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About the train journey from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen

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The train from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen usually takes 8 hours 59 minutes on average to travel 658 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 6 hours 55 minutes. You can expect to find 29 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Hamburg and Friedrichshafen, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Friedrichshafen. You can choose to travel with TGV, Thalys or ICE to get to Friedrichshafen. 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 Hamburg to Friedrichshafen in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $20.43.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Friedrichshafen, 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.

Hamburg to Friedrichshafen by train

It takes an average of 8h 59m to travel from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen by train, over a distance of around 409 miles (658 km). There are normally 29 trains per day traveling from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen and tickets for this journey start from $20.43 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

6h 55m


658 miles (409 km)


29 trains per day


1 change


From $20.43

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, ÖBB, SNCF, Thalys

Hamburg to Friedrichshafen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:13 17:50 8h 37m, 2 changes
10:24 17:52 7h 28m, 2 changes
10:24 18:52 8h 28m, 1 change
10:57 19:25 8h 28m, 1 change
11:24 18:25 7h 1m, 2 changes
12:24 19:52 7h 28m, 2 changes
12:24 20:52 8h 28m, 1 change
13:24 20:25 7h 1m, 2 changes
14:24 22:25 8h 1m, 2 changes
15:13 23:25 8h 12m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) trains from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen

You can travel from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), FlixTrain and IC (Intercity) 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.

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.

Operating alongside its sister coach company FlixBus since 2018, FlixTrain provides cheap intercity connections using 100% green energy. The main routes served by FlixTrain are Cologne-Hamburg, Aachen-Cologne-Berlin, and Berlin-Stuttgart. The network will expand in future to include more routes to Munich and Leipzig. FlixTrain carriages are fitted with free WiFi and power outlets or USB charge points. Plus, every ticket comes with a seat reservation, guaranteeing you a seat for the journey.

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen

The price of train tickets from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen starts at $20.43 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 Hamburg to Friedrichshafen 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 Hamburg to Friedrichshafen

Want to know more about your journey from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen? 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 Hamburg to Friedrichshafen take?

The average journey time by train between Hamburg and Friedrichshafen is 8 hours and 59 minutes, with around 29 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 Hamburg and Friedrichshafen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen is 6 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen cost?

Train tickets from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen can start from as little as $20.43 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 Hamburg to Friedrichshafen?

No, there are no direct train services from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen. Travelling from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen leaves at 05:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen leaves at 22:58. 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 Hamburg and Friedrichshafen by train?

Trains travelling from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen cover a distance of around 409 miles (658 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Friedrichshafen to Hamburg.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Hamburg to Friedrichshafen for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 11/03/2022 for travel on 11/03/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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