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Overview: Train from Cologne to Hamburg

distanceDistance223 miles (360 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 54 min
priceAverage train ticket price$29 (€24)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesDeutsche 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 54 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection, Hamburg-Köln-Express or Locomore. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $29 (€24), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $14 (€11). Travelers depart most frequently from Köln Hbf and arrive in Hamburg Hbf.

Train providers: Deutsche Bahn from Cologne to Hamburg trains

Buy your official Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg from $14 (€11) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient route.

Deutsche Bahn

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 between Cologne and 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.

  • Average Price: $21

Deutsche Bahn's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Hamburg from Cologne are the following:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Normal conditions apply

Trains from Cologne to Hamburg: Journey Details

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.


Deutsche Bahn trains from Cologne to Hamburg

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Deutsche Bahn is the main railroad company in Germany. On average, about 40,000 train journeys are made in Germany every day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types—make savings with offers such as the Sparpreis ticket or apply discount cards with the BahnCard. Check whether you can also use them on the DB route from Cologne to Hamburg. You can find information on ticket cancelation in our Help Center.

DB has different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its railroads, which differ in terms of comfort and travel time. While restrooms, for example, are part of the standard equipment, other offers such as an on-board restaurant or Wi-Fi access are only available on certain trains. With Omio you can easily check the Deutsche Bahn timetable for your journey from Cologne to Hamburg and book cheap DB tickets. More information on rail travel in Germany and Europe.


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Taking the Train from Cologne

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.

Getting into Hamburg by Train

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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Cologne to Hamburg

Travel by train to Hamburg easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cologne to Hamburg.
FAQs

What is the price of the cheapest train from Cologne to Hamburg?

Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Cologne to Hamburg to cost as little as $14 (€11)  in the next 7 days.

How much does it cost to take a train between Cologne and Hamburg?

The Cologne to Hamburg train ticket price is on average $29 (€24)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this journey in the next week.

How far is Cologne to Hamburg by train?

The train distance from Cologne to Hamburg is around 223 miles (360 km).

What is the Cologne to Hamburg train travel time?

On average the Cologne to Hamburg train travel time is 3 h 54 min  for the 223 miles (360 km) long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.

What train station in Cologne goes to Hamburg? What train station do I come into Hamburg from Cologne?

When departing from Cologne, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen. When arriving in Hamburg, you can end your trip in train stations like Hamburg Hbf, Hamburg-Altona and Hamburg-Harburg.

Omio customers book a train from Köln Hbf   to Hamburg Hbf   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Cologne to go to Hamburg? Where is the train station in Hamburg located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Köln Hbf, which is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Hamburg Hbf, located 1.6 miles (2.6 km) away from the city center.

Which train companies should I travel with from Cologne to Hamburg?

Take the Cologne to Hamburg train with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection, Hamburg-Köln-Express or Locomore. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip to Hamburg from Cologne as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Are there any direct trains from Cologne to Hamburg?

Yes, there are 16 direct trains per day from Cologne to Hamburg with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain, and you won’t need to transfer at another stop in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when traveling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.

How many train services per day are there to Hamburg from Cologne?

The average number of trains departing Cologne for Hamburg is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When does the first train depart from Cologne to Hamburg? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Hamburg?

You can take the first train from Cologne to Hamburg at 5: 12 AM. The last train from Cologne to Hamburg that you can take departs at 7: 11 PM. Omio shows you the latest train from Cologne to Hamburg schedule to help you book the best departure time for this journey.

When should I book the Cologne to Hamburg train for the best deals on tickets?

If you buy a train ticket from Cologne to Hamburg within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $29 (€24) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Cologne and Hamburg are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cologne
Hamburg
Köln Hbf is the most popular Cologne railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cologne for your trip to Hamburg.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
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Phone Number
+49 2211411055
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sat - Sun: 07: 00 - 21: 00
Public transit options for Köln Hbf
U-Bahn lines: U5, U16, U18
S-Bahn lines: S6, S11, S12, S19
Bus lines: 172, 173
Train lines: ICE, IC, EC, FLX, RE, RB