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By Plane -- Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, 8km (5 miles) north of the city center, is served by frequent flights to and from major German airports and many European and intercontinental destinations. Lufthansa (tel. 01803/805805; www.lufthansa.com) flies into Hamburg from most major German and European cities, and many national carriers also serve Hamburg, including Air France from Paris and British Airways from London. United Airlines offers nonstop service from the United States (from Newark) but on most carriers a flight from the U.S. requires a change in Frankfurt or another European hub. For flight information in Hamburg, call tel. 040/50750 or visit www.ham.airport.de.

The ultramodern terminal, with a roof shaped like an enormous airplane wing, is well-equipped wth shops and boutiques—even a branch of Harrods of London—as well as restaurants and other establishments.

During the day the S-Bahn (suburban rail network) line S1 operates every 10 minutes between the airport and Hamburg’s central railway station, Hauptbahnhof (the trip takes 25 min.). The airport (Flughafen) S-Bahn station is directly in front of the air terminals. The one-way fare to the center is 3€, or 1.50€ for ages 11 and under.

By Train -- There are two major rail stations, the centrally located Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hachmannplatz 10 (tel. 040/39183046; www.bahn.com), and Hamburg-Altona (tel. 040/39182387; www.bahn.com), at the eastern edge of the Altstadt. Most trains arrive at the Hauptbahnhof, although trains from the north of Germany, including Westerland and Schleswig, arrive at Altona. The two stations are connected by train and S-Bahn. Hamburg has frequent train connections with all major German cities, and is a hubfor international routes as well. From Berlin, 15 trains arrive daily (trip time: 2 1/2 hr.), 37 from Bremen (trip time: 54 min. to 1 hr., 16 min.), and 33 from Hannover (trip time: 1 1/2 hr.). For information, call tel. 01805/996633 (www.bahn.com).

By Bus -- Information about short-haul buses from surrounding towns and villages is available from Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (tel. 040/19449; www.hvv.de).

By Car -- The A1 Autobahn reaches Hamburg from the south and west, the A7 from the north and south, the A23 from the northwest, and the A24 from the east.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.