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

(Photo courtesy of Kai Hegeler)

Getting around the City

The rail services, bus routes and harbour ferries in Hamburg are operated by Hamburg Public Transport Network (HVV). Some basic information about both systems is below, more detailed information can be found on the website.

Public transport tickets and passes


HVV has one pricing system for all public transport services. Tickets are available to buy at the HVV online shop or from the bus driver.

You can download the HVV App and buy tickets via your smart phone.


There are three AKN lines, four U-Bahn underground lines, six S-Bahn lines and nineteen regional train services. Undergound and rapid transport (U and S) run throughout the night in the Hamburg metropolitan area.

See their website to view a map of the network system.


There are five different bus services (MetroBus, Express Bus, City & regional lines, Night buses and Shuttle buses). 

  • MetroBus - numbers 1-15, for services within the city centre and central districts, 20-27 for connections between districts
  • Express bus (SchnelBus) - have numbers from 31-39
  • City and regional lines (StadtBus and RegionalBus) - are shown with a three-digit number
  • Night buses (NachtBus) - these mainly service surrounding districts. Night buses generally depart from Rathausmarkt. Night bus lines always have three-digit numbers from 600-688
  • Shuttle buses (EilBus) - there are 4 lines. They are always shown by an E and a double-digit line number

Harbour ferries

(photo courtesy of HADAG)

HADAG operate daily ferries, with six lines;

  • 61 - Landungsbrücken - Neuhof
  • 62 - Landungsbrücken - Finkenwerder 
  • 64 - Finkenwerder - Teufelsbrück
  • 72 - Landungsbrücken - Arningstraße - Elbphilharmonie
  • 73 - Landungsbrücken - Ernst-August-Schleuse
  • 75 - Landungsbrücken - Steinwerder

HVV tickets are available to use on the ferries.

HADAG also operate Harbour tours departing from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, Pier 2.  Please click here for more information.  

CityBike - StadtRAD Hamburg


CityBikes are available from approximately 80 bike stations in and around the city centre. To use the bikes you need to enter your bank, credit or customer card. Visitors can hire a CityBike by phone: call the phone number encircled in red on the cover of the lock. The first 30 minutes are free of charge, after which the price is 6ct/minute. To return the bike, lock the bike at a vacant parking space. 

Full terms and conditions can be found here.





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