ICE trains arrive at Nürnberg Hbf

Hamburg to Nürnberg / Nuremberg by train

How to take the rail journey from Hamburg to Nuremberg / Nürnberg

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From Hamburg Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf

Travel Information

Departing from Hamburg:

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 a good 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).

Final Destination: Munchen (or Wien)

All trains also call at: Wurzburg

A variety of different types of ICE trains are used on this route including the brand new ICE4 trains.

ICE 1 trains are used for most other departures, but the trains which are joined to departures from Bremen in Hannover are formed of ICE 2 or ICE-T trains.

The alternative routes:

At Hamburg Hbf you may see trains to Nurnberg on the departure screens, which will be travelling via Berlin.
They are much slower than these trains, which travel via Hannover and Wurzburg.

Other slower trains also travel to Nurnberg via Koln.

DB doesn't sell tickets for Hamburg to Nurnberg journeys by either of these slower routes, it logically assumes that travellers will want to save more than an hour, when making the journey

Though if you will be travelling with a rail pass, take care to board these faster ICE trains, which will be travelling via Kassel.

Mon Fri = 14 x trains per day
Sat/Sun = 13 x trains per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

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

FINDING TICKETS:

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have

  • 0 in the Chg. colum
  • ICE (and only ICE) in the Products 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.

End-to-end tickets for Hamburg to Nurnberg journeys can't be booked on the slower trains which travel via Berlin.

Reservations:

Book 1st class ticket journey tickets 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.

Opting to reserve is particularly recommended if you will be travelling at business hours and/or during the day on Fridays and Sundays.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB from €17.90

DB 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.

Two types of ticket have recently been made available;

  1. Cheaper 'Young' tickets which can only be booked by those aged 15-26 on the travel date.
  2. Flexi Plus tickets, which are now the most expensive type of ticket, but they're the only type of 2nd class tickets which DO include a seat reservation.
Omio from €17.90 (in £s)

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 €17.90

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €17.90

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

Between April 1st and December 9th, the journey times will be around an hour slower due to maintenance work closing the high-speed line between Kassel and Fulda, trains will be diverted off on to the conventional route.

This is a journey of thee distinct phases:

  1. Until Hannover the train will travel at up to 200 km/h on a conventional railway.
  2. . On departure from Hannover comes the part of the journey with a wow factor, for more than 2hr 30mins the train will travel between the stations at more than 250 km/h on the high speed line and there are some nice views as the train crosses the long viaducts, between the incredible number of tunnels.
  3. Between Wurzburg and Nurnberg the train will be back on conventional tracks
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