How to travel from Berlin to Hamburg

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from Berlin to Hamburg

You can get from Berlin to Hamburg by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Berlin to Hamburg on Dec 08 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Berlin to Hamburg

distanceDistance158 miles (255 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$3 - $88
fastestFastest modeTrain • $88 (€80) • 1 h 44 min
carriersPopular travel companiesPinkbus or Deutsche Bahn

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 158 miles (255 km) from Berlin to Hamburg. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Pinkbus or Deutsche Bahn among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Berlin to Hamburg.

How to Travel from Berlin to Hamburg

Berlin and Hamburg are just 288 km apart. This makes it an easy and convenient day trip by either bus or high-speed train for travellers in Germany. Traveling by air takes about twice as long due to stopovers, and is also a more expensive option than opting for a bus or train journey.

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What is the best way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg?

Cheapest way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg


Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg. Buses traveling from Berlin to Hamburg depart from either Berlin's ZOB or U-Bahnhof Alt-Tegel and take at least 3 hours to arrive at Hamburg ZOB (central bus station). Over 60 buses travel from Berlin to Hamburg everyday with buses beginning to depart Berlin at 12:10 a.m. Bus companies that travel from Berlin to Hamburg include Flixbus, RegioJet, and Polskibus. Flixbus is the company with the most departures per day.

Fastest way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg


Taking the train is the fastest way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg. Trains depart from either Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Ostbahnhof, or Zoologischer Garten and take as little as 1:42 h arrive at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. All trains that travel from Berlin to Hamburg are operated by Deutsche Bahn. Trains travel from Berlin to Hamburg from approximately 80 times per day with the earliest departing Berlin at 12:30 a.m.

Most popular way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg


Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg. Taking the train is over an hour faster than taking the bus. The train also allows you to travel directly between Hamburg and Berlin's city centers. Traveling from Berlin to Hamburg by bus is also a popular option if you're looking to travel from Berlin to Hamburg for the least amount of money. Berlin and Hamburg are located too close together to make flying a convenient way to travel.

How to get from Berlin to Hamburg

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Berlin to Hamburg, 78,90% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Berlin to Hamburg

Travel Tips: Travel 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 Berlin to Hamburg.

There are 4 travel options from Berlin to Hamburg: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Hamburg from Berlin is by taking a flight, which costs on average $3 (€3).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Hamburg:

A flight is generally $9 (€8) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $12 (€11) from Berlin to Hamburg.

A flight is $84 (€77) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Berlin to Hamburg costing on average $88 (€80).

The quickest way to travel from Berlin to Hamburg is by train, which takes on average 1 h 44 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 3 h 5 min.

In comparison, getting to Hamburg by flight can take on average 0 h 0 min.

The Berlin to Hamburg distance is around 158 miles (255 km).

The average frequency per day from Berlin to Hamburg is:

  • 14 buses a day.
  • 30 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Hamburg from Berlin as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Berlin to Hamburg:

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Berlin, Zentralen Omnibusbahnhof and arrive in Hamburg, Bahnsteig Gleis 13 + 14.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Berlin Brandenburg Airport and arrive in Hamburg Airport.
  • Most travelers take a train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Berlin to Hamburg:

  • You can take a bus from Berlin to Hamburg with Pinkbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $12 (€11) with Pinkbus from Berlin to Hamburg.
  • You can travel by train between Berlin and Hamburg with Deutsche Bahn, and you can find Deutsche Bahn Berlin to Hamburg tickets for $88 (€80) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct services available from Berlin to Hamburg with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by bus with Flixbus, BlaBlaCar or Pinkbus with 14 direct buses per day.
  • You can find around 29 direct trains per day and travel with Deutsche Bahn or FlixTrain.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Hamburg as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Berlin and Hamburg.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Berlin to Hamburg often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Copenhagen, Amsterdam or Munich. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Berlin and Hamburg itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Hamburg and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip from Berlin to Hamburg, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost $12 (€11) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $3 (€3) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing $88 (€80) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Berlin to Hamburg online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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