Public transport in Hamburg
Hamburg has a well developed public transport with buses, subway (U-Bahn) and commuter traina (S-Bahn). With public transport you can reach all parts of the city, and all traffic stops at stations and Jungfernstieg Hauptbahnhof in central Hamburg. On many routes are both subway trains and commuter trains on elevated tracks (elevated roads). This gives passengers a good view, particularly when trains pass Baumwall Landungsbrücken and along the Elbe in the south of St. Pauli.
The public transport in Hamburg has no mandatory ticket checks at the boarding of trains and buses. It is carried out, however, random checks by inspectors in red jackets. Exceptions are made on buses in the evening after at. 21:00 and on Sundays, then check all passengers the bus driver when boarding.
Hamburg has an extensive metro (U-Bahn) which extend from the city center, mainly to the north and east. The underground system consists of three lines U1 (blue), U2 (red) and U3 (yellow). Line U3 goes in a circle around the center of Hamburg. U3 is the line you choose if you're going to St. Pauli, where stations are located in the eastern end of the Reeperbahn, and on Feldstrasse in northeast St. Pauli. U2 is between the eastern and northern districts. Line U1 runs from north-east, south to the center and then turn north again but farther west. If you're going to Hamburg Airport (Fuhlsbüttel) this is the line you should use. Metro stations are marked by blue U signs, which stands for Untergrundbahn. Hamburg's first subway line opened to traffic already in 1907.
Commuter train (S-Bahn)
With the commuter trains (S-Bahn) you can go in almost any direction from the center. Wich includes tarins to the airport, but there are also stations at Landungsbrücken, in the middle of the Reeperbahn, as well as in Altona. The commuter train stations is indicated by green S-plates, which stands for Stadtschnellbahn. Commuter trains traffic the lines to about 01:00 o'clock in the central districts, and rarely later than 23:00 in the city's outskirts. On weekends, the shuttles are running around the clock. A journey by train from the airport to the center (or anywhere in the large-Hamburg) costs 2.75 Euro.
In Hamburg, there are over 600 bus routes in addition to those areas which are not close to light rail or subway lines. These are operated by single deck with two, three or four swivel joints. During peak hours the frequency is very high, on some routes departing buses with two minute intervals. City buses in Hamburg go around the clock and are both diesel and biofuel powered. Hamburg lacks both trolleybuses and trams. At night, special night buses operating on routes between the center of the city's outskirts. The buses will stop and depart from the station at Rathausmarkt (Town Hall Square) in the center. The signs marking a bus stop is round with the letter H in a circle.
Tickets are sold on the bus by the bus driver, where you also can purchase group tickets. To purchase tickets or weekly tickets which have even longer duration may be to go to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and take your picture in one of the photo booths you'll find there. Then you can buy the week-ticket at the box office.
Taxis in Hamburg is ivory white and there are many om them. Light sign on the roof means the taxi is vacant, and if the light is off the taxi ofcourse is busy. Many, but not all taxis take credit cards (VISA / MasterCard). To avoid misconceptions, ask before before the taxi trip begins. To travel in the center costs between 6 and 12 Euro, from downtown to the airport around: 25 Euro. Please be aware that many taxi drivers expect a small tip.