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Train  •  2h 1m

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

€30 - €110

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Bus  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin central bus station to Hamburg central bus station 050 / ...

€14 - €21

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona 285.7 km

€30 - €50

Fly  •  5h 43m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Hamburg (HAM) BER - HAM

€28 - €272

Berlin → Hamburg-Altona
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The cheapest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg-Altona is to bus which costs €14 - €22 and takes 3h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Hamburg-Altona is to train which costs €30 - €110 and takes 2h 1m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Berlin station to Hamburg-Altona. However, there are services departing from Berlin central bus station and arriving at Bf. Altona via Hauptbahnhof/ZOB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Hamburg-Altona. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 1m.

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The distance between Berlin and Hamburg-Altona is 259 km. The road distance is 285.7 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Hamburg-Altona without a car is to train which takes 2h 1m and costs €30 - €110.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona takes 2h 1m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Berlin to Hamburg-Altona 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-Altona is to train which takes 2h 1m and costs €30 - €110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 - €22 and takes 3h 55m, you could also fly, which costs €28 - €280 and takes 5h 43m.

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Map of how to get from Berlin to Hamburg-Altona.
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  • Distance: 258.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 1m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona hourly. Tickets cost €55 - €75 and the journey takes 2h 1m. Five other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin central bus station to Hamburg central bus station every 3 hours. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 3h 15m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€440 - €1400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€180 - €500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€180 - €500
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
DAT Danish Air Transport
Website
dat.dk
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Saarbrucken
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€320 - €950
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€440 - €1400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Riga
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €650
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-Altona
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€13 - €23
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
€13 - €17
Business
€18 - €23
1st Class
€19 - €23
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg-Altona
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg-Altona
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
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Urlaubs-Express
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 central bus station to Hamburg central bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Berlin - ZOB to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
Blablabus
Mądeltrans Eurolines
Phone
+48 14 6 571 777
Email
linia@madeltrans.com.pl
Website
madeltrans.pl
Bus from Berlin Central Bus Station to Hamburg Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€12 - €19
Website
Mądeltrans Eurolines

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There is no direct flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Berlin to Hamburg-Altona bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg central bus station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Hamburg-Altona is 286 km. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Berlin to Hamburg-Altona.

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

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The best way to get from Berlin to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is to train which takes 31 min and costs €3 - €50.

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