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Duration 4h 3m
Distance 423.2 km
Average price 85€
Frequency 20/day

Trip overview

The average train between Cologne and Hamburg takes 4h 3m and the fastest train takes 3h 39m. There is a train service every few hours from Cologne to Hamburg. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Train

  1. Koeln Hbf
  2. Hamburg
3h 42m
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22€ - 120€

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Koeln Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 42m.

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The distance between Cologne and Hamburg is 357 km. The road distance is 423.2 km.

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Cologne to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Koeln Hbf station.

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Cologne to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Hamburg Hbf station.

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What companies run services between Cologne and Hamburg?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Koeln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf every 2 hours. Tickets cost 75€ - 110€ and the journey takes 3h 42m. Four other operators also service this route.
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 210€

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Koeln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 210€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Flixtrain
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 28€
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne central station to Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 28€
Website
Flixtrain
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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