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There are 55 daily trains from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg. Traveling by train from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg usually takes around 4 hours and 45 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 56 minutes.
|Distance||244 mi (393 km)|
|Fastest train||3h 56m|
|Trains per day||27|
|Most frequent service||Deutsche Bahn|
What is the price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg?
In the last month, €38.06 was the average price of a train ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €66.85 more than that for a same-day booking.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg will vary between €35 and €92. Planning a train trip to Hamburg within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Frankfurt am Main over the next 7 days is €53. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.
Monthly average prices
If you are trying to decide when to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €54 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €77 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
If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Hamburg from Frankfurt am Main will be about €66.85 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.
Which train should you take from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg?
There are 5 train lines with service from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 42 trains each day.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|DB Intercity||1||7h 22m||€107.54|
|DB Intercity-Express||9||4h 28m||€71.10|
|Deutsche Bahn||42||4h 42m||€77.00|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||10||5h 12m||€78.73|
DB Intercity train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg start from €96, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and one other station. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .
From Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity takes 7 hours and 22 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 56 minutes.
If you are looking to travel to Hamburg on a weekend there is typically one DB Intercity scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Frankfurt am Main.
DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 9 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity-Express in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Central Train Station and 18 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station .
From Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 56 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 40 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 10 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Frankfurt am Main leaves from Frankfurt-Sossenheim and 28 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station and one other train station.
From Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 12 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 3 hours and 56 minutes.
If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 44 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.
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 Frankfurt am Main. The train usually departs from Frankfurt Süd Station in Frankfurt am Main and arrives at Hamburg-Harburg in Hamburg after about 5 hours and 35 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Frankfurt am Main 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.
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 train 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.
Can you take a train all the way from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg?
How long is the train journey from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg?
The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg is approximately 244 miles, or 393 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.
When are trains the most crowded?
Saturday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Saturday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday 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 Frankfurt am Main at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg?
There are 55 scheduled trains on most days. 27 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 Frankfurt am Main.
Frankfurt am Main
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Frankfurt is Germany's financial hub, home to the European Central Bank. This riverside city offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions scattered between its financial institutions and shops.
Your first stop should be Old Town, along the river Main. Once the center of the city, the Old Town district is now the site of the Römer, or city hall, along a row of picturesque timber houses. Stop in Kleinmarkthalle, a bustling indoor market, to grab a sausage for a snack before wandering through some of Old Town's museums: Saalgasse, Dommuseum, and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum MMK) will get you started. Two of Frankfurt's most prominent churches, St. Bartholomew Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church, are also in the area.
Food is always delightful in Frankfurt. Several Michelin-star restaurants will entice you, including Restaurant Lafleur, Restaurant Gustav, Restaurant Villa Merton, and Carmelo Greco. If you prefer more affordable dining and lively nightlife, head to the Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood near the city's train station.
The train station in Bahnhofsviertel serves national and international rail lines for Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, FlixTrain, vlexx, and Railjet. You can also reach Frankfurt easily on bus carriers like FlixBus and Sindbad. Plus, flying in and out of Frankfurt is a breeze, as the airport is one of the largest in Germany and the main hub for the Lufthansa airline.
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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.
Where is the train station in Frankfurt am Main?
Main departure station: Central Train Station
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 15 stops and stations in Frankfurt am Main where you can board the train.
All train stations in Frankfurt am Main:
Central Train Station
Frankfurt Süd Station
Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Where is the train station in Hamburg?
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
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