Hi, can anyone tell me about a cheap to way to go from Berlin to Cologne round trip? Thanks
I have found on the DB website the cheapest return fare between Cologne and Berlin is 93 Euros.
Yes, but the discounted fare is for pre-booking; you have to book for a certain train, at least 7 days in advance and the return has to be over the weekend or so.
... and these Sparpreis 50 (50% discount) tickets are restricted in numbers. The chance to get such a ticket if you plan to travel e.g. on a Friday or Sunday afternoon/evening is slim.
Thanks a lot for your help, I really appreciate it, and... are there any bus companies that run from Berlin to Cologne, I feel it can be cheaper than the train?
are you in Germany only for a short time or visiting frequently? In the latter case buy a BahnCard 50, you will get 50% discount on the train tickets without any contingents or prebooking.
Thanks a lot, I will be in Germany only one 8 days. 4 of them in Berlin and the other four on Cologne. From Cologne I´m planning to travel to Belgium and maybe Luxemburg. These is gonna be in the end of december and I´m looking for a cheaper way of transportation than the train, if its possible. Thanks you very much.
If you are in Germany only for a few days you should not spend all the time on buses. Where a train need 4 hours the bus often takes 8 - as I said, if there is a bus at all.
If I were you I would fly from Cologne to Berlin. If you book in advance tickets are usually cheaper than the train ticket.
Cheapest tickets are available for Tue-Thu and Sat.
Lufthansa offers tickets for 69,-EUR (ow) all incl. (no advance booking period):
"HLX" (www.hlx.com, Cologne-Berlin Tegel) has its "Happy Hour" on Tuesdays. Tickets for next week Mon, Tue,... still available for as little as 32,-EUR (ow) all incl. Same for "dba" (www.flydba.com, Cologne-Berlin Tempelhof)with tickets from 37,-EUR (ow) all inkl., Germanwings (www.germanwings.com, Cologne-Berlin Schönefeld) from 42,-EUR (ow) all. inkl.