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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Bremen, train  •  3h 37m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Bremen (BRE) AMS - BRE
  3. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€78 - €440

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Bus  •  8h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg central bus station N1386

€28 - €35

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hamburg  •  4h 4m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Hamburg (HAM) AMS - HAM

€48 - €244

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hannover, train  •  4h 28m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) to Hannover (HAJ) AMS - HAJ
  3. Take the train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

€149 - €515

Train to Brussels, fly to Hamburg  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Hamburg (HAM) BRU - HAM

€96 - €273

Train, train to Dusseldorf, fly to Hamburg  •  6h 19m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Duesseldorf Hbf
  3. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hamburg (HAM) DUS - HAM

€100 - €357

Train  •  6h 24m

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amersfoort Centraal
  2. Take the train from Amersfoort Centraal to Hengelo
  3. Take the train from Hengelo to Osnabrueck Hbf Ic / ...
  4. Take the train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Ic / ...

€45 - €177

Drive  •  4h 41m

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Hamburg 500 km

€60 - €95

Rotterdam to Hamburg by train

The train journey time between Rotterdam and Hamburg is around 7h 8m and covers a distance of around 517 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 8m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), Eurobahn, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Rotterdam to Hamburg train service departs from Rotterdam Centraal and arrives in Hamburg Hbf. Typically 102 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
7h 8m
Fastest train time:
6h 8m
Trains per week:
102
Cheapest price:
€45
Carbon emissions:
27 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:05
Last train departs at:
23:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Rotterdam to Hamburg train schedules

Trains departing Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Netherlands → Germany
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International entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Netherlands
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from Albania, Andorra, Australia, China, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside Germany with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Netherlands

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Netherlands
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Mayotte, French Guiana, Guadeloupe
Finland: Satakunta, Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi
Norway: Innlandet
Portugal: Azores, Madeira

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Germany

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Considerations leaving from Netherlands

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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No, entry into Germany from Netherlands is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Hamburg is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Hamburg is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Hamburg is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, returning to Netherlands from Germany is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 21 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg is to bus which costs €28 - €35 and takes 8h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg is to train and fly which costs €75 - €440 and takes 3h 37m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam Central Station station and arriving at Hamburg central bus station station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Hamburg. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Hamburg Hbf via Amersfoort Centraal, Hengelo and Osnabrueck Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 24m.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Hamburg is 413 km. The road distance is 500 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg without a car is to train which takes 6h 24m and costs €45 - €180.

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It takes approximately 3h 37m to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg, including transfers.

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Rotterdam to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Rotterdam Central Station.

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Rotterdam to Hamburg train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), depart from Rotterdam Centraal station.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg is to train which takes 6h 24m and costs €45 - €180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €28 - €35 and takes 8h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 412.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 37m

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany?

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Hamburg via Amersfoort Centraal, Hengelo, and Osnabrueck Hbf in around 6h 24m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg central bus station twice daily. Tickets cost €28 - €35 and the journey takes 8h 20m.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bremen
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €410
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €490
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hannover
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €430
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €240
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €380
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €230
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €330
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €230
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €21
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€9 - €13
1st Class
€16 - €21
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€10 - €24
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€10 - €15
1st Class
€17 - €24
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Duesseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €45
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€19 - €27
1st Class
€30 - €45
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Amersfoort Centraal
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €28
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€12 - €17
1st Class
€19 - €28
Train from Amersfoort Centraal to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€14 - €35
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€14 - €20
1st Class
€23 - €35
Train from Hengelo to Osnabrueck Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€13 - €30
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€13 - €19
1st Class
€22 - €30
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 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
Train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€55 - €85
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 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
Train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
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 Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€65 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
3 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Osnabrück central station to Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€13 - €17
Website
Flixtrain
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 Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
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
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
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
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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
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
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Anvers-Central
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Thalys
Standard
€45 - €65
Comfort
€55 - €75
Premium
€60 - €90
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Hengelo to Osnabrueck Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
Eurobahn
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 Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg central bus station
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€28 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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Rotterdam to Hamburg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity, arrive at Hamburg Hbf station.

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