Trains from Hamburg to Kassel

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Hamburg - Kassel Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Hamburg to Kassel. Traveling by train from Hamburg to Kassel usually takes around 3 hours and 1 minute, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 2 hours and 33 minutes.

Distance156 mi (251 km)
Fastest train2h 33m
Lowest price$10.07
Trains per day25
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines4

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

In the last month, $15.33 was the average price of a train ticket from Hamburg to Kassel. 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 16 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $61.88 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 Kassel by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for January. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Hamburg to Kassel in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $60 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 16 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Kassel from Hamburg will be about $61.88 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Hamburg to Kassel?

There are 4 train lines with service from Hamburg to Kassel. There is only one daily train on each service.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity17h 1m$35.62
DB Intercity-Express12h 50m$43.05
Deutsche Bahn16h 15m$50.20
FlixTrain23h 25m$23.18
  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Hamburg to Kassel start from $36, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Kassel. DB Intercity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Kassel trains arrive at Train Station .

    From Hamburg to Kassel train travel on DB Intercity takes 7 hours and 1 minutes. If you are looking to get to Kassel faster, DB Intercity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 33 minutes.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Hamburg to Kassel start from $13, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Kassel. DB Intercity-Express in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Kassel trains arrive at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Kassel train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 2 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Kassel faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 33 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 32 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Kassel.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    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.

  • 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 2 daily trips to Kassel from Hamburg. The train usually departs from Hamburg Train Station in Hamburg and arrives at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel after about 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Hamburg to Kassel 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.

How long is the train journey from Hamburg to Kassel?

The distance between Hamburg and Kassel is approximately 156 miles, or 251 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 1 minute, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 33 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from Hamburg to Kassel tend to have the most passengers on Tuesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Tuesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Hamburg at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. 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 Hamburg to Kassel?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. 25 of these are direct connections to Kassel. 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 Kassel 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.

Kassel

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Located in central Germany, Kassel is a city with roots dating to the 10th century. These days, Kassel is perhaps best known for hosting documenta, a remarkable contemporary art exhibition that takes place every five years. However, if you're visiting outside of a documenta year, Kassel has many other exciting experiences to offer.

One of the most popular sites in Kassel is the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a landscape park covering over 2.5 square kilometers of hillside. Construction of the park began in 1689, and the Baroque style of the Bergpark took 150 years to complete. The park's defining feature is a giant statue of Hercules, surrounded by a system of fountains and waterworks.

Kassel is also famed for being near the hometown of the legendary writers, the Brothers Grimm, and Grimm World is the newest attraction in the city. It commemorates the brothers’ legacy through interactive and multimedia exhibits inspired by their iconic works, such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, and Snow White. The museum is not just for children, though. Prepare your worst insults to shout into the swear word generator, which translates modern German curse words into older linguistic versions.

The easiest way to reach Kassel is via one of the ICE (Inter-City Express) trains that run throughout Europe. Rail service is convenient and affordable from nearby destinations like Berlin, Leipzig, and Hamburg. Buses also provide easy travel into Kassel, and FlixBus and Sindbad operate most bus routes.

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

Where is the train station in Kassel?

Main arrival station: Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

Kassel receives travelers from Hamburg at its two active train stations.

All train stations in Kassel:

  • Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

  • Train Station

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