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About Hamburg

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

Adenauerallee 78  - DEHMGDEFLX-0

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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.

Popular train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station

  • Hamburg Airport

  • Adenauerallee 78

  • Hamburg-Harburg

  • Hamburg-Altona

  • Train Station (S-Bahn)

  • Hamburg-Bergedorf

  • Train Station Bus Station

  • Hannoversche Straße 85a

What train companies travel to Hamburg, Germany?

Located in Germany, Hamburg is accessible by train from 555 other cities. You can choose from 6517 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Hamburg on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Hamburg are also available.

Train companies serving Hamburg

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Deutsche Bahn11595h 22m$78.28
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company9715h 41m$75.76
DB Intercity-Express4894h 26m$70.77
DB Intercity1403h 49m$53.02
Non-federally owned railway company763h 47m$39.94
FlixTrain456h 9m$30.93
DB Eurocity393h 35m$55.44
metronom221h 26m$23.03
  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

  • The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.

  • Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.

  • 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.

  • Deutsche Bahn EuroCity, or Deutsche Bahn EC, is a train service in Germany with regular service to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zurich, Copenhagen, Berlin, Warsaw, and Munich. Deutsche Bahn Eurocity trains can be single or double-decker, but all are air conditioned.

Frequently Asked Questions

$5.29 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Hamburg, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Hamburg. In the last month, trains from Gelsenkirchen to Hamburg had the lowest average price at $5.29. In general, these cities tend to have the cheapest trains to Hamburg:

The busiest train station in Hamburg is Hamburg Train Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Hamburg are:

  • Hamburg Train Station
  • Hamburg Airport
  • Adenauerallee 78
The closest airport to Hamburg is Hamburg Airport (HAM), it is located 5.5 miles from the city center of Hamburg.
Hamburg is the most popular train destination in Hamburg. It also ranks number 1491 in Germany. Hamburg has the most train connections in the region. There are 879 train schedules arriving in Hamburg each day.
The population of Hamburg is 1739117. Hamburg ranks number 1 in terms of population in Hamburg and number 188 in all of Germany.
Train tickets to Hamburg range from $11 for a short trip to Hamburg, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Hamburg starts at , and a longer trip by train to Hamburg can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $5.
Traveling by train to Hamburg is very popular with couples traveling to get away for some time together to enjoy the best that Hamburg has to offer. The affordable ticket prices leave plenty of cash for some romantic treats.
The closest train station to the city center of Hamburg is Hamburg Train Station, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Hamburg Train Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Hamburg. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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