Duration 4h 5m
Distance 424.3 km
Average price 85€
Frequency 17/day

Trip overview

The average train between Hamburg and Cologne takes 4h 5m and the fastest train takes 4h. There is a train service every few hours from Hamburg to Cologne. 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. Hamburg Hbf
  2. Cologne
4h 4m
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40€ - 120€

Frequently asked questions

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Hamburg Hbf and arriving at Koeln Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 4m.

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The distance between Hamburg and Cologne is 360 km. The road distance is 424.3 km.

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

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

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What companies run services between Hamburg and Cologne?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity operates a train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf every 3 hours. Tickets cost 80€ - 120€ and the journey takes 4h 4m. Two other operators also service this route.
Train operators
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 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 Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
80€ - 110€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de

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