The German capital is the place to head if you want to experience some of the country’s most famous sights and culinary delights, but a true explorer would never stop there. Plus, when we tell you Hamburg is just under two hours away by train, we’re sure you’ll agree that adding a second city to your trip is just good sense!
You’ll travel by Deutsche Bahn ICE, Intercity (IC) or EuroCity (EC) trains, with the first two coming fully air-conditioned and all offering a comfy seat from which you can take in the fantastic views. The perfect cultural highlight to your trip, though the shopping and nightlife are pretty great too, Hamburg boasts more museums than the capital and is one of the leading cities for live music in the world. Get in tune with this train route, check out our FAQs below or buy a ticket now in our Journey Planner!
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.
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.
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.
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 Berlin to Hamburg 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 Berlin and Hamburg is 2 hours and 13 minutes, with around 32 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 Berlin to Hamburg is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Berlin to Hamburg can start from as little as €17.50 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Hamburg without having to change trains. There are 30 direct trains from Berlin to Hamburg each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Berlin to Hamburg leaves at 04:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Berlin to Hamburg leaves at 09:46. 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 Berlin to Hamburg cover a distance of around 159 miles (256 km) during the journey.