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

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Train  •  2h 3m

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

€15 - €90

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Rideshare  •  3h 20m

  1. Take the rideshare from Hamburg to Berlin 281.1 km

€9 - €21

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Bus  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station 253 / ...

€11 - €19

Drive  •  2h 36m

  1. Drive from Hamburg to Berlin Hbf 281.2 km

€30 - €45

Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt  •  5h 20m

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

€45 - €373

Fly to Berlin Tegel  •  13h 30m

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

€72 - €270

Hamburg to Berlin by train

The train journey time between Hamburg and Berlin is around 1h 56m and covers a distance of around 285 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 44m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Hamburg to Berlin train service departs from Hamburg Hbf and arrives in Berlin Hbf. Typically 210 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 56m
Fastest train time:
1h 44m
Trains per week:
210
Cheapest price:
€15
Carbon emissions:
15 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:55
Last train departs at:
22:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Hamburg to Berlin train schedules

Hamburg → Berlin
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The cheapest way to get from Hamburg to Berlin is to rideshare which costs €9 - €21 and takes 3h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Hamburg to Berlin is to train which costs €15 - €90 and takes 2h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Hamburg central bus station station and arriving at Berlin central bus station station. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Hamburg Hbf and arriving at Berlin Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 3m.

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The distance between Hamburg and Berlin is 255 km. The road distance is 281.2 km.

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Berlin without a car is to train which takes 2h 3m and costs €15 - €90.

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The train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf takes 2h 3m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Berlin is to train which takes 2h 3m and costs €15 - €90. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €11 - €19 and takes 3h 15m, you could also fly, which costs €45 - €380 and takes 5h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Hamburg to Berlin.
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  • Distance: 255.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 3m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €50 - €75 and the journey takes 2h 3m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station 4 times a day. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 3h 15m. Blablabus also services this route every 4 hours.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €360
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €360
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€260 - €600
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€210 - €600
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
12h 12m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €360
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
13h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €470
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Tegel via Vienna, Munich
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €500
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Tegel via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
17h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €370
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€130 - €400
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €400
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€130 - €400
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€60 - €250
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€70 - €300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €490
DAT Danish Air Transport
Website
dat.dk
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Saarbrucken
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€160 - €340
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€260 - €600
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€210 - €600
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Tegel via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
13h 25m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€100 - €370
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 Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €20
Website
Flixtrain
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 Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
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 Hamburg to Berlin - Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
Blablabus
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Hamburg to Berlin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Hamburg Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 10m and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Hamburg to Berlin is 281 km. It takes approximately 2h 36m to drive from Hamburg to Berlin.

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

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

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

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There are 759+ hotels available in Berlin. Prices start at €75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Hamburg and Berlin. 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 Hamburg to Hamburg Airport is to train which takes 28 min and costs €3 - €4.

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