Germany offers an impressive long-distance rapid transit system, Deutsche Bahn. With state-of-the art technology, high standards and service, traveling to other parts of Germany or internationally, you will travel in style and comfort.
Train travel, however, is not cheap. You will need to purchase your tickets in advance (either online at http://www.bahn.de, English and other languages are available, or at one of the train stations). There are often special offers, so keep an eye out for those, as they make a huge difference in the cost.
If you are planning to use this network frequently, then you should consider purchasing a BahnCard, this will provide offers and discounts.
There are no less than 8 different models of trains that are used depending on destination and travel requirements. Most common are the overnight sleeper cars and high-speed ICE trains that can deliver you from Berlin to Paris in just over 8hrs traveling at 300km/hr.
Below is an indication of the main stations utilised in this system and the directions they support.
- Hauptbahnhof – Main train station, large hub where north/south and east/west trains intersect.
- Ostbahnhof – Starting place for east/west national and international trains.
- Zoo – Regional trains.
- Lichtenberg – East portal.
- Südkreuz – Brand new station and the south portal.
- Gesundbrunnen – North portal.
- Spandau – West portal.
- Alexanderplatz – Regional trains.
- Friedrichstrasse – Regional trains.
- Wittenbergplatz – U-Bahn (Untergrundbahn; metro) station only.
For more information including maps and route planning visit http://www.bahn.de.