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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Berlin to Hamburg. Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg usually takes 2 hours and 12 minutes, but the fastest FlixTrain train can make the trip in 2 hours and 1 minute.

Distance159 mi (255 km)
Fastest train2h 1m
Lowest price£8.54
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixTrain
Train lines1

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Which train should you take from Berlin to Hamburg?

FlixTrain is the one and only train line which connects Berlin to Hamburg. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixTrain42h 12m£18.08
  • 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 Berlin. The train usually departs from Berlin Central Station in Berlin and arrives at Hamburg Train Station in Hamburg after about 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are overnight trains from Berlin to Hamburg. However, these trips usually involve transfers, and take quite a bit longer than a typical train ride from Berlin to Hamburg. You’re better off taking a direct trip during the day. The earliest direct trip of the day leaves Berlin at 5:28 a.m. and arrives in Hamburg at 7:25 a.m., while the latest direct train leaves Berlin at 10:37 p.m. and arrives in Hamburg at 12:35 a.m.
The scenery from the train that travels between Berlin and Hamburg is made up of flat countryside and fields across the Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern regions. Segments of the train ride pass close to the Elbe River and a number of different parks and nature preserves, such as Naturpark Westhavelland.
There are nearly 100 daily Deutsche Bahn trips from Berlin to Hamburg, with about a quarter of them (23 trips) being direct. Tickets start at about €20, and the travel time can be as short as 1 hour 41 minutes.
The distance between Berlin and Hamburg is approximately 159 miles, or 255 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 12 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 1 minute. 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.

Trains from Berlin to Hamburg are the most crowded on Monday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Berlin at 07:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Berlin to Hamburg.

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

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

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 Berlin?

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Main departure station: Berlin Central Station

Occupying a grand modern glass and steel building on the River Spree, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is around 1.5 km from the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Also referred to as Berlin Central Station, the station is German capital's main railway station (hauptbahnhof). The lower platforms serve train lines that run north-south on Deutsche Bahn. The lower platforms are linked with upper platforms – for east-west services – via escalators and a middle floor containing shops, cafés, and other convenient facilities. It has additional connections with U-Bahn (metro) Line 5 and trams (streetcars). The intercity bus station lies on the opposite side of Europaplatz, with FlixBus providing services across Germany.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Berlin Südkreuz

  • Berlin Ostbahnhof

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 centre in the northern section of the complex.

Train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station

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