Getting Around, Hamburg Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Hamburg, Germany)

Picture of the bus stationGetting to Hamburg is easy, with the nearby Hamburg Airport serving the city.

Trains travel across Europe and Germany, also connecting the city, and are almost just as fast as travelling by air.

The first-rate road system makes Hamburg easily reachable by coach transport and car, while within the city proper, the public transport network of buses and subway trains provide a cheap way to travel around.

Hamburg's public transport options are explained below.

Interior photo of terminal at Hamburg Airport (HAM)

Hamburg Airport (HAM) / Arriving by Air

Address: Flughafenstrasse 1-3, 22335 Hamburg, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 405 0750
Located 8 km / 5 miles north of Hamburg, the city's airport operates two terminals and handles approaching of 13 million passengers a year. Passengers will find an excellent range of services and facilities at Hamburg Airport, including several nearby hotels. Airlines serving the airport include Air Berlin, Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, easyJet, KLM, Lufthansa and SAS.

There are direct flights to the following international cities - Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, London and Paris, while domestic destinations include Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn and Munich. Bus transport and taxis are available for those wishing to travel into the city.

Hamburg Airport Guide

Aerial view of road network

Car Rental

Getting around Hamburg and its surroundings by rental car is easy, although parking can cause headaches in the inner city. Car rental travel outlets are available at the airport, in the city and at the train station. Members of the EU, the USA and Australia do not require an international driving licence to drive in Germany.

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Photo showing the modern bus station

Buses and Coaches

A whole host of long-distance coach operators offer transport from destinations within Germany and farther afield. Buses are modern and comfortable and provide all the newest facilities. However, most people visiting Hamburg elect to travel by train, as this is usually quicker and train stations are better linked to the public transport network. There is an extensive network of buses operating within the city.

View of the Hauptbahnhof (train station)


Hamburg is well linked to the far-reaching German railway system and there are handy connections from the majority of European cities. Trains are quick, on time and comfortable and tickets are available online, on trains, at travel agents and at roughly 3,000 touch-screen ticket vending machines. For more travel information, visit German Railways online at: Hamburg is also served by an extensive underground rail network, allowing you to travel to your destination with relative ease.


Taxi transport is widely available within Hamburg and taxis are easy to hail on the street, with many also waiting in front of the main train station. Most drivers are well mannered and qualified, and students often moonlight as taxi drivers. A base price is charged for the first kilometre travelled and then a fee applies to every additional kilometre. Tipping is always welcome.