Getting around Hamburg

Things to do in Hamburg | Getting around

Hamburg has a very well-connected bus and rail network. You can also get just about anywhere in the city in no time by car or bike. What’s more, there’s a wide range of city and port tours to choose from. Get going – see what Hamburg has to offer!

Bus and rail

Hamburg’s frequent public transport connections mean you’ll never have to wait too long for the next bus, U-Bahn, or S-Bahn. Stops are well distributed throughout the city and clearly signposted. You can also buy tickets for individual journeys or more than one with the Hamburg Card. For route plans, timetables, and more information, visit the website of the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund, Hamburg’s local public transport provider.

Airport transfers

Get around by bike

Boat tours


In the centre of Hamburg, most of the major attractions are easy to reach on foot. However, if you’re thinking of travelling a little further afield, hopping on a bike is a good idea. Numerous bike stations throughout the city offer flexible rental options, and most routes feature safe, purpose-built cycle paths. It’s well worth taking a ride around the Alster lake.


As a general rule, if you don’t absolutely have to drive in Hamburg it’s far better to use public transport (or a taxi if you really need to travel by road). It’s far less stressful than driving yourself and is often faster, too. However, if you do drive into the city centre the dynamic parking guidance system can help find you to a free space in one of Hamburg’s many car parks.

Airport transfers

Serving more than 15 million passengers each year, Hamburg Airport is one of Germany’s biggest. On arrival, you can either get a taxi or take the S-Bahn towards the city centre – the journey takes around 30 minutes. Of course, you can also rent a vehicle or even collect a rental car from the airport itself.

Bus tours

Why not explore Hamburg with a bus tour around the city? These comprehensive tours are offered by various companies and let you take in the city’s most famous sights at your leisure. You can also hop on and off as you like at points around the city to take a closer look at some of Hamburg’s most famous landmarks.

Boat tours

A tour of the harbour gives you the chance to see the seaport up close and personal, offering an interesting insight into the secrets of the maritime world. You’ll be accompanied on your trip by an expert captain, who’ll undoubtedly have plenty of exciting tales and titbits to share. Many routes also allow you to take in the stunning Speicherstadt district from the water.

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Hamburg has a variety of exciting sights and attractions, perhaps the best known of these being its legendary port and stunning Elbphilarmonie concert hall. Hosting truly exceptional events, Hamburg is heaven for music loversh. The city’s vibrant shopping scene and buzzing nightlife – including the infamous Reeperbahn strip – round off the perfect short break. What’s more, it’s all within easy reach of our hotel.