Public Transport, Hamburg
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.
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
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"
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Use the public transport to get around. It's going everywhere you want. I love the part between Landungsbruecken and Roedingsmarkt, as it runs along the port. It's one of the most scenic tram routes in the world I think. Well, it's only two stops but worth it.....