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There are 11 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor Ice / ...

$95 - $140

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Rideshare  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Hamburg 304 miles

$22 - $35

9 alternative options

Train via Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Hamburg Hbf Ice

$103 - $156

Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Hamburg 007 / ...

$28 - $75

Night train  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Take the night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Hamburg Hbf Nj 400 / ...

$45 - $150

Drive  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg 307.3 miles

$60 - $95

Fly Frankfurt to Hamburg  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Hamburg (HAM) FRA - HAM

$73 - $270

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Hamburg  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln/Bonn Flughafen
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM

$82 - $200

Train to Mannheim, fly to Hamburg  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
  2. Fly from Mannheim (MHG) to Hamburg (HAM) MHG - HAM

$206 - $430

Fly Frankfurt to Bremen, train  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bremen (BRE) FRA - BRE
  2. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor

$133 - $344

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Hamburg  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Hamburg (HAM) STR - HAM

$86 - $259

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg is to rideshare which costs 19€ - 30€ and takes 5 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg is to fly which costs 60€ - 240€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Hamburg. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Dammtor. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 43 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg is 395 km. The road distance is 491.7 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 3 h 43 min and costs 85€ - 130€.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor takes 3 h 43 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg is to train which takes 3 h 43 min and costs 85€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 24€ - 65€ and takes 7 h 40 min, you could also fly, which costs 60€ - 240€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 247.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 43 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Hamburg, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg hourly. Tickets cost $95 - $140 and the journey takes 3 h 43 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg every 3 hours. Tickets cost $28 - $50 and the journey takes 7 h 40 min. Eurolines DE also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $360
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Mannheim to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,500
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
bahn.de
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln/Bonn Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Frankfurt(Main)Süd to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
nightjet.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $25
1st Class
$37 - $39
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt Hbf to Hamburg ZOB
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Hamburg Dammtor station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg is 492 km. It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg.

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Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Hamburg bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 721+ hotels available in Hamburg. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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