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Essen - Hamburg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 45 daily trains from Essen to Hamburg. Traveling by train from Essen to Hamburg usually takes around 3 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 2 hours and 46 minutes.

Distance192 mi (308 km)
Fastest train2h 46m
Lowest price$12.81
Trains per day19
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines7

What is the price of a train ticket from Essen to Hamburg?

In the last month, $13.03 was the average price of a train ticket from Essen to Hamburg. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $55.67 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Essen to Hamburg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$45 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Essen to Hamburg in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$63 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 23 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Hamburg from Essen will be about C$55.67 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Essen to Hamburg?

There are 7 train lines with service from Essen to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 30 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity13h 14m$45.29
DB Intercity13h 9m$62.82
DB Intercity-Express33h 26m$56.84
Deutsche Bahn303h 41m$66.44
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company265h 43m$57.57
FlixTrain43h 4m$28.48
Non-federally owned railway company23h 40m$51.19
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Essen to Hamburg start from $31, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Hamburg. DB Eurocity in Essen leaves from Train Station and 2 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .

    From Essen to Hamburg train travel on DB Eurocity takes 3 hours and 14 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Eurocity offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Essen to Hamburg start from $31, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity in Essen leaves from Train Station and 2 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .

    From Essen to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity takes 3 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Essen to Hamburg start from $17, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity-Express in Essen leaves from Train Station and 17 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .

    From Essen to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 3 hours and 26 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 14 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

  • 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.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Essen to Hamburg start from $31, and on average cost . Daily there are 26 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Essen leaves from Essen-Kray Süd and 25 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station and one other train station.

    From Essen to Hamburg train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 43 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 33 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

  • FlixTrain

    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. FlixTrain operates 4 daily trips to Hamburg from Essen. The train usually departs from Essen Hbf in Essen and arrives at Hamburg Train Station in Hamburg after about 3 hours and 4 minutes.

  • Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company

    Non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Essen to Hamburg start from $51, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Non-federally owned railway company schedules to Hamburg. Non-federally owned railway company in Essen leaves from Essen Stadtwald and one other station. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .

    From Essen to Hamburg train travel on Non-federally owned railway company takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, Non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 46 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Non-federally owned railway company offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Essen to Hamburg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Essen to Hamburg?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Essen to Hamburg. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Essen to Hamburg?

The distance between Essen and Hamburg is approximately 192 miles, or 308 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 46 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Essen to Hamburg. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Essen at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Essen to Hamburg?

There are 45 scheduled trains on most days. 19 of these are direct connections to Hamburg. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Hamburg to Essen.

City Information

Hamburg

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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

Where is the train station in Essen?

Main departure station: Train Station

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Essen where you can board the train.

All train stations in Essen:

  • Train Station

  • Essen-Kray Süd

  • Essen-Altenessen

  • Essen-Frohnhausen

  • Essen West

  • Essen-Steele Ost

  • Essen-Steele

  • Essen Süd

  • Essen-Kray Nord

  • Essen Stadtwald

  • Essen-Eiberg

  • Essen-Borbeck Süd

  • Essen-Borbeck

  • Essen-Zollverein Nord

  • Essen-Horst

Where is the train station in Hamburg?

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Main arrival station: Hamburg Train Station

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.

Train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station

  • Hamburg-Harburg

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