Hamburg Airport (HAM) is the international airport of the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg. It is located 8.5 km north of the city center in the Fuhlsbüttel quarter. With over 17,6 million passengers served in 2017, it is fifth-busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic. Hamburg Airport is hub for Eurowings, Conodor and easyJet and it has two terminals and two runways.
NOTE: The airport is not to be mistaken for the nearby private Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport.
Public bus: Public bus transportation provides two lines which operate during the day and two night lines.
- Line 392 – connects Hamburg Airport and Ohlsdorf/Teufelsbrück
from 6:05 to 22:34
- Line 28 – connects Hamburg Airport with Wandsbek Markt and Hebebrandstraße.
- Line 292 – connects Hamburg Airport and U Lattenkamp
from 5:31 to 23:53
- Night line 606 – connects Hamburg Airport and city center
from 0:15 to 4:15; buses go every one hour
NOTE: Check timetables because departure times may vary depending of the day in the week.
Train: The airport has its own train station which is located directly underneath the terminals. The line which connects the airport with Hamburg is S1 S-Bahn. Train runs every 10 minutes to and from the airport. The journey to the main railway station Hamburg Hauptbahnhof takes 24 minutes, but the following station Jungfernstieg has a more central location in Hamburg (travel time: 27 minutes).
- Tickets can be bought from the ticket machines, directly from the bus driver or online using HVV App.
- An adult ticket costs 3.20€ (Grossbereich), children from 6 up to 14 years can buy a ticket for 1.20€ (Grossbereich Kind). The price of a ticket for one day is 6.20€ for adults or 2.30€ for children. Also children under the age of 6 years can use the HVV services free of charge!
Taxi Service: Hamburg Airport has 10 licensed Taxi companies waiting for you outside of the terminals. An average taxi fare to city center will cost you around 25€ and it will take you 25 minutes.
Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your hotel or wherever you need to go.
Renting a car at Hamburg Airport: If you prefer reaching and exploring the city by yourself, you should rent a car online or do it on the spot. Terminal 2 of Hamburg Airport has 7 different car rental offices like Budget, Europcar, Hertz etc.
FAQ – bus and transport from Hamburg Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Not at all, the airport is very well connected with Hamburg throughout the day either by bus or by train. But in case you don’t like public transport you can always call a taxi.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Sure thing. There are several hotels situated in the airport area:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport (4*) – 700m from the airport; offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet and room service
- Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg Airport (4*) – 1,1km from airport; offers free Wi-Fi, Fitness center, pool and allows pets
- Leonardo Inn Hotel (3*) – 900m from the airport; offers free Wi-Fi, free airport transportation, dry cleaning and allows pets
- Motel One Hamburg Airport (2*) – 900m from the airport; offers free Wi-Fi, has bar/lounge and allows pets
- Ibis Hamburg Airport (2*) – 1000m from the airport; offers free, Wi-Fi, free taxi services, breakfast buffet
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Of course, there are multiple exchanges offices in both terminals where you can exchange money and several ATMs throughout the airport. We recommend you to bring euros with you to avoid low currency rates.
Q: I would like to visit Hamburg in between flights. Is that possible?
A: The city center is only 8.5 km from the airport and it will take you approximately half an hour to reach the city, but the airport is well-connected to the center at all times of the day, so it should be no problem to go there and back. If you need to leave your luggage you can do that on Terminal 2, Level 1 and the price for one item is up to 10 euros depending on the size, weight and time.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Hamburg. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: Yes, firstly you need to reach Hamburg Central Bus Station from where you can go to numerous locations in Germany or throughout Europe. Check available bus routes on GetByBus.com and find one yourself.