Getting Here Stations
Hamburg has 4 railway stations - Hauptbahnhof, Dammtor, Altona & Harburg - as well as a long-distance bus terminal (ZOB).
The Railway Stations of Hamburg
Hamburg Central Station
Up to 450,000 travellers per day make Hamburg’s Central Station one of the most frequented passenger railway stations in Germany. Commuting in Hamburg wouldn’t be possible without the eight main railway lines, four urban railways (S-Bahn) and six subway platforms (U-Bahn) that meet here.
Opened in 1906, the platform hall’s 70-metres-wide roof boasts impressive architectural finesse. Two 45-metre towers guard both sides of the platform hall and are connected by a pedestrian crossing. The Wandelhalle (lit. pedestrian hall) offers many gastronomic and shopping options—and not just for travellers! The 75 shops and eateries are open seven days a week. Nearby, you’ll find the shopping districts of Mönckebergstraße and Lange Reihe. Jungfernstieg and the adjacent Alster Lake are also only a short stroll away.
Despite the station's size, the platforms are easy to reach and well-signposted. In immediate proximity, there are several car parks and rental car companies. The ZOB bus terminal is linked to the station by a tunnel. Here you can connect to inexpensive long-distance coaches.
Altona Station was opened in 1844 and is significantly older than Hamburg Central Station. The City of Altona was still part of the Danish dominion at the time and had always competed with the bigger neighbour before it was finally incorporated into Hamburg in 1938.
Altona Station was reconstructed in 1898 and again in 1979. Because the old Altona station could not handle the vibrations that came along with the construction of the underground railway lines it was demolished after the tunnels had been finished. Today, the new building is the heart and soul of the Altona shopping district and an important hub for both regional and mainline railway traffic.
Dammtor Station is the third largest railway station in Hamburg. It was opened in 1903 and designed to welcome celebrity visitors. Today, mainline and regional trains as well as suburban railway lines connect passengers with Hamburg University, the convention centre CCH and the exhibition centre Messehallen nearby.
Finally, south of the Elbe river, there is Harburg Station. It was opened in 1897 and today it is equipped with 6 tracks as well as an underground S-Bahn stop, connecting the Hamburg-Harburg district to Hamburg Central Station.