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Trip Summary

There are 6 daily trains from Cologne to Hamburg. Traveling by train from Cologne to Hamburg usually takes around 4 hours and 16 minutes, but the fastest DB Intercity-Express train can make the trip in 3 hours and 39 minutes.

Distance221 mi (356 km)
Fastest train3h 39m
Lowest price$21.68
Trains per day21
Most frequent serviceDB Intercity-Express
Train lines5

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

In the last month, $46.56 was the average price of a train ticket from Cologne, NW to Hamburg, HH. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. 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 $36.38 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 Cologne to Hamburg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for June. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Cologne to Hamburg in July, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $26 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 Cologne to Hamburg?

There are 5 train lines with service from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia to Hamburg, Hamburg. DB Intercity-Express is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 4 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity14h 6m$51.28
DB Intercity14h 10m$46.95
DB Intercity-Express44h 17m$49.12
Deutsche Bahn34h 12m$45.73
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company14h 53m$61.14

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Cologne 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.

How long is the train journey from Cologne to Hamburg?

The distance between Cologne and Hamburg is approximately 221 miles, or 356 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 16 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 39 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?

Trains from Cologne 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 Thursday 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 Cologne at 2:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. 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 Cologne to Hamburg?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 21 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 Cologne. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Cologne to Hamburg for $21.78.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Cologne?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Cologne where you can board the train to Hamburg.

Train stations in Cologne:

  • Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12

Where is the train station in Hamburg?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg-Harburg

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