Port Anniversary

Port Anniversary Traffic Info Getting there

Things run differently during PORT ANNIVERSARY weekend. See this article for all questions regarding traffic regulations.

Port Anniversary in Hamburg, Germany: Getting there

PORT ANNIVERSARY/HAFENGEBURTSTAG FAQ: All you need to know concerning traffic during Hamburg's busiest weekend.

How do I get to Hamburg? Which modes of transportation are there?

Depending on your location, there are several ways to reach Hamburg. Inform yourself well in advance of travel and accommodation opportunities or use an all-inclusive package. Do your best to avoid car traffic and use public transport instead.

How can I reach the PORT ANNIVERSARY via public transport?

The HAFENGEBURTSTAG highlights can be reached easily via public transport:

‘Bunte Hafenmeile’ street festival

U3, S1, S3 and ferry line 62 to Landungsbrücken or U3 to Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie)


U1 to Meßberg, U3 to Baumwall (Elbphilharmonie) or ferry line 72 to Elbphilharmonie
Museumshafen (museum port)
Bus line 112 to Neumühlen/Oevelgönne, ferry line 62 to Neumühlen


U4 to Überseequartier, ferry line 72 to Elbphilharmonie


S3, S31 to Veddel (BallinStadt). Exit northwards in the direction of Nord (Hafen).Then take bus line
256 from the Veddel West bus stop to Australiastraße/Hafenmuseum.  
Over the course of the PORT ANNIVERSARY weekend, the HVV public transport association will
offer additional trains and busses.

Passengers are kindly asked to check schedule changes in advance.

Detailed information can be found here: Anreise mit dem HVV, der AKN, Fahrkarten und Fahrplanauskünfte

Where can I park my car?

The area around the PORT ANNIVERSARY will temporarily be turned into a pedestrians-only zone. Around this area, only very limited parking will be available. It is recommended to use public transport. For further information on parking click here.

Where can I find StadtRAD stations in the port area?

After registering, the red StadtRAD bikes can be rented via phone, the app or at every StadtRAD terminal. There are several centrally-located terminals by the Elbe river. Further information and a map showing all locations can be found here: StadtRAD

Can I bring my bike to the area?

It is prohibited to bring bicycles to the PORT ANNIVERSARY area during event times.

Where can I find taxi stands?

Taxi stands can be found at:

  • St. Pauli Fischmarkt / Breite Straße

  • Davidstraße / Hopfenstraße

  • Baumwall on the corner of Stubbenhuk

  • Großer Grasbrook / HafenCity

  • Hafentor (via Venusberg, Ditmar-Koel-Straße, Reimarusstraße and Eichholz) 

There will be no optional stops for city tours busses.

Will there be roadblocks in place?

In Hamburg Altona, St. Pauli, Neustadt and HafenCity two- or one-way roadblocks maybe in place for public traffic on streets just north of the river between Van-der-Smissen-Straße (Altona) and Kajen (Speicherstadt).

Detailed information can be found prior to the event at Straßensperrungen zum HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG.
Information can also be obtained via phone at: +49 40 19449
It is highly recommended to use public transport or to give a wide berth around the event area.

Will the Alter Elbtunnel (Old Elbe Tunnel) be open?

The Alter Elbtunnel will be blocked for car traffic between:

6 May, 6 p.m. - 13 May 2019, 8 a.m.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the tunnel throughout the entire HAFENGEBURTSTAG.

Will bridges be closed?

During HAFENGEBURTSTAG Mahatma-Gandhi-Brücke, a prominent drawbridge by HafenCity’s Traditionsschiffhafen (‘historic port’), will be opened to ship traffic on several occasions. Pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to use the bridge for around 20 minutes at a time.

Bridge closing times of Mahatma-Gandhi-Brücke

Fri, 10 May:
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15  p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 11:15 p.m.

Sat, 11 May:
10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m., 12:15 a.m.

Sun, 12 May:
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Will the Elbe river be closed for ship traffic?

The river will be partially or entirely blocked on all days of PORT ANNIVERSARY.

Further information can be prior to the event via Elbe closures.

Will the ferry lines 72 and 62 operate as usual?

During full closure of the Elbe river, the ferry line 72 will be temporarily discontinued, while line 62 will operate only between Altona and Finkenwerder. First and last stops are dependent on river closures.

Further information can be obtained here: Elbe closures

Does the musical shuttle ferry operate according to schedule?

Shuttle ferries for Der König der Löwen and Mary Poppins musicals depart exclusively from Elbphilharmonie (HafenCity).

Further information can be obtained prior to the event.

Will the area be open to car traffic?

Stricter check points will be in place for vehicles entering the PORT ANNIVERSARY area. Driving along the area will not be permitted. Delivery transports can only be made before and after the event (max. 30 min before and min. 30 minutes after).

In extremely urgent cases, transport vehicles may be granted exemption from this rule. A special conditional approval can be granted by the BWVI state agency (e.g. for entertainment and food stands) or the responsible police station (pk1431va@polizei.hamburg.de).

Where can we find parking spaces for coach buses?

HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG can be reached directly by coach buses. Further information concerning alternative parking can be found closer to the event. Please mind road closures!

Where can I find motorhome parking?

If you wish to drive your RV or motorhome to Hamburg, you’ll be able to find many official parking lots for your vehicle. From there, the port area can be reached comfortably via public transport. See this link for further information.


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