The cheapest trains from Hamburg to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 23 Oct

Cheapest

£29

Average

£32

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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14:49Hamburg4h08 18:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
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08:50Hamburg4h07 12:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
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09:01Hamburg3h56 12:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
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15:01Hamburg3h56 18:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
2nd Cheapest
08:50Hamburg5h45 14:35Köln, Flughafen
1 changes
£321One-way

Timetable Hamburg to Cologne

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08:50Hamburg5h45 14:35Köln, Flughafen
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08:50Hamburg4h07 12:57Köln, Hbf
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09:01Hamburg3h56 12:57Köln, Hbf
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09:01Hamburg5h34 14:35Köln, Flughafen
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13:00Hamburg, ZOB am Hbf5h57 18:57Köln, Hbf
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14:49Hamburg4h08 18:57Köln, Hbf
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15:01Hamburg3h56 18:57Köln, Hbf
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Fri
22 Oct
£44Deutsche Bahn
£33BlaBlaCar Bus
£119Eurowings
Sat
23 Oct
£28Deutsche Bahn
£24Flixbus
£309Lufthansa
Sun
24 Oct
£21Deutsche Bahn with connection
£26BlaBlaCar Bus
£180Tuifly
Mon
25 Oct
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£119Eurowings
Tue
26 Oct
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£119Eurowings
Wed
27 Oct
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£119Eurowings
Thu
28 Oct
£21Deutsche Bahn with connection
£27BlaBlaCar Bus
£119Eurowings
Fri
29 Oct
£21Deutsche Bahn with connection
£26BlaBlaCar Bus
£119Eurowings
Sat
30 Oct
£16Deutsche Bahn
£26BlaBlaCar Bus
£191Lufthansa
Sun
31 Oct
£16Deutsche Bahn
£27BlaBlaCar Bus
£66Eurowings
Mon
1 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£155Lufthansa Cityline
Tue
2 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£66Eurowings
Wed
3 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£75Eurowings
Thu
4 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
£26BlaBlaCar Bus
£92Eurowings
Fri
5 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
£18Flixbus
£75Eurowings
Sat
6 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
£19BlaBlaCar Bus
£129Lufthansa
Sun
7 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
£19BlaBlaCar Bus
£92Eurowings
Mon
8 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£66Eurowings
Tue
9 Nov
£9FlixTrain
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£66Eurowings
Wed
10 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
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£66Eurowings
Thu
11 Nov
£16Deutsche Bahn
£19BlaBlaCar Bus
£35Eurowings

The fastest trains from Hamburg to Cologne

Showing times and prices for 23 Oct

Fastest Journey

3 h 56 m

Average

4 h 46 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

360 km

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.

Fastest
09:01Hamburg3h56 12:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
Fastest
15:01Hamburg3h56 18:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
2nd Fastest
08:50Hamburg4h07 12:57Köln, Hbf
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£291One-way
14:49Hamburg4h08 18:57Köln, Hbf
0 changes
£291One-way
09:01Hamburg5h34 14:35Köln, Flughafen
1 changes
£321One-way

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Train Information between Hamburg and Cologne

distanceDistance223 miles (360 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£23 (€26)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersDeutsche 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 trains between Hamburg and Cologne

Find the best trains between Hamburg and Cologne with Omio's travel partners Deutsche Bahn from £16. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

Deutsche Bahn

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:

  • Normal conditions apply
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Hamburg to Cologne: Journey Details

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.

Taking the Train from Hamburg

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.

Getting into Cologne by Train

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.

Travel Tips

Trains from Hamburg to Cologne
Travel by train to Cologne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Hamburg to Cologne.
FAQs
How much does a cheap train from Hamburg to Cologne cost?
You can find a cheap train from Hamburg to Cologne for some dates and times for as low as £16  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Hamburg to Cologne?
If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Hamburg to Cologne train price to come in at an average of £23  one way.
What is the distance to Cologne from Hamburg via train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance to Cologne from Hamburg via train to be approximately 223 miles (360 km).
How many hours does it take from Hamburg to Cologne by train?
The train time between Hamburg and Cologne is on average 4 h 13 min  for the 223 miles (360 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Hamburg and Cologne by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in Hamburg goes to Cologne? Which train station do I come into Cologne from Hamburg?

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.

Where is the departure train station in Hamburg located? Where is the arrival train station in Cologne located?

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.

Which train providers can take me from Hamburg to Cologne?
For the route from Hamburg to Cologne you can take a train with Deutsche Bahn, FlixTrain, Deutsche Bahn with connection or Hamburg-Köln-Express. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Hamburg and Cologne on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
Are there any Hamburg to Cologne direct trains?
Yes, there are 12 direct trains from Hamburg to Cologne per day with FlixTrain  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
How many train services are there between Hamburg and Cologne a day?
The average number of trains departing Hamburg for Cologne is 12 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When does the first train depart from Hamburg to Cologne? When does the last train depart from Hamburg to Cologne?
The first train from Hamburg to Cologne leaves at 04: 46   and the last train for this leaves at 21: 46. Omio shows you the latest train from Hamburg to Cologne schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket to Cologne from Hamburg to get the best deals?
You can find a train to Cologne from Hamburg to cost on average £23 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Hamburg to Cologne train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Hamburg
Cologne
Hamburg Hbf is the most popular Hamburg railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Hamburg for your journey to Cologne.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 21: 30 | Sat - Sun: 08: 00 - 20: 15
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 2, 5, 6, 16, 17, 19, 112, X35, 31, 37
Train lines: ICE, EC, IC, FLX, NJ, RE, RB, IRE
S-Bahn lines: S1, S2, S3, S11, S21, S31
U-Bahn lines: U1, U2, U3, U4