Hamburg to Bratislava by train

How to take a rail journey from Hamburg to the capital of Slovakia

Despite the distance there is a daily direct train available from Hamburg to the Slovakian capital.



From Hamburg Hbf to Bratislava

Journey Summary

Travel Time
11hr 6min (approx)
Travel Information

This train usually departs Hamburg Hbf at 06:48 and arrives in Bratislava shortly before 18:00.

Final Destination: Budapest-Nyugati

This trains also calls at: Prague/Praha and Brno

1   x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date

This train usually departs Hamburg Hbf at 06:48 - so target that depature time when looking up this journey.

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets on DB Bahn and your seat reservation is included - but they're optional when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.
Reservations are highly recommended for this journey - particularly in 2nd class.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €35.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Omio from €35.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Save A Train from €35.90

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesRiver viewsNot High Speed

Good to Know

Take this train and you will be on the EC train that is provided by MAV (Hungarian) Railways.

There isn't a direct overnight train from Hamburg to Bratislava.

Journey description:

The majority of the journey by this EC train from Hamburg to Bratislava isn't particularly scintillating.
Between Berlin and Dresden you will be travelling across flat farm land, but try to stay awake!

The highlight of the journey comes between Dresden and Prague.
The train travels through the beautiful Elbe River valley, but sit on the left of the train (when facing the direction of travel) for the best views.

Between Bad Schandau and Decin Between Bad Schandau and Decin
Between Bad Schandau and Praha Between Bad Schandau and Praha
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Between Decin and Praha Between Decin and Praha
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