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How to Get from Hannover Airport to Hannover City Centre

Hannover is among the largest cities in Germany and its airport receives millions of passengers annually. You have three different transportation options to choose from to get from Hannover Airport to the city centre; taxi, train, and bus. If you value comfort over cost, then taking an airport taxi or pre-booking a private Hannover airport transfer is for you; you’ll reach your destination quickly and directly without any intermediate stops. If you prefer to stay within budget, you can use public transport; there is a direct train line that runs for most of the day and a local bus line that will take you to the downtown area.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €30 25min 24/7
Train €6.20 18min 04:00–01:30
Bus €6.20 40min 04:37–23:08

How to get from Hannover Airport to downtown by taxi

Getting from Hannover Airport to the city by taxi is the most convenient transportation option no matter what time your flight gets in. There are taxis lined up 24/7 at the airport cab rank, and you can also pre-book your airport taxi and have a driver wait for you as soon as you land.

How much is the fare for a taxi from Hannover Airport to the city centre?

Hannover taxis operate with set rates and the total fare is calculated using a taximeter during the entire ride. A standard taxi for up to 4 passengers from Hannover Airport to downtown costs an average of €30; keep in mind that the exact fare might differ depending on the exact drop-off location and any additional fees that may apply.

Cost

€30

Trip Duration

25 min

The total fare might differ unless you book your Hannover airport taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at Hannover Airport 24/7 all year long.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are lined up outside Hannover Airport 24/7; just head straight right in front of the terminal exits on the Arrival level.

Convenience

Taking an airport taxi from Hannover Airport to the city centre will get you to your destination quickly and comfortably without any intermediate stops. Especially if you book your taxi in advance, you’ll ensure a fixed rate and you won’t have to wait in line with the rest of the passengers arriving at the same time as you.

Editor’s Note

For solo travellers, an airport taxi can be a pricey option. If you're travelling in a group of 4 people or more, taking an airport taxi is a much more convenient option; you can split the cost and get to your destination quickly and comfortably. The same goes if you're travelling with young children and prefer a stress-free door-to-door ride.

Useful Tips

Not all taxi drivers speak English so it's best to have your address written down in German.
Once you enter the taxi, check that the taximeter is set to the base fare of €3.90.
At the end of the ride, it’s best to ask for a receipt to have as much information as possible in case you leave any personal items behind.
Standard taxis that you take from the rank are unlikely to be equipped with a baby/child seat; make sure to bring your own if you need one.
You don't need to tip your taxi driver but you can round up to the nearest euro if you were happy with the service.

How to get from Hannover Airport to the city centre by train

Hannover Airport and downtown are directly connected by train line S5 Hannover Flughafen – Hannover. It’s the fastest public transport option to reach the city and it’s available for several hours in the day.

How much does the train ticket cost from Hannover Airport to downtown?

A single ticket for the train from Hannover Airport to the city costs €3.10 per traveller. There is also a reduced fare for children up to 14 years old.

Cost

€3.10

Trip Duration

18 min

Train schedule is subject to change; it's best to check the current timetable online in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The S-Bahn departs from Hannover Airport every 30 minutes from 04:00 to 01:30 daily.

Where do I take the train from?

To reach the train station at Hannover Airport, head to the basement of Terminal C; you can use the elevators or escalators on the Departures level to get there.

Convenience

The train is the fastest transportation option from Hannover Airport to the city centre and the ticket cost per traveller is low. This combination makes it a popular choice for many travellers and it tends to get pretty crowded during peak hours; if you’re travelling with many pieces of luggage or toddlers, you might be more comfortable taking an airport taxi.

Editor’s Note

The train is a great transportation option to reach the city if you're travelling light and you don't mind waiting a bit for the next departure. If you're in a larger group or you're travelling with young children, consider taking a taxi instead; the cost will be higher but it will take you directly to your destination in comfort.

Useful Tips

The ticket price is the same regardless of how many stops you ride the train for, as long as you're within the same zone.
After you exit the train, you can use the same ticket to ride the bus or tram within the same zone.

How to get from Hannover Airport to the city by bus

Hannover Airport isn’t directly connected to the city centre by bus but it’s still a budget-friendly transport option that departs from Hannover Airport. Bus line 470 departs frequently from the airport and will take you up to Langenhagen Zentrum; there you can switch to tram line 1, which will take you downtown to Hannover central train station.

How much does the bus ticket cost from Hannover Airport to the city?

In Hannover, a single ticket can be used to ride buses, trams, and trains, so you don’t need two different tickets to get from Hannover Airport to the city. You can purchase a single ticket for €3.10 to ride the bus and then with the same ticket you can use the tram.

Cost

€3.10

Trip Duration

40 min

The cost and trip duration refer to the entire journey from Hannover Airport to downtown.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus line 470 departs every 30 minutes from Hannover Airport from 04:37 until 23:08. Tram line 1 departs every 20 minutes from 03:59 until 01:28.

Where do I take the bus from?

You’ll find the bus stop between the Maritime Airport Hotel and Car Park 3 adjacent to Terminal C. Once you arrive at Langenhagen Zentrum, it’s a 500-metre walk to the east to reach the Langenhagen Kurt Schumacher Allee stop where you can take the tram line 1.

Convenience

Taking the bus to get from Hannover Airport to the city centre is a slow but budget-friendly option. Changing two different means of transport, however, can be rather stressful and inconvenient if you’re carrying a lot of luggage or you’re travelling with young children. In that case, you’re better off taking an airport taxi to reach your destination directly.

Editor’s Note

Choosing the bus and tram combination to reach downtown Hannover is a more complicated transportation option; if you don't feel comfortable checking bus and tram routes, it's best to find an alternative that will take you directly to your accommodation.

Useful Tips

Children up to 14 years old have a reduced fare.
The ticket that you'll purchase for the bus is valid for other bus lines, trams, and the metro as long as it's towards the same direction; for a return journey, however, you'll need a new ticket.
Most buses and trams in Hannover are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Hannover airport to the city centre?

Hannover Airport is well connected to the city centre and there are three different transportation options between them to choose from; taxi, train or bus. The most convenient option from Hannover Airport to downtown is to take an airport taxi, which will take you directly to your destination. The train and the bus are two more budget-friendly alternatives, with the train being the fastest.

What’s the taxi cost from Hannover airport to the city?

Taxis in Hannover calculate their fares using a taximeter. The cost of a standard taxi for up to 4 passengers from Hannover Airport to the city centre is on average €‎30. The total fare might differ depending on the exact drop-off location and the vehicle type.

How far is Hannover airport from the city centre?

Hannover Airport is located approximately 13 kilometres north of the city centre; by car or taxi, it’s a 25-minute drive in light traffic.

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