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.
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:
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.
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DB Bahn||from €17.90|
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
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.
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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