There are 7 ways to get from Hamburg to Cologne 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Hkx / ...

$85 - $130

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 23 min

  1. 263.6 miles

$18 - $35

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 9 min

  1. X73 / ...

$24 - $40

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. 265.2 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  2 h 38 min

  1. HAM - CGN

$54 - $160

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 9 min

  1. HAM - DUS

$54 - $158

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. HAM - FRA

$103 - $313

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

Flixtrain operates a train from Hamburg to Cologne hourly, and the journey takes 4 h 8 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route hourly. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Hamburg to Cologne 4 times a day. Tickets cost $24 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne/Bonn Apt
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Train operators
Flixtrain
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Hamburg to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Hamburg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Hamburg and Cologne is 360 km. The road distance is 424 km.

The cheapest way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 16€ - 28€ and takes 4 h 23 min.

The quickest way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to fly which takes 2 h 38 min and costs 45€ - 140€.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Hamburg Hbf and arriving at Köln Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 8 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Hamburg to Cologne. However, there are services departing from Hamburg and arriving at Köln, Heumarkt via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 9 min.

The train from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf takes 4 h 8 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.