Arrival and Departure

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 km north of the city center and is easily reached by car and public transport. Travel by S-Bahn to Hamburg Central Station takes around 20 minutes, tickets can be bought at the vending machines near the tracks. The airport serves several domestic and international airlines. Almost all large German and European cities can be reached 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. However, at Hamburg airport everything is within short walking distance.   


With its four long-distance railway stations ─ Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Dammtor, Altona and Harburg ─ Hamburg is well-embedded in the European long-distance train network. Travel time to Copenhagen takes less than five hours, and to Amsterdam around six hours. All main cities in Germany can be reached from Hamburg within a few hours (e.g. Munich in six hours, Stuttgart in five hours, Cologne in four hours, Frankfurt in four hours).


Hamburg is well-connected by motorways to northern Germany and the rest of the country. The A7 motorway which passes along Hamburg 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.

Arrival and Departure