There are 7 ways to get from Cologne to Hamburg by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Ic / ...

$27 - $130

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Rideshare  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Hamburg 263.7 miles

$17 - $30

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Hamburg X73 / ...

$24 - $40

Train, bus  •  8 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Rheda Rheda-Wiedenbrück Bf Re6
  2. Take the bus from Bielefeld to Hamburg

$66 - $101

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Hamburg 265.2 miles

$55 - $85

Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  2 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM

$58 - $162

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hamburg (HAM) DUS - HAM

$54 - $154

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Hamburg. However, there are services departing from Köln, Heumarkt and arriving at Hamburg via Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 3 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 5 min.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 4 h 5 min and costs .

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The train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf takes 4 h 5 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cologne to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen station.

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

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The best way to get from Cologne to Hamburg is to train which takes 4 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 3 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 38 min.

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The quickest flight from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Cologne to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 225.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 5 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Hamburg hourly. Tickets cost $90 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h 5 min. Flixtrain also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne to Hamburg every 3 hours. Tickets cost $24 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
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 Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12 to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Hamburg, Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27 - $35
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Dom / Hbf to Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Rheda Rheda-Wiedenbrück Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Schedules at
bahn.de
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bozur
Phone
+382 20 633 807
Email
bozur.cg@gmail.com
Website
bozur.net
Bus from Bielefeld to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
bozur.net
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 Cologne to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $30
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cologne to Hamburg is 424 km. It takes approximately 3 h 49 min to drive from Cologne to Hamburg.

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Eurowings offers flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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There are 688+ hotels available in Hamburg. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Cologne 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 Cologne to Cologne/Bonn Apt Airport is to train which takes 11 min and costs .

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