Train Travel Times

Here is a list of train connection times between some of the major cities you might base yourself, and should give you an idea th geo-temporal size you’re dealing with.. I’m listing them from the northern Hamburg, down the eastern side to Berlin and Leipzig and on down to München. This is a major train corridor, with proximity to the theaters in  much of northern Germany, virtually all of the theaters in the former East Germany (or DDR, as many knew it), and then extending into Bavaria and the prosperous areas of southern Germany.   Köln anchors the theater rich western side, which has direct connectins to Berlin, Frankfurt München and Hamburg as well. I have added Kiel and Dresden to give an idea of travel from the more distant corners of the country. Trains do not always go “as the crow flies”. They tend to go North-South and East-West, and also follow older trade and historical paths. Your audition city may be on the main line or may require changes, which can make the journey longer and more difficult.

Delays happen and changing trains slightly increase that possibility. The best is when the connection is on the “Gleis gegenüber”-the tracks on the other side of the platform where the train arrives. Sometimes cheaper trains (IR)will be an hour slower but direct: Less stress, more time. ICE trains are modern and fast. There is now wifi and I think most of them even have plugs (bring your adaptor plugs!)

Hamburg-München-6 hoursHamburg-Köln-4 hours

Hamburg-Frankfurt Flughafen 4-5 ¼ hrs

Hamburg-Berlin-2 h

Berlin-München – 3 ½ to 5 ½ hours, mostly 4 ½  (there’s one very fast train)

Berlin-Köln-4 ½ to 5, mostly direct

Berlin-Frankfurt Flughafen

Leipzig-Berlin-1 ½ hrs

Leipzig-Frankfurt Flughafen-3 ½ hrs

Leipzig-München 3 ½ – 4 ½ hrs

Leipzig-Hamburg- under 3 ½ hrs

Leipzig-Köln-5 – 6 ½ hrs. with 1 or 2 changes.

München-Hamburg-5 ½ – 6 ½  hrs

München-Berlin-4 ½ – 5 ½ hrs

München-Frandfurt Flughafen 3 ½ – 4 ¼ hrs

München-Köln 4 ¾ – 5 ½ or 6 hrs

Köln-München-4 ½  to 6 or 6 ½

Köln-Berlin- 4 ¼ – 5 hrs, often direct

Köln-Frankfurt HBf-just over 1 hour to 2 ½

Köln-Frankfurt Flughafen-Just under 1 hr!

Köln-Hamburg-4 hrs.

Kiel-Munich 7-8 hours

Dresden-Köln 5 ¾ – 7 hrs

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