An ICE departs from Koln Hbf

How to take the rail journey from Hamburg to Cologne / Köln

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Hamburg to Köln / Cologne / Koeln by train

Despite this being one of Germany's busiest railway routes there is no high speed line between Hamburg and Köln / Cologne.
Hence a wide variety of trains both share the route and have comparable journey times.

Routes you can take to go from Hamburg to Köln / Cologne / Koeln

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:

Route Information

Option 1: taking the IC or EC or ICE trains
Travel Time (approx)

3hr 40mins - 4hr 5mins (approx)



Travel Info

1 x train per hour

Route Information

Option 2: taking the FlixTrans
Travel Time (approx)

4hr 5min (approx)


Not Every Day

Travel Info

Monday = 2 x trains
Thursday = 1 x train
Friday to Sunday = 2 x trains per day

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