Car Hire at Hamburg Airport

Hamburg's Altona district
Hamburg Buildings

Car hire at Hamburg Airport is offered by a number of different rental car companies.

All of the big-name international car hire companies are represented at Hamburg airport. Their desks are located in the arrivals area after you clear customs or exit the main area where flights land.

Car hire at Hamburg airport is offered by Europcar, Sixt, Avis, and Hertz, among other brands.

It is a good idea to make a booking for a rental car in advance, as there are good deals and voucher codes for car hire discounts online. If you wait until you get to the airport, you will probably pay a higher price.

Hiring a car at Hamburg Airport requires you to have a valid driving license, so make sure to travel with it in addition to your passport. It is also a good idea to brush up on the rules of the road in Germany before you travel.

Trains from Hamburg Airport to the City

Train Station at Hamburg Airport
Hamburg Airport Train Station

Trains from Hamburg Airport to the city centre are a great way to travel when visiting Hamburg. S-Bahn trains on Line 1 travel from the airport to the central station and other destinations in the city.

The Hamburg airport train station is on the lower ground level of the airport. It is located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and you can walk there from either terminal.

There are ticket machines in the station above the escalators. You can buy tickets for trains from Hamburg airport to the city centre with cash or using a credit card. There are instructions posted on the top of each ticket machine, and the screens have an English language option as well.

Train tickets to Hamburg cost 2.80 euros each way. If you plan to ride the S-bahn trains, U-bahn trains, or buses again the same day, a day travel card is available for 5.50 euros.

The travel time on trains from Hamburg airport to the city center is around 20 minutes. Trains run frequently throughout the day, so it is easy to take one whenever your flight lands.

Buses from Berlin to Hamburg

Hamburg Hanseatic buildings

Taking a bus from Berlin to Hamburg is a great way to travel when you are visiting Germany. Buses between the two cities are run by the company Berlin Linien Bus, which operate bus services all over Germany and from Germany to other parts of Europe.

Buses depart from Berlin 10 to 12 times each day. They leave from one of two stops: the Berlin Ostbahnhof (east railway station) in Friedrichshain, or the central bus station by the radio tower (“ZOB am Funkturm” in German).

When buses from Berlin to Hamburg arrive, they stop at the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB), which means “central bus station” in English. The ZOB is located near the Hauptbahnhof, which is the central train station in Hamburg.

The journey time on buses from Berlin varies from 3 hours and 10 minutes to 4 hours. The travel time ultimately depends on the departure time of the bus and where it leaves from in Berlin.

Buses to Hamburg can be delayed if there is traffic along the route, so take care to to leave yourself lots of time if you have a connection in Hamburg.

Fares for one-way tickets for buses from Berlin to Hamburg start at 9 euros if you purchase your tickets online before you travel.