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The train from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf usually takes 20 hours 41 minutes on average to travel 1474 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 15 hours 50 minutes. You can expect to find 8 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Barcelona and Hamburg Hbf, you'll need to make 2 changes on your way to Hamburg Hbf. You can choose to travel with TGV, Thalys or ICE to get to Hamburg Hbf. As the main rail operators on this route, their trains offer modern comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.
To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $93.51.
Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Hamburg Hbf, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.
|Journey time||From 15h 50m|
|Distance||916 miles (1474 km)|
|Frequency||8 trains per day|
|Arrival station||Hamburg Hbf|
|Train and bus operators||Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, Flixbus, Thalys, Renfe-SNCF, ALSA, BlaBlaCar Bus, OUIGO, Renfe, ÖBB, Union Ivkoni (Bus)|
Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.
OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.
Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.
The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Hamburg Hbf is 20 hours and 41 minutes, with around 8 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf is 15 hours and 50 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf can start from as little as $93.51 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf. Travelling from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.
The first train from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 16:36. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Barcelona to Hamburg Hbf cover a distance of around 916 miles (1474 km) during the journey.