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1. Posted by heavylion (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 12 Feb '08 04:59

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How long does it take to travel by train from Maastricht to Berlin?

Thank you

2. Posted by Vadrozsa (Inactive, 13 posts) 12 Feb '08 05:40

from Aachen (Germany) to Berlin takes about 6 hours
From Maastricht to Aachen is only a short distance and will not be longer than about 15 minutes I guess.
Price for an average ticket is 107 euro from Aachen)
to see timetable goto:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/dn?ld=212.125&seqnr=1&ident=fk.013078125.1202823443&rt=1&OK#focus

Kace

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4359 posts) 12 Feb '08 06:05

nshispeed.nl gives me 2:22 from Maastricht to Amersfoort changing trains at Utrecht. Then a 21 minute wait, and 5:36 from Amersfoort to Berlin for a total travelling time of eight and a half hours.
That seemed rather long to me, though, so I wondered if you could just hop over the border from Maastricht en get a more useful connection on the German side. It's an hour to Aachen from Maastricht (there's no direct connection, you have to go via Heerlen), but bahn.de gives a much more circuitous route with the shortest time: Maastricht-Roermond-Venlo-Viersen-Duisburg-Berlin, for a total travelling time of 6:17.

Note that both connections are only available a few times a day like this - and I only looked at weekdays - in the weekend it might all take longer.

4. Posted by teeteeel (Budding Member, 3 posts) 12 Feb '08 17:46

Hello Heavylion

The best you can do is take a direct train from Maastricht to Luik/Liege in Belgium. This takes about 30 minutes.It goes once an houre at 7 minutes past the houre, From there you have a Thalystrain to Cologne/Köln. There you change to an ICE to Berlin. See the link down here of the Belgium railway. From Liege to Berlin is about 6h30minutes.
http://plannerint.b-rail.be/bin/query.exe/nn?L=b-rail&S=luik&Z=berlijn&Date=16.002.08&Time=18:000&Timesel=arrive&ViaName=&ViaMode=NEE&DateMode=ANDERS&PLANNER=TRUE&start=1

The proposal from another travelhelper to go by Aachen, takes you probably more time. From Maastricht to Aachen takes one houre, there is no direct train.
But maybe nonetheless it's worth checking that option, because from there you travel all the way with a German ticket and prices can be cheap in Germany if you book in time. They vary from 29 -107 euro
http://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml

Good Luck
Lucienne ;)

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4359 posts) 13 Feb '08 03:59

Quoting teeteeel

The best you can do is take a direct train from Maastricht to Luik/Liege in Belgium. This takes about 30 minutes.It goes once an houre at 7 minutes past the houre, From there you have a Thalystrain to Cologne/Köln. There you change to an ICE to Berlin. See the link down here of the Belgium railway. From Liege to Berlin is about 6h30minutes.

The problem is that the train arriving in Liege from Maastricht doesn't connect very well with the train leaving to Köln. At least, looking at b-rail.be, I see a 39 minute wait, for a total travel time of 8:03.

Kinda funny how fewer connections gives a much longer travel time for these destinations, while the fastest way to go is using the largest number of connections.

Also, three replies, three different suggestions. I think this is a question which calls for Gelli. :)

6. Posted by bestmayo (Budding Member, 14 posts) 15 Feb '08 05:17

Station Time
Maastricht V 08:53
Utrecht Centraal A 10:52

Utrecht Centraal V 11:01
Amersfoort A 11:15

Amersfoort V 11:41 (IC - Berlijn 143 )
Berlijn A 17:17

Total 8 hours and 24 minutes.

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 15 Feb '08 08:58

I think this is a question which calls for Gelli.

Why thank you. (insert mock-bow here).

There is no perfect trip here, as there are numerous permutations depending on the exact time of day. All 3 options mentioned are valid, as are many others (such as via Heerlen, Herzogenrath and Dusseldorf, for example). Your options also vary depending on how important price is, and also if you want to keep the number of changes to a minimum.

The shortest possible route by train seems to be 6hrs 15mins, which leaves every 2hours (more or less) and if you are an old bugger (eg over 26) costs 111euros. As Sander mentioned it is a slightly un-intuitive route via Roermond-Venlo-Viersen and Duisburg, though to me, it is a logical route. However, whilst all the connections are perfectly achievable, some are quite short (4mins in Venlo) so if you faff around, have lots of luggage, or don't know what you are doing, you could easily end up getting stuck and thus delayed by 1 or 2hours.

However.

I know you asked for the journey time and this is slightly off topic, but the easiest and cheapest route is 8hours exactly, with just one change, and costs only 36euros...

You leave Maastricht just after midnight, and get the night train from Liege. Booked in advance, seating is only 29euros from Liege-Berlin, whilst for 49euros you can get a couchette and lie down. The extra 7euros is the price from Maastricht to Liege.
These tickets do need to be booked in advance, but can be booked online and self printed, and depending on the date/demand of your intended journey, these cheap tickets can be picked up 2 or 3 days in advance (though, admittedly, sometimes, 2 or 3weeks ahead the very cheap ones are sold out)

Hope some of that helps!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2008, at 9:00 AM by Gelli ]