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About Hamburg

Hamburg might be often overshadowed by Berlin or Munich, but it certainly is one of Germany’s best hidden gems. A vibrant harbor city with plenty of activities, Hamburg will keep you interested through days and nights. Among the city’s most famous attractions is the Elbphilharmonie, a stunning concert hall that could rival the famous Sydney Opera House. The concert hall also features a public viewing platform that offers a panoramic view of the city and the harbor, a great bonus for visitors who enjoy taking pictures. If you travel with kids, it is a great idea to take them to the Miniatur Wunderland, which many consider to be the largest model railway in the world. If you simply want to take a walk around and enjoy the vibe of the city, Planten und Blomen, nicknamed “the green lungs of the city”, will provide the reprieve you need.

Hamburg’s proximity to the sea allows it to offer the freshest and finest seafood dishes around. Fischereihafen Restaurant is a local favorite that has garnered plenty of attention. For the best beers around, Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen is a popular spot that is worth your attention.

The main bus station in the city is called ZOB Hamburg and it’s located at Adenauerallee 78 in the city center, serving FlixBus and Sindbad, among other carriers. Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city. For international air services, Hamburg Airport, the oldest in Germany, is the main airport.

Station Information

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Although it could be mistaken for a church with its clock tower and arched, windowed facade, the Hamburg Train Station (or Hauptbahnhof) is a bustling hub for intercity trains throughout Germany and into other countries in Europe. Originally opened in 1906, the current station welcomes about 480,000 passengers every day. These passengers travel on Deutsche Bahn and FlixTrain intercity trains, as well as S-Bahn (suburban railway) and U-Bahn (underground railway) trains that run throughout Hamburg. Inside the vast station, you'll find shops, cafes, and the Wandelhalle shopping center in the northern section of the complex.

Popular train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station

  • Hamburg-Harburg

  • Train Station (S-Bahn)

  • Hamburg-Altona

  • Hamburg-Bergedorf

  • Hamburg-Altona(S)

What train companies travel to Hamburg, Germany?

Located in Germany, Hamburg is accessible by train from 1457 other cities. You can choose from 14912 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Hamburg on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Hamburg are also available..

Train companies serving Hamburg

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn13214h 57m$91.02
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company11895h 27m$87.84
DB Intercity-Express4844h 3m$80.86
DB Intercity2323h 55m$70.60
Non-federally owned railway company664h 9m$54.39
DB Eurocity433h 1m$59.29
metronom211h 27m$31.20
FlixTrain202h 53m$28.50
  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • FlixTrain


    Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Hamburg?

$4.12 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Hamburg, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Hamburg. In the last month, trains from Hanover to Hamburg had the lowest average price at $7.50. The train from Lüneburg to Hamburg also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the train station in Hamburg, Germany?

The busiest train station in Hamburg is Hamburg Train Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Hamburg are:

  • Hamburg Train Station
  • Hamburg-Harburg
  • Train Station (S-Bahn)

What is the closest airport to Hamburg, HH?

The closest airport to Hamburg is Hamburg Airport (HAM), it is located 5.5 miles from the city center of Hamburg.

Is Hamburg a popular train travel destination?

Hamburg is the most popular train destination in Hamburg. It also ranks number 2876 in Germany. Hamburg has the most train connections in the region. There are 974 train schedules arriving in Hamburg each day.

What is the population of Hamburg?

The population of Hamburg is 1739117. Hamburg ranks number 1 in terms of population in Hamburg and number 501 in all of Germany.

How much do train tickets to Hamburg cost?

Train tickets to Hamburg range from $4 for a short trip to Hamburg, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Hamburg starts at , and a longer trip by train to Hamburg can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $4 .

What type of traveler does Hamburg attract?

Traveling by train to Hamburg is very popular with couples traveling to get away for some time together to enjoy the best that Hamburg has to offer. The affordable ticket prices leave plenty of cash for some romantic treats.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Hamburg?

The closest train station to the city center of Hamburg is Hamburg Train Station, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Hamburg Train Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Hamburg. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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