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Flying into Beautiful Hamburg

Hamburg is one of the most historically important cities in Europe. Known as the Gateway to the World, this port city has a rich history of trade and mercantile wealth, seen in the lavish buildings perched around the harbor. The city also offers fantastic cuisine, breathtaking river cruises, and spectacular festivities throughout the year. Are you planning a trip to Hamburg, and wondering where to begin? This article will let you know the best tips and tricks for flying into Hamburg Airport and getting to the city center quickly, so you can enjoy all that Hamburg has to offer. 
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What are my Best Options for Flying Into Hamburg? 

Hamburg Airport (or Flughafen Hamburg as it’s known to Germans) is the fifth busiest airport in Germany, and serves over 70 airlines. The two with the most frequent flights are AirBerlin and Lufthansa. May to September is high season in Hamburg due to the nicer weather and locals enjoying their summer vacation. That means you can expect flights to be expensive and difficult to book on short notice. If you are traveling to Hamburg during these months, be sure to book your flight well in advance to get the best price. 

Flying into Hamburg in April or October is your best option, as there are fewer tourists, cheaper flights, and decent weather. If you’re flying into Nuremberg between November and February, look up flight options before booking hotels or tours, as flights are less frequent. If you’re coming from North America, fly from Los Angeles for as low as $804 round-trip, New York for $691, or Toronto for $732. You can also fly affordably from other major airports in Europe.

What’s the Best Way to Get to and From Hamburg Airport?

One of the highlights of flying into Hamburg is how quickly and easily you can reach the city center. The most affordable option is to take the S-Bahn S1 train to the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). The journey only takes 25 minutes, and trains leave every 10 minutes, so you won’t waste any time getting to the city. The S-Bahn station is just outside the main terminal and can be reached by escalator or elevator. Tickets cost around three Euros.

You can also take a taxi, which you'll find just outside the arrivals terminal. The cost is between 20 and 30 Euro depending on traffic.  

Where Can I Stay Near the Airport?

The top budget option is the Ibis Hamburg Airport Hotel, which offers free shuttle service to the airport and 24-hour reception. Guest rooms feature free WiFi, air-conditioning, and flat-screen television. The hotel also offers buffet breakfasts.

If you really want to be close to the airport, stay at the more upscale Radisson Blu Hamburg Airport hotel. The Radisson is directly linked to the airport terminals and offers a wide range of amenities. Relax at the health club, where you can enjoy the sauna, steam room, and gym. Each of the spacious guest rooms offer free WiFi, satellite television, and designer toiletries. You also have access to 24 hour room service for late night arrivals.

For the best of both worlds, check in at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg Airport. This hotel is wallet-friendly and offers a fantastic list of amenities. Rooms offer free WiFi, refrigerators, laptop-compatible safes, and a desk. If you need time to decompress after a long flight, hit the indoor pool and sauna. Use the complimentary airport shuttle service to get to the airport quickly. 

What Amenities Does Hamburg Airport Offer?

Hamburg Airport recently been expanded, and now offers more options for dining, shopping, and other services like banks, a pharmacy, and a Red Cross medical center if needed. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants, or browse one of the bookstores. Use the left-luggage service to explore the city while waiting for a connecting flight. If you’re in Hamburg on business, you have access to fax and photocopying machines as well as a conference center. 

What Else Should I Know? 

Hamburg Airport is extremely easy to navigate. The two major terminals are connected by the Airport Plaza, so moving between them is no problem. Services are easy to find, whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a good book to enjoy on your flight.

If you plan to use public transport, consider purchasing a Hamburg Card at the airport. This card allows unlimited use of S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, and shuttles, and offers discounts to over 150 tourist attractions.

Hamburg Airport is a great port from which to explore the Gateway to the World. With convenient access to the city center, you can start enjoying all this city has to offer in minutes.