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.

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Train  •  4 h

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

$85 - $130

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Rideshare  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Hamburg to Cologne 263.6 miles

$17 - $35

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 9 min

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

$24 - $40

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Hamburg to Cologne 265.2 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Cologne/Bonn Apt  •  2 h 41 min

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

$54 - $161

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 11 min

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

$42 - $160

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 50 min

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

$98 - $308

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 15€ - 27€ and takes 4 h 23 min.

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The quickest way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to fly which costs 45€ - 150€ and takes 2 h 41 min.

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

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

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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.

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

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Hamburg Airport is to line 39 bus which takes 14 min and costs 2€ - 4€.

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Hamburg to Cologne bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from CPH Lufthavn station.

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

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Hamburg to Cologne hourly. Tickets cost $85 - $130 and the journey takes 4 h. Flixtrain also services this route twice daily. 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
58 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
58 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h
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 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg, Hamburg central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station to Cologne, Cologne central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Düsseldorf to Köln Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$16 - $35
1st Class
$30 - $40
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 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
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Hamburg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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