Getting there Arrival - by air, rail, car5. November 2012
All routes lead to Hamburg
Getting to Hamburg travel information
Whether by air, rail or road – Hamburg has excellent travel links with the whole world. Hamburg Airport offers direct international connections to Europe, America, Africa and Asia. With the new ICE route, Berlin can be reached by rail in 90 minutes. As a hub in the international motorway network, Hamburg is very well linked up with the whole of central and northern Europe.
Arrival by air:
With more than 170,000 flights and around 12 million passengers per year, state-of-the-art Hamburg Airport is served by many German and foreign airlines. Almost all large German cities and European metropolises are accessible within between one and three hours. Non-stop intercontinental services, for example with the Asia hub Dubai (Emirates Airlines) and the America hub New York (Continental Airlines, Emirates Airlines) open Hamburg to the world. The Airport Express reaches the city centre from the airport’s location in Fuhlsbüttel within 20 minutes and a rapid transit S-Bahn.
Arrival by rail:
With its four long-distance rail stations - Hauptbahnhof (centre), Dammtor (centre), Altona (west) and Harburg (south) - Hamburg is perfectly embedded in the European high-speed train network. In addition to Hamburg’s main rail stations, ICE trains call at Lüneburg and Uelzen, and IC/EC services at various other places in the metropolitan region.
With Hamburg as the main rail hub for Northern Germany, all the main cities in Germany can be reached within a few hours (e.g. Munich in 6 hours, Stuttgart in 5 hours, Cologne in 4 hours, Frankfurt in 3 hours) and so can the Northern European metropolises of Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Arrival by car:
Hamburg is also a north German hub for road trafﬁc. Both south Germany and Scandinavia can be quickly reached from the Hamburg metropolitan region by the A7 motorway, while the A1 (Lübeck-Bremen-The Ruhr) links Hamburg with the Baltic and West Germany, the A24 leads to Berlin and Eastern Europe and the A23 (towards Heide) directly to the North Sea.