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Taking the train from Berlin to Hamburg

The train from Berlin to Hamburg rattles through 157 miles of Lower Saxony in well under two hours. Actually, rattles is the wrong word, because Deutsche Bahn's ICE trains glide along effortlessly at speeds of 300 km/h, some of the fastest in Europe. They don't skimp on the mod cons either, with unlimited WiFi, a children's play area, food and refreshments. With such a rapid rail service, it's hard to see why you would bother to fly or drive between these two great German cities.

Arriving at Hamburg Hbf station, you'll find yourself pretty much in the centre of things. If you fancy a breath of air, you can go for a stroll along the Outer Alster, a popular lakeside promenade. Or if you're itching to do some shopping, the Mönckebergstraße has all the latest cool German gadgets and European fashion items. Then there's the Rathausmarkt, the city's main square and a picturesque hub for restaurants and cafes.

If you're ready to travel by train from Berlin to Hamburg, scroll up to use our Journey Planner and secure the best deal for your trip. Or if you're still not convinced, scroll down for ticket prices, FAQs and so much more.

Berlin to Hamburg Hbf by train

It takes an average of 2h 02m to travel from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf by train, over a distance of around 157 miles (253 km). There are normally 25 trains per day travelling from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €9.65 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 43m
Price€9.65 - €151.90
Distance157 miles (253 km)
Frequency25 trains per day
Departure stationBerlin
Arrival stationHamburg Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Berlin to Hamburg Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf for Thursday 2nd Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
11:40 Berlin Hbf (tief)13:27 Hamburg HbfICE 602 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 47m, direct
12:38 Berlin Hbf (tief)14:22 Hamburg HbfICE 802 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 44m, direct
13:06 Berlin Hbf (tief)15:11 Hamburg HbfEC 176 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 05m, direct
13:40 Berlin Hbf (tief)15:27 Hamburg HbfICE 1600 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 47m, direct
14:38 Berlin Hbf (tief)16:42 Hamburg HbfICE 800 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 04m, direct
14:47 Berlin Hbf (tief)17:29 Hamburg HbfEC 174 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 42m, direct
14:50 Berlin Hbf (tief)17:53 Hamburg HbfICE 546 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets3h 03m, 1 change
15:40 Berlin Hbf (tief)18:02 Hamburg HbfICE 508 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 22m, direct
16:38 Berlin Hbf (tief)18:24 Hamburg HbfICE 708 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
17:06 Berlin Hbf (tief)19:11 Hamburg HbfEC 378 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 05m, direct

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf

You can travel from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) 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.

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.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

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.

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 Berlin to Hamburg Hbf

Train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf start at €9.65 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €64.14.
lowest price found
from9.65
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price45.45
on the day
avg. single price64.14

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 Berlin to Hamburg Hbf 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf? 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 Berlin to Hamburg Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Hamburg Hbf is 2 hours and 2 minutes, with around 25 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 Berlin and Hamburg Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf is 1 hour and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf can start from as little as €9.65 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 Berlin to Hamburg Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 24 direct trains from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf leave?

The first train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 00:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf leave?

The last train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 22:37. 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 Berlin and Hamburg Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf cover a distance of around 157 miles (253 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Berlin to Hamburg Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2020. 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 22/06/2020 for travel on 13/03/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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