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Transportation to and from Hamburg Airport


What is the distance from Hamburg Airport to the centre of Hamburg?

The airport is not far from the centre of Hamburg (Jungfernstieg, Hamburger Innenstadt). It takes 25 minutes to reach the inner city, the distance is 11 kilometres / 6.8 miles.

From HAM Airport to Hamburg City centre by Taxi
11 km
25 min
€ 31.-

Public transport

TIP: The convenient Hamburg Card allows you to travel for free on public transport (including S-Bahn S1 from the airport). Next to this, you get discounts up to 50% on more than 150 attractions. The card is available from € 11.90 for one person and € 19.90 for a maximum of five people.

S-Bahn to Hamburg

Transportation to and from the airport is perfectly arranged by HVV (Hamburger Verkehrsverbund), every 10 minutes S-Bahn S1 runs to and from the airport. The S-Bahn leaves from the underground station directly in front of the terminals. A journey to the main railway station Hamburg Hauptbahnhof takes 25 minutes. The next station Jungfernstieg, however, has a more central location close to the Binnenalster and Rathaus (travel time: 28 minutes). If you are travelling in the direction of Hamburg Airport you should keep in mind that S-Bahn S1 is divided at metro station Ohlsdorf. Only the first trains drive to the airport, the other trains continue their journey to metro station Poppenbüttel. After 12 minutes from the airport you will reach Barmbek, here you can change from S-Bahn S1 to metro U3 and reach Eppendorf, Sternschanze, St. Pauli and Landungsbrücken. Between Rathaus and Landungsbrücken, the U3 runs in the open air on an elevated track, giving you a beautiful view of the Port of Hamburg.

An adult ticket costs € 3.50 (Einzelkarte, Bereich AB), children from 6 up to 14 years can buy a ticket for € 1.30 (Einzelkarte Kind). The price of a day ticket is € 6.90 (9-Uhr-Tageskarte, Bereich AB) or € 2.50 (9-Uhr-Tageskarte Kind), to be used on the day of purchase until the next day 06:00 hours. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the stations and online through the HVV website and app. A cheap day ticket for up to five people is the ‘9-Uhr-Gruppenkarte’, the price is only € 12.90. The first S-Bahn to the airport leaves at 03:51 hours from Altona, the last S-Bahn from Hamburg Airport departs at 00:13 hours. During the night you can use bus line 606 between Hamburg Airport and Rathausmarkt via Winterhuder Marktplatz. Please consult website and timetable S-Bahn S1 and website HVV for more information.

Top 5 things to do in Hamburg

1. Elbphilharmonie
2. Miniatur Wunderland
3. Planten un Blomen Park – a great place to relax, for free 🙂
4. The harbour, Hafencity and Speicherstadt – 1 hour evening cruise
5. Sex and crime in St. Pauli – tour for ages 18+

Train to Lübeck, Kiel and Schwerin

Hamburg Airport is also widely used by tourists and business travellers heading to Lübeck and Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein, and Schwerin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. To get there by public transport you have to take S-Bahn S1 to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, the journey time is 25 minutes and the price € 3.50. From Hamburg’s main railway station, the average journey time by train is 45 minutes to Lübeck, 1 hour and 10 minutes to Kiel and 1 hour and 5 minutes to Schwerin, with no need to change trains. You can opt for the faster and more expensive intercity train or the slower and cheaper regional train. Anyway, it is smart to book tickets online through Deutsche Bahn. Other places in Schleswig-Holstein (including Flensburg) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (including Wismar and Rostock) can also be reached by train. A Schleswig-Holstein Ticket valid in three German states is recommended if you are travelling with several people and want to travel as cheaply as possible: € 44.00 for five people! Please consult website HVV and website Deutsche Bahn for more information. Kiel is also directly accessible, a few times per day the Airport-Bus KIELIUS runs between the airport and Kiel, a ticket costs € 22.00 per person.

Discover and book tickets, activities and tours:



Hamburg: Guided Tour Through Elbphilharmonie

See the outstanding architecture of Hamburg's new concert hall on this in-depth and informative tour. Learn everything you need to know about the famous Elbphilharmonie and its history from your guide


Hamburg: Hamburg Dungeon Admission Ticket

Take a trip in time, back to the darkest periods of Hamburg’s history. Visit the Hamburg Dungeon and relive the past as actors portray events such as the Black Plague, the Great Fire, and the Inquisition.


Hamburg: Hollywood Night Revue at Pulverfass Cabaret

Enjoy a show of queer dance, music, and spectacle at the Hollywood Night Revue at the Pulverfass Cabaret. Watch as the artists interpret Hollywood blockbusters with elaborate costumes and dance.



Hamburg: Harbor Evening Lights Cruise

Enjoy an evening journey from the illuminated Speicherstadt and travel through the Hamburg port. Take a look at the HafenCity, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall ,and the St. Pauli Piers.


Hamburg: Port of Hamburg Cruise Tour

Experience the unique maritime flair of the Port of Hamburg on a guided cruise of the port. Discover the many facets and impressive dimensions of the port, and learn about its history and current situation.


Highlights of Hamburg: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Experience a relaxing 3-hour guided bike tour through Hamburg. Explore interesting sights and enchanting hidden corners as you ride through the city. See the Alster, the Town Hall, the Speicherstadt, the HafenCity, St. Pauli and much more.

Tours and transport

Tour & transport

Sex and Crime in St. Pauli - tour for ages 18+

Explore the red light district of Hamburg on this exciting 2-hour sex and crime tour in the St. Pauli district. Hear anecdotes and details about the lives and loves in this district, and visit the boxing club in the basement of the “Zur Ritze” bar.

Tour & transport

Hamburg: HafenCity Food Tour and Elbphilharmonie Visit

Take a HafenCity culinary tour and visit the Elbphilharmonie and Speicherstadt. Savor tasty international appetizers in up to 5 great restaurants.

Tour & transport

Hamburg: Hamburg City Card with Free Public Transportation

Enjoy access to public transportation and exclusive discounts on 150 sights, museums, and much more with a Hamburg city card. Choose a card for 1-5 days and explore the city at your leisure.


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