Get from the banks of the Elbe River to Berlin in less than two hours thanks to Deutsche Bahn's ICE high-speed trains. Taking the train from Hamburg to Berlin cuts travel time compared with driving, not to mention what you'll save on parking. Even better, you get to enjoy the scenic views of the German landscape as the train travels through the countryside at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph).
Deutsche Bahn runs 23 direct trains on this route every day and it's popular with tourists and locals alike. Deutsche Bahn trains are ultra-modern and feature comfortable seats with power outlets, free WiFi in every carriage and ample space for storing your luggage. If you love to spoil yourself, travel in First Class and enjoy food and drinks at your seat.
Ready to book? Use our handy Journey Planner to check ticket prices. Or if you're still not convinced, keep reading this page for more information about the journey, including train times and FAQs.
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 Hamburg to Berlin 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 Hamburg and Berlin Hbf is 2 hours and 19 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 Hamburg to Berlin Hbf is 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Train tickets from Hamburg to Berlin 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 Hamburg to Berlin Hbf without having to change trains. There are 23 direct trains from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf leaves at 05:27. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf leaves at 22:54. 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 Hamburg to Berlin Hbf cover a distance of around 158 miles (255 km) during the journey.