The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Cologne to Hamburg will cost around $ 53 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 22.
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3 h 39 m
4 h 25 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.
These direct trains cover the 360 km distance in an average of 4 h 25 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 39 m .
The slowest trains will take 9 h and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||223 miles (360 km)|
|Average train duration||3 h 55 min|
|Average train ticket price||$28 (€23)|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection, Hamburg-Köln-Express or Locomore|
Trains from Cologne to Hamburg cover the 223 miles (360 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 55 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection, Hamburg-Köln-Express or Locomore. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $22 (€18), but the average price of train tickets is $28 (€23). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Hamburg Hbf.
Find the best trains from Cologne to Hamburg with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from $22 (€18). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the main provider of train services in Germany, making on average 40, 000 journeys per day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types, savings offers including Super Saver, Saver, and Flexible fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use for your train from Cologne to Hamburg. DB uses different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time required to travel. For example, while bathrooms are standard amenities, services like an onboard restaurant or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Deutsche Bahn train ticket between Cologne and Hamburg:
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.
Some of the Cologne train stations to Hamburg you can start your journey from include Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Hamburg include Hamburg Hbf, Hamburg-Altona and Hamburg-Harburg.
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Köln Hbf and arriving in Hamburg Hbf.
Passengers board their train most frequently from Köln Hbf and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to this train station.
Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Hamburg Hbf and need to travel approximately 1 mile (s) / 2 km from the train station to the city center in Hamburg.
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