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Trip Summary

There are 47 daily trains from Hamburg to Rotterdam. Traveling by train from Hamburg to Rotterdam usually takes around 7 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 5 hours and 37 minutes.

Distance257 mi (413 km)
Fastest train5h 37m
Lowest price€28.22
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines4

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

In the last month, €49.06 was the average price of a train ticket from Hamburg to Rotterdam. 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 €49.66 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 Hamburg to Rotterdam by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €56 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Hamburg to Rotterdam in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €81 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.

Which train should you take from Hamburg to Rotterdam?

There are 4 train lines with service from Hamburg to Rotterdam. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 36 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity46h 49m€71.59
DB Intercity-Express26h 11m€132.72
Deutsche Bahn367h 24m€73.78
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company128h 53m€70.67
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Hamburg to Rotterdam start from €38, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 DB Intercity schedules to Rotterdam. DB Intercity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Rotterdam trains arrive at Centraal Station and 4 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Rotterdam train travel on DB Intercity takes 6 hours and 49 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rotterdam faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 37 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Rotterdam.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Hamburg to Rotterdam start from €133, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Rotterdam. DB Intercity-Express in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Rotterdam trains arrive at Rotterdam Lombardijen and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Rotterdam train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 6 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rotterdam faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 37 minutes.

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

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Hamburg to Rotterdam start from €23, and on average cost . Daily there are 36 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Rotterdam. Deutsche Bahn in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Rotterdam trains arrive at Centraal Station and 5 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Rotterdam train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 7 hours and 24 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rotterdam faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 37 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 56 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Rotterdam.

  • 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 Rotterdam start from €33, and on average cost . Daily there are 12 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Rotterdam. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station and one other station. And in Rotterdam trains arrive at Rotterdam Blaak and 5 other train stations.

    From Hamburg to Rotterdam train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 8 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Rotterdam faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 37 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 9 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Rotterdam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Hamburg to Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam?

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

The distance between Hamburg and Rotterdam is approximately 257 miles, or 413 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 7 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 37 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Hamburg to Rotterdam on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

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.

Is there a direct train from Hamburg to Rotterdam?

There are 47 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Rotterdam 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.

Rotterdam

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With origins as a small fishing village in the 13th century, Rotterdam is now the largest port in Europe. The city's unique architecture attracts visitors from all over the world, with its many angular and glass buildings standing out among much of Europe's old-world architectural style. Rotterdam is worth visiting on its own, or travel on an entire tour of 8 Dutch cities.

The exciting contemporary feel of Rotterdam extends into its art and design scene, home to many modern art galleries and Groos, a vast and eclectic concept store selling pieces by Rotterdam-based designers. For a more traditional art museum, visit the Museum van Boijmans Beuningen, one of Europe's finest art galleries displaying works by Van Gogh, Monet, and Magritte.

Rotterdam is also home to a growing food scene, and visitors can experience this in the impressive Markthal. With over 100 stalls and restaurants, the Markthal is the best place for visitors to sample authentic local cuisine.

Getting to Rotterdam is simple, whether by sea, air, rail, or road. Several airlines fly to Rotterdam The Hague Airport, and a convenient shuttle bus offers frequent transport to the city. Rotterdam's Centraal Station also provides international train services across Europe, and FlixBus offers convenient travel from various locations throughout the continent. In addition, you can take a ferry to Rotterdam from Hull in the UK and experience the city's famous port first-hand.

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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