Riding a bike in Hamburg can be very pleasant or very hectic depending on where you plan to go. The locals use cycling as a very popular form of day-to-day transportation which means there are often a lot of cyclists on the road. There are many different places to rent a bike in Hamburg but the public transportation in Hamburg is very reliable and less weather dependant which makes it a more practical form of transportation for tourists.
There are various car hire services available in Hamburg but hiring your own car is really not necessary. Hamburg is not too large and can be explored on foot and with public transportation. Cars can be rented in the city or directly at the airport. For a less expensive and more short-term car experience in Hamburg, we would Ayo recommend using car share services.
As in most cities in Germany, taxis in Hamburg are a relatively expensive form of transportation. The public transportation network is usually the best way to get around but if you happen to be out very late or would like direct transportation from the airport to your hotel, then a taxi can be useful. If you plan on using a taxi during the day, be sure to plan in enough time to get to your destination as Hamburg is a busy city, especially during rush hour (7am – 9am, 4pm – 6pm)
The city of Hamburg has a very intricate network of public transportation including many busses. The public transportation in Hamburg is run by the HVV and tickets can be bought for single trip, all day or weekly usage. These tickets are not only valid for the busses but include the train systems as well. Ticket prices vary depending on the distance that will be travelled. Click here for the Hamburg bus plan and find out more about the single and day tickets available here
Hamburg has a very practical public transportation network including a suburban train line (known as S-Bahn) and an underground line (known as U-Bahn). A very commonly used U-Bahn line in Hamburg is the U3 as this covers most popular tourist spots. For the U and S-Bahn plan click here. There are various types of tickets that can be bought at the stations or online beforehand. The price of the ticket will vary on how long the ticket is valid for and how far you intend on traveling. We Ayo recommend the 9am Day Ticket for tourists. This ticket includes all bus, S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines and is valid Monday to Friday 0 – 6am and 9am – 6am the following morning which is plenty to explore the beautiful harbour city. The 9am Day Ticket is valid all day on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Click here for more information on the types of tickets available.
If you intend on using public transportation quite a lot and intend to visit many tourist attractions that have an entry fee, it is worth considering the Hamburg CARD. The Hamburg CARD allows the use of all busses and trains within the city of Hamburg and some a little outside the city. Many tourist attractions also allow reduced entry to holders of the Hamburg Card. For purchasing information on the Hamburg Card click here.