With more than 550,000 travellers per day, Hamburg's main station is the most frequented passenger railway station in Germany, and second only to Paris-Nord, even the second most frequented passenger railway station is Europe. Every day, around 720 local and national trains roll in and out of Hamburg's main traffic hub. Public transport in Hamburg cannot be imagined without the eight mainline railway lines, four urban railways (including the S1, a direct connection to the airport) and six underground platforms for local traffic that intersect here.
Opened in 1906, the platform hall's 70 metres wide roof construction boasts impressive architectural finesse. To the present day, this has remained Germany's largest unsupported station hall.
The city centre is within a short walk. However, Hauptbahnhof itself knows to cater to the needs of both, locals and travellers trying to bridge the time until their next connection. 75 shops and restaurants are open seven days a week.
Despite the size of the station, the particular platforms are, depending on the amount of passengers, easy to reach and well-signposted. You can find a detailed map of the station here.
In immediate proximity to the station, there are several car parks. You can find a downloadable map at www.dbbahnpark.info.
If you need a rental car, several providers can be found at the station. Opening hours, contacts and locations can be found via 'Mietwagen' on the page of DB Station&Service AG.