11 July 2024

How can I get to Berlin for the Euro 2024 final?

11 July 2024

England football fans wanting to be in Berlin for Sunday’s Euro 2024 final have limited and expensive direct-flight options, but there are a number of other ways to reach the German capital.

Here the PA news agency identifies six possible alternative routes to get to the city in time for the big match.

All times are local.

– Drive

Driving means once supporters reach mainland Europe, they are not at the mercy of airlines, train operators or other transport providers.

After reaching Calais in northern France by ferry or Eurotunnel train, it takes about 10 hours to drive to Berlin, passing cities such as Antwerp in Belgium, Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Dortmund and Hanover in Germany.

P&O Ferries has sailings from £91 on Saturday, while the cost of petrol for the journey from Calais to Berlin would be about £95.

It may be worth keeping an eye on car-sharing website BlaBlaCar in case anyone heading to Berlin offers space in their vehicle.

– Train

It is possible to reach Berlin by rail from London St Pancras.

The fastest route is by Eurostar to Brussels, Belgium, take an ICE train to Cologne, Germany and another ICE service to Berlin.

This can be done on Saturday, leaving St Pancras at 8.16am and arriving in Berlin nine hours and 46 minutes later at 7.02pm, at a cost of £350 on booking website Trainline.

It is worth bearing in mind that many supporters already in Germany have complained about their journeys around the country being disrupted by unreliable train services.

– Coach

Coach travel is possibly the cheapest way to reach Berlin for those without a car.

FlixBus is offering a journey from London Victoria to Berlin via a Dover to Calais ferry crossing, and a change of coach in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, for £131, leaving at 8am on Saturday, arriving 21 hours and 55 minutes later at 6.55am on Sunday.

– Indirect flight

There are many options to take connecting flights from the UK to Berlin.

EasyJet’s Worldwide service is selling a trip from Gatwick to Berlin via Olbia, Italy, on Saturday for £292.

It departs Gatwick at 1pm, arriving in Berlin eight hours and 35 minutes later at 10.35pm.

– A flight to another city

Flights between the UK and Berlin are in high demand, but there is better availability of flights to other cities in the region.

Wizz Air is selling seats on a flight from Luton to Prague, in the Czech Republic, on Saturday, departing at 6.15pm and arriving at 9.15pm.

After an overnight stay, supporters could take a train to Berlin on Sunday, departing at 6.28am and arriving at 10.42am, costing £53 on Trainline and leaving plenty of time to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.

This would mean a total journey time of 15 hours and 27 minutes.

– Chartering a flight

If money is no object, chartering a private jet for four people from Farnborough airport, Hampshire costs about £11,220 if booked through PrivateFly.

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