The effect of hydrogen on high temperature flow behavior of VT20, a near α-Ti alloy, was studied using differential strain rate compression tests. Hydrogen level was varied from 0.0015 to 0.36 wt%. Strain rate jump tests were carried out over the strain rate and temperature ranges of 10−3–10−1 s−1 and 600–947 °C, respectively. The addition of hydrogen increased the volume fraction of β phase, decreased the grain size and lowered the flow stress up to test temperature of 900 °C. The values of apparent strain rate sensitivity (m) and activation energy for deformation (Q) were found to vary from 0.03 to 0.46 and 176–382 kJ/mol, respectively, depending on strain rate, test temperature and hydrogen level. With increasing hydrogen content the peak strain rate sensitivity shifted to lower temperatures. The values obtained for m (≥0.30) and Q (~176 kJ/mol) suggested that the deformation mechanism is the grain boundary sliding accommodated by lattice diffusion. The lower values of m (0.20–0.25) suggested dislocation climb as the deformation mechanism and the further decrease in m and increase in Q suggested power law breakdown. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.