ICE train at Berlin Hbf

A German ICE train...

This page explains how to travel by train from Hamburg to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Hamburg as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

I want to travel by train from Hamburg to...

          

       Click here to buy tickets starting in another city

       If you have a first class ticket you can use the 1st class lounge at Hamburg Hbf

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Hamburg to other German towns & cities...

Hamburg to London from €59...

Hamburg to Paris from €39...

Hamburg to Brussels & Bruges from €39...

Hamburg to Amsterdam from €39...

Hamburg to Luxembourg from €39...

Hamburg to Basel, Zurich, Geneva & Switzerland from €39...

Hamburg to Venice from €59...

Option 1, by sleeper train to Munich then scenic daytime train to Venice.  This is the option I'd recommend for the scenery.

Option 2, by ICE train to Munich, then City Night Line sleeper train from Munich to Venice...

Option 3, by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass, with an overnight stop in Munich...


Hamburg to Florence, Rome, Milan, Verona or anywhere else Italy from €39...

Option 1, by ICE train from Hamburg to Munich then City Night Line sleeper train to Bologna, Florence & Rome...

Option 2, by daytime trains via the Brenner Pass, with an overnight stop in Munich...

Option 3, by daytime trains, via the Swiss Alps...  Also a scenic ride! 


Hamburg to Barcelona & Spain...

Hamburg to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €39...

Hamburg to Prague from €39...

Hamburg to Bratislava from €39...

Hamburg to Budapest from €39...

Hamburg to Bucharest from €98...

Hamburg to Ljubljana, Zagreb from €39...

Hamburg to Warsaw, Krakow & Poland from €39...

Hamburg to Moscow, St Petersburg & Russia...

Hamburg to Kiev & Ukraine...

Hamburg to Copenhagen & Denmark from €39...

Hamburg to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmφ & Sweden from €39...

Hamburg to Oslo & Norway...

Hamburg to Helsinki & Finland...

Hamburg to Istanbul & Turkey...

Find hotels in Hamburg & other cities

 

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Finding the right hotel just got a whole lot easier - HotelsCombined.com

I'm a big fan of www.hotelscombined.com as it checks all the main hotel booking sites (Opodo, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, AsiaRooms, LateRooms etc.) to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest rates.  Try it and see!

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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