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Trip Summary

There are 94 daily trains from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main. Traveling by train from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main usually takes around 4 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance244 mi (393 km)
Fastest train3h 35m
Lowest price€9.95
Trains per day32
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines6

What is the price of a train ticket from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main?

€29.83 is the average price of a bus ticket from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

€96€77€57€38€19ASONDJFMAMJJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for March. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €58 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €74 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

€120€96€72€48€243020100

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 Frankfurt am Main from Hamburg will be about €84.52 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main?

There are 6 train lines with service from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 79 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity16h 37m€91.15
DB Intercity37h 17m€41.92
DB Intercity-Express144h 37m€71.66
Deutsche Bahn794h 51m€74.28
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company75h 18m€88.18
FlixTrain76h 16m€53.08
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main start from €91, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Frankfurt am Main. DB Eurocity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Frankfurt-Höchst .

    From Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main train travel on DB Eurocity takes 6 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity schedules to Frankfurt am Main. DB Intercity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Central Train Station and 19 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main train travel on DB Intercity takes 7 hours and 17 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 14 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Frankfurt am Main. DB Intercity-Express in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Central Train Station and 30 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 37 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 54 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 79 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Frankfurt am Main. Deutsche Bahn in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Frankfurt(M)Mühlberg and 31 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 4 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 314 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

  • 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 Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main start from €18, and on average cost . Daily there are 7 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Frankfurt am Main. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station and one other station. And in Frankfurt am Main trains arrive at Frankfurt-Niederrad and 28 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 5 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Frankfurt am Main faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 13 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Frankfurt am Main.

  • 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 7 daily trips to Frankfurt am Main from Hamburg. The train usually departs from Hamburg Train Station in Hamburg and arrives at Frankfurt Süd Station in Frankfurt am Main after about 6 hours and 16 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest train from Hamburg to Frankfurt?

The fastest train from Hamburg to Frankfurt takes 3 hours and 57 minutes, and is offered by DB Intercity-Express. For comparison, the average FlixBus between Hamburg and Frankfurt takes almost 8 hours, so traveling by Deutsche Bahn is much quicker.

Is it safe to travel by train from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main 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 Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main. 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 Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main?

The distance between Hamburg and Frankfurt am Main is approximately 244 miles, or 393 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 35 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Hamburg at 00:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many trains are there each day?

There are 94 scheduled trains on most days. 32 of these are direct connections to Frankfurt am Main. 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 Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Hamburg?

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Main departure 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.

All train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station

  • Hamburg-Harburg

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