The train from Düsseldorf Main station to Hamburg Main station takes around four hours – not too bad for a 200-mile trip across the breadth of Northern Germany. Düsseldorf Hbf is a well-connected station, so you can look forward to boarding one of Deutsche Bahn's modern Intercity Express trains, which have dedicated play areas for kids and unlimited WiFi, in case you want to spend the entire trip through the Rhineland glued to your smartphone.
Given the distance, it's tempting to fly, but when you factor in travel time to the cities' airports, which are both located well outside their town centres, taking the train from Düsseldorf to Hamburg soon looks appealing. Hamburg Hbf is right next door to the City Art Museum, or just north is the serene Alster Lake, a popular walking and picnic spot. It's not much further to the traditional Gothic City Hall, the revitalised docklands and the Reeperbahn – Hamburg's main drag come nightfall.
Ready to book? Start your search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times and FAQs about the trip from Düsseldorf to Hamburg by train.
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 Düsseldorf Hbf 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!
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 Düsseldorf Hbf and Hamburg Hbf is 4 hours and 8 minutes, with around 37 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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf is 3 hours and 11 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf can start from as little as €9.99 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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 03:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf leaves at 10:37. 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 Düsseldorf Hbf to Hamburg Hbf cover a distance of around 211 miles (339 km) during the journey.