ECPR General Conference
Hamburg Universität, Hamburg
22 - 25 August 2018

Travelling to Hamburg

By air

Hamburg Airport is situated north of the city centre. It is served by many German and foreign airlines and the rapid transit S-Bahn reaches the city centre from the airport's location in Fuhlsbüttel within 30 minutes.

Getting to and from Hamburg airport (HAM)

  • Train: The S1 S-Bahn (metro rail network) takes approximately 25 minutes from the main railway station Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. The service operates every 10 minutes from 6am to 11pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 11pm at weekends and public holidays. The station "Hamburg Airport (Flughafen)" is directly in front of the terminals. Note the S-Bahn S1 is divided at metro station Ohlsdorf. Only the first trains continue to the airport, the other trains continue their journey to metro station Poppenbüttel. An adult ticket costs approximately €3.20 (Grossbereich), valid on the day of purchase until 6am the next day. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines at the stations.
  • Car: The airport is easily accessible via junction 23 (Schnelsen-Nord) of the A7 motorway. 
  • Taxi: A taxi will cost approximately €30 depeding on where you want to go. Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall.


By rail

Hamburg is the main rail hub for Northern Germany, and all the main cities in Germany can be reached within a few hours as follows:

Munich-Hamburg: 6 hours
Stuttgart-Hamburg: 5 hours
Cologne-Hamburg: 4 hours
Frankfurt-Hamburg:  3 hours
Copenhagen and Stockholm: 3 hours

Please see the website for full information about routes, stations, timetables and fares.


By road

Hamburg is the 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.


Travel and Health Insurance

We highly recommended organising travel and/or health insurance prior to travelling to the General Conference. 

If you are a citizen of countries which are part of the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which allows you access to state-provided healthcare in these countries at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free.  The EHIC does not cover any private medical healthcare or costs and therefore is not an alternative to travel insurance.


Visa Information

Please note all visas are the responsibility of the individual participant. Depending on the purpose of your travel to Germany and your country of origin, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. You are advised to enquire well in advance about the entry regulations that apply to you by consulting the nearest German embassy or consulate or a HWF office in your home country. Further information about visa requirements can be found here. Visa letters will only be supplied once the registration fee has been received in full by the ECPR. Unfortunately, the ECPR cannot offer any further advice on visas. 


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