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There are 4 ways to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the train from Helmstedt to Hannover Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...

68€ - 167€

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Bus  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Brunswick central station to Hamburg central bus station 164

17€ - 21€

2 alternative options

Train via Uelzen  •  3h 28m

  1. Take the train from Braunschweig Hbf to Uelzen Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...

38€ - 132€

Drive  •  2h 3m

  1. Drive from Helmstedt to Hamburg 229.5 km

24€ - 40€

Helmstedt → Hamburg
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The cheapest way to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg is to bus which costs 16€ - 21€ and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg is to drive which costs 24€ - 40€ and takes 2h 3m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Helmstedt station to Hamburg station. However, there are services departing from Helmstedt train station and arriving at Hamburg central bus station via Brunswick central station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Helmstedt to Hamburg. However, there are services departing from Helmstedt and arriving at Hamburg Hbf via Hannover Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 38m.

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It is 162 km from Helmstedt to Hamburg. It is approximately 229.5 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs 65€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 2h 38m to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg, including transfers.

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

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Helmstedt to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, depart from Helmstedt station.

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The best way to get from Helmstedt to Hamburg is to train which takes 2h 38m and costs 65€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 16€ - 21€ and takes 4h 25m.

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  • Distance: 162.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 38m

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

You can take a train from Helmstedt to Hamburg via Hannover Hbf in around 2h 38m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Brunswick central station to Hamburg central bus station 6 times a week. Tickets cost 11€ - 14€ and the journey takes 2h 50m.

Train operators
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 Helmstedt to Hannover Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
metronom
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
metronom
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 45€
Website
HVV
Train from Braunschweig Hbf to Uelzen
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
HVV
Train from Uelzen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
HVV
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
90€ - 110€
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Urlaubs-Express
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
bahntouristikexpress.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Erixx
Phone
05191/ 96944-250
Website
erixx.de
Train from Braunschweig Hbf to Uelzen
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Erixx
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 Brunswick central station to Hamburg central bus station
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Helmstedt to Hamburg is 230 km. It takes approximately 2h 3m to drive from Helmstedt to Hamburg.

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