Getting Around

Hamburg's extensive public transport system consists of the U-Bahn (subway), the S-Bahn (suburban train), buses and harbour ferries, and makes getting around without a car pleasant and easy. The U-Bahn is excellent and serves the whole city centre. It connects with the S-Bahn that services the suburbs, and this train network is the fastest way to get around the city. Buses are also convenient and night buses operate in the downtown area.

Taxis are generally less expensive than in other German cities and are available at all hours, as are ride-sharing apps. It's possible to hire a car but parking in some areas of the city is extremely difficult to find and makes driving stressful. As in most German cities, it's possible to hire bicycles at very little cost in Hamburg. The city is generally considered safe, with many parts of it best explored on foot. But it's worth taking good care of possessions when walking and using public transport.


Hamburg Airport

The airport is situated five miles (8km) north of central Hamburg.

Hamburg Airport (HAM)


The airport is situated five miles (8km) north of central Hamburg.

Getting to the city

Hamburg Airport is accessible by S-Bahn which takes 25 minutes to get from the airport to central Hamburg. Buses service the city centre and other suburban areas. Taxis are readily available outside both terminals; they take around 30 minutes to get to the city centre.


GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Car rental

Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt, among others, are represented at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are readily available outside both terminals. They take around 30 minutes to get to the city centre.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are connected and both can be explored on foot.


There are several restaurants, shops, bars and cafes throughout the airport, as well as banks, currency exchange and ATMs in Terminals 1 and 2. There is wifi access in all terminals. Disabled facilities are good; passengers with special needs should contact their airline in advance.


Short-term parking is charged at about €2 for every 20 minutes, or €28 for a full day. Long-term parking is charged at between €55 and €100 per week.