Getting Around

Getting around

Getting around in Hamburg

Train, bus, car or bike: Hamburg has a number of transport options both, public and private, that will let you navigate the city with ease.

Getting around in Hamburg

Whether you prefer walking, driving or biking ─  getting around in Hamburg is easy. The city boasts an extensive public transport network of rapid transit and regional trains, buses and harbour ferries, operated by Hamburg's public transport organisation HVV. There is a range of attractively priced tickets on offer, including group tickets and one-day travelcards, the Hamburg CARD and the Power Pass. The latter two also grant discounts on various cultural and leisure activities in and around Hamburg.

S-Bahn and U-Bahn

The key element to Hamburg's public transport system is the network of rapid transit and regional rail services that connect the city centre to the greater region. There are four U-Bahn underground lines, six S-Bahn suburban lines and nine regional rail services that link Hamburg to other cities in the region. At the weekend and on public holidays the most important U-Bahn and S-Bahn rapid transit services run all night.


The rail network is complemented by an extensive range of bus services with metro buses (direct and very frequent services), express buses (more comfortable), sprinter buses and town or regional buses (connecting to stations and surrounding towns).


There are six ferry lines serving the harbour and the River Elbe. These routes have two-digit numbers starting at 61. You can use your HVV ticket to 'set sail' and even go on a little trip around the harbour.


Bike-lovers can sign up for Hamburg's public bike system StadtRAD Hamburg and explore the city on two wheels. There are around 80 stations where you can borrow a bike, returning the bike can be done at any station. The first 30 minutes are free. To sign up, you need a bank, credit or a customer card. Hamburg is a very cycle-friendly city, with many wide avenues and bicycle lanes, as well as parks.


For directions to and from the airport click here.  

For more information please refer to Hamburg Travel.