Copenhagen to Berlin: Plane vs. Train

I’ve been doing some twiddling this week for some possible travel in Europe for reboot. Part of my twiddle involves a stop in Berlin, both because I’ve never been there, and also to let me see my friend as Plazes face-to-face.

To help assuage my carbon guilt, I’m looking at taking the train for all of the intra-Europe travel rather than following my usual habit of flying cheap on easyjet and the like.

Here’s the economics of the difference:

Train Plane
Travel Time 7.5 hours 1 hour
Journey Time 8 hours 5 hours
Cost $170 $40
Tonnes Carbon 0.018 0.05

For “Journey Time” I added in the time it would take to get to the airport from downtown, the need to arrive at the airport in advance, and the time to get downtown from the airport. Cost is converted to Canadian dollars, and reflects the cheapest fare I could find (it’s easier to find airfares than it is railfares, so there might be less expensive ways to take the train).


Guy Dickinson's picture
Guy Dickinson on May 12, 2007 - 01:00 Permalink

Hi Peter, glad to hear you’re definitely going to be there…how about getting the flight, but then offsetting the carbon emissions? —

See you on the balcony!

Tom Purves's picture
Tom Purves on May 13, 2007 - 16:26 Permalink

Glad to hear you’ll be at Reboot. I’ll see you there Robert.

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andrea on May 30, 2007 - 00:13 Permalink

Hi Peter,
I don’t think you ever wrote whether you opted for the train or plane to get to Berlin. The plane sure sounds more convenient, but isn’t the journey as important as the destination? Still, I appreciate the time saved with the flight option.

Either way, I am planning a trip to Berlin next spring and considering a side trip to Sweden to visit a friend, so I’m terribly curious to hear about your trip and hope to get some good tips from it.

Have a safe and happy journey!


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Surajit on May 29, 2012 - 08:10 Permalink

Please let me know the plane fare of easily available flights from Copenhagen to Berlin. Whats the rail fare in available trains in the same route. Thanx

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Surajit on May 29, 2012 - 09:06 Permalink

Which train is cheaper to go to Berlin to Copenhagen. Eurorail or which is one is cheap.