The city is incredibly well connected therefore; several options allow you to get to Hamburg. You can arrive by plane, take the train or bus or take the car. - Hamburg’s accessibility is excellent.
All routes lead to Hamburg
Hamburg is not only one of the major transportation hubs in northern Germany but one of the most affluent cities in Europe. Whether by air, rail or road – Hamburg can be reached conveniently from the whole world. Hamburg Airport offers direct international connections to Europe, America, Africa and Asia. With the new ICE route, Berlin can be reached by rail in 90 minutes and as an important hub in the international motorway network, Hamburg is very well linked up with the whole of central and northern Europe.
Arriving by plane
The Hamburg Airport is located 8.5 kilometers north-west of the city centre. Around 60 airlines fly directly from Hamburg to 115 different destinations around the world. In terms of passenger figures the largest airlines are Lufthansa, Air Berlin, TUIfly, Condor, Germanwings and Air France. You can reach Hamburg from all European metropolises by plane within one to four hours flight time. Non-stop intercontinental services connect Hamburg with New York and Dubai.
Information about the Hamburg airport can be obtained from:
From the airport the suburban train will take you to Hamburg’s central railway station, “Hauptbahnhof” and several other locations of Hamburg. The S-Bahn (suburban rail network) line S1 (Direction to “Wedel”) operates every 10 minutes between Hamburg Airport and Hamburg’s central railway station. The journey lasts only 25 minutes. The “Hamburg Airport/Flughafen” S-Bahn station is located directly in front of the terminals within walking distance.
Schedule information can be obtained from: www.hvv.de
Of course, you can also take a taxi/cab from the airport to the railway station. A one-way fare to the central railway station “Hauptbahnhof” costs about 30 €. The taxi departure spots are right located outside the exits of Terminal 1 and 2 in the arrival areas. Please keep in mind that you have the option to negotiate a fixed price upon departure.
Arrival by rail
Arriving in Hamburg by train is a viable option especially if you are traveling from northern Europe. With its four long-distance train stations – “Hauptbahnhof” (centre), “Dammtor” (centre), “Altona” (west) and “Harburg” (south) - Hamburg is perfectly embedded in the European high-speed train network. The German railing system connects Hamburg with all major cities in the metropolitan area Hamburg. Moreover the rest of Germany can be reached within a few hours (e.g. Munich in 6 hours, Stuttgart in 5 hours, Cologne in 4 hours, Frankfurt in 3 hours) by Inter City Express (ICE), the German high speed train. If you fly into any other German city you can continue your way to Hamburg by train. Make sure that you plan your connecting journey in advance and gather detailed information about the train schedules and tickets to enjoy a smooth voyage.
Schedule information and Tickets can be obtained from: www.bahn.com
Arrival by car
Germany has nearly 9660km of motorways. Therefore, if you are travelling by car you can reach Hamburg by using one of Germanys various motorways. The A1 connects Hamburg via Puttgarden with Scandinavia. The A24 connects Hamburg via Berlin with Eastern Europe. The A7 connects the North with the South. Heading north you get via Flensburg to Denmark and heading south you get via Füssen to Austria.
In Germany motorways are free of charge, no tolls are collected.
Arrival by bus
The ZOB/Busbahnhof (Central Bus Station) is located right next to the central train station “Hauptbahnhof” in the city center. The bus station is most popular for services to central and Eastern Europe.
For more information regarding the busstation please visit: www.zob-hamburg.de
More information regarding other destinations: www.eurolines.com
Photo: www.mediaserver.hamburg.de/ S. Schwarze
Public Transportation in Hamburg*
The public transport in Hamburg is operated by the Hamburg Transport Association “Hamburger Verkehrsverbund” (HVV) offering a wide line and route network at reasonable rates. The HVV offers one ticket that entitles you to use any HVV public transport service you like – you can choose between taking the bus, the ferry, the suburban lines (S-Bahn) and the underground line (U-Bahn) depending on your final destination. You can buy tickets from any bus driver or ticket vending machine located close to the bus, train and underground stations. When purchasing a ticket please make sure that you select the right area of validity as shown in the HVV Fare Zone Plan.
Information regarding rail plans and time tables can be obtained from the notice boards at all stations or online: www.hvv.de/en
If you want to obtain a ticket for the public transports we suggest all registered participants of IFERA 2015 to consider the purchase of a HVV-Ticket or a Hamburg Card. With a HVV “All-day ticket” (Ganztageskarte) at a price of 7,30€ you are entitled to ride all available transportation services within the Greater Hamburg Area (Großbereich). Please keep in mind that you have to purchase the “All-day ticket” the same day you want to use it. You can buy tickets from any bus driver or ticket vending machine.
For more information regarding the “All-day tickets” please visit: www.hvv.de/en/tickets/day-tickets/all-day-ticket/
The Hamburg Card as well entitles the owner to ride all available transportation services within the Greater Hamburg Area (Großbereich) plus you enjoy discounts on over 130 tourist offers including:
- City-sightseeing bus tours and boat trips around the port or on the River Alster
- Places of interest and museums
- Musicals and theatres
- Restaurants and souvenir shops
For a single Hamburg Card valid 1 day you have to pay 9,50€. For a validity of 3 days you have to pay 22,90€ and a validity of 5 days you get at a rate of 38,50€.
For more information regarding the “Hamburg card” please visit: www.hvv.de/en/tickets/day-tickets/hamburg-card
On Friday and Saturday nights the public transport services are available all night long. On weekdays the public transport operates from 4 am to 1am (from 1 am till 4 am the regular service is not available). However, additional night busses departing from the “Rathausmarkt” ensure that you get home safely.
Hamburg’s facilities for disabled travellers are continuously improving. However, as mobility impaired person you are more than welcome to get in touch with us. We will be happy to assist you to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
* Price as of today (August 25th 2014)
Photo: www.mediaserver.hamburg.de/ C. Spahrbier