The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Hamburg to Cologne will cost around £ 32 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 29.
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3 h 56 m
4 h 46 m
Trains per day
Of the 7 trains that leave Hamburg for Cologne every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 360 km distance in an average of 4 h 46 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 56 m .
The slowest trains will take 5 h 57 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||223 miles (360 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 13 min|
|Average train ticket price||£23 (€26)|
|Train frequency||12 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 12 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Hamburg-Köln-Express|
Trains from Hamburg to Cologne cover the 223 miles (360 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 13 min with our travel partners like Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Hamburg-Köln-Express. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £23, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £16. Travellers depart most frequently from Hamburg Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
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Deutsche Bahn (DB) trains take you from Hamburg to Cologne in comfort. Find the DB train timetable for your journey between Hamburg and Cologne on Omio and book cheap DB tickets online. The distance from Hamburg to Cologne is 223 miles (360 km) by DB and prices for a Deutsche Bahn ticket between Hamburg and Cologne start at £16.
Deutsche Bahn is Germany’s main operator of train services and makes on average about 40, 000 domestic and international train journeys every day. DB is well-known for its wide range of ticket types, savings offers such as the Super Saver fares and discount cards like the Bahncard 25, 50 and 100, which you can also use at Omio.
Travel on different types of DB trains, including the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn), on its routes, which differ in terms of comfort and the time needed to travel. For example, while WCs are standard, services like onboard restaurants or free WiFi are only available on certain trains.
These are Deutsche Bahn 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Hamburg to Cologne:
Trains in Germany are an efficient way to travel between cities, with Deutsche Bahn providing domestic and international train routes in Germany. Hamburg and Cologne are only 430 km apart, so it's quick and easy to catch the train between these two German cities. Trains from Hamburg to Cologne are operated by Deutsche Bahn, and a direct connection will take just over 4 hours to make the journey. The earliest departures leave Hamburg before 4 a.m., and the last train of the day leaves after midnight.
Return trains from Cologne to Hamburg are also available.
All trains between Hamburg and Cologne depart from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and arrive at Cologne Hauptbahnhof. Reaching your train is easy if you are coming from central Hamburg. The Hauptbahnhof is located on all 4 of Hamburg's U-Bahn lines, but it is central enough to reach by foot from many hotels. If you are coming from outside the center, the circular U3 line will be the best option. The underground runs until late, but for departures in the middle of the night a taxi is advisable.
Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and also one of the most beautiful. Although it is most famous for its gorgeous cathedral, the city is filled with art galleries and museums, it has a wonderful botanical gardens and markets selling local produce and crafts. It's also a great place to start Rhine River tours, and produces some of the finest beer in Europe. The quickest route into town from the station is to catch the Cologne S-Bahn - which takes only 5 to 10 minutes to reach the center. For other journeys, the city has a superb bus and tram network. Be sure to purchase a WelcomeCard to travel as cheaply as possible.
When taking the train to Cologne from Hamburg, you can choose to depart from train stations like Hamburg Hbf, Hamburg-Altona and Hamburg-Harburg. Your route can end in train stations such as Köln Hbf, Köln Messe/Deutz and Köln/Bonn Flughafen.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Hamburg Hbf and arrive in Köln Hbf.
Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Hamburg Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 2 km from the city centre to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Cologne most often arrive at Köln Hbf and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from this train station to the city centre.
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