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How to get from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg International Airport

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, also known as Hamburg Central Station, is Hamburg’s main railway station and the busiest in Germany, with 550,000 passengers a day. Opened in 1906 to replace four separate terminal stations, it is now one of Germany’s major transportation hubs, connecting long-distance Intercity-Express routes to the city’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn rapid transit networks.

If you are travelling from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Airport (HAM), you have two transport options; you can take a taxi or a train. Taking a Hamburg taxi or a private transfer is the easiest and most reliable option as they provide 24/7 door-to-door services, taking 20 minutes to reach the airport. A more cost-savvy alternative is possible on the S-Bahn line S1 from Hamburg Central Station, taking 25 minutes to reach the airport.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €20 20min 24/7
Train €7 25min 05:04–00:44

How to get from Hamburg HBF to Hamburg airport by taxi

Taking a taxi or a private transfer from Central Station to HAM or Hamburg airport to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is a great way to travel. Not only do taxis provide fast and reliable transportation, but they are available 24/7 and secure your luggage whilst taking you and your travel partners to the airport in just 20 minutes.

How much is a taxi from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Airport?

Hamburg taxis operate with fixed, metered fares based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location. A one-way trip from Hamburg HBF to Hamburg airport or from Hamburg airport to the train station costs €20.

Please note that there is no price difference for day, night or weekend trips.

Nevertheless, if you wish to travel with a local, English speaking driver, at a fixed price and with no hidden fees, it is highly recommended to pre-book your transfer with Welcome.

Cost

€20

Trip Duration

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Hamburg International Airport (HAM)

Where do I get a taxi from?

Hamburg Central Station’s official taxi rank is located right outside the main building. Taxis are easy to recognise as the vehicles are ivory and hold a taxi sign on the roof.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or private transfer is always the ideal travel option as they provide stress-free transport, taking care of your loved ones and personal belongings. Moreover, they are available 24/7, which is very convenient if you have a late flight to catch.

Editor’s Note

It is good to know that there are no price differences for day, night and weekend trips.

Useful Tips

Taxi drivers always appreciate getting a tip; most travellers round up their end sum.
All taxis accept bank card payments, although it is always best to check with your driver beforehand.
Ensure that your taxi driver turns on and resets their taximeter before starting your journey.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Hamburg. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Prices

DAYTIME
€50.0
NIGHTTIME
€60.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Hamburg HBF to Hamburg airport by train

A great alternative to taking a taxi is getting the S-Bahn S1 from Hamburg HBF to Hamburg airport. The train is direct and takes you to the airport in 25 minutes. It is good to know that the train also runs from Hamburg airport to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof in the same amount of time.

How much is a train ticket from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg airport?

A one-way train ticket from HBF to HAM costs €3.50 per person, and you can purchase your ticket at the Central Station’s ticket vending machines.

Cost

€3.50

Trip Duration

The S1 train runs every 10 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The S-Bahn S1 is available daily from 05:04 to 00:44.

Where do I get the train from?

The train platform to HAM airport is clearly indicated on the airport’s electronic boards. However, if you are travelling from Hamburg airport to Hamburg HBF, you can find the S-Bahn station “Hamburg Airport (Flughafen)” directly at Terminals 1 and 2 (Arrivals).

Convenience

Taking the train from Hamburg Central Station to Hamburg Internation Airport is the perfect cost-savvy travel option and a great way to avoid the dense Hamburg traffic. However, if you are travelling late at night or with children and heavy luggage, it is far more convenient to take a taxi.

Editor’s Note

Discounted S-Bahn tickets are available for children, whilst kids under the age of 6 travel for free.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your tickets at the train station ticket vending machines.
The trains are comfortable and reliable, however, be aware that they can get very crowded during peak hours.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance between Hamburg Hauptbahnhof and Hamburg airport?

Hamburg HBF is located a short 9 km away from Hamburg airport; it takes only around 20 minutes to reach by car or taxi and the trip should cost you around €20. To secure your ride in advance and have a friendly local driver waiting for you, you can pre-book your transfer with Welcome.

How do you get from Hamburg Hbf to Hamburg airport?

There are two transportation options when travelling from Hamburg Hbf to the airport; you can take a 20-minute taxi or the S-Bahn S1 train which would also get you to your destination in approximately 25minutes.

How much is a taxi from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg airport?

Taxis in Hamburg calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. A one-way trip from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg airport costs around €20.

It is good to know that there is no price difference for day, night or weekend trips.

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