The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Cologne to Hamburg will cost around $ 91 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 38.
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Of the 44 train that leave Cologne for Hamburg every day 19 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 360 km distance in an average of 4h 44m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 4h 2m .
The slowest train will take 8h 21m 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
4 hours 27 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$20|
|Trains depart from:||Cologne|
|Trains arrive in:||Hamburg|
|Train Companies:||FlixTrain, 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.