How to get from Berlin to Warsaw

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When you look at a map of Europe, Berlin and Warsaw are on an even plane, nearly side by side with just land and the border separating them. The capital of Germany, Berlin and the capital of Poland, Warsaw both have so much to offer the traveller. From history, food and entertainment, there really is something for everyone.

Many people visit Berlin for its history but never consider a trip to Poland while they are there. Poland is growing more popular as a tourist destination every year for singles, couples and families. Travelling from Berlin to Warsaw can easily be done in a day by plane, train, bus and car.

The distance from Berlin to Warsaw is 574 kilometres so here we will tell you how to make the most of your time and how to get from Berlin to Warsaw to tick another city off your list.

buildings in Warsaw old town area
Warsaw Old Town

Let’s take a look at the options for your Berlin Warsaw journey.

Berlin Warsaw by car

The A10 and A12 German highways will take you from Berlin to Frankfurt an der Oder. The “an der Oder” distinguishes this Frankfurt from the other Frankfurt in the south. Frankfurt an der Oder is on the border with Poland. It will take you a little over an hour to the German/Poland border.

From Frankfurt, an der Oder the distance to Warsaw is 474 kilometres. Pretty much as soon as you cross the border the highways in Poland attract toll fees.

The highway to Warsaw is world-class and brand new. It makes for a smooth ride with a speed limit of 130 kilometres an hour.

You can pick up a hire car at any major airport in Europe, with no restrictions on driving between Germany and Poland.

If you want to break the trip up Poznan is a good place to stay the night and explore the medieval town centre before heading on your way.

Catch a bus from Berlin to Warsaw

sitting on a bus

Most buses on the Berlin Warsaw routes are direct. The journey will take you around 7.5 hours. At the time of writing, there were 14 buses a day travelling this route In Berlin, you will depart from Berlin Central Coach Station or the ZOB as it is known

How to get to the Berlin Central Coach Station

The bus station is situated adjacent to the Funkturm (Radio Tower) and next to the exhibition grounds. The Zob is easily reached by Berlin’s public transport network.

Kaiserdamm U-Bahn station (U2 line) and the Messe Nord/ICC S-Bahn station (S 41/42/S46) are within 400 meters of the station. Local Berlin bus numbers M49, 139 und 218 goes directly to the ZOB. Taxi, Uber and Hire cars are also available onsite.

the german parliment

Where will the Berlin Warsaw bus arrive at?

Warsaw West Bus Station (Dworzec Autobusowy Warszawa Zachodnia). To get into the city centre from Warsaw west station you will need to take bus no.s 127, 158 or 517 to the City Train Station.

At night the bus numbers change and you’ll be needing N35 or N85. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. Remember to validate your ticket onboarding.

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Berlin Warsaw Flights

There are 2 direct flight between  Berlin (TXL) to Warsaw (WAW)  Direct flights are operated daily by LOT Polish Airline. There are many indirect flights with one-stop by airlines including KLM, Air France, Lufthansa and more.

Flying from Berlin to Warsaw

Flights from Berlin will depart from Tegal Airport. Tegal is the fourth busiest airport in Germany, with 20.5 million passengers in 2017 and about 22 million in 2018.

The most popular way to get to the airport is by the Jet Express Bus. One leaves from S+U Hauptbahnhof and another bus leaves from S+U Zoologischer Garten.

You can always use a taxi, Uber or even book a private transfer to pick you up from your Berlin Hotel and drop you at your terminal door.

Airport arrivals Warsaw

You will land at Fredrik Chopin International Airport. In 2018 the airport handled over 15.9 million passengers and 50 airlines fly in and out of Warsaw International Airport.

trams on a street in Warsaw

The most convenient way to reach downtown Warsaw is by taking either S2 to Warsaw CBD or S3 line to Central Railway Station.

There are 5 different bus lines running from the airport to different parts of the city. You can take Warsaw bus number 175, 188, 148, 331 and N32. A single fare ticket cost between 3.40 and 7.00 Polish Zloty.

There is always the option of taking a taxi or even organizing a private transfer from the airport to your hotel.

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Places to stay in Berlin

Berlin has accommodation to suit all types of travellers from singles, families and couples. You will find apartments, hostels, hotels and more. When we were in Berlin, we stayed at Meininger Alexanderplatz. If you’re looking for more options, we recommend you use Trip Advisor for the best choice and price.

Train from Berlin to Warsaw

There are four Berlin to Warsaw trains every day. The trains depart Berlin Hbf and at Warsaw Centralna The train distance from Berlin to Warsaw is, 570km (356 miles) and can take as little as 5h28 up to 6h15.  You will find the train journey to warsaw to comfortable and smooth. The trains Berlin Warsaw have air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class seats and a bistro-restaurant car. 

How to get to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (HBF)

You can reach Berlin HBF via S-Bahn lines S5, S7 and S75. These lines link the Berlin HBF with the east and west of the city. The U55 U-Bahn line joins the station with the government district and provides easy access to the Brandenburg Gate and the Rienstag.  Departing trains to Warsaw use above-ground platforms.

Train arrivals Warsaw

Warsaw Central station is much like any other big train station in Europe. It has multiple arrival and departure platforms. You will find shops and cafe’s selling food, sim cards, tours, ATM’s and more.

warsaw central station

There is a Polish Rail office which can organize onwards tickets for both domestic and Internation destinations. You will find taxi ranks at the main entrances and a tunnel that runs under the main road which allows connects with trams and buses.

Do I need a ticket to board public transport in Warsaw?

You will need a ticket to ride the local public transport in Warsaw. There are tickets available to purchase on the trams and on the buses if there is not a ticketing machine at the stop.

There is an English option for your to use when purchasing your tickets and you will need some small change to be able to buy the public transport ticket or you can use your credit card.

The best place to stay in Warsaw

Warsaw has accommodation to suit all needs and all budgets. You can find rooms for sings, double and families, you can find hostels, hotels and apartments. We recommend Dream Hostel just near the old town and Royal Castle. Dream Hostel is more like a hotel than a hostel, offering private rooms with ensuites

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has encouraged you to make the trip from Berlin to Warsaw. We are sure you will enjoy your trip and find many things to do along the way. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Germany click through to our Germany Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

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Rebecca Wyld

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Co-founder and SEO editor here at Wyld Family Travel. Bec has travelled to over 45 countries across 3 continents and is a travel with kids advocate. When Bec is not planning travel, she is creating content for our family travel blog or doing local community services work. You can find all of Bec’s detailed travel guides here on Wyld Family travel and on other popular websites such as Lonely Planet.

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