There are 7 ways to get from Cologne to Hamburg by train, bus, 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  •  4 h 6 min

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

$85 - $130

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Hamburg 263.7 miles

$17 - $35

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 14 min

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

$24 - $40

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

$54 - $162

Train to Dusseldorf, fly  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hamburg (HAM) DUS - HAM

$41 - $147

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Hamburg (HAM) FRA - HAM

$102 - $310

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Hamburg is to rideshare which costs 14€ - 26€ and takes 4 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Hamburg is to fly which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 2 h 38 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 train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf takes 4 h 6 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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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 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 6 min.

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

Flixtrain operates a train from Cologne to Hamburg hourly, and the journey takes 4 h 6 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route hourly. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Cologne to Hamburg 4 times a day. 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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.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
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Train operators
Flixtrain
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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