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Train from London to Hamburg, Germany

Green Traveller's Guide to taking the train from London St Pancras International Railway Station to Hamburg, Germany.

Winter scene. Photo: Wix Media

Journey Time: from 8 hours 37 mins

Sample timetable: Depart London 9.01am, arrive Hamburg 7.14pm

Changes: 2

Transfer: Quick same-station change of platform within Brussels Midi station and another at Cologne Hbf railway station

Frequency of Departures: 11/day

Carbon emissions: 23.1kg (flight would be 130.5kg)* Train tickets provided by Trainline:

What's the journey like?

Take the Eurostar to Brussels Midi station where there's an easy same-station platform change to board the high-speed Thalys or ICE trains to Cologne. Keep an eye out on the platform at Brussels for the handy guide to the layout of incoming trains, which shows you where your carriage will arrive into the station so you can make your way to the correct part of the platform before the train arrives. On arrival at Cologne, you then have to change trains to take the Intercity train to Hamburg (a journey of about 4 hours).

Stopover hotels to break the journey in Brussels and Cologne

If you want to break the journey and stay overnight to see a bit more of Brussels and/or Cologne while you're travelling through, there are lots of lovely places to stay near Brussels Midi and Cologne Hbf railway stations (we've stayed at Hostel Koln, which is about a 20-minute walk from the railway station). Here are some examples of hotels that are conveniently nearby: Hotels near Brussels Midi and Hotels near Cologne Hbf

Twin beds at Hostel Kohn, Cologne
Hostel Kohn, one of several eco-friendly places to stay if you want to stop off in Cologne en route to Hamburg

Miss your connection?

Don’t panic. Railteam’s ‘Hop on the Next Available Train’ service means that if you have missed your connection because of a delay on the preceding leg of your journey, you’ll automatically be put on the next available high-speed train. NB Remember to get your ticket stamped by your Train Manager.

On arrival

Willkommen in Hamburg! By the banks of the River Elbe in northern Germany, Hamburg is a waterfront city with lots of great cafes, restaurants, shops, theatres, museums, galleries, and a vibrant nightlife scene. There are lots of hotels near the train station, see below:

Hotels near Hamburg's train station

We sent writer Anna Shepard by train to Hamburg, here's what she had to say:

"Before setting off for a weekend in Hamburg, I told my German neighbours where I was headed. “There are lots of parks and expensive cafes, but it's not as fun as Berlin," they told me. "Why don’t you go there?” Everyone knows you can have a good time in the country's eclectic capital, but I wanted something different. And my interest was piqued by Hamburg's reputation as Germany’s greenest city, with fantastic public transport, bike-loving citizens and fairtrade boutiques."

Read her full review: Hamburg, Germany's greenest city?

Gute Reise!

For more overland train routes to Germany, see our Flight-Free Train & Ferry Journey Planner


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