Wilhelmshaven to Berlin - Sunday Transportation Options

What is my best option for traveling on a Sunday from Wilhelmshaven, Germany to Berlin, Germany and what is covered by my Eurail Pass? Thanks!
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 12, 2018 15:51
    Hi Wendy,

    On Sundays, the fastest connections from Wilhelmshaven to Berlin take about 5 hours.

    Wilhelmshaven does have a rail station, but it doesn't appear as though trains from there operate on Sundays. Therefore, you would first need to take a bus from Wilhelmshaven to Varel. The bus ride can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes in duration. A rail pass would not cover the bus, so you would just have to pay to board locally.

    In Varel, you would switch to a train to Oldenburg. In Oldenburg, you would switch to an IC or ICE train to Hanover. In Hanover, you would switch to an ICE that will take you to Berlin. Any rail pass that includes Germany does cover these trains. However, on the ICE trains from Hanover to Berlin, reservations would just highly recommended in addition to the rail pass. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Hanover to Berlin by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    For the other segments (Varel to Oldenburg and Oldenburg to Hanover), reservations are not necessary, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can check schedules for the non-reserved section by doing one search all the way through from Varel to Hanover (if you try to search Varel to Oldenburg and Oldenburg to Hanover individually, the Varel to Oldenburg will not display).

    If you'd like to inquire about specific bus schedules from Wilhelmshaven to Varel, you can try searching online, or else you can call us at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday.
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