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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Hamburg to Cologne. Traveling by train from Hamburg to Cologne usually takes around 4 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance221 mi (356 km)
Fastest train3h 35m
Lowest price$10.40
Trains per day20
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines6

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

In the last month, $13.31 was the average price of a train ticket from Hamburg to Cologne. 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 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $67.55 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 Cologne by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $29 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Hamburg to Cologne in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $51 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 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Cologne from Hamburg will be about $67.55 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Hamburg to Cologne?

There are 6 train lines with service from Hamburg to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express is your best bet, with 2 scheduled trains per day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity14h 16m$42.90
DB Intercity14h 6m$65.66
DB Intercity-Express24h 11m$59.95
Deutsche Bahn24h 33m$52.20
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company17h 21m$62.93
FlixTrain54h 13m$25.25
  • DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity

    DB Eurocity train tickets from Hamburg to Cologne start from $27, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Eurocity schedules to Cologne. DB Eurocity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Cologne train travel on DB Eurocity takes 4 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne faster, DB Eurocity offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

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

  • DB Intercity

    DB Intercity

    DB Intercity train tickets from Hamburg to Cologne start from $27, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 DB Intercity schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity takes 4 hours and 6 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne 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 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Hamburg to Cologne start from $16, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Cologne. DB Intercity-Express in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Cologne train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 11 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne 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 16 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Hamburg to Cologne start from $16, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station . And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 4 hours and 33 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne 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 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • 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 Cologne start from $25, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Cologne. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Hamburg leaves from Hamburg Train Station and one other station. And in Cologne trains arrive at Central Station and one other train station.

    From Hamburg to Cologne train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 7 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to Cologne 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 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Cologne.

  • 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 5 daily trips to Cologne from Hamburg. The train usually departs from Hamburg Train Station in Hamburg and arrives at Cologne Central Station in Cologne after about 4 hours and 13 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The distance between Hamburg and Cologne is approximately 221 miles, or 356 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 15 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Hamburg to Cologne on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday 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 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. 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 Cologne?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 20 of these are direct connections to Cologne. 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 Cologne 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.

Cologne

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There's no shortage of sights, culture, history, and adventure in Cologne, an alluring city on the Rhine. One of the most famous landmarks of the city is the Cologne Cathedral. This Gothic building and UNESCO World Heritage site remains the most iconic structure in the city. In fact, the Cologne Cathedral is the most visited landmark in Germany. Next door, the Museum Ludwig contrasts the cathedral's sense of history with an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Cologne's breadth of museums also caters to a younger crowd. Families with children should head to the Cologne Chocolate Museum along the river or the Cologne Zoological Garden for memorable, kid-friendly experiences.

Foodies, rejoice! Cologne is home to mouthwatering German delicacies and upscale restaurants. Start your day with breakfast at Café Sehnsucht. For lunch, visit Herings Im Martinswinkel, and for dinner, head over to Bei Oma Kleinmann to feel like you're visiting your long-lost German grandmother.

Trains like Deutsche Bahn, DB Intercity, and FlixTrain connect Cologne to other major European cities, including Munich, Paris, and Vienna. You can also catch a bus from Cologne on FlixBus, BlaBlaCar Bus, Sindbad, Union Ivkoni, or Columbuzz. Plus, the Cologne Bonn Airport is a large, well-outfitted airport with daily international flights for travelers coming from afar.

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 Cologne?

Main arrival station: Central Station

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

All train stations in Cologne:

  • Central Station

  • Cologne Central Station

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

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