There are 6 ways to get from Berlin to Hamburg by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 54m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...

30€ - 90€

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Rideshare  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Hamburg 281.7 km

7€ - 19€

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin, Berlin central bus station to Hamburg, Hamburg Wandsbek X50

15€ - 19€

Drive  •  2h 39m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg 280.7 km

30€ - 50€

Fly from Berlin Tegel  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Berlin Tegel (TXL) to Hamburg (HAM) TXL - HAM

85€ - 285€

Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld  •  5h 24m

  1. Fly from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Hamburg (HAM) SXF - HAM

75€ - 308€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to rideshare which costs 7€ - 19€ and takes 3h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to train which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 1h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin, Berlin central bus station station and arriving at Hamburg, Hamburg Wandsbek. Services depart once a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 54m.

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The distance between Berlin and Hamburg is 255 km. The road distance is 280.7 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 1h 54m and costs 30€ - 90€.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf takes 1h 54m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Berlin, Berlin central bus station.

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

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The best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to train which takes 1h 54m and costs 30€ - 90€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 19€ and takes 3h 15m, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 290€ and takes 4h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 255.2 km
  • Duration: 1h 54m

What companies run services between Berlin, Germany and Hamburg, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 50€ - 75€ and the journey takes 1h 54m. Five other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin, Berlin central bus station to Hamburg, Hamburg Wandsbek once a week. Tickets cost 15€ - 19€ and the journey takes 3h 15m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 500€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Budapest
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
130€ - 480€
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 440€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Oslo
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 600€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Tegel to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 370€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Geneva
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 370€
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 370€
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Oslo
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 600€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
240€ - 900€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Schoenefeld to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 270€
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

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 Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

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 Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

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 Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin, Berlin central bus station to Hamburg, Hamburg Wandsbek
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7€ - 19€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Berlin Tegel Airport to Hamburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Berlin to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg, Hamburg Wandsbek station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Hamburg is 281 km. It takes approximately 2h 39m to drive from Berlin to Hamburg.

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Scandinavian Airlines, KLM, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer flights from Berlin Tegel Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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Book your Berlin to Hamburg train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Berlin to Hamburg bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 672+ hotels available in Hamburg. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Berlin 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 Berlin to Berlin Tegel Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs 2€ - 3€.

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