Many refugees are entering Germany and Berlin by train. There are train connections from Gdynia, Poznań, Warszawa, Przemyśl, Kraków and Wrocław in Poland, from Budapest in Hungary and from Prague in the Czech Republic. Most trains from Poland travel to Berlin, but some also travel to Frankfurt (Oder), Cottbus and Hanover. From Budapest you can travel to Munich, Nuremberg or Passau via Vienna and from Prague to Dresden. There are rumours circulating that arrival and registration are only possible in Berlin. This is false. You can register and receive assistance in all German towns and cities.
Travelling by train is free of charge for refugees. You do not need a ticket. You will be provided with food during the journey. Some powerbanks with charging cables are also available. Please feel free to use them and leave them on the train after your journey. There will be helpers and attendants on the trains to assist you with questions and medical needs. Do not hesitate to ask!
If you are not being picked up by friends or family, please first go to the “Welcome Hall Berlin” arrival tent at Berlin Main Station. All further help and assistance will be coordinated from there. If you need accommodation, free shuttles will take you there. Please approach a police officer immediately if you feel unsafe or are offered money for accommodation.
You can also enter Germany in your own car. In Germany, third-party liability insurance is mandatory. If your car is not insured, the German Insurance Association (Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft) will cover possible third-party liability claims until the end of May 2022. If this applies to you contact the German Green Card Bureau (Deutsche Büro Grüne Karte)