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.
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 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!
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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.
The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf is 1 hour and 43 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 00:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Berlin to Hamburg Hbf cover a distance of around 157 miles (253 km) during the journey.