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

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Train  •  4 h

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

$25 - $130

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Rideshare  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Hamburg to Cologne 263.6 miles

$18 - $35

5 alternative options

Bus  •  6 h 57 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  •  2 h 41 min

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

$54 - $162

Fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  2. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz

$54 - $155

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  3 h 44 min

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

$98 - $314

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to rideshare which costs 15€ - 28€ 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€ - 140€ and takes 2 h 41 min.

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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 6 h 57 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 distance between Hamburg and Cologne is 360 km. The road distance is 424.3 km.

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Cologne without a car is to train which takes 4 h and costs 22€ - 110€.

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

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

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

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Cologne is to train which takes 4 h and costs 22€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 57 min, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 140€ and takes 2 h 41 min.

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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 every 4 hours. Tickets cost $24 - $40 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $360
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 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 Hamburg Hbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Koln Messe/Deutz
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Köln Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
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
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
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 Hamburg to Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Hamburg to Cologne
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

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

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

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

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

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Eurowings offers flights from Hamburg Airport to Cologne Bonn Airport.

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There are 975+ hotels available in Cologne. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Hamburg and Cologne. 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 line 39 bus which takes 14 min and costs 2€ - 4€.

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