The happyday cards cost 5 euros for one day or 10 euros for three days and give you access to public transport around the cities of Lubeck and also Travenmunde. They also are discount cards which allow for reduced entrance fees for many places of interest like the museums, theatre, and even canal curises
I would have never thought of going to Luebeck, if it hadn't been for Ryanair. They have some great offers at times, and I check their website regularly. I am lucky to have two airports to choose from : Stockholm Skavsta and Stockholm Västerås.
One evening I was browsing on their website and found this great offer, Stockholm Skavsta to Luebeck for only 20 euro per person (tax included). Hahaha, that was something I couldn't let go, so I booked right away! I decided to make it only a daytrip, and that is a great possibility for this destionation from Stockholm. The flight leave early morning to Luebeck and return back at 9 in the evening. That gives you plenty of time to walk around the city, see the old town and do some shopping as well :-))
I reallly love Ryanair, it's simple to book, check in, flights are on time, and it's sooo cheap! One thing to keep in mind though is the maximum lugage: 15 kg and 1 suitcase and the hand lugage is max. 7kg. They do check at the gate for the weight of the hand lugage, so be aware of that. Also make sure you are always on time for your flight! If they close the gate (I think mostly 30 minutes before departure), there is no way you will get on the plane.
There is a bus going approx. every 20 minutes from the airport to the centre of Luebeck. The trip takes about 30 minutes and only costs a few euro.
We took a train from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. It cost us some 27 euros (at the counter. so should be 25 euros at the machines) and is a ticket for 5 persons. We were two and a half so may be relatively more for us. But for a group of five its quite cheap. And Luebeck is a city that you can visit for a day and return the same day, which means you pay this price for a return journey and that makes it seem pretty more reasonable. Its the 'Schoenes Wochenende' ticket, i.e. the special priced Weekend ticket. The journey was 50 minutes from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Luebeck hauptbahnhof.
Just as we reached the Station while returning back, outside there was a Board that showed Luebeck as a city of walkable distances. Pretty true. Our trip of the city was over and we had actually walked across the city and visited most of the places of interest that it offers. Oe just needs a map.
So many European cities have their airports connected to the city centre by some 'Special bus', which although new will cost three or four times the fare of a normal city bus. More often than not a little exploration will lead you to find service bus, probab;y used by many of the airport ground staff.
At Lubeck, there are no such pretensions - you just walk across the car park to the local bus into town for a bargain 2 Euro 25 cents. Bargain.
They seem to run every half hour or so severy day until about midnight (Line 6)
I'm not saying that Lubeck airport is on the small side...but the control tower was built of Lego. So many places pour millions into building impressive pieces of architecture for new airport terminal building. Not at Lubeck. Total spend must have been about 65 Euro.
In fact the arrivals / departure area is currently (and I have no idea if they have plans for bricks and mortar) a tent-like Marquee thing with open rough boards nailed to form a sprung floor. I strongly suspect that on more that a few Dublin-bound flights the passengers feel the need to perform an impromptu performance of 'Riverdance' between the passport desk and the gate.
Ryanair (and this tells us why the place is so utilitarian) currently flies to half-a-dozen European destinations. There is also a Wizz air flight to Danzig and a couple of sun-seeking charters.
My Kind of place. Hardly any shops, little waiting of walking.
We've just done a long cheap weekend in Luebeck thanks to Ryanair. I was really impressed by the local bus system, which seems to go just about everywhere, all within about a minute of the time which is scheduled at each stop. The journey into town took less than half an hour. There's a really good bus map which shows all the routes and connections. The buses might be no big deal to most Europeans, but to us Brits it was a revelation.
We bought a Luebeck-Card for 10 Euros, which gave us 3-days use of the public transport system and discounts to some museums and boat trips. Strangely, I couldn't buy the card at the airport, so I had to pay for the bus into town. That may have been because I asked for a "Happy Card", which is how it's advertised in English (I just got blank looks), whereas everyone seems to know it as the Luebeck Card. You can always buy it from the website in advance and have it posted to you.
As the buses are so good, I would suggest staying somewhere outside the centre to save money and using the pass for the short trip into the town centre.
This was the perfect way for me when I wanted to go to Travemünde on a day-trip. They did have different ticket options and I chose to go by boat there and then by bus back to Lübeck.
You buy your ticket/s when boarding the boat so there is no having to decide exactly what day to go, a good thing if you ask me.
They did serve alcohol and things to eat on the boat, and the business was brisk during the time I was on board, but I did not buy anything so I cannot comment on the quality of the food/beverages. There are seats both outside on deck as well as inside. The trip itself is very quiet and there are no waves (important for people prone to sea sickness = me!) except for the last bit when entering Travemünde (the canal meets open sea).
As you come out of the airport terminal you face the small car parking area. The local bus picks up visitors from the main road - it does not come into the parking area right in front of the terminal. You have to carry your luggage the 30 metres onto the main road. You'll see the bus stop sign. There was a bus timetable on the post. I recall the buses were pretty frequent - at least one every 30 minutes.
Sorry cannot remember the cost but it would have been much cheaper than picking up a taxi. The bus goes into the main bus station from where it is a short walk ( about 10 mins) to the city.
So here's a photo showing the direction for entering the city. The directions to Lindenplatz, Holstentor, Salzspeicher and puppenbruecke bridge can be seen here. The photo is taken from the top of St. Peter's Church.
Lübeck is just 67 kms. northeast of Hamburg. Take A1 and enjoy the trip.
You can find here the distances together with the driving time and the best route.
Many people fly into Lubeck on their way to Hamburg and there is a bus at the airport which leaves shortly after the Ryanair flight from London arrives. We decided to visit Lubeck first before travelling onto Hamburg. Lubeck airport is about 5km from the town centre and the number 6 bus from the airport will take you in.
You can come to the Lubeck airport by bus No.6 (the busstop No.5 in the main busstation). The journey takes about 30min and costs around 2,5 euro. Goes every 20min.
If you come from Hamburg, there is an airport bus with journeys timed to coincide the Ryanair flights Ryanair. Time of journey is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, costs 8,00 EUR. For timetables, etc. you can visit the website noted below.
The airport is closed over night and opens at 07:00 am in the morning.
By train we did the trip for visiting Luebeck. Though not liking any coldness no matter what the bright beauty of a winter might be looking like, I yet was truly touched by the heavy snow covered landscape we traveled through on our way to Luebeck. Given the heavy snow & ice & storm, the DB yet worked amazingly dependable to be on time and all that. Compared to many other train systems, ppl's complains are surprising anyway, when it comes to German transportation systems. The most direct railway from Germany's south to north would be by ICE train via Kassel, Goettingen, Hanover, and Hamburg. Pls. check link below to any schedule/connections.
Taking the train from Lübeck to Hamburg takes only about 45 minutes - an excellent connection, particularly considering that Hamburg is essentially a North Sea town (via the Elbe), while Lübeck relishes its Baltic connections.
Now that Ryanair flies to an "outskirts" airport near Lübeck, more travellers from Britain are coming here to make connections to Hamburg and beyond. The frequency and speed of the train makes Hamburg an ideal day trip for someone staying here -- or vice-versa.
The Hauptbahnhof in Lüebeck is an easy 15 minute walk to the Holstentor and the historic city center.