Hamburg Masters Travel

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 17: Close-up view of the feet of Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in action during his match against Nikolav Davydenko of Russia during day four of the Tennis Masters Series Hamburg at Rothenbaum Tennis Centre on May 17, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The city of Hamburg is, in effect, a city-state, and is one of the 16 German Bundeslanders, or states. It is the second-largest harbour in Europe and is the richest metropolitan area of the European Union, closely followed by Bruxelles and London.

Hamburg Masters Travel: Getting There

By Plane – The city is adequately serviced by two airports, the Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel, which is the fourth largest airport in Germany, and the Lubeck-Blankensee Airport. A bus shuttle, the Airport Express, runs every 25 minutes from Hamburg Airport to the central station or ‘ZOB’ at a cost of €5. Construction has begun on a rail link to the city which should be operational by 2008/2009. The Lubeck-Blankensee accommodates discount airlines Ryan Air and Whizz Air, and is situated 65km from the city on the A1 Autobahn or motorway. Buses link the two 50 minutes before every Ryan Air departure and a single ticket will cost in the region of €8. For updated times and fares click here.

By Train – Hamburg has five major train stations: Central/Hauptbahnhof, Altona, Dammtor, Harburg and Bergendorf. Two services are available: the Inner City Express which links Hamburg with Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Basel and Zurich; and a direct service to Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava. To buy tickets online click here.

By Car

  • From Lubeck take the A1 and then change to the A24 at ‘Autobahn Kreuz Ost’
  • From Bremen/Cologne take the A1 then change to the A255
  • From Hanover/Kassel take the A7 and exit after the Elbtunnel at ‘Othmarschen/Bahrenfeld.
  • From Flensburg/Kiel take the A7 and exit at Bahrenfeld.
  • From Husum take the A23
  • From Berlin take the A24

By Bus – All regional and international buses leave from the Central Bus Station or ‘ZOB’.

Hamburg Masters Travel: Getting Around

As with all major first world cities the public transport system is more than adequate, and getting around Hamburg should not pose a problem. Most bus services operate 24/7, and all arrivals and departures are at the Rathausmarkt. Intra-city train services generally run from about 5am to approximately 1pm. For the latest ticket prices and timetables see HVV.

A pleasant way to get around and see the sights is by one of the six ferry services which operate along the Elbe River and in the harbour. Ferries also operate on the Alster lakes and there is a service from Jungfernstieg in the city centre to Winterhuder Fahrhaus every hour, offering a unique view of some of the city’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.

The city is also linked by two separate rail services – the S-Bahn, or suburban service and the U-Bahn, or subway. All train platforms have detailed signage of imminent arrivals and departures.

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