The Berlin-Wrocław ‘Culture Train‘ introduced in 2016 will depart for this first time in 3 months this coming weekend.
Following the loss of the regular Wrocław-Berlin Euro City train in 2014, authorities on both sides of the border joined forces to create a weekend service between the two cities in April 2016 – mainly due to Wrocław being the European Capital of Culture at the time.
The special service was supposed to be discontinued in December 2016, however the popularity of the route kept it open until the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March.
The original aim of the ‘Culture Train’ was to bring more Berliners to Wrocław’s cultural events in 2016. As a result, the departure times of the ‘Culture Train’ are better suited to Berliners coming to Wrocław rather than the other way around. The cross-border train leaves Berlin on Friday at 2.30pm and on Saturday around 8.30am, returning in the opposite direction from Wrocław on Saturday at 8.24pm and Sunday at 5.21pm.
Until recently, Wrocławians looking to engineer a long weekend in the German capital, as well as travelling by train, could nonetheless use the Austrian night train that ran between Vienna and Berlin. It left Wrocław at 5am, with the return journey departing Berlin at 6.30pm. The daily service started operating on December 9th 2018, but has not yet returned since the borders reopened.
OBB Nightjet, who operate the service, say that some cross-border night trains will run again from Saturday. However, their booking system suggests that the Vienna to Berlin service is not available.
There are of course a variety of bus companies that also run between Wrocław and Berlin. Flixbus and Deutsche Bahn run daily services, as do Bus Expres and Jardan Bus. You can also go to Berlin by train if you are willing to change trains; just do a search on rozklad-pkp.pl to see what options are available.
Please note that despite Koleje Dolnośląskie officially announcing the return of the Berlin Culture train, it is currently not showing on any online timetable. Therefore you will need to purchase your ticket (priced 79zł one way) at the station. We also recommend you buy your ticket in advance as the number of passengers allowed onboard is limited.