Public Transport, Hamburg
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.....
The local transport offers:
Bus = Bus
U-Bahn = Metro (there are signs of big white 'U's on a blue background
S-Bahn = a little bit like Metro
If you want to search for a connection use this site:
Unfortunately it's only available in german :( Here are some hints:
Start=start, Ziel=Destination, prüfen=check, suche=search, abfahrt=departure, ankunft=arrival
the webpage for local traffic:
here are some traffic maps as pdf:
http://www.hvv.de/pdf/hafenfaehren.pdf -> the cheap way to see the harbour!
http://www.hvv.de/pdf/tarifplan2003.pdf -> tariffs...well i don't understand it, but maybe you do ;)
I flew in from Manchester (united Kingdom)
A bus takes you to the Hauptbanhof in app 25/30 mins from where you can catch Trains/U and S Bahn or Buses to just about anywhere
Very simple. The best public transport I have encountered anywhere - BAR NONE and by a long way.
The day or 3 day pass tickets are valid on : U and S bahn, buses and some ferries on the alster. Frequency and reliability of services excellent, ease of use excellent, it runs from early to late again I could go on and on if politicians from your city/town/country want to see how it SHOULD be done (sorry but public transport in UK - where I live - is a pathetic joke) they should go to Hamburg and bring back the lessons learned.
Oh and it's very good value for money I believe the current (18 Jul 2002) price for a 3 day pass is just Euros 12,80
Hamburg has an airport, harbor, Autobahn and trainstation - so you can get there by any means of transportation!
The HVV = Hamburger Verkehrsverbund covers all of Hamburg and outskirts with buses, trams, subways and even ferry boats.
There are day tickets available (from 9 until 4.30h next morning) - but make sure to ask for group tickets/ family tickets as well!
Take the bus from the airport into the Centrum. The driver wouldn't change a hundred-mark note, but he was willing to change a 50.
U-Bahn, S-Bahn, the subway. Fast, easy, inexpensive. No need for a car.
The public transport company for Hamburg if HVV. For singular train usage, you must purchase your ticket before boarding at the orange vending machines you will find just before entering the train ramps.
For buses, as of 2012 you must purchase your ticket on entering the front of the bus from your bus driver (no more Trust System fare purchases as in decades past, where it was left up to the consumer to do right thing and purchase an appropriate ticket on their own or risk being ticketed a 40 Euro fine from HVV police who randomly search check to see who's riding "black" on the public transport!).
With the advance of computer technology, the HVV website now has an app where you can not only plan your intinerary around the city online, but you can also download your tickets and extended travel time passes at home on your computer or onto your cel phone. For further details, see the website (with English instructions) at : www.hvv.com.
One of the things I would eagerly suggest for a person or group making extensive rounds across the city is to consider a day or weekly HVV pass.
For a weekly pass, you will need a passport photo, 5 euro for administrative costs , and then they will charge you for the week depending on how many rings you want to travel in within Hamburg. If you are a person staying in one area of concentration (say the city center, or a neighborhood immediately surrounding it), the 2 Ring ticket is appropriate. If you want to run around the city and soak up an array of neighborhoods and visit a variety of friends you may have in town, go for the 3 Ring ticket instead.
A great option for day travel is to purchase a day ticket " 9hr Tageskarte" (aka, a 9AM Day Ticket). Essentially, after the city's peak rush hour morning travel, from 9am onwards you can purchase a day ticket that carries costs 5,80 Euro, until midnight. The "9hr Gruppenkarte" for a group of up to 5 people costs 10, 40 Euro. You can purchase these day tickets via vending machine, your bus driver, HVV Service Points, or online at: www.hvv.com .
Hamburg is a pretty big city, Germany's second largest, and so getting around between neighbourhoods can require use of the excellent public transport system. There is a combination of U-bahn, S-bahn and bus services all of which are run by the HVV company and these will take you anywhere you need to be. Because they all run by the same company one ticket can be used on all.
There are various ticket options from single-trip tickets to multi-day passes plus the Hamburg Card which combines discounted museum and other attraction visits. See website below for fuller details.
Personally I mostly walked but on the evening I went out to St Pauli I bought the 9-Uhr-Tageskarte which is a day ticket valid from 9 am until the end of the day's regular services. At the time of writing (Jan 2012) this cost 5.60 Euros and is a valid for one adult and up to three children (under age 14). You can buy this from machines at all the stations and it comes pre-validated for that day.
If you are staying many days and will be traveling more around the area, then go to HVV center (Inside Central Station, easy to find...near the tourist information center), adn check out the rates for the no. of days you are staying. Probably you need to carry a passport size photo. Per month rate for Greater Hamburg area is around 84 EUR, which you can use it n no. of times for that month in U-Bhan (MEtro), S-Bhan (Sub Urbs), bus and the ferries on the Elbe. Sometimes the monthly pass is cheaper than everytime buying a ticket or for n no. days. The best part is, if you hold this monthly ticket, during weekends you can take another adult and 2 kids along with you for free.
S-Bahn and U-Bahn
In Hamburg there are two types of trains in the public transport system. The S-Bahn (from Stadtbahn or Schnellbahn) belonged to the national railroad company (Deutsche Bundesbahn). And the U-Bahn (Untergrund-Bahn) belonged to the municipal transport system.
The U-Bahn started actually above ground as "Hochbahn" and the municipal transport company was called Hamburger Hochbahn Aktiengesellschaft. So on some historic inscriptions you still can read HHA. Actually also busses and streetcars belonged to the HHA.
So, in Hamburg the underground train is also well known for its above ground part.
So, when in Hamburg, also go by U-Bahn. Take line U3, where between Rathaus and Landungsbrücken it runs above ground along the harbour rim.
Hamburg's extensive system of U-bahn, S-bahn, buses and ferries won't leave you stranded. S- and U-bahn tickets can be purchased at the bright orange machines at station entrances, while bus tickets are available from the driver.
quite tidy and cheap . Scedule depends from where are you going. If you are two people and you are going to travel all day around Hambutrg then cheaper is to buy group card for two circles (rings) or Grossbereich Hamburg. It is valid only from 9 AM. It costs 7.75 EUR. Then with you can travel five people.
With day ticket we could make a ship sightseeing in Elbe river. it is just ferry for those who ork in other side of the Elbe but it is good enough to see Hambrg port without guide.
Hamburg is a large, sprawling city. But the excellent network of commuter rail lines they call the U-Bahn and S-Bahn provide an easy, cheap and convenient way to get around. Ticketing is so easy for tourists. Buy a 5 person 3 day pass at one of the automatic machines and you're on your way! The trains are clean, but oh what a shame many of the windows have been scratched by vandals.
S-Bahn and U-Bahn are the fasted and easiest public transport in Hamburg. You can reached almost every spot by using them.
The easiest way of getting aroung the city is taking suburban railways (S Bahn) and undeground (U Bahn). The same tickets are valid for busses, S and U bahn. Single ticket costs 2 euro.
it called Subway "U-Bahn", but if you see, a lot of time the trains are running over the edge, like here in the harbor area! You have a very nice view out of it. Dayticket is 4,65 EUR!