Getting there & away
The ZOB/Busbahnhof (Central Bus Station; 247 5765; www.zob-hamburg.de; Adenauerallee 78; 6.30am-9pm) is southeast of the Hauptbahnhof and most popular for services to central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. Eurolines (4024 7106; www.eurolines.com) has buses to Prague (one-way/return €55/98) and Warsaw (€55/86), for example. Check the Eurolines website for other destinations, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris.
Gulliver’s (253 289 278; www.gullivers.de) goes all over Europe and has a website you can search in English. Polen Reisen (241 427) is one of several Eastern European specialists you’ll find in the building.
The autobahns of the A1 (Bremen–Lübeck) and A7 (Hanover–Kiel) cross south of the Elbe River. Three concentric ring roads manage traffic flow. For ride-shares, try the Mitfahrzentrale (194 40; Ernst-Merck-Strasse 8).
Hamburg has four train stations: the Hauptbahnhof, Dammtor, Altona and Harburg. Many of the long-distance trains originate in Altona and stop at both Dammtor and the Hauptbahnhof before heading out of the city. Remember this as you read the timetables or you may end up at the wrong station.
There are several trains hourly to Lübeck (€10.30, 45 minutes), Kiel (from €17.20, 1¼ hours), Hanover (€36, 1¼ hours) and Bremen (€18.30 to €22, one hour). A direct service to Westerland on Sylt Island leaves every two hours (€29, three hours).
There are direct IC connections to Berlin-Hauptbahnhof (€48 to €58, 1½ hours) and Cologne (€68 to €78, four hours). Frankfurt is served hourly by the ICE train (€82, 3½ hours), as is Munich (€111, six to nine hours). There’s a direct service to Copenhagen several times a day, but the only direct train to Paris is the night train (otherwise, change in Cologne).
Hamburg Airport (HAM; 507 50; www.flughafen-hamburg.de) has frequent flights to domestic and European cities, including on Lufthansa (01803-803 803; Terminal 4), British Airways (01805-735 522; Terminal 4), Air France (5075 2325; Terminal 4) and low-cost carrier Air Berlin (01801-737 800; www.airberlin.com; Terminal 1).