Getting around Hamburg
A German city wouldn’t be a German city without superb public transport. Take a look at various ways to get around Hamburg.
S-Bahn: Hamburg’s S-Bahn (overground trains) has six lines serving 68 stations, and it offers great coverage within the city. Trains run daily from about 04:30 to 01:00, although there is all-night service on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as on nights before public holidays. Trains run every 10 minutes during the day, and every 20 minutes before 6am and after 11pm.
U-Bahn: The Hamburg U-Bahn has four lines serving 93 stations. The U-Bahn operates from 4am until 1am Sunday through Thursday. There is all-night service on Friday and Saturday nights. Most trains run every five to 10 minutes, except those on the northeastern peripheral branches of U1 that have a 10 or 20-minute frequency. During peak times, trains run every three or four minutes.
Bus: There are several bus operators in Hamburg, some of which share routes, while others focus on the city’s outer suburbs. You’ll have no trouble finding buses, bus stops, routes, and schedules.
Harbour ferry: Depending on where you want to go, harbour ferries are a great alternative to trains and buses. They leave Landungsbrücken regularly for various piers along the Elbe.
Taxis: You’ll find traditional taxis as well as bicycle taxis (rikshaws) in Hamburg. While rikshaws are incredibly budget-friendly, taxis are one of the most expensive transport options.
Car rental and carsharing: Instead of going the traditional car hire route, consider a carsharing rental. After a one-time registration, you can use a mobile app to find the nearest car, rent it for a few minutes or a couple of hours, and then park it at any public parking lot within the rental area.
StadtRAD: Hamburg’s bicycle rental system, StadtRAD makes renting bikes easy. You can register for the system for free via a smartphone app and then use it to rent a bike. You also have the option of renting bikes using a customer card or by telephone. The bicycles are available in various locations 24/7, and you can return them to any bike station within the city area.
Make using public transport more convenient (and cheaper) by purchasing a Hamburg CARD. Available for individuals and groups, and valid for one or more days, the cards offer unlimited rides on public transport within specified zones, as well as discounted entrance fees to various museums, attractions, and other things to do in Hamburg. The card costs €10.90, and it is valid in Hamburg’s fare rings AB including the airport. The Hamburg CARD plus Region costs €23.50, and it is valid for the fare rings A-E, making it a great choice for day trips.
Where to stay in Hamburg
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