polish Railways). The trip duration from Berlin to Warsaw by train is about 6 hours.
You can take the train on the Berlin Central Train Station (Hbf) and arrive in Warsaw in the Zachodnia (Western Station), Centralna (Central Station) or Wschodnia (Eastern Station).
How to Buy Train Ticket from Berlin to Warsaw
Buying a train ticket from or in Berlin is easy and you can buy it in any German railway station or also online. For those buying online, here is a great option:
Trainline – the best website to buy train tickets in Europe.
Berlin to Warsaw by Plane
If you are in a hurry, the best option to travel from Berlin to the Polish capital is flying. The flight duration from the German to the Polish capital is of 1 hour and 10 minutes, making it a much faster ride than both the train and the bus.
As of 2018, both easyJet and LOT Polish Airlines operate direct flights connecting the two capitals. In many cases, you will also find relatively cheap flights from the German capital to Warsaw with at least one connection.
How to Book Flights from Germany to Poland
The best and cheapest options to buy flight tickets in Europe is online. Here are some options to consider:
Jetradar – compare and book different options to fly from Berlin to Warsaw.
LOT Polish Airlines – book flights directly on the LOT Polish Airlines website.
Berlin to Warsaw by Car
Another option to travel from between these two capitals is by car. Since both Germany and Poland are in the Schengen area, there are no border checking in normal circumstances. If you don’t have your own car you can also rent a car and drive it in the Schengen Area freely. Check RentalCars.com to compare prices.
Hotels in Berlin
Ivbergs Hotel Berlin Messe – a reasonably priced hotel close to the Berlin ZOB Am Funkturm Bus Station.
IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof – an excellent hotel just a short walk to the Berlin Central Station.
Hotels in Warsaw
Smart2Stay Magnolia – a great affordable place to stay if you arrive or departure from the Warsaw Chopin Airport.
Ibis Warszawa Centrum – an excellent option to stay in a very central area of Warsaw.
Other Resources to Travel in Central Europe
If you are travelling between these capitals you might want to check some of our other guides to travel in Germany and Poland. Check where to stay in Warsaw and how to travel from Berlin to Prague. You may also want to read our posts on the cost of living in Berlin and the cost of living in Warsaw.
Are you already in one of these cities? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.