A word to the wise: Park your car and use public transportation to avoid traffic and the hassle and expense of parking.
By Public Transportation -- Hamburg’s U-Bahn, one of the best subway systems in Germany, connects with the S-Bahn surface trains. This network is the fastest means of getting around, though buses are also fast and efficient and travel in special lanes throughout the city center. For information, call tel. 040/19449.
Single tickets for the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, and the bus cost 2.80€ for citywide service and 1.30€ for trips within the center city. A 3-day pass for 1 person costs 17€.
The U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (city rail), A-Bahn (commuter rail), buses, and harbor ferries are run by Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV), Steinstrasse 12. For information, call tel. 040/19449 (www.hvv.de). Tickets are sold at machines in U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, on buses, and at railroad ticket counters.
By Taxi -- Taxis are available at all hours; call tel. 040/211211 (www.taxi211211.de). Taxi meters begin at 2.70€ and charge 1.70€ per kilometer after that.
Have Card, Will Travel
The Hamburg Card offers unlimited travel on all public transport in Hamburg, as well as discounts to museums, other attractions, and city tours. A 1-day card costs 8.90€ for individuals or 15€ for families (one adult and up to three children 14 years old and under). A 3-day card costs 22€ for individuals and 39€ for families, and a 5-day card costs 38€ for individuals and 64€ for families. You can get these cards at some hotels, major U-Bahn stations, and the tourist office, or go to www.hamburg-travel.com or call tel. 040/30051300.
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.