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Trip Summary

There are 13 daily trains from Berlin to Hamburg. Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg usually takes around 2 hours and 55 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in one hour and 43 minutes.

Distance159 mi (255 km)
Fastest train1h 43m
Lowest price$20.12
Trains per day18
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

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

In the last month, $20.56 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin, BE to Hamburg, HH. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 21 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $57.30 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 Berlin 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 $35 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Hamburg in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $50 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 Berlin to Hamburg?

There are 5 train lines with service from Berlin, Berlin to Hamburg, Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity12h 9m$30.31
DB Intercity12h 6m$20.12
DB Intercity-Express32h 36m$39.84
Deutsche Bahn113h 5m$41.08
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company33h 54m$45.86
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Hamburg. DB Eurocity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Hbf (tief) . And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8 .

    From Berlin to Hamburg train travel on DB Eurocity takes 2 hours and 9 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 43 minutes.

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity in Berlin leaves from Berlin Hbf (tief) . And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8 .

    From Berlin to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity takes 2 hours and 6 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 43 minutes.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Hamburg. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Berlin Hbf (tief) and 4 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8 and 2 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Hamburg train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 2 hours and 36 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 43 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 20 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 11 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn in Berlin leaves from S+u Bundesplatz and 4 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8 and 2 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Hamburg train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 3 hours and 5 minutes. If you are looking to get to Hamburg faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 43 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 64 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

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Berlin to Hamburg start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Hamburg. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from Rigaer Straße and 3 other stations. And in Hamburg trains arrive at Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8 and one other train station.

    From Berlin to Hamburg train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 3 hours and 54 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 1 hours and 43 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Hamburg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a night train from Berlin to Hamburg?

Yes, there are overnight trains from Berlin to Hamburg. However, these trips usually involve transfers, and take quite a bit longer than a typical train ride from Berlin to Hamburg. You’re better off taking a direct trip during the day. The earliest direct trip of the day leaves Berlin at 5:28 a.m. and arrives in Hamburg at 7:25 a.m., while the latest direct train leaves Berlin at 10:37 p.m. and arrives in Hamburg at 12:35 a.m.

What is the scenery like from Berlin to Hamburg?

The scenery from the train that travels between Berlin and Hamburg is made up of flat countryside and fields across the Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern regions. Segments of the train ride pass close to the Elbe River and a number of different parks and nature preserves, such as Naturpark Westhavelland.

How many trains per day go from Berlin to Hamburg?

There are nearly 100 daily Deutsche Bahn trips from Berlin to Hamburg, with about a quarter of them (23 trips) being direct. Tickets start at about €20, and the travel time can be as short as 1 hour 41 minutes.

Is it safe to travel by train from Berlin 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.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

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 Berlin to Hamburg?

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

The distance between Berlin and Hamburg is approximately 159 miles, or 255 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 55 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 43 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Berlin to Hamburg are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 11:00pm. 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 Berlin to Hamburg?

There are 13 scheduled trains on most days. 18 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 Berlin. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Berlin to Hamburg for $5.59.

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 is the train station in Berlin?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Berlin where you can board the train.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • Rigaer Straße

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Berlin Hbf (tief)

  • Bellevue

  • Train Station

Where is the train station in Hamburg?

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Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Hamburg than most cities. Most trains from Berlin will stop at one (or more) of the 3 following stations in Hamburg:

All train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Train Station, Bahnsteig Gleis 7 + 8

  • Hamburg-Harburg

  • Hamburg-Altona

Need a return trip from Hamburg to Berlin?

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