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Trains from Hamburg to Berlin

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.

Hamburg to Berlin Hbf by train

It takes an average of 2h 19m to travel from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf by train, over a distance of around 158 miles (255 km). There are normally 25 trains per day travelling from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf and tickets for this journey start from €9.65 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 44m
Price€9.65 - €151.90
Distance158 miles (255 km)
Frequency25 trains per day
Departure stationHamburg
Arrival stationBerlin Hbf
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Hamburg to Berlin Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf for Friday 3rd Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
13:36 Hamburg Hbf15:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 709 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
13:49 Hamburg Hbf15:39 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 809 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 50m, direct
14:35 Hamburg Hbf16:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 603 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
14:51 Hamburg Hbf16:55 Berlin Hbf (tief)EC 179 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 04m, direct
15:36 Hamburg Hbf17:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 801 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 46m, direct
16:35 Hamburg Hbf18:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 1605 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
16:51 Hamburg Hbf18:55 Berlin Hbf (tief)IC 2071 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 04m, direct
17:35 Hamburg Hbf19:22 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 803 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 47m, direct
18:35 Hamburg Hbf20:20 Berlin Hbf (tief)ICE 1607 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets1h 45m, direct
18:51 Hamburg Hbf20:55 Berlin Hbf (tief)IC 2073 Deutsche Bahn (DB) Get tickets2h 04m, direct

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

You can travel from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf 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 Hbf

Train tickets from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf start at €9.65 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 €64.79.
lowest price found
from9.65
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price45.20
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price47.01
on the day
avg. single price64.79

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 Hbf 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 Hbf? 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 Hbf take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Hamburg and Berlin Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf?

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.

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

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

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

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.

What's the distance between Hamburg and Berlin Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf cover a distance of around 158 miles (255 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf.
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 Hbf for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/07/2020. 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 29/06/2020 for travel on 25/04/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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