When to go
Visit the city between May and October: in spring, Hamburg looks beautiful in full bloom. Temperatures rarely rise much above a comfortable 20 degrees in the summer months, but can dip below freezing in winter and snow is common. Arrive during December’s Christmas markets and a flask of glühwein and the sparkling Christmas lights will keep you warm.
PlanesHamburg Airport (www.hamburg-airport.de) is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. International flights arrive regularly from all over the Europe, New York and as far east as Dubai. Give our Smith24 team of travel experts a call for specific flight times and routes.
TrainsThe city’s main station is Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. There’s a direct train to the airport (just 25-minutes) and trains connect with cities all over Germany; Hannover is 75- minutes away and the inter-city service to Berlin takes less than two hours. Within the city itself, there’s the HVV train system which runs with famous German-efficiency.
AutomobilesThere’s no need for a car in Hamburg as the city is easily walkable and where you can’t reach on foot, you can catch a HVV train or taxi to. A cab from the airport takes about 30 mins and costs around €20.
TaxisThere are cab ranks on every street corner. If you can’t find a taxi, the nearest bar should be able to call one for you.