The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Cologne to Hamburg is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
3 h 45 m
4 h 16 m
Trains per day
Of the 35 trains that leave Cologne for Hamburg every day 21 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Distance||223 miles (360 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 38 min|
|Average train ticket price||$31 (€28)|
|Train frequency||15 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 15 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn with connection, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn|
Trains from Cologne to Hamburg cover the 223 miles (360 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 38 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn with connection, FlixTrain or Deutsche Bahn. Normally, there are 15 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $17 (€15), but the average price of train tickets is $31 (€28). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Hamburg Hbf.
Find the best trains between Cologne and Hamburg with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from $17 (€15). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is Germany’s main provider of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international journeys per day. Deutsche Bahn’s fleet of trains includes the high-speed ICE (Intercity Express) as well as the IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while toilets are standard amenities, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain train types and routes. Deutsche Bahn is well-known for its wide range of fares like Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your Cologne to Hamburg train.
Cologne to Hamburg train information with Deutsche Bahn:
Trains in Germany are an efficient way to travel between cities, with Deutsche Bahn offering both domestic and international train routes. Deutsche Bahn operates a regular daily trains from Cologne and Hamburg, so whenever you need to make the journey, a train will be available. Trains depart throughout the night, but the first direct service of the day leaves Cologne's Hauptbahnhof at 5:00 a.m. and takes a little over 4 hours to make the journey. After that, departures continue until the final direct train at 2:10 a.m. There are also indirect routes available, but it is far quicker to take the Cologne-Hamburg express.
Return trains from Hamburg to Cologne are also available.
All trains from Cologne to Hamburg depart from Cologne's Hauptbahnhof. The quickest route to the station from most parts of the city is to take the Metro or S-Bahn. Catching tram line 1 is a fast and efficient alternative.
If you love architecture and design, great nightlife, and sporting thrills, Hamburg is the place to visit. This north German city offers the bohemian attractions of the Reeperbahn, a dazzling array of modern and Baroque buildings and some of Germany's most welcoming pubs and bars. All trains from Cologne to Hamburg arrive at the Hauptbahnhof, which is a central hub on the excellent HVV transport network. The circular U3 Metro line is a useful route to get to central destinations, while the S-Bahn network serves all of Hamburg's suburbs. But for the best view of the city as you arrive, walking to your hotel is easily the most enjoyable option.
There are a few train stations in Cologne to start your trip from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. In Hamburg you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Hamburg Hbf, Hamburg-Altona and Hamburg-Harburg.
Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Hamburg Hbf.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Köln Hbf, is located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the city center of Cologne.
The most popular arrival train station, Hamburg Hbf, is located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) away from the city center of Hamburg.
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