Hamburg Hbf

Hamburg, (Germany)

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About the station


Hamburg Hbf, the main train station in Hamburg, is a fabulous location for train and people watching, but for first time user it can be a particularly confusing station to navigate.

Hence this guide to using the station, which should be help when arriving in, or departing from Hamburg by train.

Worth Knowing About Hamburg Hbf:

(1) The express and Regio trains arrive at and depart from platforms/tracks (gleis) which are below ground level, but the station is open, so it doesn't resemble an underground station.

(2) Two different concourses span the tracks, providing a multitude of entrances/exits and access to/from the trains below.

(3) Hamburg Hbf is not a terminus station, so the trains are constantly coming and going.

Therefore most of the trains don't spend a lot of time in the station, and each platform/track/gleis has multiple departures per hour.

(4) The gleis (platforms/tracks) in the main station, are also divided in half - with each end of the gleis (platform/track) having different ZONES - at Hamburg Had some trains depart from these specific zones.

(5) A potentially unique feature at Hamburg Hbf is its observation deck from where you can look down on the platforms and trains.

Hamburg's multiple stations:

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof/Hamburg Hbf is one of three major train stations in central Hamburg.

It is the main station and is closest to the city centre.

It actually has particularly convenient location in the heart of the city, minutes away from the main shopping area.

However, before leaving the train, check whether your final destination is closer to the other stations.

(i) The majority of long distance trains TO Hamburg call at Hamburg Hbf before going on to Hamburg-Dammtor.

This is the closest station to the university and The Congress Centre). 

(ii) Hamburg-Altona station is located on the far western edge of the city centre.

When boarding many long-distance trains to Hamburg Hbf - the final destination shown on departure indicators will be Hamburg-Altona.

That's because many IC and ICE trains to the city finish their journeys at this station.

Trains heading to Hamburg-Altona call at Hamburg Hbf and Hamburg-Dammtor.

(iii) Many trains to the city call first at Hamburg Harburg station before they arrive at Hamburg hbf.

However, this station is in the suburbs, some distance from the city centre.

So take care NOT to leave the train here if you're heading to central Hamburg.

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