Exterior view of Stuttgart Hbf

Hamburg to Stuttgart by train

How to take the rail journey Hamburg to Stuttgart



From Hamburg Hbf to Stuttgart 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 - the city's main station.

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: Stuttgart

All of these trains also call at: Frankfurt Flughhafen/Airport and Mannheim

7 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

Finding Tickets:

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:

  • 0 in the Chg. column
  • 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.

Seat 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.

The alternative indirect trains:

These direct trains depart from Hamburg in odd hours -  in even hours there will be journeys with 1 in the Chg. column, that have similar journey times.

The 1 x change of train will be at Mannheim, but the connection is not guaranteed.
Though tickets will be still be valid if you have to take a later train on to Stuttgart, if the train from Hamburg to Mannheim is delayed.

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

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.

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.

Save A Train from €17.90

Save A Train Guide

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.
During this period the journey time will be around 45 mins longer and the trains won't be diverting off the direct route in order to reverse direction in the station at Frankfurt Flughafen.

This is a journey of five 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 2hrs mins 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 Fulda and Frankfurt (Main) will be back on conventional tracks, this is the slowest, but most scenic part of the trip
  4. The train will travel through the Frankfurt suburbs to reach the airport station and then from there it will travel through a series of towns on route to Mannheimn
  5. Between Mannheim and Stuttgart the train will be back on a high speed line
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