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There are 12 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Hamburg by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 44m

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

€55 - €150

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6h 28m

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Hamburg 622.8 km

€24 - €35

10 alternative options

Train via Göttingen  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Goettingen Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...

€108 - €213

Bus  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe central train station to Heidelberg Pre Waypoint 476 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heidelberg Pre Waypoint to Hamburg central bus station 198

€36 - €47

Night train  •  8h 46m

  1. Take the night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Nj

€50 - €70

Drive  •  5h 28m

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Hamburg 623.9 km

€65 - €100

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Hamburg  •  4h 15m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Hamburg (HAM) STR - HAM

€65 - €295

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Hamburg  •  3h 45m

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

€83 - €205

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Bremen, train  •  4h 53m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Bremen (BRE) STR - BRE
  3. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€80 - €671

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Bremen, train  •  4h 24m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bremen (BRE) FRA - BRE
  3. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€88 - €411

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Hannover, train  •  5h 34m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Hannover (HAJ) STR - HAJ
  3. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€141 - €496

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Hannover, train  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Hannover (HAJ) FRA - HAJ
  3. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€139 - €446

Karlsruhe to Hamburg by train

The train journey time between Karlsruhe and Hamburg is around 6h 32m and covers a distance of around 636 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 37m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Karlsruhe to Hamburg train service departs from Karlsruhe Hbf and arrives in Hamburg Hbf. Typically 113 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 32m
Fastest train time:
5h 37m
Trains per week:
113
Cheapest price:
€100
Carbon emissions:
33 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
01:30
Last train departs at:
20:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Karlsruhe to Hamburg train schedules

Karlsruhe → Hamburg
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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Hamburg is to rideshare which costs €24 - €35 and takes 6h 28m.

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The fastest way to get from Karlsruhe to Hamburg is to train and fly. Taking this option will cost €80 - €210 and takes 3h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Karlsruhe station to Hamburg station. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe central train station and arriving at Hamburg central bus station via Heidelberg Pre Waypoint. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Hamburg Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 44m.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Hamburg is 517 km. The road distance is 623.9 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 4h 44m and costs €55 - €150.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf takes 4h 44m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Hamburg is to train which takes 4h 44m and costs €55 - €150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €35 - €50 and takes 11h.

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  • Distance: 516.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 44m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €100 - €150 and the journey takes 4h 44m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Karlsruhe to Hamburg via Heidelberg Pre Waypoint in around 11h.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €370
Flights from Stuttgart to Bremen
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €380
Flights from Stuttgart to Hannover
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €400
Flights from Stuttgart to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €400
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €280
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €260
Flights from Stuttgart to Bremen via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€180 - €600
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €290
Flights from Stuttgart to Hannover via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €420
Flights from Frankfurt to Hannover
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €340
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €260
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €290
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€100 - €150
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€65 - €95
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€100 - €150
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €65
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
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€170 - €300
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€55 - €80
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€26 - €40
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 Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Göttingen to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
Train from Bremen Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
bahntouristikexpress.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Twice a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Go Ahead BW
Phone
+49 711 400 534 44
Website
go-ahead-bw.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Go Ahead BW
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€29 - €34
1st Class
€23 - €28
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
metronom
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
metronom
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Bremen central station to Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
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
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 Karlsruhe central train station to Heidelberg Pre Waypoint
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€6 - €8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg Pre Waypoint to Hamburg central bus station
Ave. Duration
9h 16m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Karlsruhe to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
6h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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