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There are 8 ways to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg by train, plane, bus or car

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hamburg

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Bremen, train

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

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hannover, train

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

Train to Brussels, fly to Hamburg

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

Train, train to Dusseldorf, fly to Hamburg

  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)

Train

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Hengelo
  2. Take the train from Hengelo to Osnabrück Hbf
  3. Take the train from Osnabrück Hbf to Hamburg Hbf

Drive

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Hamburg

Rotterdam to Hamburg by train

The train journey time between Rotterdam and Hamburg is around 6h 22m and covers a distance of around 517 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 8m. Operated by Dutch Railways (NS), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Eurobahn and others, the Rotterdam to Hamburg train service departs from Rotterdam Centraal and arrives in Hamburg Hbf. Typically 54 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

54 Weekly Trains
6h 22m Average Duration
€96 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg is to bus which costs €27 - €35 and takes 7h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg is to train and fly which costs €110 - €460 and takes 3h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Rotterdam Central Station station and arriving at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 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 Hengelo and Osnabrück Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 22m.

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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 22m and costs €95 - €210.

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It takes approximately 3h 56m 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 22m and costs €95 - €210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €27 - €35 and takes 7h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Hamburg.
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  • Distance: 412.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 56m

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Hamburg via Hengelo and Osnabrück Hbf in around 6h 22m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB 5 times a day. Tickets cost €27 - €35 and the journey takes 7h 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
€50 - €340
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€120 - €650
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €260
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hannover
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €700
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €440
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €330
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €420
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €330
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €21
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€9 - €13
1st Class
€16 - €21
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 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 42m
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 Hengelo
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €45
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€19 - €27
1st Class
€30 - €45
Train from Hengelo to Osnabrueck Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
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
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €75
Website
Thalys
Standard
€40 - €55
Comfort
€50 - €70
Premium
€50 - €75
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
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 3 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hengelo to Osnabrück Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Osnabrück Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 3 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 Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
metronom
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Osnabrück Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€13 - €17
Website
Flixtrain
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
56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Osnabrueck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€70 - €130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
HVV
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Hengelo to Osnabrück 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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam Central Station to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€27 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Rotterdam to Hamburg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/ZOB station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Hamburg is 500 km. It takes approximately 4h 41m to drive from Rotterdam to Hamburg.

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Eurowings, Lufthansa and KLM offer flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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