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Travelling to Hamburg

By air

Hamburg Airport is north of the city centre. It is served by many German and international airlines, and by the rapid S-Bahn, which reaches the city centre from the airport in Fuhlsbüttel within 30 minutes.

Getting to and from Hamburg airport (HAM)

  • Train The S1 S-Bahn (metro) takes approximately 25 minutes from the main station, Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. The service operates every 10 minutes from 04:30–23:00 every day. Hamburg Airport (Flughafen) station is directly in front of the terminals. Note the S1 divides at Ohlsdorf. Only the first trains continue to the airport; the others continue to Poppenbüttel. An adult ticket costs approximately €3.20 (Grossbereich), valid on the day of purchase. Buy tickets at station vending machines beforehand.
  • Car The airport is easily accessible via junction 23 (Schnelsen-Nord) of the A7 motorway. 
  • Taxi A taxi costs around €30 depending where you want to go in the city centre. Pick them up outside the arrivals hall.

By rail

Hamburg is the main rail hub for Northern Germany, and Germany's major cities can be reached within a few hours.

Munich→Hamburg 6 hours
Stuttgart→Hamburg 5 hours
Cologne→Hamburg 4 hours
Frankfurt→Hamburg 3 hours
Copenhagen→Hamburg 4.5 hours
Stockholm→Hamburg 9.5 hours

See Deutsche Bahn for more about routes, stations, timetables and fares.

By road

Hamburg is the north German hub for road traffic. Southern Germany and Scandinavia are quickly reached via 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. 

Citizens of the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which allows access to state-provided healthcare at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. EHIC does not cover private medical health costs and is therefore not an alternative to travel insurance.

Visa information

Visas are the responsibility of the individual. Depending on the purpose of travel and your country of origin, different types of visas will apply. Enquire well in advance about entry regulations by consulting the nearest German embassy or consulate, or a HWF office in your home country. Find out more. Visa letters will only be supplied once we have received your registration fee in full. ECPR cannot offer any further advice on visas. 


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