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Hamburg Airport

Hamburg Airport has frequent flights to domestic and European cities with Lufthansa and most other major European carriers. Low-cost carriers include Ryanair, Air Berlin, easyJet and Eurowings. There are also a handful of intercontinental flights, such as to New York and Dubai.

Transport Options

The S1 S-Bahn connects the airport directly with the city centre, including the Hauptbahnhof. The journey takes 25 minutes and costs €3.30. Taxis cost €20 to €30, depending on where you're going, although it's more likely to be the latter for the city centre; the trip into town should be around 30 minutes, longer during peak hour.

Boat

There are no international ferry services from Hamburg; the nearest departures are from Kiel.

Hamburg is a popular port of call for cruise ships. There are two main places they dock:

Hamburg Cruise Center Altona A popular dock for large cruise ships.

Hamburg Cruise Center HafenCity Many large cruise ships dock here, close to HafenCity.

Bus

The ZOB is southeast of the Hauptbahnhof. Domestic and international buses arrive and depart around the clock.

Domestic Buses

Flixbus (www.flixbus.com) is usually the cheapest of the companies serving domestic destinations. Services include:

Berlin

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €10

Frequency

half-hourly

Bremen

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €5

Frequency

half-hourly

Cologne

Duration (hours)

7-11

Cost

from €18

Frequency

12 daily

Flensburg

Duration (hours)

2-3

Cost

from €8

Frequency

up to 11 daily

Frankfurt

Duration (hours)

7-10

Cost

from €19

Frequency

hourly

Hannover

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €8

Frequency

hourly

Lübeck

Duration (hours)

1

Cost

from €5

Frequency

two daily

Stralsund

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €20

Frequency

two daily

International Buses

Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) destinations include Aalborg, Aarhus, Warsaw and elsewhere, with onward connections to other European cities.

Car & Motorcycle

The major A1 and A7 autobahns cross south of the Elbe River. Three concentric ring roads manage traffic flow.

Train

Frequent trains serve regional and long-distance destinations from Hamburg. There are two mainline stations worth noting:

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof The main rail hub for northern Germany. In addition to domestic services, there are several trains daily to Copenhagen (from €80, five to six hours).

Hamburg Altona Many Hamburg trains, including some long-distance services, begin or end their journeys at this medium-sized station in the heart of its namesake neighbourhood.

Direct domestic services include:

Berlin

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €30

Bremen

Duration (hours)

1

Cost

from €20

Cologne

Duration (hours)

4

Cost

from €36

Flensburg

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €20

Frankfurt

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €34

Kiel

Duration (hours)

Cost

from €20

Lübeck

Duration (hours)

¾

Cost

from €14.50

Munich

Duration (hours)

5¾-7

Cost

from €68

Schwerin

Duration (hours)

1

Cost

from €20

Stralsund

Duration (hours)

4-5

Cost

from €30