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Travelling from Hamburg to Berlin by train

Take the train from Hamburg to Berlin and arrive at the German capital in an hour and three quarters on the high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE). Upgrade to First Class on ICE trains and enjoy quieter carriages, spacious seats, complimentary snacks and access to Deutsche Bahn station lounges at both ends of your journey.

Arriving into Berlin Hbf station, the city will be at your fingertips. The impressive Reichstag Building – home to Germany’s Parliament – is 15 minutes away on foot. If you book far enough in advance, you can secure a table on the restaurant atop the Reichstag. Continue in the same direction to get to the Brandenburg Gate, an impressive remnant of Germany’s imperial past. Ready for a trip to Berlin? Read our page below for journey information, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Hamburg to Berlin by train

It takes an average of 2h 22m to travel from Hamburg to Berlin by train, over a distance of around 159 miles (256 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Hamburg to Berlin and tickets for this journey start from €13.60 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 44m
Price€13.60 - €119
Distance159 miles (256 km)
Frequency20 trains per day
Departure stationHamburg
Arrival stationBerlin
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDB, Westfalen Bahn

Hamburg to Berlin train times

Check out the next trains departing from Hamburg to Berlin for martes 2º jun. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:27 Hamburg Hbf07:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 701 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 55m, direct
06:35 Hamburg Hbf08:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 505 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
07:38 Hamburg Hbf09:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 703 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 44m, direct
08:35 Hamburg Hbf10:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 507 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
09:36 Hamburg Hbf11:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 705 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
10:35 Hamburg Hbf12:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 909 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
11:36 Hamburg Hbf13:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 707 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
12:35 Hamburg Hbf14:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 1601 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
13:36 Hamburg Hbf15:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 709 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
14:35 Hamburg Hbf16:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 603 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct

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

You can travel from Hamburg to Berlin 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 Hamburg to Berlin

Train tickets from Hamburg to Berlin start at €13.60 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 €64.01.
lowest price found
from13.60
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price52.46
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price57.02
on the day
avg. single price64.01

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 Hamburg to Berlin 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 Hamburg to Berlin? 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 Hamburg to Berlin take?

The average journey time by train between Hamburg and Berlin is 2 hours and 22 minutes, with around 20 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.

How fast does the train from Hamburg to Berlin travel?

ICE (Intercity Express) high-speed trains from Hamburg to Berlin can travel at speeds of up to 205 mph (330 km/h). The fastest journey time from Hamburg to Berlin by train is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Hamburg to Berlin cost?

The average train ticket price from Hamburg to Berlin usually costs around €57.02 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €13.60 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Hamburg to Berlin?

Yes. There are 18 direct DB trains that travel from Hamburg to Berlin each day with an average journey time of 2 hours and 22 minutes.

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

The first train from Hamburg to Berlin leaves at 05:27 from Hamburg Hbf. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Hamburg to Berlin leaves at 22:54 from Hamburg Hbf. 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 Hamburg and Berlin by train?

Trains travelling from Hamburg to Berlin cover a distance of around 159 miles (256 km) during the journey.

Which train companies operate between Hamburg and Berlin?

Trains travelling between Hamburg and Berlin are operated by Deutsche Bahn – the national train company in Germany, or EuroCity – a joint venture between train companies in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Berlin to Hamburg. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Hamburg to Berlin.
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 Hamburg to Berlin for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/06/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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