Hamburg to Cologne

Hamburg to Cologne

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Transportation from Hamburg to Cologne

How to get from Hamburg to Cologne

Travelling between Hamburg and Cologne is possible by Flight and bus. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Flight is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you EUR 190.00 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere EUR 19.00.

How long does it take to get from Hamburg to Cologne?

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 15 hours to travel between Hamburg and Cologne depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Hamburg and Cologne. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h. Flight does a much slower job and take about 14h 50m to reach Cologne.

How much does it cost to get from Hamburg to Cologne?

Travelling between Hamburg and Cologne can be as cheap as EUR 19.00 if you opt for a FlixBus bus and as expensive as EUR 190.00 if you buy a Eurowings flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

How many trips per day are there between Hamburg and Cologne ?

  • 1 from Hamburg to Cologne starting from 06:10 Cologne Airport until 19:10 Cologne Airport
  • 1 from Hamburg to Cologne starting from 12:50 Cologne Central Train until 16:50 Cologne Central Train

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Hamburg to Cologne.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Hamburg to Cologne, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as EUR 102.00.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Hamburg and Cologne

Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines


Travelling from Hamburg to Cologne overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Hamburg and Cologne

FlixBus, Flixtrain

What is the most popular transport to get from Hamburg to Cologne?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 100% opted for a bus