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There are many options available for travelling from Berlin, 650 kilometres due west, to Amsterdam. Flying is the fastest method, followed by train and finally bus, which is usually the slowest. Each transport method generally travels between one or two airports or stations, although some bus routes have several stops.
Buses depart from Berlin on average once an hour, throughout the day and most of the night. Direct routes take between seven and ten hours, while those with a change, which is usually in Hamburg, take a few hours more. Buses, operated by Infobus, Flixbus, Eurolines Germany and others, travel between Berlin ZOB and Sloterdijk in Amsterdam. It is also possible to car share for this journey, with providers such as Bla Bla Car, this will usually be the fastest method by road.
Trains bound for Amsterdam leave Berlin every two hours during the day, with the occasional departure at night. Direct trains take just over 6 hours. On some routes, passengers must change at Hanover or another German city, this extends the travel time by an hour or more. Trains depart from Berlin Hbf (tief) or Berlin Gesundbrunnen stations and all arrive at Amsterdam Centraal. All rail services are provided by Deutsche Bahn.
Flights take off from Berlin Schönefeld or Berlin Tegel airports and all land at Amsterdam Schiphol. KLM and Easyjet offer around 7 direct flights per day, which take take under 1.5 hours. Many other operators offer indirect flights which take at least twice as long, these include Air Canada, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. There are hundreds of flight combinations per day between the two cities, with at least one change.