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Journey Information

There are 39 intercity buses per day from Berlin to Hamburg. Traveling by bus from Berlin to Hamburg usually takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Distance159 mi (255 km)
Shortest duration3h 5m
Cheapest price€6.96
Trips per day38
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
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How much is a bus ticket from Berlin to Hamburg?

€12.38 is the average price of a bus ticket from Berlin to Hamburg. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just €8 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Hamburg in May, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to €21 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 26 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save €16.58 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Berlin to Hamburg?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Berlin to Hamburg. FlixBus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus393h 46m€19.19
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 39 trips from Berlin to Hamburg, and usually makes the trip in about 3 hours and 46 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the cheapest option from Berlin to Hamburg?

The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is by bus. Bus tickets start at about €5, and average close to €10. Train tickets for the same route average around €26, and most flights cost north of €140 and require a layover, making the trip as long or longer than a bus ride.

What amenities do they have on the bus from Berlin to Hamburg?

FlixBus and Ouibus both have bus service from Berlin to Hamburg. The amenities for both services include power outlets, free Wi-Fi, restrooms and extra legroom. Ouibus also has adjustable footrests, and FlixBus offers onboard low-cost snacks.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Berlin to Hamburg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

How long is the bus ride from Berlin to Hamburg?

The bus takes an average of 3 hours and 45 minutes to cover the 255 kilometers from Berlin to Hamburg. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 5 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Buses departing from Berlin to Hamburg tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Thursday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Berlin?

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Berlin to Hamburg, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 39 scheduled buses that travel from Berlin to Hamburg every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 38 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Berlin to Hamburg; ticket prices start at €6.96.

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 does the bus leave from in Berlin?

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Main departure station: Central Bus Station

Berlin's Central Bus Station— or ZOB (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin)—is located on the Masurenallee, close to the landmark Funkturm tower. Used exclusively for long-distance coach services, 35 different companies run through the station, including FlixBus. Destinations include Hamburg, Munich, and Leipzig, as well as international destinations such as Wroclaw and Poznan in Poland. There are restrooms, left-luggage lockers, and places to grab a bite to eat, which have improved substantially after recent renovation work. The nearest S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations are approximately 250m away.

All bus stations in Berlin:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Alt-Tegel Bus Stop

  • Südkreuz

  • Alexanderplatz

  • Berlin Central Station

  • Berlin Zoo

  • Puschkinallee

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