A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Hamburg to Alicante

Trip duration
2 days
Travel time
20h

This is the expert's go-to travel option

Traveling from Hamburg to Alicante by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Mannheim, Paris and Barcelona on the way.

Day 1

Hamburg Germany
Mannheim Germany
Mannheim

Grab a quick bite and switch trains in Mannheim.

Mannheim Germany
Paris France
Paris

Spend 1 night in Paris

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Paris train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 2

Paris France
Barcelona Spain
Barcelona

Have a lunch and switch trains in Barcelona.

Barcelona Spain
Alicante Spain
Alicante

Arrive at your final destination, Alicante.

Check out Hotels.com to find affordable housing in the city centre of Alicante.

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Leaving from Hamburg Germany
Going to Alicante Spain

Good to know when traveling from Hamburg to Alicante

Travel insurance

International train journeys in Europe are covered by the CIV protection rules, a set of rules to make it easier to travel cross-boarder with train. Primarily providing compensation for lost baggage and a guarantee of onward transport.

You can find out if your journey is covered by CIV by checking the tickets. "CIV" should then be printed in a corner.

But...

...there are many cases when these rules does not apply. Therefore All Aboard advise you to have a valid travel insurance before going on your trip. It's never a fun thing either to miss a connection or to loose your luggage, we know, therefore it's very useful to have an insurance where you're fully covered.

What happens if I miss my connecting train?

Missed trains connections are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:

Before you travel

  • Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
  • Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.

If you've missed your train

International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.

  • Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
  • Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
  • When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.

Long distance train trips

If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.

Is there wifi on the train?

There are few things as nice as watching a movie, listening to a good podcast or getting some work done on the train, and fortunately most long distance trains in Europe today offer free wifi onboard. Eurostar, Renfe, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn let you get access to wifi on the majority of their trains. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know if wifi is available is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

For EU residents

Should the wifi connection let you down, as an EU resident, you still have the luxury to take advantage of free roaming in all EU countries, just remember to turn on roaming in your phone's settings. If you are an EU resident traveling through a non-EU country such as Switzerland, the UK, or Norway, it could be a good idea to bring a 4G dongle in your bag, and switch off roaming to avoid hefty bills.

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