Daughter is headed to Belgium next month for 3 days and then Berlin for 3 days. What is her best option for getting between the two cities? Train? Suggestions? She can throw a free day in between and go to say Cologne or Frankfurt. It seems cheaper to go from Frankfurt. Thanks in advance
She could go by train for as cheap as 49.90 EUR by specifying a 22 hour stopover in Cologne.
Take the 8:24 ICE to Cologne, arriving at 10:15, then the next day take the 8:48 ICE to Berlin, arriving at 1:07 pm.
This would be a Saver fare bought now. It would mean an absolute commitment to travel on the exact trains shown on the ticket, without deviation. Buy at www.bahn.com by starting at Brussels South station (Gare du Midi) showing an 8 am departure, in the "change other data" indicate 1 intermediate stop in Cologne for 22 hours and you'll see the 8:48 departure to Berlin. Cost is 49.90 EUR. This is actually cheaper than buying a through ticket without stop over, which would be 79.90 EUR with a 33 minute train change in Cologne. For an additional 4.50 EUR she could get a seat reservation for both legs and choose her seat at the time of purchase. She can print the ticket at home as soon as the purchase is completed. Or if she registers at Deutsche Bahn and down loads the Navigator App, she can put it on her smart phone.
Ryan Air has direct flights from Brussels to Berlin for 10 Euros...takes about an hour and a half, fyi.
If you try RyanAir make sure it isn't when they are on sick-out or one of the 2000 flights they canceled starting this week (for a couple of months) because they violated EU regulations for pilot conditions.....
There are a couple of other carriers offering non-stop flights at reasonable prices if you don't want to risk it on Ryan Air.