The cheapest trains from Cologne to Hamburg

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Cheapest

$22

Average

$53

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.

2nd Cheapest
08:11PMCologne Hbf4h05 12:16AMHamburg Hbf
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$221One-way
07:09PMCologne Hbf4h07 11:16PMHamburg Hbf
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$301One-way
09:12PMCologne Hbf8h09 05:21AMHamburg Hbf
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$301One-way
03:44AMCologne Hbf4h49 08:33AMHamburg Hbf
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$351One-way
06:11AMCologne Hbf3h39 09:50AMHamburg Hbf
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$371One-way

Timetable Cologne to Hamburg

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02:14AMCologne Hbf4h37 06:51AMHamburg Hbf
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03:44AMCologne Hbf4h49 08:33AMHamburg Hbf
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04:16AMCologne Hbf4h40 08:56AMHamburg Hbf
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05:07AMCologne Hbf4h07 09:14AMHamburg Hbf
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06:11AMCologne Hbf3h39 09:50AMHamburg Hbf
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06:48AMCologne Hbf4h06 10:54AMHamburg Hbf
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07:09AMCologne Hbf4h05 11:14AMHamburg Hbf
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07:13AMCologne Hbf4h41 11:54AMHamburg Hbf
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08:09AMCologne Hbf4h04 12:13PMHamburg Hbf
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08:48AMCologne Hbf4h07 12:55PMHamburg Hbf
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09:09AMCologne Hbf4h05 01:14PMHamburg Hbf
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10:04AMCologne Hbf3h47 01:51PMHamburg Hbf
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10:11AMCologne Hbf4h03 02:14PMHamburg Hbf
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10:48AMCologne Hbf4h06 02:54PMHamburg Hbf
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11:09AMCologne Hbf4h04 03:13PMHamburg Hbf
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12:04PMCologne Hbf3h46 03:50PMHamburg Hbf
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12:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 04:14PMHamburg Hbf
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12:48PMCologne Hbf4h06 04:54PMHamburg Hbf
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01:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 05:14PMHamburg Hbf
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01:13PMCologne Hbf5h16 06:29PMHamburg Hbf
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01:48PMCologne Hbf4h06 05:54PMHamburg Hbf
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02:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 06:14PMHamburg Hbf
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02:48PMCologne Hbf4h05 06:53PMHamburg Hbf
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03:09PMCologne Hbf4h04 07:13PMHamburg Hbf
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04:06PMCologne Hbf3h42 07:48PMHamburg Hbf
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04:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 08:14PMHamburg Hbf
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04:48PMCologne Hbf4h10 08:58PMHamburg Hbf
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05:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 09:14PMHamburg Hbf
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05:13PMCologne Hbf4h41 09:54PMHamburg Hbf
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06:09PMCologne Hbf4h05 10:14PMHamburg Hbf
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06:48PMCologne Hbf4h06 10:54PMHamburg Hbf
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07:09PMCologne Hbf4h07 11:16PMHamburg Hbf
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08:11PMCologne Hbf4h05 12:16AMHamburg Hbf
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08:21PMCologne Hbf9h00 05:21AMHamburg Hbf
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09:12PMCologne Hbf8h09 05:21AMHamburg Hbf
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Sun
Sep 26
$51FlixTrain
$51Flixbus
$304Eurowings Europe
Mon
Sep 27
$37Deutsche Bahn
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$106Eurowings
Tue
Sep 28
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$168Eurowings Europe
Wed
Sep 29
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$168Eurowings
Thu
Sep 30
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$143Eurowings Europe
Fri
Oct 1
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$93Eurowings
Sat
Oct 2
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$311Lufthansa
Sun
Oct 3
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$180Tuifly
Mon
Oct 4
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$143Tuifly
Tue
Oct 5
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$106Eurowings
Wed
Oct 6
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$155Eurowings
Thu
Oct 7
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$93Eurowings Europe
Fri
Oct 8
$30Deutsche Bahn
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$106Eurowings
Sat
Oct 9
$30Deutsche Bahn with connection
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$562Lufthansa Cityline
Sun
Oct 10
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$255Tuifly
Mon
Oct 11
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$155Eurowings Europe
Tue
Oct 12
$12FlixTrain
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$93Eurowings Europe
Wed
Oct 13
$22Deutsche Bahn
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$180Eurowings
Thu
Oct 14
$12FlixTrain
$25Flixbus
$93Eurowings Europe
Fri
Oct 15
$30Deutsche Bahn
$34Flixbus
$93Eurowings
Sat
Oct 16
$30Deutsche Bahn
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$346Lufthansa

The fastest trains from Cologne to Hamburg

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Fastest Journey

3 h 39 m

Average

4 h 25 m

Trains per day

35

Distance

360 km

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.

Fastest
06:11AMCologne Hbf3h39 09:50AMHamburg Hbf
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$371One-way
2nd Fastest
04:06PMCologne Hbf3h42 07:48PMHamburg Hbf
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$371One-way
12:04PMCologne Hbf3h46 03:50PMHamburg Hbf
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$641One-way
10:04AMCologne Hbf3h47 01:51PMHamburg Hbf
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$501One-way
10:11AMCologne Hbf4h03 02:14PMHamburg Hbf
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$451One-way

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Train Information between Cologne and Hamburg

distanceDistance223 miles (360 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 55 min
priceAverage train ticket price$28 (€23)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersDeutsche 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.

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Train between Cologne and Hamburg with Deutsche Bahn

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

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:

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

    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
    How much do cheap train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg cost?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Cologne to Hamburg trains for as little as $22 (€18)  in the next 7 days.
    What is the cost of a train to Hamburg from Cologne?
    In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $28 (€23)  for a train ticket between Cologne and Hamburg.
    How far is it from Cologne to Hamburg by train?
    The Cologne to Hamburg train distance is approximately 223 miles (360 km).
    How long is the train between Cologne and Hamburg?
    On average the Cologne to Hamburg train travel time is 3 h 55 min  for the 223 miles (360 km) long route, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
    What station does the train from Cologne to Hamburg depart from? Which Hamburg train station do I come into from Cologne?

    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.

    Where is the departure train station in Cologne located? Where is the arrival train station in Hamburg located?

    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.

    Which train companies can take me between Cologne and Hamburg?
    If you're looking for trains from Cologne to Hamburg, you can rely on Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection, Hamburg-Köln-Express or Locomore to get you to Hamburg. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Cologne to Hamburg route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Are there any direct trains from Cologne to Hamburg?
    Yes, there are direct trains to Hamburg from Cologne, and you can find a direct train for this route with Deutsche Bahn  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you purchase your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
    When does the first train depart from Cologne to Hamburg? When does the last train depart from Cologne to Hamburg?
    You can take the earliest train from Cologne to Hamburg at 6: 09 AM   or take the last train from Cologne to Hamburg leaving at 7: 12 PM. Look for the latest Cologne to Hamburg train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
    How far in advance should I book train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg for the best deals?
    If you purchase the Cologne to Hamburg train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $28 (€23). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Cologne to Hamburg. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Cologne
    Hamburg
    Köln Hbf
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