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Cologne to Hamburg by train

It takes an average of 17h 35m to travel from Cologne to Hamburg by train, over a distance of around 552 miles (888 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Cologne to Hamburg and tickets for this journey start from €54.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 13h 59m
Price€54.60 - €313.60
Distance552 miles (888 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
Departure stationCologne
Arrival stationHamburg
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS, DB, Meridian, Trenord

Cologne to Hamburg train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cologne to Hamburg for Tuesday 7th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:20 01:38 15h 18m, 3 changes
12:40 06:51 18h 11m, 5 changes
12:40 07:52 19h 12m, 3 changes
13:40 07:52 18h 12m, 6 changes
15:40 08:56 17h 16m, 4 changes
15:40 10:14 18h 34m, 3 changes
16:40 11:35 18h 55m, 8 changes
17:40 11:56 18h 16m, 6 changes
17:40 12:35 18h 55m, 5 changes
18:40 12:54 18h 14m, 3 changes

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and SBB trains from Cologne to Hamburg

You can travel from Cologne to Hamburg on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and SBB 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.

Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat).

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Cheap train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg

Train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg start at €54.60 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 €220.96.
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avg. single price220.96

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 Cologne 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 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 Cologne 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 Cologne to Hamburg take?

The average journey time by train between Cologne and Hamburg is 17 hours and 35 minutes, with around 18 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 Cologne and Hamburg by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cologne to Hamburg is 13 hours and 59 minutes.

How much does the train from Cologne to Hamburg cost?

Train tickets from Cologne to Hamburg can start from as little as €54.60 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 Cologne to Hamburg?

No, there are no direct train services from Cologne to Hamburg. Travelling from Cologne to Hamburg by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

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

The first train from Cologne to Hamburg leaves at 05:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cologne to Hamburg leaves at 21:40. 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 Cologne and Hamburg by train?

Trains travelling from Cologne to Hamburg cover a distance of around 552 miles (888 km) during the journey.

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 Cologne to Hamburg for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2020. 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 28/06/2020 for travel on 18/03/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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