Bremen Hbf is one of Germany's most lovely central stations

Hamburg to Bremen by train

How to travel from Hamburg to Bremen by train

A mix of express trains, which are non-stop from Hamburg to Bremen, share the route, which isn't high speed, with slower Regio services; which on this route are operated by Metronom and not the national rail operator, DB.
Those slower trains are cheaper, even if you book ahead for the express trains.



Option 1: taking the express trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Stuttgart or Nurnberg (or other)

Most of these trains commence their journeys at Hamburg-Altona station and they all call at Hamburg-Dammtor before they arrive at Hamburg Hbf.

So it can be agood idea to look up the starting point of your journey and then book tickets from the most convenient station; only Hamburg Hbf has connections with the U-Bahn (subway).

All of these trains also call at: Hamburg-Harburg, which is a station located on the southern edge of the city.

1 x train per hour


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

Tickets for these IC/ICE/EC trains are comparatively expensive for this journey; it's one of the shortest journeys to which DB applies its 'from €17.90' pricing policy.

The alternative MB (MetroBahn) trains will almost certainly be cheaper, particularly if you will be buying tickets at the station immediately prior to boarding.
Though reservations will automatically be included if you book 1st class tickets.

On the DB Bahn booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day - so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €17.90

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 €17.90

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.

On this journey

Journey Features

Not High Speed

Good to Know

A mix of trains is used on this route.
Most of these express train departures on this route are by IC trains, but some ICE trains are also used, despite there being no high speed line between Hamburg and Bremen.

Also instead of the German IC trains, two of the morning departures are by EC trains and because they're heading to Switzerland, Swiss trains are used on these departures.

Reservations aren't compulsory* on these express trains and virtually anyone heading to Bremen from Hamburg won't bother for such a comparatively short journey.
However as a result these trains can be prone to overcrowding - particularly during afternoons/evenings on Friday - Sunday.
*Reservations are included when booking 1st class tickets.

Seat reservations aren't available on the alternative, slower Regio trains

Option 2: taking the Regio / Metronom trains

Travel Information

Final Destination: Bremen

These trains commence their journeys at Hamburg Hbf so they cannot be boarded at Hamburg-Altona or Hamburg-Dammtor stations.

These Regio trains will stand out on the departure screens at Hamburg Hbf because Bremen is their final destination.

All trains also call at: Hamburg-Harburg

1 x train per hour


Book early and save: No

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.

The tickets for this train service cannot be booked online ,hence the lack of booking links below.

So if you will be booking tickets last minute at the station, these trains will be a cheaper alternative to the express trains from Hamburg to Bremen.

However, if you will be using a rail pass, target those express trains.

On this journey

Journey Features

Not High Speed

Good to Know

The German national rail operator DB doesn't operate these trains, but tickets can be purchased at the DB ticket desks and machines at the station.

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