Does Paris to Berlin require reservations?

Does Paris Berlin train 1st class require reservation, and if it does how far ahead of the journey
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) December 19, 2017 22:21

    The most feasible connections from Paris to Berlin take about 8.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once along the way in either Mannheim or Cologne.

    On trains from Paris to Mannheim (TGV Est high-speed trains) and trains from Paris to Cologne (Thalys high-speed trains), reservations are required as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended departure date.

    On trains from Mannheim to Berlin (ICE high-speed trains) or trains from Cologne to Berlin (ICE high-speed trains), reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. Generally, these trains can be reserved up 180 days in advance of a departure.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. For trips such as these, you would just have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment (i.e. one search for trains from Paris to Mannheim and then another search for connecting trains from Mannheim to Berlin).
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