Travel to Germany


For (budget) flights to european holiday destinations, for example round the Mediterranean, Germany's major carriers besides Air Berlin are Condor (Thomas Cook) (also for main tourist destinations throughout the world) and TUIfly.

Germania, InterSky and OLT  have also a limited number of international destinations.

By train

Regular train services connect Germany with all neighbouring countries. Almost all neighbouring countries (especially Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Austria) and even some non-neighbouring countries (e. g. Italy) are quite well connected with "EuroCity" trains. They are a little bit slower and slightly less comfortable than the European high speed trains but reach nevertheless up to 200 km/h. They are a worthwhile way to travel--not only for budget travellers (although budget airlines might be cheaper) or landscape viewers (especially the Rhine valley lines).

There are also several European high speed trains to cross into or get out of Germany:

•    The Thalys  brings you from Cologne (Köln) to Paris in approximately four hours and to Brussels in about two hours.

•    The ICE brings you at 300 km/h top speed from Frankfurt (3h 15), Cologne (2h 30) or Düsseldorf (2h 15) to Amsterdam. The train journey from Frankfurt to Paris (320 km/h) using the ICE will take about four hours; going from Hamburg to Paris can take eight and a half hours. There is also an ICE line from Frankfurt to Brussels via Cologne.

•    The TGV brings you from Marseille, Lyon and Strasbourg to Frankfurt.

•    Between Stuttgart and Milan (via Zurich) the Cisalpino  offers several connections and is at the moment the only direct trans alpine train connection.

Standard rail fares are quite high, but there's a number of special fares and discounts available - see the "Get Around"