Hamburg to Copenhagen by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $34.24
  2. 30 day advance $38.44
  3. 7 day advance $122.29
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    4hr 40m
  • Distance
    290 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 56m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Hamburg to Copenhagen by train

Fast trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen take around 4 hours and 40 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 290 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Hamburg and Copenhagen.

1. Are there direct trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen?

Direct trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen have been found.

We usually find around 18 direct trains on the route from Hamburg to Copenhagen every weekday.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 20 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Hamburg to Copenhagen?

The Hamburg to Copenhagen train travel time is normally about 4 hours and 40 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Hamburg to Copenhagen train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Copenhagen is usually scheduled to depart Hamburg around 07:24 and the last train is around 23:56. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Hamburg around 07:24, and the last at 23:57.

What's the Hamburg to Copenhagen train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen are $34.24.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $38 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $122. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Hamburg to Copenhagen train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Hamburg to Copenhagen by train.

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Which train companies operate between Hamburg and Copenhagen?

More than one train company operates on the route from Hamburg to Copenhagen, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Euro City
  • Eurocity (EC)
  • Eurocités
  • Intercity
  • Intercity-Express (ICE)
  • Intercités
  • Thello

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Copenhagen to Hamburg by train

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A key link between two European cities, and a rare case of a rail journey where the entire train is shipped on a ferry.


It is an easy journey by train from Hamburg to Copenhagen. This short trip comes with a bonus. You’ll get a 45-min ferry ride along the way. The direct daytime trains between the two cities all rely on the international ferry from Puttgarden to Rødby. These services can be full, so it is very advisable to secure seat reservations in advance.

There are alternative routes which avoid the ferry, heading north from Hamburg via Flensburg or Niebüll to cross the land border between Germany and Denmark. These are both very scenic options, but they are slower and involve changes of train (except for the summer season overnight train from Hamburg to Copenhagen which travels by night by the route through Flensburg to reach Denmark).

Hamburg to Copenhagen

Running north-east from Hamburg the first stop is at the beautiful city of Lubeck. The route then takes in some fine Baltic scenery. The highlight is a short sea crossing on a ferry from Puttgarden in Germany to Rødby in Denmark. Your train rolls onto the ferry with passengers on board. You then have free run of the ship, with time to have a meal on board or stroll on deck, before rejoining the train as the ship docks at Rødby. The ride through Denmark from Rødby to Copenhagen takes two hours with four stops along the way.

All services leave from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and arrive at the centrally located Hovedbanegård in Copenhagen.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.