Hamburg has the oldest operational airport in the world, one that continues today to be a major transport hub. Germany's main airports are in Frankfurt and Berlin, but Hamburg handles plenty of international flights, although mostly budget and with European destinations. Lufthansa uses the airport as one of its minor hubs, flying to destinations like Madrid and Moscow. The airport is easily accessed by S-Bahn (S1) from the city centre.
Strangely, Hamburg doesn't have a direct train service to it's airport and with taxis costing around 25E I was wondering the best way to get there. As I got off the IC from Hannover I noticed a distinctive black and yellow sign for the Airport Express. So being the resourceful and intrepid traveler that I am, I headed for the Information Desk - yeah, I know how to get about ;-)) The kindly gentleman told me that the Airport Express leaves every 15 minutes from just outside the train station, it goes directly to the airport for only 5E and at 25 minutes is faster than a taxi! A return ticket costs 8E and a ticket for children up to 12 years old is just 2E. It is also possible to buy group tickets and monthly tickets.
As I walked outside I noticed other intrepid travels waiting - I knew they were travelers by their rucksacks and suitcases, funny how one develops this kind of sense when one has traveled for a while isn't it?? I was only waiting a minute or two when the bus turned up, the kindly German driver shouted at everyone to get on first , sit down and ONLY THEN would he take their money. We all did as we were told, because German BusFuehrers are terrifying, and then, as he said, he came round and took the money.
He took 5E from the guy next to me and I sat there... with my coins on display in my outstretched palm, eagerly awaiting another ticket to stick in my travel scrap book at home, and blow me down.... he got distracted by some late arrivals who had the audacity to ask him for a ticket BEFORE they sat down.... and then, when the confusion had been dealt with... he walked straight past me!!!! I shared a slightly guilty exchange of glances with the traveler next to me and held onto my coins just in case the BusFuehrer returned. Which he didn't. He had a schedule to keep and us pesky travelers were holding him up,
It took exactly 25 minutes to get to the airport from the Hauptbahnhof. Just as the guy at Information said it would.
This is a great service. No need for taxis.
If you find that you'll be traveling to Hamburg with a lot of extras (luggage, kids, seniors, and so on), it might be better to take a taxi into the city just for comfort's sake.
However, if you're feeling spry and traveling relatively light, the Jasper Airport shuttle can transport you to the city center for 5 Euro per serson. You're dropped off directly in front of the Central Train Station (Haupbanhof), on Kirchenallee. The fare from Kirchenalle/Central Station to the Airport is 8 Euro.
Jasper Shuttles depart from the Airport into the city every 20 minutes, from 5:45 am - 11:30 pm
The Kirchenalle/Central Station trip to the Airport departs every 20 minutes, from 4:40 am- 9 pm
Travel time for each trip is about 20 minutes.
Before departing for the airport the driver will ask you which terminal your plane departure is from. Call your airline beforehand to find out, so your driver knows where to drop you off and you don't miss your plane back home.
The S1 S-Bahn from the main Hauptbanhof is an inexpensive way to travel to the Hamburg Airport. Just make sure that you are in the FIRST 3 CARS of the train (indicated by special lettering near the front-end of the platform). Otherwise, you will end up not reaching your destination since the carriage splits at Ohlsdorf station.
Also, don't be shy about asking train staff to help you to purchase your tickets from the complicated vending machines. Also, pay special attention at the Hauptbanhof since the S-Bahn train signage is buried by all the other signage in the station.
If you traveling with lot of luggage and want to make a quick transport to the city center, then take the other Airport Shuttle bus (painted in Yellow) and not the HVV. The charges are EUR 5.00 and it has some limited stops until it reaches Central Station (Hauptbhanhof).
From airport you can take the HVV bus (ticket is for the bus, train, boat rides), you can also buy the ticket in the bus. When you come out of the terminal you will find signs for the buses, look for the bus (airport express by HVV) or the buse which goes to the S-bhan staion 'Ohlsdorf'. Both S1 & S11 trains will connect this station to the Central Station (Hauptbhanhof). You can use the same ticket for this train too.
Hamburg has a perfectly good, effecient,modern and well connected airport just outside of the city area.
Stuff that. When it comes to travelling from half a dozen places around Europe to Hamburg, Lubeck airport has one (and one only) supreme advantage - its CHEAP.
Ryanair's marketing wheezes often mean it is possible to fly for a weekend in Hamburg very cheaply (sometimes FREE !)
Buses leave from the central bus staion, which are timed to connect with individual flights. Only the Germans (and the Swiss & Japanese then) could organise such things so effeciently. The journey takes just over the hour. Well worth the inconvenience for the possible savings.
Hamburg's Airport is used primarily for flights within Europe, but I noticed that Continental Airlines offers nonstop service to Newark, and Emirates was touting its recently introduced flights to Dubai.
The airport here is comfortable, newish, and easy to use, even for non-German speakers. It's only about 8 km from the city center, so travel to and from your hotel is relatively easy. There are frequent busses to the Hauptbahnoff which cost only 5 euros, and taxis aren't prohibitively expensive, either. Leaving Hamburg, I had a 6.50 am departure, and decided to take a cab for ease and comfort. It was 20 euros, and took only about 15 minutes - thanks to the lack of traffic so early in the day.
In the port of Hamburg - close to the place where Feuerschiff is docked, you have the possibility to book a flight over the city of Hamburg in a small water-plane - see my picture !
These flights will take about 45 minutes and you will mostly explore the area above Binnen-Alster and Ausssen-Alster.
click here for various flights over Hamburg & Germany
including flight with vintage planes like doubble-deckers , helicopters, Zepellins...
I flew to Hamburg with the airline Germanwings for the bargain price of just 25E return, the flight actually cost 2c, the rest was airport taxes. This was an offer I just couldn't refuse!
The flight took about an hour and 20 mins, food on board is mainly things like pizza, rolls and muffins and has to be paid for. As there is no seat allocation, boarding can be a bit like a rugby scrum, so wait until the end, there's always a seat.
The airport has two terminals with all the usual cafes, shops etc and in the departure lounge there is internet access at 50c for 10 mins.
On 28th April 1979 the first Air Berlin flight took off from Berlin-Tegel to Palma de Mallorca. Germany's favourite holiday island is still the prime destination of Air Berlin's route network. The Majorca Shuttle operates daily flights from 12 German airports. The total number of weekly flights to Majorca has increased from 140 (summer 2001) to 300 (summer 2006).
But Air Berlin also regularly serves all the other major holiday destinations on the Mediterranean coast, as well as in the Canary Islands, Portugal and North Africa.
In the winter of 1998/1999, for instance, the Spanish mainland experienced a renaissance, which is why Alicante, Almeria, Malaga and Jerez de la Frontera have long been an integral part of our flight schedule. The same applies to all the Canary Islands, Greece and its many islands, the south of Italy, Turkey, Faro in Portugal, Madeira, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.
In October 2002 Air Berlin launched the City Shuttle. It connects German airports with major European cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bournemouth, Budapest, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London-Stansted, Madrid, Milan-Bergamo, Manchester, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich.
Air Berlin is also constantly expanding its routes outside Germany, for example from London and Amsterdam to Majorca, or within Spain from Palma de Mallorca to 16 destinations on the mainland and on the Balearic Islands.
In January 2005 the previous product lines were combined to form the Euro Shuttle, thereby underlining the airline?s core European competence.
Hamburg Airport is a modern, customer-oriented service company. The opening of the new Terminal 1 in May 2005 was a further important milestone in the HAM 21 Extension Project. The completion of this spectacular project will mark the end of Hamburg Airports transition from metropolitan hub to one of Europes most convenient and appealing airports. New access roads, more parking spaces and the unique metropolitan location give air passengers from all over north Germany an unparalleled level of service and outstanding convenience. With more than 10 million passengers every year Hamburg Airport is Germanys fifth-largest airport.
Key economic engine for the region
Hamburg Airport is a key feature of the economy in the greater Hamburg region. The companies based at the Airport employ more than 13,000 people and generate 1.5 billion every year. These companies play a decisive role in driving the growth of the aviation industry in Hamburg and helping the city to remain one of the worlds top three aviation locations.
Gateway into the world
An attractive network of services makes Hamburg Airport the ideal starting point for any trip. Mallorca, London, Riga, New York and Dubai (Dubai from March 2006), scheduled flights, charter services and low cost airlines Hamburg Airport offers a wide array of services and destinations all around the world to meet the travel needs of all air passengers.
Complete commitment to environmental protection
Hamburg Airport takes environmental protection very seriously. The noise protection hangar, the only one of its kind in the world, is only one of many examples that show how Hamburg Airport solves the environmental responsibilities associated with being a metropolitan airport.
Passenger figures (historical)
1919 bis 2005
1919 - 233 passengers
2000 - 9,949,269
2005 -10,677,268 passengers!!!!
Travellers flying to Hamburg with Ryanair should be aware that the aiprort they use (Hamburg Lubeck) is actually about 40 miles away from the centre of Hamburg.
There is a bus service which connects to the ZOB (bus station) in Hamburg. Travelling time is about fifty minutes and costs 8 euros single per person, so you need to factor this cost into your cheap flight.
Facilities at the airport are quite limited. We had the misfortune to have our evening flight delayed (due to one of the airport staff driving the de-icing machine into the wing of the plane on the runway!) and were shunted into a little side room to sleep on airport benches overnight. The rest of the airport was shut and there was not even a vending machine, nor any drinkable water.
Not a place to be stranded.
The security staff are also amongst the most "zealous" I have ever encountered.
RyanAir flights are very cheap, but often the airports they land into are not so close to the towns... And it's the same situation for Hamburg; what they call "flight to Hamburg" is a flight to the tiny airport of Lübeck, really close to this town, but at about 1h 30m with a coach to Hamburg.
Anyway RyanAir service is excellent and there is a special bus from Lübeck Blankensee to Hamburg (and vice-versa) for every RyanAir flight. The bus costs 8 euro.
Coming from Austria to Hamburg is a tedious journey if you travel by car, train or bus (I tried everything), so the evolution of cheap airlines in Europe lately comes as a true relief! I now can travel from Vienna within 1 hour and pay more or less the same as by train. And Hamburg became a weekend trip option too!!!