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Basel to Hamburg by train

It takes an average of 7h 48m to travel from Basel to Hamburg by train, over a distance of around 427 miles (688 km). There are normally 23 trains per day travelling from Basel to Hamburg and tickets for this journey start from $23.02 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 29m
PriceFrom $23.02
Distance427 miles (688 km)
Frequency23 trains per day
First train04:03
Last train23:42
Departure stationBasel
Arrival stationHamburg
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, ÖBB, Flixbus

Basel to Hamburg train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel to Hamburg for Tuesday Nov 2nd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:13 16:32 7h 19m, 1 change
10:06 16:36 6h 30m, direct
10:13 17:29 7h 16m, 2 changes
10:13 17:36 7h 23m, 1 change
11:13 18:29 7h 16m, 1 change
12:06 18:35 6h 29m, direct
13:13 20:29 7h 16m, 1 change
14:06 20:39 6h 33m, direct
14:13 21:29 7h 16m, 2 changes
14:38 21:46 7h 8m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, ICE (Intercity Express) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Basel to Hamburg

You can travel from Basel to Hamburg on Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB, ICE (Intercity Express) and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Basel to Hamburg

The price of train tickets from Basel to Hamburg starts at $23.02 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Basel to Hamburg by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Basel to Hamburg

Want to know more about your journey from Basel to Hamburg? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Basel to Hamburg take?

The average journey time by train between Basel and Hamburg is 7 hours and 48 minutes, with around 23 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Basel and Hamburg by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel to Hamburg is 6 hours and 29 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel to Hamburg cost?

Train tickets from Basel to Hamburg can start from as little as $23.02 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.

Is there a direct train from Basel to Hamburg?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Basel to Hamburg without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Basel to Hamburg each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Basel to Hamburg leave?

The first train from Basel to Hamburg leaves at 04:03. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel to Hamburg leave?

The last train from Basel to Hamburg leaves at 23:42. 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.

What's the distance between Basel and Hamburg by train?

Trains travelling from Basel to Hamburg cover a distance of around 427 miles (688 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Hamburg to Basel.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel to Hamburg for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/02/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/18/2021 for travel on 10/18/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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