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There are 5 ways to get from Berlin to Hamburg by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1h 45m

  1. Take the train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf 29 / ...

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Rideshare  •  3h 17m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Hamburg 281.3 km

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Bus  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB 050 / ...

Drive  •  2h 38m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg 281.8 km

Fly  •  5h 25m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Hamburg (HAM) BER - HAM
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The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to train which costs €13 - €15 and takes 1h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to train which costs €13 - €15 and takes 1h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] and arriving at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 45m.

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The distance between Berlin and Hamburg is 255 km. The road distance is 281.8 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 1h 45m and costs €13 - €15.

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The train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf takes 1h 45m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Berlin to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] station.

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Berlin to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof station.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg is to train which takes 1h 45m and costs €13 - €15. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €15 - €19 and takes 3h 15m, you could also fly, which costs €40 - €270 and takes 5h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 255.4 km
  • Duration: 1h 45m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €50 - €75 and the journey takes 1h 45m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB hourly. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 3h 15m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €600
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€490 - €2700
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €600
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€490 - €2700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €800
DAT Danish Air Transport
Website
dat.dk
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Saarbrucken
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€270 - €700
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 S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin ZOB [Fernbus] to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
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
€8 - €21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 15m and has one stopover.

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Berlin to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB 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 282 km. It takes approximately 2h 38m to drive from Berlin to Hamburg.

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KLM, DAT Danish Air Transport, Brussels Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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

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There are 413+ 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 Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs €3 - €22.

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