Visit Arrival and Departure
Many roads lead to Hamburg. Whether you're travelling by plane, car or train, here's what you need to know about arrival and departure.
Arrival and Departure
Hamburg Airport is located 8.5 kilometres north of the city center and is easily reached by car and public transport. From the airport, you can reach Hamburg Central Station by S-Bahn in about 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines near the platform.
The airport serves several domestic and international airlines. Almost all large German and European cities can be reached in between one and three hours. Non-stop intercontinental services to Dubai and New York connect Hamburg to the wider world. More than 900 destinations worldwide can be reached after one stopover.
With its four long-distance railway stations ─ Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Dammtor, Altona and Harburg ─ Hamburg is well-embedded in the European long-distance rail network. Travel time to Copenhagen is under five hours, and you can reach Amsterdam in six hours. All main cities in Germany can be reached from Hamburg within a few hours (for example, Munich in six hours, Stuttgart in five, and both Cologne and Frankfurt in four hours).
Hamburg is well-connected by motorways to both northern Germany and the rest of the country. The A7 motorway passes along Hamburg and connects southern Germany to Scandinavia, while the A1 (Lübeck-Bremen ─ The Ruhr) links Hamburg both to the Baltic Sea and West Germany. The A24 leads to Berlin and Eastern Europe, and the A23 (towards Heide) leads to the North Sea region.