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How to travel Amsterdam to Hamburg (and back)


The port city of Hamburg is an important economic hub in northern in Germany - it lies some 380km north-east from Amsterdam.

Let's look at the options for travel between these 2 cities by air, train and bus...

1. Amsterdam-Hamburg by Air

klm cityhopper

Air travel is the quickest option with flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Hamburg Airport (HAM) taking around 1 hour. Dutch airline KLM (Skyteam) has up to 5 daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Copenhagen using Boeing 737 aircraft or smaller Embraer 190 Cityhopper services. Prices start from around €110 return not including checked luggage.

No frills German carrier Eurowings (a Lufthansa subsidiary) has 2 daily non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Hamburg using Airbus A320 series aircraft. Return fares are priced from around €80 without luggage.

2. Amsterdam-Hamburg by Train

Travel by train can be done comfortably between Amsterdam and Hamburg in just over 5 hours, though it will require a change.

From Amsterdam Central, take the Amsterdam-Berlin Intercity (IC) service (runs 5x daily) to Osnabrück. From there you can take the hourly IC train to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (final station is Hamburg Altona).

Likewise, for the journey Hamburg to Amsterdam, take an IC train to Osnabrück (direction can be Passau, Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Köln) and then connect onto the Amsterdam bound international IC train originating from Berlin. 

Ticket prices are from €39 (2nd class) or €59 (1st class) each-way if booking ahead.

How to book online: Amsterdam-Hamburg by rail can be booked at the NS International site

3. Amsterdam-Hamburg by Coach

eurolines bus amsterdam

Eurolines runs a 5x weekly coach service between Amsterdam Duivendrecht terminal and Hamburg (ZOB central bus station).

The journey takes 7 hours and single fares start from €22.

German coach company Flixbus runs up to 7x daily coach services between Amsterdam (Sloterdijk) and Hamburg (central bus station). The trip takes just under 7 hours and singles start from €25.

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