Public Transport, Hamburg

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  • Elevated Underground Train, Baumwalle
    Elevated Underground Train, Baumwalle
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    Underground Underground Train, Hamburg
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    U-bahn Station In City Centre
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  • Dammtor

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 15, 2006

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    There are two main train stations in Hamburg, The Hauptbahnhof and Dammtor. As I was traveling to Uelzen I needed to go to Dammtor, this was quite convenient as it was nearest to my hotel and the staff at the Reisebuero (travel office) were very helpful.

    Dammtor Gleis Dammtor

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    a free Hafenrundfahrt with your Hamburg-Card

    by globetrott Written May 31, 2006

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    The public transportation-system of Hamburg includes also a few shipping-lines and that way all holders of a Hamburg-card or other day-tickets could save a lot of money, as they will not need to go on a regular Hafenrundfahrt) and still explore some interesting parts of Hamburger Hafen (port).
    My favorite line was #62, leaving every 15 minutes at St.Pauli Landungsbruecken and taking you through the port along the river Elbe to Oevelgoenne and finally to Finkenwerder at the south-bank of the Elbe.
    The total cruise to Finkenwerder takes about 35 minutes, and when you calculate a bit in advance, you could even make such a tour in the right moment, when big cruise-liners are sailing through the port of Hamburg, because these small ships will not change their itinerary...
    besides #62 there is also #61 taking you from Landungsbruecken to Kohlbrandbruecke
    #73 and #75 will take you through different parts of the industrial port

    #62 and Freedom of the Seas out on deck of #62 out on deck of #62 there is a great outside-deck on #62 #62 will also pass by the museum-port Ovelgoenne
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    From Leuven to Hamburg

    by Luchonda Written Dec 16, 2003

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    We took the train to Hamburg - a comfortable way to travel - restaurant and bar on board - belgian beer from Leuven and excellent food by a catering company called Eurest !!
    Nice way to travel to the Hannover Messe via a transit stop in "Die Hansestadt Hamburg"

    The resto train
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    Access To Public Transport in Hamburg

    by RhineRoll Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Hamburg has an excellent public transport authority -- the HVV.

    Disabled visitors will find that the overwhelming majority of buses are disabled friendly. The S-bahn metro train is being made more accessible, but there are problems relating to access of the underground stations in Hamburg's inner city. So far, only (but at least) the central train station (Hauptbahnhof) has lifts to the platforms. A number of other stations has escalators, but don't count on them being operational.

    Wedel -- disabled friendly terminus of the S1 line
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    Great Public Transportation!

    by Carletto76 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Hamburg's public transportation (HVV) is really great: you can go everywhere with the U and S-Bahn and the buses too.
    And it's inexpensive too: the "Familien/Gruppenkarte" ticket is really cheap if you are in a group up to 5 people: 7.40 euros for the whole day!
    There is also GSM coverage by operator E-Plus in all the U-Bahn lines.

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    Wandelhalle Train Station

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    A very convenient train station can be found at the Wandelhalle Central Train Station in Hamburg. There are a couple of enclosed glass shed for the passengers on the platform that made it comfortable for us while waiting for the train bound for Copenhagen. It was my first time to use the services of this train and have been an amazing experience. The unique experience I had was when our train (I remember there are only 5 cars/coach) was loaded on board a big ship to be able to move to the other side of the water. If I remember it right, we were around 45 minutes on the ship that we spent time on its shops and restaurants. It was a big surprise for us and it is an unforgettable experience.

    Waldelhalle Central Train Station in Hamburg address is:
    GlockengieBerwall, Hamburg, Hamburg 20099 DE

    You may be able to book your ticket online and have all the chances to get a discounted price from the website I provided below. You can also get complete information in regard to your planned journey. Good luck and have a safe trip!

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    by Kushelkitten Written Feb 28, 2005

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    The HVV which is Hamburgs public transportation system is quite impressive. I think it is second only to London's. Using the buses, S and U-bahns, as well as the Regional trains you can reach almost anywhere you want to go in and around Hamburg.

    A "Grossbereich" ticket can take you up to Ahrensburg, Prisdorf, Wedel etc. and if you purchasse one for the "Gesamtbereich" you can go even farther such as Lüneburg, Stade, Elmshorn and many other cities and towns in Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein.

    If you like staying out late and heading to the Reeperbahn there are night buses that will get you back home or to your hotel.

    All in all excellent and compared to places like Tampa, Florida it is a dream come true.

    HVV map
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    S & U Bahn

    by barryg23 Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    You can see most of central Hamburg on foot though there is also the option of the S-Bahn or U-Bahn. It's a pretty efficient system as you'd expect in Germany though it is very tempting to board without buying tickets. We weren't asked for our tickets at all over the 3 days, though I think the fines can be heavy if you are caught. We only bought single tickets and these were Euro 1.50. It's better value to buy a day pass if you plan to make frequent use of the trains.

    U-Bahn crossing Binnenalster

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  • Public Transport

    by sabsi Written Mar 29, 2003

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    Hamburg has a great local transportation network. There's S- and U-Bahn trains you can easily get everywhere with. S-Bahns are divided into 1st and 2nd class. Don't even think about getting a 1st class ticket - the 1st class looks about the same as the 2nd class!

    If there is more of you - make sure to buy a day ticket for groups (up to 5 people!). It costs 7.40 EURO and that's really cheap isn't it?

    View from the station
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    U-Bahn: Efficient and Easy-to-use

    by yooperprof Written Dec 23, 2006

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    One thing I really liked about Hamburg's U- and S-Bahn system was the fact that there were plenty of automated ticket machines in every station - machines that provided instructions (and directions!) in English as well as in German.

    It's nice that the U-Bahn is outdoors for several segments in the Center City. Here you can see one of the sturdy bridges that supports the approach to the Baumwall Station.

    Sturdy and steely The elevated tracks close to the Bauwall stop
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    Hamburg Metro: HVV

    by antistar Written Oct 16, 2011

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    Hamburg is unusual in German in that it's metro system doesn't have a single tram (at least none that I saw). Instead it runs a combination of underground lines and buses. The U-bahn trains run under and overground, so it somewhat compensates. The underground lines even become elevated in parts, such as down by Baumwall, and these offer a wonderful view of Hamburg's buildings as it rattles along through the tight streets.

    The idiosyncrasies of Hamburg's metro system is purely down to its geography, especially the canals which run throughout the city. With two rivers, lakes and canals, it's hard to weave a road network through the city, let alone run trams on top.

    Like most German cities you can buy your ticket from the automated machines that grace every stop. Unlike other German cities, however, Hamburg provided poorly for those with mobility difficulties, like parents and the disabled. Few U-bahn stations had elevators.

    Elevated Underground Train, Baumwalle Underground Underground Train, Hamburg

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  • S-Bahn and U-Bahn

    by Virginia09 Written May 29, 2007

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    The public transport system in Hamburg is very good.
    There are several subway lines that are easy to access and that get you pretty much everywhere.
    We have the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn (Bahn for train). Download the picture next to the text to get the full map of all stops.
    The homepage of the public transport in Hamburg can tell you which lines to chose and how much it is to get from your A to your B. (The street names are enough you don't need to know the name of the subway stop)

    The green S-Bahn runs more or less above ground and the blue U-Bahn runs more or less underneath the ground (at least that's the way it's supposed to be).

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    Buses and Trains: Online Assistance

    by ericaj. Updated Apr 2, 2013

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    One way fares range from 1,90 Euro to 4,00 depending on the distance to your destination.

    9 Hour day cards (Tageskarte) start at 5,90 Euro

    For further information to help plan your trips around Hamburg, visit the Metro's online system at

    they originally only had the site in English and German, but it appears they've added new languages to accomodate visitors for the 2006 World Cup. You only have to enter the address of your starting and ending destination in Hamburg and the time you want to leave, and the search engine will map out your bus/train travel plan for you including travel time and cost of ticket.

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    Good network of busses and trains

    by pakistanibrain Written Jul 20, 2006

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    When I was in Hamburg I used the bus network and the trains quite a lot. The network is quite good, however the waiting time for the busses is sometimes too long. Basically the whole city is covered by HVV, espcially by busses so it's quite easy to roam around even if you don't have a car available.

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    how to move around

    by mindcrime Written Aug 14, 2010

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    Hamburg has an extensive bus and subway network that will took you everywhere fast and easy. We used some local buses (pic 1, the hotel staff helped us with routes) but it is much easier to use the subway(U-bahn and S-bahn) because it’s easy to navigate your self on the subway map, there is one huge one in every station that points where you are(pic 4) etc I noticed that many locals bring their bicycles in the subway (pic 3)

    There are different tickets:
    single tickets,
    Short trip tickets (up to 4 stops?),
    day tickets for 6.30e (5.40e after 9.00am)
    3 day tickets for 15.90e
    group day tickets (up to 5 persons!) for 13,5e (9,20e after 9.00am)

    Check the official site for routes and directions (you can just enter the street address)

    local bus subway bicycle at subway platform metromap detail

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